This trip ended up timed perfectly because we were right in the middle of our remodel and needed to be out of the house. A little intention family time was a welcome break from renovation hell as well. Even if we were on the phone with Home Deport right up until the plane took off.
It’s hard to really do justice to the highs and lows of a Disney vacation. Our time in the parks was 20% weaving through crowds, 20% yelling at the kids to stop whining/fighting/roaming off, 15% finding a bathroom, and 45% PURE, SOUL-SOARING JOY. It’s funny how it retrospect (and in photos) it’s the joy and the memories that remain. If you asked me on our last day how the trip was going, I would have said that it was a lot of work and that we were all very tired. Ask me today, and this vacation was the most epic family time we’ve ever had. Both statements are entirely true.
We stayed at the Yacht Club this year, which is a gorgeous hotel right next to Epcot. If you’re ever planning a Disney World vacation, it’s definitely worth it to stay in one of their hotels. The transportation between parks and the special park hours for hotel guests are such a great perk.
I have an old friend who is one of the Dapper Dans and he let my kids lead the flag salute one day.
Kembe also shone in his role as The Horse in Beauty and the Beast, proving once and for all that there are no small parts, only small actors.
Jafta enjoyed the culinary offerings at Disney World. He was a big fan of Epcot where you can try foods from all over the world. This dish was a little spicy.
It was a really great trip for all of us. Only minor meltdowns, and the kids were all tall enough to ride anything they wanted. Which, for my kids, meant lots and lots of rounds on Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain. India even rode the upside-down coaster for the first time.
And potty breaks. The horror.
It was just the together time we needed in the midst of this crazy season.