Answering the Question of the Week

Happy Friday! As some of you know, we spent last week at Disney World celebrating the kids’ January birthdays. We had toyed with the idea of going to Disney World for a couple of years and finally pulled the trigger last fall and started planning the trip.

The question that I’ve received over and over this week is, “how was Disney World?”

Prior to the trip, friends and family predicted that we would hate Disney World. Maybe ‘hate’ is a strong word, but the predictions were that we would be exhausted by the end of day two and miserable the rest of the week, or that we wouldn’t have the patience for the lines or the busses or the crowds. You see, patience isn’t one of my strong qualities.

IMG_1277I’m happy to report those predictions did not pan out. We had a great time! Yes, there were times when we got tired and just wanted to stop. Stop walking. Stop riding. Stop watching shows. Stop standing. Just stop. Do you know what we did when we felt like that? We stopped and ate Mickey ice cream and took selfies. If you don’t feel better after a Mickey ice cream, then maybe it’s time to call it a day.

Layne met her all time favorite – Minnie Mouse in the pink dress – and she met every princess that she wanted to meet. Rapunzel got in my personal space a little, which still makes me giggle. Jack got to be the rebel spy on a Star Wars ride, light saber fight with Darth Vader, be a comedian’s sidekick in the Monsters Inc. comedy show, sword fight with Captain Jack Sparrow, and the Southwest crew led the plane in singing ‘Happy Birthday” to him on the flight home. Then he went to Space Camp earlier this week. Yeah, his January has been better than mine and your January.

January is, historically, one of the slower months at Disney World. So, I’m told, the parks aren’t as crowded as they are in the summer or the week after Christmas. There were still a lot of people there – the wait for the Sever Dwarfs (or the “7D”, as the kids call it) Mine Train was 105 minutes last Friday – but the only time that I thought “this is a gazillion million people” was when we got on the bus back to the hotel after the park closed one night, and when we were trying to get to the park Saturday morning and had to contend with the weekend crowd and the Disney marathon.

IMG_1321The temperature was in the 50s and 60s during the day, but with the wind and cloud cover, it felt almost cold at times – especially on the Astro Orbiter. Had the temperature been 98 degrees with about 85% humidity, though, my enjoyment factor would have gone way down, no doubt.

All that to say, we had a great time. An absolute blast! With the exception of Epcot, the kids were old enough to enjoy the parks for most of the day and to, perhaps, have some memories of the trip. 

It had been about 35 years since I went to Disney World as a kid. With the time that we had, I dare say that it will not be 35 years before we go back. The trick will be for second trip to be as awesome as the first. I think Walt Disney understood that, and Disney Parks employees understand that today, which is why the parks are constantly undergoing changes, additions and deletions, to keep the parks interesting and fun for the whole family.

There’s no way to do a review of Disney World on a Friday post.  Maybe I’ll work on that like my Charleston review, over the course of a few weeks, and post a more comprehensive review.

Off to work now. Have a great Friday and a great weekend!


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