We plain out asked them... would you rather go to Disney or do many local trips spread out over time (NYC, Bronx Zoo, Boston, Six Flags, indoor water parks, etc.) and get a swimming pool? They wanted many trips and a pool. I was shocked. With all the magical hoopla didn't they NEED Disney? I never went as a kid and wanted to go. Plus I had it in my head that we HAD to take our kids to Disney to make their childhood complete. Where do we get these ideas? In reality I didn't want to deal with the crowds or wait in lines and have that overwhelming sense of "get my money's worth". One friend's description made Disney sound like a big stress... Parents snapping at each other on the Tram and all thru the park. Newly potty trained kids peeing on rides (would be our situation). Nevermind crazy overtired kids. Umm.... plan B please!
Just this week I read this article (by Kat) and she really put into words what was in my heart:
Kids need attention more than entertainment. And we can give that locally! She even references Disney in her post!
"It doesn't need to be fancy, it just needs to be together."
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I love this quote from Kat's post too because I was just talking to a friend about our decision and she said she went to Disney as a kid but doesn't remember it. Well then this is yet another point to give me peace about our decision.
"Our children won't remember what we did for them, but they'll remember how we made them feel." - unknown