Watch Out Mickey, Here We Come!

We are taking the plunge. We are going to Disney World.

My 5-year-old and 2-year-old daughters have been in a Disney princess hysteria since we announced our trip. Despite my best efforts to raise daughters who don’t worship twirling girls in ballgowns, I now wave the white flag. What can I say? They adore those apple-biting, prince-charming-loving gals.

So, yes, we are doing Disney in true princess style. We’ll be dining at Cinderella’s castle. We’ll be standing in long lines just for the chance to hug Snow White. And we will hunt down Rapunzel no matter how many blisters adorn our feet.

And hopefully we’ll have a little fun along the way.

It’s our first time as a family to Disney World, and I admit I had no idea about the amount of planning that goes into a Disney trip. There’s a feeling that it has to be just right or that special brand of Disney magic won’t fall straight from Tinkerbell’s wings onto my daughters.

Of course I’m exaggerating, but I do feel there is a magical atmosphere when it comes to Disney. I get choked up just watching my daughters’ faces light up when we go to a Disney store. I may be quite the emotional embarrassment when my daughter actually tracks down Rapunzel. I want her to have the same magical experience I had as a kid. I mean, just look at the magic of this moment from my childhood hugging two insanely large chipmunks.

Pure Disney magic.

So, I want the trip to go smoothly. There’s a lot to think about before setting off for Disney World or Disneyland. I had to make dinner reservations six months in advance. Six months! That is one hot ticket.

And the only reason I was able to snag those seats was because my sister went to the land of the oversized mouse in the spring and told me all her hard-won secrets.

So I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for getting the most out of Disney World (or Disneyland) with young children. What are your top pieces of advice for a Disney novice? Anything I should avoid or put on the top of my “must-do” list?


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