Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind. Well, in theory that’s the plan but everyone knows that you don’t get much relaxation at the Disney Parks. The idea of being on vacation is what it’s all about. Freedom to spend your time as you wish for a few days is exciting.
In the midst of moving and getting settled we were still able to enjoy a week-long summer vacation with the family. Lately, it has been one thing after another for us but vacation is something we don’t skip. It helps to plan and commit to a vacation early. That way, we know we have something to look forward to in the future.
We just returned from our bi-annual family trip with my husband’s family. This years trip was to Disney in Orlando, Florida. The family consisted of eight adults and ten kids ages 15 and under. We don’t get to see each other often, which makes our time together so meaningful. I appreciate that we are very intentional about getting together and hope that our kids will continue to do the same.
Our accommodations were very nice which included 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Vacation Club for the first three days.
My three kids have been to Disney before so our primary purpose was to spend time and experience Disney with the family. It was the first time visiting Disney for seven of my nieces and nephews.
Our agenda consisted of visiting two parks, Magic Kingdom and Universal. We visited Magic Kingdom on Tuesday and Universal on Thursday. The other days were filled with swimming, hanging out at the resort and shopping. We needed time to relax in between Disney Park visits. It really does wipe you out.
I took my teenage daughter and niece to Epcot while everyone else went to Magic Kingdom. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll through Epcot which was right up my alley. I’m not much of a ride person but I do a few here and there. We enjoyed the cultural experiences and the simulations. It was nice walking, talking, learning and eating. I enjoyed the pretty scenery, the cultural ambience of the different countries, and spending quality time with two special teens.
We arrived at the parks somewhere between 11-2 and stayed until closing. Let’s just say we got our moneys worth. The later you stay, the shorter and faster the lines for the rides. We were all beat down tired, but we had a great time.
We moved over to Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort just outside of Disney for the last two days of our trip. We had a comfortable two bedroom unit fully equipped with a full kitchen and two full baths. All of the family stayed at Bonnet Creek in their own units which made it nice that we were all close by. The resort was nicely maintained, and had several on-site activities and amenities including a few pools and lazy rivers. This allowed us to share family meals.
I think Universal Studios is my favorite park. I’ve been at least 3 or 4 times over the years. All sixteen of us went to Universal on Thursday. Grandparents opted to do their own thing. The simulations were very cool, although some could be a bit scary for younger kids.
It was pretty hot and humid but we survived. Notice the extra shine that we all have own our faces. The daily afternoon rain cooled it off a bit.
There is still so much that we did not do and see but that gives us reason to go back again in the future. We preferred a more leisure approach to Disney and had no interest in park hopping.
The commercialism and the expense of it all is crazy to me. Yet as parents, we do it. We want to expose our children to different experiences, create lasting memories, and enjoy family fun. We get so busy that we forget to have fun. Sometimes it’s worth it to splurge if you can.
It certainly doesn’t take a trip to Disney to have family fun but I’m glad we took the plunge. I enjoyed the time we had with everyone including my in-laws, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews. It was definitely worth it.
Stay tuned for our next trip.
Peace and Blessings,