in less than two weeks, we'll be making our first disney trip. as in, first ever, for all five of us. and the funny thing is, when we started planning this trip, we considered skipping disney all together.
we started talking about visiting florida because we wanted to go to universal and the wizarding world of harry potter. i've got three hogwarts fans, and at 12, 10 and 6, they're pretty much the perfect age to make a trip like this. our original plan was universal, beach, and MAYBE disney. the boys just aren't into disney characters, and we were uncertain if it would be worth it for us.
that, as you can imagine, made everyone say "you can't go to orlando without doing disney!!!!" - and so we reconsidered, and finally settled on booking two days at disney, a day at universal, and four days at the beach. we booked our orlando days at a disney resort, and found a hotel near cocoa beach.
and then the magic bands came. (for those that don't know, these bracelets serve as your room key / park admission / fast passes / restaurant reservation and can be tied to a credit card. they pretty much do it all. some of the resorts are currently testing them, and ours is one of them )and we started the nitty gritty planning that accompanies a trip like this. we're not to-the-minute disney planning, but wanted to show the boys the rides and make sure we hit what they wanted to do the most. lists were made. restaurants were considered.
suddenly, we're regretting not having more time at our resort. or time for epcot. and worrying about rainy days stuck in a hotel (WITH THREE BOYS) on the beach. and before you know it, we've cancelled the beach and are staying at disney for a week. just like that. i told matthew i was pretty sure the magic bands had been coated in disney crack.
we'll still do universal / harry potter. and we have a day scheduled just to hang around. we'll do a full on beach trip another year. but it's shaping up to be a very different trip than we first imagined.
we've been totally sucked in to the disney magic. and i can't wait.