We've just returned from Disney World.*
I vaguely remember going as a child and then I had a fabulous time on a Disney Mom Blogger Mixer in 2008 where we got a first-hand look at Disney Magic (linked to a couple of my favorite posts). Last year I was so happy to be able to attend the first Disney Social Media Moms conference, and when the opportunity came up again, deciding to register was a no-brainer.
We knew we'd have fun, especially with the VIP treatment we get as conference attendees, but I honestly wondered if we'd all feel a little bit of the "been there/done that" since we vacationed there just over a year ago.
Silly me. What did come through loud and clear is that Disneyworld is never the same trip twice. Kids get older, the weather and crowds create different experiences (this year the weather was PERFECT, but there were more crowds), each resort gives a different feeling to the trip.
|Kyle saw the moving talking trash can once last year, and really looked forward to seeing him/it again. He spied it at least twice this year, and that made his day!|
I recently reposted a little recap of our last trip: You're Never Too Old for Disney Magic, and looking back at the pictures, it accurately sums up what I remember of that trip. We all just sort of reveled in the fact that we were at Disney World, and being treated to some fabulous events and experiences. I was enamored by the characters and all of it.
This year we just felt more settled and less rushed. We spent time almost every afternoon enjoying the pool at the resort, which the kids loved. The downtime was nice and made it feel a bit more like a restful vacation, and not just a big Disney experience.
|Amanda took this picture right out of the safari car at Animal Kingdom. Very cool.|
We also experienced Downtown Disney for the first time, as well as Disney World after dark. The kids enjoyed different rides and different parks (I think that Epcot was Kyle's favorite). It was my first time at Animal Kingdom, since the kids went there with Terry while I was in conference sessions last year.
|Kyle's not mad. This is his "astronaut pose."|
Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some wonderful personal memories from our family vacation here as well as some information about products and conference sessions over at 5 Minutes for Books.
I've just posted a review of the fantastic book that my son Kyle could not put down while we were there: Birnbaum's 2011 Walt Disney World For Kids, which is kid-tested and mom approved -- loved it!
*Disclosure: I paid a registration fee for the Disney Social Media Moms conference, but received benefits above and beyond my fee, including lodging at the Grand Floridian hotel.
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