At the outset of this adventure we knew that we would be passing nearby both Disney Land and Disney World, which was a fact that we kept just between the adults. Our oldest has been asking for the past couple of years if we can PLEASE go to Disney Land someday because she’d heard amazing stories from friends, but we just weren’t sure that it would fit into this year monetarily, logistically, or philosophically.
But in February I worked for about a week during the Valentine’s Day rush at the florist where I worked during my college years. When they cut me a check at the end of the week, I knew I wanted to use that money for something special, rather than just deposit it and let it disappear on groceries and toothpaste. Once our plans for visiting family in Orlando were finalized, we realized that many of the expenses that make a Disney vacation expensive were already going to be incurred on our road trip (travel there & back, accommodations, food). So the only thing additional would be the ticket prices – and it just so happened that my flower delivery money was just enough to pay for 4 one-day tickets to the Magic Kingdom.
So we decided to go for it – it just seemed too convenient & too perfect to pass up the opportunity. Like many before us, we recorded the girls reactions to the big news. (If only they knew what Disney WORLD was…they had only heard of the LAND.)
We talked to multiple Disney-fanatic friends who gave us some helpful advice for making the day both memorable and bearable, packed both lunch and dinner into a backpack, and the Fitzgeralds did Disney.
We knew that it would be tiring and crowded, but we went in determined not to let that get to us and to squeeze as much happiness out of the day as possible. Disney worked its magic, and all 4 of us had one of the most fun 12 hour stretches of time ever.
We got there as the park opened, and we left as they closed. We only bought our 4 day passes and 2 souvenirs. We did all the things, and even the most skeptical among us was won over by Disney magic. And that’s how the Fitzgeralds did Disney.