Read Secrets to Making Your Walt Disney World Expectations Become Reality to find out how my family’s first trip to Disney World didn’t quite go as I had planned.
Our Family’s First Walt Disney World Vacation
Was our Daughter too Young?
And, Then a Hiccup in Our Vacation
On our fourth day, things started hiccupping a bit and my expectations really had to change. When we woke up that morning, my husband and I noticed that our daughter wasn’t acting like herself. We were worried that she was showing symptoms of having strep again. She had been diagnosed with strep several weeks before our trip, but she had finished her antibiotics and returned to her normal, spunky self. She was acting totally normal the first few days and we never even considered that she could relapse.
However, on that fourth morning she woke up not feeling well and I was so worried. Eeeeekkkkk! What is a mom to do? I contacted her pediatrician and explained her symptoms and he called in another round of antibiotics while she was getting a makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Getting sick while at Walt Disney World isn’t on top of anyone’s list, but I did learn how they are prepared to help if/or when it does happen. Let me say that I was very pleased with the process. (Find out more HERE about what Disney has in place for times like these.)
That Magical Moment
After about an hour at BBB, she was transformed into Cinderella and we went straight to meet the princesses. She waited in line patiently with autograph book and pen in hand. We were finally called into the room to meet the princesses. Then something completely amazing happened. I can’t explain the look on her face when she walked in and saw Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Belle. She was in awe that she was actually meeting princesses she had only seen on television. I know it is something I will never forget. We honestly could have gone home after that and been totally happy with our trip and the money we had spent, but of course we didn’t have to because our trip wasn’t over yet.
Flexibilty is a Good Thing
Creating a PERFECT Vacation is a Myth
I tend to get caught up in making sure our schedule is laid out perfectly and trying to fit as much into our trip as humanly possible, but I know that it’s really about having a great time as a family and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Our vacation won’t be ruined if we don’t stick to our itinerary for the day. I learned a lot from planning and going on our first trip and believe it or not I’m truly thankful for the things that didn’t go as planned because every trip has been magical in some way. Even though that first trip wasn’t the perfect fairy tale I envisioned, I learned that there is no reason to worry about creating that perfect trip anymore. Disney somehow always finds a way to create or top the magic that I have planned and as our children get a little older with each trip, we get to see Disney in a whole new way.
My advice to you all is whatever you do, don’t let your dreams of a perfect vacation get in the way of enjoying the magic. Creating a perfect vacation is a myth. The perfection comes in the imperfections of the journey! Slow down and take it all in; I promise you that it’s worth it.
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