My evening preamble for your enjoyment. You may remember us from our summer escapades at Disneyland Paris or a couple of previous WDW Halloween adventures. I gave birth to all the blond curls and eyelashes pictured below. I’m Melissa, the boys are Miles and Carson and my husband Dan is the photographer always behind the camera.
Woody’s deputy on the left has come a long way since his first trip.
Now that I’ve drawn you in with pictures of cute kids: the bad news. They’re not coming! I realize I’ve lost a bunch of you now. Maybe you’ll come back when I post pics from MVAH? I have been pleasantly surprised to see so many kid-free trip reports in the past few weeks so I know we aren’t alone! We’re very blessed and privileged that my kids are actually SUPER excited to spend the next 5 days with their Nana and Papa. So it’s very much a win, win all around.
The plans… I almost titled this report “DVC does NOT save you money!” Ha! We bought a BWV contract in late 2020 that had some banked points. Now we’ve always been in a borrow situation so I was really nervous to “lose” these points. Somewhat at the last minute we decided to try and find a weekend around Christmas to test the holiday waters. The very day I decided to book I found one sunday night in a standard studio at BLT and booked that thinking I would stalk and try to get something on Crescent Lake. But as our plans started to take shape this ended up working out perfectly!
Our kids are somewhat early risers and definitely early sleepers, so they can barely make the regular fireworks let alone an after hours event. So DH and I decided to splurge on VMAH! It was super expensive and I would definitely not pay that price for my kids but this felt like a cool opportunity for us. We are using the party as our park day so originally only each had two days of tickets. Then I saw that @len was hosting a Gingerbread House contest on our arrival day. So one thing led to another and now I fly out at 6am tomorrow morning to get a full park day on Wednesday! Poor DH has to stay home for the kids and to do 3/4 a day of work.
So follow along to see how I and DH survive 2/3 straight park days but then have a nice relaxing weekend of no parks capped off with VMAH Sunday evening! Looking forward to DS Saturday morning and evening with a monorail crawl on Sunday with perhaps some meetups along the way.