It had barely been four weeks since we had trudged through the lobby of the Contemporary Resort for the last time, my son sobbing over our impending departure from the happiest place on earth. Taking pity on my devastated child, one of the Contemporary's Cast Members ran over, gave Jack a hug, and said, "Oh, honey. You drank the Kool-Aid for sure!!." Then, with a wink and a smile, she whispered in my ear, "Don't worry. You'll be back soon." And she was absolutely right, although I didn't know it then!
|We're going to Disney World--again!!|
It was an easy decision to bring my mother with us on our second trip. Although she is a lifelong Disney fan, my mom never had the opportunity to visit Disney World. My parents had always wanted to take my brother and me when we were little, but it just wasn't financially feasible for them. I knew that spending a vacation at Disney World with her grandchildren would truly be a dream-come-true for my mom.
Confident that I would finally get the wild reaction I'd hoped for the first time (see "The First Taste: Our Inaugural Trip to Disney World, The Big Announcement" on October 1st), I couldn't wait to break the news to Jack and Sadie. This time, I was definitely not disappointed. Jack and Sadie screamed and jumped and fell on the floor...everything I'd ever dreamed of. To be fair, however, I'm still not sure who was more excited (my mom or the kids) when we officially invited Grandma to come with us. After the hysterics ended, it was time to tackle a few basic decisions, the most pressing of which was lodging. Specifically, we needed to determine whether we were going to stay at an onsite or on offsite hotel this time.
|The Wilderness Lodge, one of Disney's 26 onsite properties|
After careful research, we decided that staying onsite was the best choice for our family. The obvious next question was which hotel should we choose? Because this was my mom's first trip to Disney World, I wanted to make it as special and memorable as possible. I knew that one way to do this would be to stay at one of Disney's Deluxe Resorts, and I had a specific one in mind.
|Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht and Beach Clubs|
The only question remaining for now was when should we go? Although I'm a strong believer that people should vacation when they can and that pulling young children out of school for a family vacation is by no means the end of the world, I couldn't quite justify allowing the kids to miss another week of school for another Disney vacation in the same year. On the other hand, the thought of battling the intense summer crowds made me cringe. So I was faced with a dilemma. Should we wait until the following school year (when the crowds and rates would be lower) or should we put my touring plans (and our wallets) to the ultimate test by visiting Disney World during the high summer season? After some more research, I came up with a viable solution, one that I was sure would please everybody...
Next Up: "We're Going Back: Part Two", including tips on the best times of year to visit Disney World
Note To My Readership: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, "Drinking the Kool:Aid" is taking a one-week break and will return on Friday, November 30th. Have a magical and safe Thanksgiving!