Vacations can be pricey, and we don't typically go for extravagant. With 4 kids, that means we have to purchase 6 airline tickets to fly anywhere. It adds up, even when you are able to use frequent flyer miles and fly off-peak. I'm type A. I plan. I hunt. I'm methodical and possibly maniacal.
Last summer, we went to Disney World. We didn't skimp, but we weren't nuts. It was so much fun and we made magical memories to last a lifetime. We were already planning to be in Southwest Florida for a family event, so we tacked on Disney at the end of the trip. Six days at the park, hotel on property, and the dining plan. It happened to also be the week our twin girls turned 4 years old. First trip to Disney World + birthdays + serious cuteness = the never-ending birthday celebration and extensive spoiling.
I know: we set the bar high. This year, the girls randomly proclaimed one day in the summer that they were going to Disney for their birthday.
And they asked if they could have breakfast with Cinderella again for their birthday.
Apparently they thought that was how every birthday would be going forward. We had to explain that their previous birthday was a one-off, random trip that happened to fall the same week as their birthday. They wouldn't have breakfast in Cinderella's castle for their birthday anytime soon, if ever again.
Despite having to talk them down (and having saved and planned for the Disney excursion that won't happen again soon because we're still broke from the last trip), the look on their faces made it all worth it. Can you imagine the smiles and level of excitement to have birthday breakfast—complete with glittery purple cupcakes—in Cinderella's castle? Good times. Heaven for my little princesses.
PS, if you want random tips on how to do a fab Disney trip on a budget? Email me. I'll share. 🙂