I wanted a share a few of our personal Disney family experiences. I have such an amazing response from my Disney posts, lots of lovely comments and people telling me how they can’t wait to visit Disney. But one thing has really surprised me and seemed to resonate with many people.
Lots of people said; wow it looks amazing we can’t wait to take our Children to Disney but just want to wait until they are older. Now each to their own, but I just wanted to share our experiences with you.
We planned to spend our honeymoon at Disneyland Paris; it had only been open a short while we were so excited at the prospect of a romantic honeymoon at Disney. But after a string of financial disasters including getting burgled and someone running off with our wedding money we had to cancel. We were only young and just couldn’t afford it. But I am a positive person and knew one day we would get there.
In 2002 one of my best friends announced she was getting married in Walt Disney World. And she asked me to be her bridesmaid.
Yaaaahoooo I was so excited. Not only were we going to Walt Disney World I was being a bridesmaid, well it’s a little like being a Disney Princess isn’t it? Donna and Darren got married at The Walt Disney World Swan; it was wonderful, so magical. Jack was 2.
A few people told us prior to going that Jack would be too young to go and really enjoy it. But I couldn’t disagree more. Now I admit, he can’t remember every single detail. But we have photos, and our memories. Visiting at this age was just incredible; he was so into Mickey and Minnie and the Club House, Handy Manny and the Bear in the Big Blue House.
It was magical seeing it all from Jacks perspective. He was mesmerized by all the characters and loved getting his photo taken with them all. Then of course there are the rides. There are so many rides geared at little ones, Dumbo, It’s a small world (still my favourite) Peter Pan I could go on.
We decided we wanted to take Jack at intervals as there are rides and experiences to suit every age. And were desperate for him to experience it all. We revisited when Joe was 2 and Jack was 7, we had an incredible holiday watching the boys both see Walt Disney World through completely different eyes. Joe living the toddler dream and Jack feeling very grown up enjoying rides like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Rangers Spin and Star Wars.
The problem is Disney just makes you always want more, more experience for your family, more memories, more magic.
So I decided I would like to visit Disneyland Paris for my 40th birthday gift. We visited during October and Halloween was just incredible. Yes, we experienced a different Disney yet again, but OMG the excitement of a seasonal event was just immense.
The attention to detail was stunning pumpkins and spooky scarecrows everywhere. Our hotel was decorated with spiders and cobwebs, a skeleton had pride of place in the bar the atmosphere was just so exciting.
Now, not only do we feel we need to bring the boys at different ages, but different seasons. I want to experience Disneyland at Christmas, Walt Disney World at Halloween, cruise alongside Mickey and Minnie and experience the flower festival in spring.
My answer to the above is no two Disney experiences are ever the same. There is magic waiting for every age at every corner, and in every season. And I just want to experience it all.