Tip Time: Just because your child enjoys a special experience on one trip to Disney World, don't assume that she will like it as much the second time. The novelty will have naturally worn off, making the experience inherently less magical. It's nearly impossible to replicate a memorable moment exactly, so it's sometimes best not to try. Trying a brand-new experience is almost always better.
After a lackluster appointment at the Pirates' League, we stepped out into Adventureland just in time to catch the next showing of Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial, a fun live show featuring the scoundrel Jack Sparrow himself. As we wandered over to the Tutorial's stage, the Captain's eyes locked on Sadie, and he called on her to be his assistant for the show. Sadie did not even hesitate for a second; she bounded right up to that stage, a huge smile on her face.
|Sadie on stage at the Tutorial|
Captain Jack graciously helped Sadie off the stage and back to my waiting arms, but there was very little I could do to console her. She was completely over the entire pirate experience, and she begged me to wipe her face off and take off her costume. I'd learned from previous experience that it is crucial to "pick my battles" with my kids, especially when we are someplace that is highly stimulating to begin with. If Sadie didn't want to keep her pirate costume and make-up on, this was not a battle that I was interested in fighting.
Tip Time: While Disney World is one of the "happiest places on Earth", it's important to have realistic expectations for your trip, especially if you are traveling with small children. The theme parks are full of stimulating sights, sounds, and smells; children can easily fall victim to sensory overload. Since kids are not capable of fully expressing themselves verbally, this "overload" often results in tears. To avoid a complete meltdown, try to pick your battles. Of course, it's important to correct unacceptable behavior, regardless of where you are. On the other hand, it's probably not that important that your kids keep a bandanna on all day if they don't want to.
By the time we met up with the boys a few minutes later, Sadie looked almost exactly as she had before her Pirates' League appointment. My husband and I locked knowing glances. We shook our heads, let it go, and continued on. Because we'd decided to "go with the flow" as much as possible that morning, there was no major meltdown to recover from, and the rest of the day was simply wonderful. In fact, that evening brought some of the most memorable moments of our entire trip!!
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