Friday, March 2, 2012

Disney Flashback ~ Our Last Pre-Kids Trip

Focused on the Magic

Today, I am joining in the fun of the Disney Flashback Friday Blog Hop hosted by Deb at Focused on the Magic.  I know I say this every week, but I love this blog hop because I get to go back through my Disney photos and reminisce about our previous trips.  Even better, the kids usually join me on my trip down our Disney Memory Lane.



Visiting Walt Disney World with children is such a magical way to experience the parks.  Since our first trip as parents in 2006, I have had the pleasure of seeing Disney through the eyes of my three children.  The memories we have created are certainly some of my favorites.  Lately though, with talk of participating in a runDisney event, Pierre and I have been discussing taking an adults only trip and leaving the kids home.  As much as we would both love to, Pierre says he would feel too guilty.  I think I would feel guilty, but I also know there are a lot of things we could do that we just can't when we have the children.  This is no reflection on their behavior because our kids are really great and we can take them anywhere.  It is just that things like strolling through World Showcase would have no appeal for my kids, even though it is something Pierre and I love.  So this got me thinking back to our last trip before becoming parents.  It was the trip that one of my most emotional Disney moments happened - the moment I thought I just may never have the chance to bring my own children to Disney.  Luckily, as you can tell, that thought never became a reality!

In February of 2004 (I cannot believe that was 8 years ago!!), we made the trip to Walt Disney World.  It was beautiful the entire week we were there.  We stayed at Disney's Caribbean Beach resort in South Trinidad and really had one of the most relaxing vacation we have ever had.  Here we are . . . in our younger years!






If my children weren't such Disney fans, this would be an easy decision.  But since we have been home from our last trip, all three kids have asked constantly when we are going back. I think that is what is making me so torn on planning an adults only trip!  Have you made a trip to Disney and left the kids home?  How did your kids deal with it?

Make sure you head over to Focused on the Magic to see everyone's Disney Flashbacks!

9 comments:

Pam said...

Great Memories thanks for sharing them - it's a wonderful story and a wonderful picture!

MouseFanDiane said...

I love the picture of you two. We have thought about this too. And I think it would be very hard to do, the guilt would be to much. My kids love Disney just as much and now that they are older we would never hear the end of it. lol. But I was thinking if it were a weekend trip maybe I could do it

DebSays said...

What a beautiful picture! Going to Disney as a couple was something my husband and I talked about but could never bring ourselves to do until we had no choice on one trip. It was an unintentional solo weekend and although we felt guilty, we had a blast!

Crystal & Bryan said...

We always go to WDW without kids, but that's because we don't have any!  I don't know how you parents do it - we can barely make it through a vacation with just the 2 of us, we'd probably lose a kid or two! :)

JenniferLissak said...

I'm not to the point yet where I'm ready to consider that!  I've thought about it for a runDisney race at DLR - just seems like WAY too far of a flight to bring little ones... but I can't do Carsland without my cars addict, so that's not going to happen either.. Either way, I hope you work it out for January!

Beth D. said...

I know we would have a GREAT time, but I wouldn't want to face the kids upon our return! LOL!  I should have done it when they were younger! :-)

Beth D. said...

It is funny because all the kids have done lately is ask when we are going back.  I think that is a sign I will not be able to do an adults only trip for now, but we'll see! :-)  I know we would enjoy it!

Beth D. said...

LOL!  It does make the trip "busier" in the sense that someone always needs something - bathroom, snack, drink, etc. and never at the same time! :-)  My first trip as a mom let's just say, I thought I knew so much about Disney and touring.  Forget it!  My kids let me know (ages 3.5, 2 and 10 months at the time) that my WDW trips would never be the same!  I learned a lot that trip about being a parents, kids and park touring! 

Beth D. said...

January is looking very good as either a family trip or solo trip.  The good thing is if it is a family trip, my parents will already be in Florida, so I may have the kids stay with them, then meet us in Disney after the marathon.  Or, have my parents meet us at WDW and watch the kids while I run.  I am actually hoping that we all go and that Pierre will do the family 5k with the kids.  :-)