So, now that I have been through my first Disney trip as an adult, I know what I’d do differently the next time. First, and this isn’t something I need to worry about as it’s over, I wouldn’t take my kids so young. I know plenty of people do, and have a great time, but for us it didn’t work. I already have anxiety (medicated), and the stress of travel is a lot for me to take. On top of that, I am kind of obsessive about my kids’ sleep and routines. They are both excellent sleepers, but they need their full nights’ sleep, and my son needs his naps. At the beginning of the trip, DS didn’t know how to just nap on the go. By the end, he started taking some stroller naps or mommy naps (see picture above). So, my next trip will not be for several years, til naps are out of the picture. I also want my kids to be able to walk and carry their own stuff. We had a double stroller that was helpful, but also a pain to bring on the bus, boat, airplane, etc.
I already mentioned I’d rent a car, or I might even consider just driving down to FL. I don’t mind driving long distances and I want the convenience of driving myself back and forth.
The dining plan…not for us. Especially not the deluxe plan. I’d rather not be tied to having a certain number of meals or types of meals, or worrying about using up snack credits.
Speaking of food, there are some restaurants I really want to eat at next visit. Biergarten (which I ate at when I was a teenager and loved), Liberty Tree Tavern, Raglan Road are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
I liked staying at POR, but I would love to be closer to the parks. I think the Epcot hotels would be great, but we’d have to start saving for that Walking from HS to Epcot was awesome. Or, given the fact that I’d like more down-time during my vacation, but can’t afford to stay on-site for so many days, maybe I’d even look at staying off-site. I didn’t care for staying at two hotels, so probably not a split stay.
Speaking of Epcot, for me that is definitely a two-day park. Maybe not split exactly into FutureWorld and World Showcase, but a little of each side each day.
Well, anyway…I hope some of you enjoyed reading. I hope I didn’t come across as too negative (for the parts that were negatives). Overall, we had fun, but it’ll definitely be a few years until we go back. I think we’ll go camping for our next vacation…but close to home