We have been trying to make a Disney World trip happen for our kids for over two years...and my parents are making it a reality!!! ♥ (The footage is quiet, so I added captions. ;-))
I love their synchronized responses and that sweet Annelise initially thought they had already gone & were calling to tell her about it. :-P
No, we've never taken them before. We have spent almost every single hour and dollar budgeted for vacays in the last decade to go home to NC & MI. (BIG post on that in the works. ;-)) When I told my mom back in May that it felt so stupid to spend the ridiculous amount of $$$ to fly home to NC for Christmas when any other time would be so much cheaper and any other place would be a new fun family adventure together, her wheels started spinning. My little brother's BFF (another brother to me) is getting married in St. Augustine on the Saturday after Thanksgiving; we just could not invest that much for all four of us to go for one afternoon...but since it's a holiday week with no football or kid conflicts, my mom agreed it's the perfect time to add Disney and make the trek worthwhile! The kids are the *perfect* ages; we really wanted to be able to give them this experience while Annelise still cares about princesses (she's teetering on the edge of being over them!!!) and Will still gets wide-eyed with wonder. ♥
I only went once growing up - my brother & I were almost their same ages! - and it was pure magic. I vividly remember my dad going on & on about "how magical" our trip was...and let's just say, he was NOT a particularly ebullient man. ;-) It was one of the happiest family weeks we ever had! I don't see us becoming "a Disney family" (I have tons of non-Floridian friends who go at least once or twice EVERY year) just b/c there are so many other places we want to see and explore now as a family, (again, more on that soon) but I have always dreamed of experiencing the magic I remember my parents feeling with me with my own children, and we're all ecstatic that it's finally really going to happen now!