Another statement from Captain Obvious, I know, but Disney World is really a lot of fun! The amazing part is how cool it is to see if from the perspective of a parent versus a non-parent. As a non-parent I would have planned every move in the park to hit all the best rides multiple times while efficiently seeing the entire park in the allotted time in the park. As a parent I was able to sit back and respond to the Christmas-like excitement. When the kids yelled “Teacups! Teacups!” at the top of their lungs while emerging from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride on the other side of the park, all I could do was smile and make it happen. Non-parent Jason would have explained the lack of park-riding efficiency that would cause and lobby for the proximate Thunder Mountain or Swiss Family Robinson attractions. So wonderful was the experience I almost forgot about how much it costs to see Disney (note I said almost).
This trip also had another uniquely special quality. We got to spend time at Disney with the kid’s Aunt Jenn, Uncle Jeff and cousins Lucas and Emily. Stewart and Emily giggled their days away and were nearly inseparable for the 2.5 days we spent together. Lucas and Will enjoyed a similar fear of the unknown together and talking video games. It was great to spend time with Jenn and Jeff and as a native Floridian I was shocked at how much more Jeff knew about Disney than I did. He has some mean Disney knowledge and can build a strong park “game plan” which I respect. Last point of note – they Disney Character buffets not only give the kids a super-easy way to see the Characters without lines but also serve up some pretty darn good buffet food. All together 2 days in Disney, 1 in the Magic Kingdom and 1 in EPCOT were loads of fun (although you really need 2 days for EPCOT) and being able to participate in running while watching Cindy meet a goal she trained for months to attain made for a great several days in a VERY COLD Orlando, Florida.
P.S. Cold temperatures significantly limit park attendance. Put on your heavy coats and get to Disney in the cold to avoid having nearly any wait for rides…
P.P.S – A quick video of Charlie’s first assisted steps: