Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I'm off to Disney for a adult friendly vacation.

I'm sure if Connor was older I'd never get away with this one, but I'm headed for a romantic week away in Orlando next week. I'm really excited to be a few days at my favorite place on earth. Walt Disney World. I've been to Disney more times than I can count on two hands as I lived outside of Orlando for years and I used to have a tradition of going to Disney after Christmas every year. Though as many times as I've gone I've never been with a preschooler or toddler and really I've never looked at the park from a preschool perspective.

So this little Orlando trip has three objectives. The first is to have a romantic couple only week away where it may just be possible for us to have a conversation without having to say "no.. no.. don't touch that.. sit down..." for a good amount of the time. As well this may just be the last adult vacation we take for awhile as between Connor and possibly more kids in the future I'm fairly positive that my roller coaster riding days may just be limited for awhile. I'm also planning to take Connor to Disney for his first time hopefully next fall or the spring of 2011 and I want to scope out what attractions would be best for my little munchkin and get some ideas for cool things you can do on a limited budget in Orlando as I'm fairly positive I will not be graduating from college by then.

I am also getting the opportunity to interview one of the Disney Mom Panel moms here shortly and I really want to come up with some good questions to ask especially about how to do a action packed Disney trip without breaking the bank. I'd love to hear your ideas as well. So my mission to you guys while I'm gone is to come up with some great questions to ask for my interview. I'll pick the best questions to include in the interview and depending on how many submissions I get you guys will win prizes as well. If I get under 50 submissions I'll give away a $25 gift certificate to Disney Store online, if I get 100+ submissions I'll give away a $25 gift certificate to my favorite question and a Disney plush of my choosing from the park to the runner up. If I get 150+ submissions I'll give away a $25 gift certificate to my favorite and two Disney plush to the runners up. I'll pick out something cool as if we don't get enough submissions Connor will be the winner of the plush. heh. (He has plenty of plush so lets make it happen ladies!)

I'd also love to hear about your favorite attractions, any attractions you especially want me to check out and feature in our upcoming posts, and your own Disney experiences. The last time I was at Disney they had just opened Animal Kingdom and not many of the rides/attractions were active so it will be fun to see whats changed as its been a few years.

In the meantime I'll be checking in sporadically from now till we get back next weekend and my good friend Stacy will be hosting you guys with dvd reviews and giveaways!

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Ellen C. said...

I would ask the mom panel which rides I can carry my son with me. We're going to Disney in October so this would definitely help me out. thanks for the chance.

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Superdumb Supervillain said...

I would ask what a good length of trip would be for a family with a five year old and a two year old. What would be the best way to pace our adventure? I spent a lot of time at Disneyland but have only been to Disneyworld a couple of times, and all of my Disney experience was pre-kids!

Have a great trip!

Island Girl said...

I would like to ask them what would be an absolute not miss attraction for a 2 1/2 year old! Any parades, rides, shows we should definitely not miss? Or any dining places we should not miss? Also is it better to rent a stroller or bring my own?
mainlandmama at gmail dot com

Michelle @Flying Giggles said...

This may sound silly, but at Disneyland I know which bathrooms to use with my kids bc they are always empty. Sometimes waiting in line to use the bathroom with a two year old is harder than waiting in line to go on Dumbo. I would ask them which bathrooms are the best (least crowded) and where the baby centers are located.

Thanks...good luck!

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Brimful Curiosities said...

What are the very best book or website resources to read to prepare one for their first family trip to Disney? Quite frankly, the thought of planning a trip is overwhelming and a little scary. I love a nuts and bolts sort of guide for a Disney newbie.

Anonymous said...

We are currently planning our MAY 2010 trip with the fam. I am looking for as much Tinkerbell interaction as humanly possible for my Tink obsessed 5 year old. ( will be almost 7 when we go.) I can't wait to hear what you have to say about your visit! My favorite attraction at Disney has always been SMALL WORLD! love ya!

Annmarie Weeks said...

Have a great time! The 1st time we went to Disney, my hubby & I went alone (it was part of our honeymoon) and we had a BALL! My "mom question", though, would be what are some tips for waiting in a looonng line with impatient children?

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pilesoflaundry said...

I would ask the mom panel do they think it's better to get there early at park opening and leave mid day or to avoid the morning and go later into the night as far as crowds go.

We have always done it late in the day but some people swear by morning. I'm really curious what is better before our next trip!

phxbne said...

I would ask is there a way to calculate if the meal plan is a good deal for you? it makes my head spin and my husband thinks its a waste

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dctm said...

I would love to ask about the meals plans - should we purchase them pre-paid or just pay as we go. I would also like to ask about attractions/rides for a 3 yr old

dctm at bellsouth dot net

lmkirb said...

I would ask if there is any way of knowing when the best time is to hit the kids rides when it seems to be the slowest. My autistic son doesn't do good in crowds, but we would like for him to experience the rides because he loves to be swinging and flying around so I know he would enjoy some of the rides. But the thought of waiting in long lines with him isn't very appealing knowing how he is around people and crowds.
Thanks for the chance!!

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Nancy Murphy said...

Angela -

How exciting for you, a trip to disney! I am looking forward to taking my girls one day! I think planning it is so overwhelming. I would ask ... what is the best time of year to visit?

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Anonymous said...

when is the least crowded time of year? we'd like to take vacations during the school year, especially in May and SEpt. or is it crowded all year long?

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Lauren said...

I would ask the panel what is the best on-site place to stay with a 4 year old and 19 month old. Last time we went we stayed off site and it was too much of a hassle!

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