Big Bud really should have been the poster child for Disney’s next commercial. When I told him I had FINALLY made the decision to book a trip to Disney World, I thought he was going to pass out from excitement. It didn’t matter that the trip was 6 months away (FOR-EV-ER in kid time).
I had always planned to take him, but I just never got around to it. After years of moaning and groaning about how he was mistreated and was the only child in existence who hadn’t been, I finally broke down and took the plunge. What took me so long? As the self-proclaimed sultan of saving, I never dreamed that such a vacation would ever fit into our budget. The mere mention of the word Disney made my coupon-clipping hands start to tremble in fiscal fear. How was I to justify such extravagance to my monthly budget?
Once I started to look into it and realized just how affordable it could be, my hyperventilation eased a bit and my blood pressure started to return to normal. This wasn’t bad at all! In fact, by paying for a Disney quick service meal plan and staying at one of their budget resorts, it was actually very reasonable.
So here I am post-Disney trip and I’m kicking myself for not having gone sooner. What made the trip even more special was that Disney World was gearing up for Christmas! We went to sleep on a Saturday and woke up the next morning to a winter wonderland that would leave even Santa Claus a bit jealous. It’s really amazing what the fantastic people at Disney can pull off in a single night. What normally would have been a special family vacation was transformed into an extraordinary eye popping extravaganza of lights and decorations!
If you think that your kids get excited at Christmas, try spending part of the Christmas season in the most magical place on earth! It truly is a sight to behold. All the parks are decorated for the season in their own style of merriment. Animal Kingdom was even complete with a massive evergreen decorated with an African Safari inspired motif.
During select dates in November and December, Disney is hosting Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom. Admission to this limited time event includes Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade complete with a special Santa Claus appearance, the enchanted Christmas lights on Cinderella’s castle, an exclusive holiday fireworks extravaganza, a magical snow fall on Main Street, and complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. As if this weren’t enough, this special party also features live Christmas entertainment by an array of Disney favorites along with special meet and greet opportunities with all of the characters. The other awesome Disney parks also include several special Christmas festivities including a nightly tree-lighting with Mickey and the Candlelight Processional at Epcot.
Granted, Disney World during any holiday is crowded, but the atmosphere is worth the hassle. I got some truly priceless pictures and I may just have won myself the mom of the year award. I just may have enjoyed the trip more than my kids. Getting to spend some quality time with them was worth more than any amount of money I spent. After all, they’re only little once.
– Contributed by Veronika