Ok. I am going to try to be as politically correct as possible here. I think I will just start by saying: It wasn’t Disney… it was us. I think you either LOVE Disney, or you just aren’t so sure about it. My current status is leaning towards the later category. You guys I wanted to love it and I am partially (ok majorly) blaming myself for not doing it right the first time around. You see I had visions. I thought when you walked through the turnstile, a magic fairy dust would rain down from the sky, happiness would ensue and whining would thwart. Like on the spot. It would just GO away. Walking would turn into skipping and skipping into cartwheels and there would be laughing. Lots and lots of smiles and laughing. And ten regular steps through that gate, I realized, oh no (!), the magic is not happening!!!!
And I don’t mean that it is this way for everyone, it’s just that my kids were hot. Turns out they don’t like to be hot. And there was a lot of walking. Turns out my kids don’t like too much walking. And there was a lot of waiting in lines. Ok so I knew they wouldn’t like that part, but was really banking on the Disney magic to come through on that portion. When my kids behavior got to the point that I started questioning my own parenting skills for the past 8 years, I came to the conclusion that A) Yes, maybe we need to work on a little gratitude or B) Maybe Disney isn’t for everyone. Probably a combination of the two.
As I reflect on my first “Disney experience” here are a few things I wish I did in retrospect:
If you have a lot of kids, take them in shifts or divide and conquer.
If you think you only need a single stroller, think again. No matter the age, they will all want to sit. By the end I needed a quadruplet.
Bring more clothes for the kids than you think. The sweat is real.
Figure out that fast pass thing way in advance and ask your Disney pro friends what ride are musts! That “My Disney Experience” app is also sort of amazing.
When in doubt, revert to the hotel pool.
Baby steps. A few hours in a park per day is p.l.e.n.t.y.
So yeah. Disney, we haven’t given up on you, but next time (see how I said “next time” there…positive thinking) we will do it up right. And because I know everyone is entitled to their own Disney opinion, I’ll stop and stick to what you probably care more about….
What I Wore to Disney
What does a fashion blogger where to Disney? Quite the challenge. I knew I wanted to be as comfortable and as cool as possible. I went the sporty route and had fun with different graphic tees that I thought would compliment the Disney experience.
Outfit 1 // Basic
A cheeky travel outfit. My kids love playing “opposite day” and I knew this trip would be anything BUT basic.
Outfit 2 // Lucky
Regardless of the heat (and the whining), how lucky was I to have the opportunity to go on this trip with these 4 handsome dudes? I mean, they love me so much they all wanted me to carry them all of the time….
Outfit 3 // Good Sport
This was the day I had to do the park ALONE (my husband had a work meeting). This tee was only fitting.
Outfit 4 // Weekend Warrior
I got a LOT of compliments on this one from fellow park-going mamas. Proof that I wasn’t the only one….
Outfit 4 // Enlighten Up
Because after all, we were in DISNEY WORLD!! Ok so maybe I did feel a little magic.
Outfit 5 // Au Revoir
Because all good(ish) things must come to an end…..
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