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It’s a Disney Park tradition—Mickey Mouse Ears hats with your name embroidered in yellow that you wear proudly throughout the park. I couldn’t wait to get Baby Mateo his very own and now the hat is displayed on the head of one of his many stuffed animals.
Those iconic ear hats couldn’t be any cooler….or could they?
Ohhhhhh they could and Disney found a way to do it!
I’m from a cow town in Eastern Washington State. It’s small and quaint and more than likely the same doctor that delivered your mom, also delivered you and will probably deliver your baby. Your high school math teacher went to elementary school with your dad. And if you start to like someone, make sure that you’re not related because everyone is related to everyone somehow. This is all just to say that it is really very tiny and community is very important.
One thing we know about Disney is that they’re always finding ways to be more innovative and make the Disney experience fresh and this summer, Walt Disney World is pulling out all the stops to make sure you have an amazing family vacation.
As if the Magic Kingdom wasn’t spectacular enough, it’s now been expanded and there’s entire Princess Fairytale Hall. You’re going to be “Super mom” once you take your little princess to live out her fairytale dreams!
There’s something I have to tell you. It’s nothing that I’m proud of and I hope our relationship doesn’t change after I reveal this. Deep breaths.
I have never seen Star Wars.
There. I said it. Please don’t judge me.
In my defense, the rock I have been living under is cozy and comfortable but unfortunately it’s Star Wars free.
I first traveled with Baby Mateo when he was two months old! For being such a tiny little guy, he sure needs a lot! So I packed up what he needed to, kissed Daddy goodbye, and we were off to the Great Pacific Northwest to meet la familia.
While we had the best time and Mateo was an excellent travel buddy, I realized quickly that traveling with kids is a ton of hard work. Seriously.
Vacations are supposed to be fun, so here are a few tips I’ve gathered to help make traveling with kids a little less stressful.
After graduating from college, I went on a three week tour of Europe. First stop—London. The city was dreary but exciting and beautiful. The architecture was spectacular. Buckingham Palace was breathtaking. And the fish and chips were insanely greasy and good.
It really was too bad the my hotel was located in a dingy building, with two single cots and a 13-inch TV that only showed reruns of The Sopranos. If only my hotel had been a better representation of this beautiful city.
Why does food always taste so much better when you’re on vacation? Even when on the road, I look forward to greasy fast food or a pancake breakfast at a middle-of-nowhere-diner. And I definitely get a kick out of ordering room service—I always feel so fancy. Moreover, while I barely have time to grab a quick bite while I’m working, I always make sure I have three (sometimes four) square meals a day while on vacation. And, of course, I indulge in all the things I’ve been avoiding to slim down for said vacation. Ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, and cheesecake – need I go on?
Okay, the kids are out of school, the vacation time is approved, and the tickets are purchased. Next stop on the Family Vacation Train is Walt Disney World! But before you go choo-chooing your way into the Magic Kingdom, there is some serious planning to do!
Gone are the days of showing up to the park, grabbing a map on the way in, and hoping for the best! There’s just too much fun to be had to leave your day up to this outdated way of doing things.
There’s nothing quite like a vacation with your family and no greater memory is made than when your vacation is spent with the Big Cheese himself – Mickey Mouse.
Summers at Walt Disney World Resort are epic! I remember my childhood trips so vividly. Keeping cool by going on Splash Mountain ten times! Tracking down Minnie Mouse for a picture. Staking claim of the best spot on the parade route. And finally, being carried out, asleep, while still clutching my new “Kristina” Mickey Mouse ears.
What is your favorite Disney movie?
There are the classics. I was particularly fond of Cinderella, probably because I hated doing my chores and hoped my Fairy Godmother was out there just waiting to rescue me from another round of dirty dishes.
The movie I loved, the one that I watched over and over, could recite every line of every song, laughed out loud, and still quote to this day—Aladdin!
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