Why We Love Walt Disney World
A few weeks ago I visited Walt Disney World for the 12th time (my 12th time, not my kids or husband’s ;)). As always, it was amazing and we have already started planning for next year!
So what’s with this obsession with Disney? Friends always ask and wonder why we keep going year after year.
Close to Home
The flight from Toronto is approximately 3 hours long and flying with 2 kids under the age of 5 is relatively easy. While we have visited San Francisco and Las Vegas with kids, we find that our kids don’t do so well on flights 6+ hours long. They get antsy so Walt Disney World it is.
We Go to Eat
Disney World is not like other theme parks. There is a huge variety of meal options fit for even the pickiest of eaters. Chinese, American, Mexican, French, German food – whatever you can think of, they probably have it at one of their theme parks or resorts.
While our kids love meeting the characters and going on the rides, my husband and I go for the food!
Kids Think It’s Magical
Everything is really like the commercials make it out to be – magical.
The sounds and smells, the theming at Disney World resort hotels and parks, the Disney Characters you meet at the parks and restaurants, other Disney World guests that you meet during your visit. It’s a very happy place.
Watching my kids ride “It’s a Small World” together or meeting their favorite Disney character for the first time is just priceless.
The memories and learning opportunities that Disney World provides (ie. EPCOT’s World Showcase, Animal Kingdom’s Maharajah Jungle Trek) is what I’m hoping will encourage my kids to want to continue exploring the world with us when they are older. I know maybe in reality that 18 years may be all my husband and I get with them before they become “too cool” to travel with mom and dad but we are hoping the memories we make at Disney World will give us at least another 5 years. 23 and travelling with parents – that’s ok right? ;)
Elizabeth L says
I’ve never been to Disney and I’ve always desperately wanted to go. I think once my daughter is a little older we will be planning a trip!
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Disney is our happy place too. You live 3 hours away? Woah. I’d be there every weekend!
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Larry (just some middle-aged dad) says
Thanks for posting this. Good to hear a local, Toronto, view. I went to DW as a kid (long drive in car with familly – yikes!) Flying is the way to go if you have the money, and we are especially lucky in Toronto where you can fly direct from Toronto, or take a shoert drive and fly from Buffalo to save a few $.
Have been twice, 2010 and 2012, and now seriously considering another visit this fall 2013. Strangley, I am fighting with myself to find reasons not to go, thinking that I should be going somewhere else, but DW keeps pulling me back in. As you said, we want to spend good times with the kids before they become ‘cool’ tenagers who don’t want to go on familly vacations.
People ask ‘why?’ … because it is a feel-good place with plenty to see and do, it’s clean, and professionally run. DW sets the bar for customer service. Very few, if any, places achieve that level of quality and combine it with so much fun and excitement.
There really is something magical about DW.