A Disney Birthday
I’m such a sucker for Disney. I’m sure there are plenty of parents who grit their teeth through the neverending song of It’s a Small World but not me. Disney World has always charmed me even before my first visit to Orlando as a teenager. Now that I’m a parent I’m an even bigger fan because for me there’s nothing more magical than experiencing the wonders of Disney through the eyes of a child.
Stink will be turning 3 in January and this year I wanted to do something special. For her first birthday we had a small party at our house with a handful of friends and family who were able to brave the cold to come celebrate with us. Last year was a low key affair with a dinner at a local restaurant and an ugly but tasty homemade cake. So it’s time for an awesome birthday celebration for her, especially since we MIGHT be in Germany for her 4th birthday, away from all our friends and family. And with most of my family living in the South what better location than Disney World?
For this trip we’ll be staying at the Port Orleans Riverside, a moderate Disney resort that none of us have visited yet so it will be a new experience for everyone. I’ve also signed up for the Disney dining plan, a first for me, and I plan to keep tabs of the cost to see whether it’s worth using for future trips. So far my grandparents, mother, sister and nephew are coming but it’s possible we might be able to talk more family members into joining us. The more the merrier!
We’ll be spending 5 days in Orlando with 3 park visits: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Epcot, plus a full day at our resort complete with fun activities such as cane pole fishing and marshmallow roasting. We’re also thinking about adding a 6th day to spend at a Starwood Preferred Guest hotel somewhere in the area. Brandon won a free night in a recent sweepstakes and we have to use it by March so Orlando sounds like a good place to do that.
This trip to Disney will still include plenty of character dining including the Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom, the Tusker House at Animal Kingdom and Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort but much of our time at the parks will be focused on rides instead of character meets. Stink met a ton of characters on our last trip but she’s such a thrill seeker that I have a feeling she’ll enjoy the rides more. I’ve got our schedule at the parks all planned out just like last time but it’s still subject to change because we haven’t signed up for Fastpasses yet. My family makes fun of me for my rigid schedule but hey, it works!
Some might say that visiting Disney World 4 times in just 3 years is a bit excessive but I don’t think so. Stink will only be young once and soon there will come a day when she realizes that Mickey is just an ordinary person dressed in a costume and the childish innocence that caused her to believe he was real will be gone forever. So for now I want her to continue having a magical childhood and enjoy Disney in a way she’ll never get to as an adult. Here’s to Disney 2016!