We are 25 days away from departure, and 27 days away from AoA check-in! My girls and I are so EXCITED!!! Ok, honestly, I’m more excited.
We had started this trip in 2019, and of course like so many other families, 2020 hit. We rescheduled twice, and then finally canceled. This is our DD19’s Sr Grad Trip. But, now it has turned into a Sr Grad/Birthday/Early College Grad/Honeymoon Trip!
We have DH47, DS24, DS12 (all first timers), Me40, DD19, and DD10. Driving from the Midwest, 1 night in Tallahassee, 8 park days, and 2 beach days on the way home.
I have watched so many new vloggers, I read something everyday on the TP forums. I’m falling down the rabbit hole of desire for Disney pins, sparkly tumblers, Etsy shirts and Ears.
I’ve pre-packed backpacks, thought twice, re-packed. Just to start thinking all over again. LOL
I searched out ADR’s and managed to get every restaurant we wanted, just hoping for 1 more time slot to open to move it back a bit. So, MouseDining is set. I have examined so many MO QS Menus, the only one I’m worried about is in MK. And I’ve been searching for the places to get those awesome over-the-top milkshakes, like at B&C. But, I just haven’t figured out if we can MO those or have to have ADR.
The kids have all agreed that they want to try RD to Close. So, we have 2 days at each MK, HS, EP, and two 1/2 days at AK. Our TP’s have areas with 150+ minutes, a couple even stretching 300+ minutes. But, keeping in mind with “flexible”, we know we may have to call it day so no one is cranky. I have checked WDW website for the unavailability of some items and crossed them off the list. I have practiced for the BG on our HS days. We got reservations for the 3 Star Wars kids.
I have been jokingly arguing about the travel directions with DH. We will be driving from the Tallahassee area, and he keeps thinking we need to drive all the way over to I-4, but I tell him I think it would be easier to go down 429, exit on Western Way, to W Buena Vista Dr.
I’m hoping the first timers enjoy it. I hope that barring any huge catastrophes, we will all keep the TP plan, with the main thought being “flexible.” And I hope that we will come home with awesome memories of our first Newly-Blended Family Vacation!! Not really newly blended, we’ve been family for 5 years, but this is our first vacation of 6!
I really hope this doesn’t become overwhelming for the DH. He has started mentioning wanting to run the Dopey Challenge in 2023, if they make on-site runs available. All of the first timers keep comparing this trip to DL, and I can’t get them to grasp the idea of HUGE parks and 4-SEPARATE parks. They keep making comments about “hop over to xxxx it would only be a few minutes, it was when we went to DL”
No, no, it’s a good distance and takes time to catch a bus and then drive there! Lol
27 DAYS TO DISNEY!!