Next month, I will be heading down to Walt Disney World for the holidays. The holidays are a great time of the year to go down to visit Walt Disney World. Everything is decorated in festival lights, Christmas trees are up, and there is nothing more exciting than walking down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom during the holiday season.
A tip that helps me with planning is pulling out the old home movies of our past trips down there and watching them. As the weather gets colder up here in D.C., I take out the home movies and begin to watch our last adventure down in balmy Orlando. Doing this, slowly, gets my family excited about returning to Walt Disney World, and additionally helps unlock memories from the last trip that they might have forgotten.
As we watch the home movies, I normally take notes of what I recorded last time so that I know where we went and what I recorded. These notes help me know what I should not be recording this upcoming trip.
When we are at the beginning of the planning process, my family and I think about when we want to go down to Walt Disney World and try to nail down how long we are going to stay. The next big step in the planning process comes when it is comes to determining where we want to eat. The final big step of planning is when we as a family look at those old home movies and determine what new attractions there are we want to see and what traditional attractions we want to make sure we go to this time.
One of the newest attractions we will be seeing this time is Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage. My daughter has always asked to go see it each and every time we go down there, and each and every time she has always gotten out voted. This particular time, she lobbied her grandparents and mother very hard, like a clever politician, and she prevailed, making a compromise with her older brother, who was her main opposition. For visiting this live stage program, her brother insisted on her going on the all-new Star Tourstwice, which she did not mind doing, and visit the Magic of Disney Animation, which she wanted to go and do this time anyway.
Shakespeare once wrote that “the past is prologue..” and a trip to Walt Disney World, gives you the opportunity to develop a new set of memories, and a new family story. So look at those past trips to some new ideas and make some new stories to share.
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