One of the best parts about homeschooling is that we can go on vacation any time we want. I have been wanting to take the kids to Disney World for a few years and my wish finally came true (as wishes do at Disney). I was able to magically get tickets to the princess breakfast at Cinderella’s castle on September 8 so this pretty much dictated when we would take our vacation to Disney. It turned out to be the absolute perfect time to go to Disney World. We left for Florida the morning after Labor Day while everyone else was heading to work and to school. We left early that morning and drove all day until we reached our hotel around 5:00pm. I booked rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort (which was one of the cheapest hotels that slept 5 people). It was perfect. There was a decent pool next to our building, but only a short walk away was the giant resort pool. We spent the whole first night swimming there and then they showed a movie outside near the pool. The kids stayed up late every night and were up early the next morning ready to go again.
Because Disney is super expensive and I hate waiting in lines, I decided that our first Disney vacation was plenty long with two days in the park. Honestly, I don’t know how people do more days than that. Tom and I walked twelve miles the first day and a eleven the second. We were wiped out. Of course, because we were only there two days we were there when the park opened and stayed until they kicked us out each night. I loved it! I didn’t think that I would enjoy Disney World as much as I did. I truly did not want to leave. It didn’t hurt that we had booked early enough to get free dining (which is available only during sept and oct) and there were zero lines. And when I say “zero lines”, I literally mean that there were zero lines for 80% of the rides at both Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
The main goal for our first was to do some Jedi Training at Hollywood studios. It was totally worth the effort. I was psyched that they got to fight Darth Vader. I think I was more excited to see Darth than they were. In my book, he is the ultimate bad guy. I think I was a bit star struck….
After doing each ride twice, we headed over to the Magic Kingdom for the rest of the day (it was open until 11pm). We walked our 12 miles, snacked, ate dinner, did more rides, and eventually left completely exhausted at 10:00pm. I couldn’t take another step. Tom even warned the kids not to do anything to set me off. I “was on the edge.” Lol.
The next morning Faith and I woke up early to go to the Princess Breakfast at Conderella’s castle. It was adorable. It seriously brought me to tears to see Faith so excited about this and I was so thankful that I could give it to her. (With the Lord’s help, of course.). We met many princesses and got a photo and signature for each.
The rest of the day was filled with ride, junk food and family fun together. We watched another light show at Hollywood studios that night and then hit the pool. It was the vacation the we didn’t want to end. The next day we went to Amelia Island and enjoyed the beach before we headed back home. It was an amazing escape from reality for our family and I would do it again in a heart beat.