These are my thoughts on life, kids and Walt Disney World.
I realized I had lost me somewhere along the way the past several years. I have been the perfect Mommy, wife and volunteer anyone could ask for. What I was missing was being there for me. I am going to take this year to get back to the real me and these are my thoughts along the way.
So this is my story of life, kids and my quest to learn all I can about Walt Disney World (my laughing place!) and earn my Disney PhD!
I have been trying to swim 3 days a week for the last 5 weeks in preparation for our up coming Disney World trip. I had set a goal of 40 laps figuring if I could swim that far I could walk that far. (It all works in my brain, believe me).
We moved our trip up by 3 1/2 months so I know I need to really work to get to where I feel comfortable walking through WDW for 9 days straight.
Today I made 40 laps to Cinderella’s Castle. I am so excited! Now my next goal is 55 to make it through Fantasyland.
In the past few years I have moved beyond Pooh sized to more Ursalaesque. My weight or size have never bothered me. I do what I want to do and don’t let it stop me.
As we approach this Disney trip though the thought of all the walking over 8 days was beginning to make me nervous. Especially with the anticipated heat I am very wary. So, I decided to start swimming. I have to keep it Disney-like so I decided to take after Dory!
I figure if I can swim that far I should be just about able to walk that far. So I figured out it would be about 40 lengths of the pool to go from the Parking Lot, down to the Ticket and Transportation Center, across on the boat, into the park, down Main Street to the Castle. Well, right now I am at 36 so I figure I am just outside the Hub near Casey’s Corner.
I figure once I get to the Castle and can swim there regularly for a week I will start to tackle Fantasyland. I figure once I get to 60 I can make it all the way into the park and through Fantasyland. My goal for that is Halloween.
As they say, “Just keep swimming.”
Some people are not Disney planners. I am a planner. I have everything planned out for my family so that the big things are covered but it still leaves us some time to be spontaneous.
So, now 7 months before our trip I am planning which parks we will be at on each day and where we will eat. This sounds ridiculous but about 6 months before our arrival date we can begin making our dining reservations.
Want to go to Nine Dragons in Epcot? Probably can just walk up when you are ready to eat and be seated. But, if you want to eat at Be Our Guest for dinner or Cinderella’s Royal Table for an early breakfast? Best to be on that phone at 180 days to secure those reservations.
We are considering actually upgrading our Disney Dining Plan (DDP) to the Deluxe Plan for the first time. My family wants to use more 2 credit choices so I am trying to see what will work best for us. Will it be purchasing the regular DDP and paying for several restaurants for 4 adults out-of-pocket or up-grading? Still need to sit with the menus and a calculator but right now it looks like upgrading will be best for our family.
I love bobotie. The first time I had a taste was at a Food & Wine Festival in Walt Disney World. I thought it was an amazing dish. Then several years later we had dinner in Tusker House and dinner at Boma. Both restaurants had bobotie! I was thrilled.
It is a meat dish with curry and cinnamon spices. It then has an egg custard baked over it. It made my house smell amazing! This is not the recipe used by WDW but it sure made me want to make reservations right now for Boma.
The recipe I used for bobotie can be found at Whatsfordinnermoms.wordpress.com
Hope it makes you as happy as it did me!
When my children were younger about 2 months before we would head out on our trip to Walt Disney World we would start a walking routine. Knowing that we would be walking up to 5 miles a day we wanted them to be prepared for the trip. This meant no whining about being tired or wanting to rest.
Who knew that so many years later it would be me who would need to start training for WDW? I don’t mean training as in RunDisney training. I envy those people and hope some day just to be able to jog, walk, heck even crawl one of their races.
I am talking about the plain old walking around Disney training. Last time we went I was mostly in a wheelchair due to a severely sprained ankle. This time I want to be able to walk the entire day and not feel like I need to have a defibrillator at the end of the day.
So, today I began. I swam about 20 laps at our local Y. My goal is three days a week swimming for 20-30 minutes to start with and 2 days of weight training. I want to be able to put the seat belt around me on Soaring and feel comfortable.
Anyone else do the Disney training and set goals?
After what will be almost 2 years we are planning a trip back to Walt Disney World. For so long, it was our home. But, as our lives changed and we moved twice over the last two years our trips were put on hold.
I cannot even begin to say how excited I am. My daughter has always wanted to be in WDW for her birthday. Her brother has celebrated his birthday there twice and we have even celebrated our anniversary in WDW. It never worked out for her before but as she is turning 14 we decided if we were going to make this trip magical for her we had to do it now.
I cannot wait to tell her but now the agonizing wait begins but the fun of planning it all begins too! That is my favorite part. Planning the special times and great surprises!
It has been quite awhile since I have posted on here. Life has taken us in many different directions over the past 18 months (moving half way across the country, then moving again… a whole LONG story) so we have not gone on our twice yearly trips now in over a year and a half!
But, we have found some fun ways to keep Disney a daily part of our lives. One of our favorite things to do is over family dinners take turns asking Disney themed questions. Sometimes they are trivia such as “What are the countries represented in World Showcase?” but more often they are the probing questions you really have to think about.
“Which Disney Princess best exemplifies each person at the table and why?”
Each person has a turn in the “hot” seat and everyone tells which Princess they think the person in the “hot seat” is and what the similar character attributes they have. Then the person in the “hot”seat gets to tell what they think and why. We really like these questions more since you learn quickly how your children see you especially if you start talking Disney Villians!
We also love the re-design the parks questions. “Which restaurant in WDW would you remove and what would you put in its place? Discuss theming, food and decor.”
Yes, we really do this just about every night at dinner. Sometimes the kids come up with the questions. Sometimes we come up with the questions.
Here’s one to get you started tonight- “If you had to remove one ride in Magic Kingdom which ride would it be and what would you replace it with and why?” Remember you have to stick within the theme of the lands too!