Disney Planning, Again!


For many reasons we have decided to move our January trip to Walt Disney World to March. We swore we would never be those people who planned their trips around school breaks but now that both kids are in high school it is a bit tougher. Christmas break was later this year lasting until January 8th and midterms are the third week in January so that really didn’t leave us much time to travel if we didn’t want them to miss their midterms and be prepared for them.

My daughter can do her on-line school anywhere which we absolutely love! But, she is now taking a college class and hates to miss any classes. I understand. So, we have decided to plan our trip around her spring break. My son’s schedule was too hard to try and accommodate. He has a class at two different colleges (Western and Michigan State University) for his gifted and talented program and their breaks are at different times than his high school break. Too difficult.

So this is going to be a mother/daughter trip. It will be her last one before graduating high school.  My son will get his orchestra/band trip to the UK in June. Then we have asked him help us plan a special trip for the three of us next year. We have made suggestions of Disneyland with a trip up the west coast or a trip to see Mount Rushmore and all of the historic sites out there. He is a HUGE history buff and would love something like that. The only requirement is it has to be driveable. This mommy doesn’t fly.

All of our Fastpasses have been made and our Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) planned. I noticed for the first time I only made 1 or 2 Fastpass reservations for Epcot. With the tiered system having Soarin’, Test Track, Frozen Ever After AND Illuminations on Tier 1 where you can only choose 1 all the rest of the Fastpasses are near the front of the park and we want to do the countries mostly on this trip. We did take one Spaceship Earth Fastpass one day but the only other we chose were a Frozen one day and a Soarin’ one day. Too hard to backtrack and go in and out of the countries for FPs.

I try to make a mixture of past favorite ADRs and new ones we really want to try. This trip the new ones for us include The Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper’s Canteen, Yak & Yeti, and Chef de France. We are also going to be there during the Flower & Garden festival in Epcot so we cannot wait to try all the wonderful food booths all around the lake. Be prepared for TONS of food pictures!

 

28 Comments Add yours

  1. Very exciting. Very keen to take the kids to Disney World when they’re a bit older. Look forward to getting some planning tips!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  2. Erika Kind says:

    Whenever you go, have fun!! I think planning it within the school breaks makes it more relaxed for the kids!

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  3. David says:

    Until now, I have been a complete Disney skeptic/cynic. However, since you seem to be a sane and rational human being, I am willing to give WDW a second look. Family members also live nearby and perhaps the Magic Kingdom has a place for us too.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Lots of people don’t like the commercialism and the corporate idea of Disney. I get that but it is a place for us to suspend belief for a bit and immerse ourselves in fun and make believe. Life is difficult some days and to forget the outside problems exist for a day or two is magical to us. As for sane and rational? I try to be those in small doses. 😉

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  4. A. JoAnn says:

    I know that Disney is cliche to some, but we always have so much fun! As for traveling with history buffs, Gettysburg is a wonderful plave filled with historic sites, great tours, and beautiful countryside.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      We are thinking of having our son do most of the planning for his trip. He wants to go to Gettysburg but I guess there is a town in the Midwest that has statues of all the presidents in it that he really wants to go to also.

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  5. mistimaan says:

    So nice it is

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks!

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  6. syl65 says:

    Have a wonderful mother/daughter vacation when the time arrives!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! I am very much looking forward to it. I cannot believe my baby girl is graduating high school!

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      1. syl65 says:

        You’re welcome, Marci. Growing up fast but you have lots of memories made and still to make!

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  7. Love the sound of a mother daughter trip 😊. Mine would love a trip to Disney World (maybe we’ll make it to Eurodisney one day…)

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Ooooo, Eurodisney!

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  8. It does become more complicated as our children grow up, doesn’t it? We have the same kind of problems with organising holidays around music school, cricket and the like.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes, but at the same time I am still glad we have a few more years that I hope they want to vacation with us. 😉

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  9. Where is your son visiting in the UK?

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  10. Leah @ canttieyourshoe says:

    I am glad to hear your high school age children still love going to Disney. I am looking forward to taking my daughter when she is 5 and hope it is a tradion we can continue.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Planning a mother-daughter trip now for her graduation present. I think it is a present to me too! Hope you can start the tradition!

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  11. Lindsayrose says:

    Oh my gosh how amazing is Disney? we went for the first time in 2016 and are due to fly back in march. I cannot wait!!! x

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Absolutely wonderful! We leave in a couple weeks and I can’t wait!

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      1. Lindsayrose says:

        I’ll probably be there when u are! Its so magical my little one doesn’t know anything about it and we’re not telling her until we leave! X

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          That was how we used to do it when the kids were little. They like to help plan now. But we would be pulling into Disney property and they would see the Disney buses and say, “It’s not fair those people get to go to Disney!”

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  12. wendyabruzzini says:

    I eat myself into an oblivion when I go!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes! Love it!

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