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What I Wore to Disney

October 6, 2017

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.

what I wore to Disney

Outfit 1 // Basic

A cheeky travel outfit. My kids love playing “opposite day” and I knew this trip would be anything BUT basic.

What I wore to Disney

Tee | Jeans | Sneaks (old, similar here)

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….

Lucky Tee | Shorts | Sandals

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.

Good Sport Tee | Adidas Icon Shorts | Sneaks

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….

What I wore to Disney - weekend warrior tank

Weekend Warrior Tee (sold out, similar here) | Shorts

Outfit 4 // Enlighten Up

Because after all, we were in DISNEY WORLD!! Ok so maybe I did feel a little magic.

What I wore to Disney

Enlighten Up Tee | Joggers

Outfit 5 // Au Revoir

Because all good(ish) things must come to an end…..

what I wore to disney - madewell au revoir tee

Au Revoir Tee | Jeans | Sneaks

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  • Wendi Kilbride
    October 6, 2017 at 10:20 am

    We have annual passes and when you realize that you don’t have to do it all, it really makes it easier to slow down and see/appreciate some magic moments. You went at the hottest time, which is MISERABLE for anyone and everyone. These are key:
    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. YESSSS….work that app, book your Fastpasses but don’t hesitate to edit them as you go through your date. Push times, change experiences or say eff them all together and sit and eat ice cream.

    When in doubt, revert to the hotel pool. YESSSS..the pools are awesome and let’s face it, most kids like it just as much. Plus, they all have really nice bars. A fruity, expensive, refreshing cocktail can do a momma wonders.

    Baby steps. A few hours in a park per day is p.l.e.n.t.y.
    YESSS….most people feel compelled to do it all, see it all, be there at opening, stay till closing. You simply must break up your day with plenty of treats, visit the pool, visit some of the other resorts. Just sit in the room and watch disney movies in the A/C for a bit.

    Yeah, I LOVE Disney but I will never take a whole day in the park with any of my kids, that takes all the fun out of it!

  • Courtney
    October 6, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Is it bad that my husband and I have no desire to go. I feel like my kids would be happy at Dutch wonderland or Hersey Park (PA people) and it would only cost a couple hundred instead of a couple thousand. Does that make me a bad mom 😬Thanks for the honest post!

  • Ash Diamond
    October 6, 2017 at 11:00 am

    After growing up in the South aka heat, I always tell my friends that my #1 Disney tip is to go in the winter when it’s disgustinglky cold up here!

  • Jess
    October 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    We love Disney but a) go in the winter (I learned as a child after going in July that the heat takes a lot of the fun out of it) and b) we have a deal that we take each of our children on his 5th birthday. We don’t want to deal with strollers or naps and they can ride almost all the rides. We also didn’t stay late at the parks and got a really good nights sleep in between our days there, which helped a lot! Glad you aren’t giving up – I loved Disney as a child and even more now as an adult!

  • Bay Staley
    October 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I think it is also the husband being on a work thing that can cast a pallor on the whole trip, lol! I am a Disney FREAK and this last trip when I parked it with my 3 kids and my husband was gone, I nearly died in an anti-Disney, anti-kid, anti-life meltdown. It was too much. Next time it needs to be 100% vaca, all the way!

  • Jill
    October 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I looked for a lot of advise prior to our first trip, weeded through it, and it paid off. We had a wonderful time! Personally, I don’t think anyone should attempt Disney if your youngest is under five or six and lots of reasons why…if anyone wants some tips, let me know.

  • Daniela Cherny
    October 6, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    It’s nice to know that no everyone’s Disney experience is “perfectly magical”. We’ve gone twice. My son both times (and you would think at ages 6 and 8, the kid would be more excited to go to the parks) preferred to stay at the resort to “relax” and walk around or just ride the monorail. He complained the entire time! My daughter on the other hand just loved both trips…the rides, the character interactions and just everything. She constantly asks to go back. We will go back (for her). Is it terrible that I want to leave my son with home with his grandparents?

  • Alicia
    October 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    I always say I need a vacation AFTER my Disney Vacation! We just returned from Disney less than a week ago! I have a 4 and 2 y/o and it is hard! I give you so much credit, I would have never attempted a park solo with my animals…i mean kids! I am a travel agent and Disney is one of my specialties so I probably over-planned a bit but I am telling you, if you utilize fast passes, rider swaps, etc etc, it makes for a smoother vacation! But for now…I am ready to go back to Turks and Caicos 🙂

  • Kristin Hildebrandt
    October 10, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I will propose the disney road less travelled, and encourage you to give Disneyland a try. You get great weather, much lower crowds, and only two parks to navigate. I went with three year old twins and pregnant with our third, and we had a number of magical moments. I was not overwhelmed and it felt like a vacation. Travel during a lower crowd time, and it is extra fun. I live in Texas, I don’t need to vacation to extra heat and humidity.

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