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I am totally crazy. I have been playing around and pricing a trip for next summer or fall. What am I thinking? Taking my twinkles at 2.5 to Disney? I actually want to get there again before my DS gets too old. Not that you are ever too old for Disney, but there comes a point where they don't want to go on vacation with you, etc. Plus, he still loves the magic of Disney right now, even though he has realized that there were people dressed up as characters when he went at ages 4 and 5. Lol So, I think we are going to have to suck it up and take the twinkles at an earlier age than we planned. Although, I am wondering if we will have to forget about character dining while we are there. Sarafina is crazy in restaurants right now. She sobs and cries like she is afraid. :roll:

The good thing is that they are building a value resort of family suites. With a family of 5, we can no longer stay in the affordable resorts. We have limited options at the cheaper resorts. Otherwise, we are stuck with deluxe or villas. Yes, yes, I know we can stay off resort for cheaper. We may do that someday, but we love the convenience of a Disney resort.

So, for now, I am just in the dreaming stage. We will have to wait and see what our finances hold and if we want to take the plunge. The bad thing will be that we will be driving down this time. Sad We are definitely not paying for airfare...well...unless gas prices keep going up.

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You'll have to update on how things go once you are more into the planning process. We haven't gone with the kids at all yet (actually I've never been to Disney in my entire life Lol so the kids can't complain Wink ) and with a family of 6 I totally know what you mean. I have only occasionally looked into it. A thought we had was to go with at least one of the grandparents so they could watch the kids while we went out to dinner one night, plus if we go soon the baby and Josiah wouldn't be able to go on a lot of the more fun rides/rollercoasters. So I'm hoping dh's parents will be up for the idea since FIL doesn't like those kinds of things Lol and then we'd just rent a house I think and save on meals by cooking ourselves a lot of the time. We'll see how that all works out in the long run but I'd be interested in the Disney villas too

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Sounds like fun!! I can;t wait to have kids old enough to really enjoy Disney so we can go - if I had an older child like you do I'd totally do it for all the reasons you write!

And what's up with restaurants being the devil? Evan was always great but lately ugh he's a monster if we try to go out especially around dinner. Sigh!

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"mandi04" wrote:

and then we'd just rent a house I think and save on meals by cooking ourselves a lot of the time. We'll see how that all works out in the long run but I'd be interested in the Disney villas too

You would be amazed at the things available to you. You can go for the villa (if you can afford it) and get groceries delivered to your villa by gardengrocer.com (I think) and still cook all of your meals. It all depends on what you envision as your perfect Disney vacation. We love the free buses and the Disney dining plan. However, with 3 kids, our perfect Disney vacation is about to transform, I think.

I did find out that kids under 3 do not count as a number in your room. So, technically, we are still a family of 3 until the girls turn 3. It makes me want to plan our trip even more now!

"kmm123" wrote:

Sounds like fun!! I can;t wait to have kids old enough to really enjoy Disney so we can go - if I had an older child like you do I'd totally do it for all the reasons you write!

And what's up with restaurants being the devil? Evan was always great but lately ugh he's a monster if we try to go out especially around dinner. Sigh!

Yes, we took DS at 4.5 and it was great. I thought it was the perfect age. He just loved the magic of Disney, but was old enough to stand in line, follow directions, etc. We went again a year later, and that was even better. I do recommend taking older kids. Not that you cannot enjoy Disney with little ones, but life is just easier, kwim?

As for the restaurant, I have no clue what is up. When we go out as a family (meaning DH is there with us), Sarafina does not even get scared or upset. She happily plays and enjoys herself. When I go out with a friend and all the kids, she screams and cries. I am not sure if she wants attention and this is her way of getting my friends to hold her or what. I am at a total loss.

I will say that going out to eat from here on out will get a tad harder. I think it got easier once DS was about 3.5 or 4, but it seemed like ages 2-3 were somewhat rough. DS really liked to wander around, so one of us was always walking him around. Plus, add potty training to that, and someone was always walking him to the restroom, sometimes multiple times during the meal. Definitely not relaxing!!! However, it really prepared him for eating out when he was older. I firmly believe that you have to expose kids to things and teach them the behavior you want to see. We just always make sure we do it at family friendly restaurants. IHOP was one of our faves with DS because people are used to families there. No one ever seemed to care if we were making a little bit of noise or wandering around.