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. 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.
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. We are definitely not paying for airfare...well...unless gas prices keep going up.
I think 2.5 would be a great age for Disney World! (says the girl who has not been there sine I was 10) I know Ava would LOVE it right now. I want to go to Disney so badly! I think it would be such a fun trip to do with friends who have kiddos too. It's been talked about in my group- and brining along a couple babysiters so the adults can go out in the evenings.
It will be a different trip with toddlers, but super fun none the less! Then you guys can go again when they're older too.
I didn't go to Disney World until I was about 13 and I finally made it to Disneyland when I was 17. I think it's fun for any age. If you think you might be overwhelmed then you could always wait a year. But if you feel you are up for it then I am sure they would have a blast!
Honestly, if we can survive the car ride, I think we are up for it. It will be my 6th trip to WDW and my DH's 7th. We know our limits and know our way around. Since our DS has already been twice, we won't feel pressured to see everything, kwim? We can take our time and go see his favorites or the things that he didn't want to try when he was younger, as well as do some things for the girls. Who knows. We have been talking about another trip since our last trip in 2009. We just have not really been ready to spend the money.
We just went with Jackson (to Disneyland) when he was 2.5, before Colby came. I wanted to take him then before we would want to wait a while until Colby was big enough. It was fun and a good age, but a lot of work too. Manageable work though. The value suites sounds like a good plan. We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel. We'd get up early (they have early entrance when you buy multiple tickets or stay at a resort) go to the park until lunch, come back to the Hotel and swim or nap, then go back out at night. I think the hardest part for us was the lines, Jackson has no patience and didn't quite understand them yet, but going early and late helped with that. We did character breakfast and that was one of my favorite parts, he loved all the personal attention from the characters and was so adorably shy when Alice came to talk to him. If you're up for it, I would do it! I remember some really hard parts, but of course those memories fade and the good ones stick.
Kristen & Donnie, 2005
Jackson Thomas, 10.08, & Colby Jameson, 5.11
Kristen Privett Photography
I think you will all have a wonderful time!!!! T's went to D-land 3 times this past year J was 2.5 + each time and it was so much more fun for him than when we took him at 1 & 2. It was stressful with 2 little ones, but worked out great. Like you mentioned, we had been there so many times already, that we didn't feel like we had to do everything. Also, Disney has baby care centers that made life easy on us with a baby and newly potty trained toddler. I agree that the car trip will likely be the challenge, but IMO, it will be worth it!
Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!
Angel babies 6/9/07 & 11/16/07
You'll have to keep us posted on whether or not you decide to book it! The girls will have a blast even if they won't remember everything later on but you know that! And by that time maybe you'll be planning another trip back!