V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, we’re gonna have a ball!

Man so, we’ve been thinking about how we really want to take another big vacation in the next few months. Since our honeymoon, we’ve done a quick trip to Boston, a camping trip, and we’re about to go stay at the Paradise Inn up on Mount Rainier this weekend for our one-year wedding anniversary (which in itself will have its own blog post, both the trip and a reflection on our first year of marriage)… But since January, we haven’t really done a BIG trip together.

Let’s back up for a minute and talk about the vacations that we have gone on during our relationship. Matt and I have been together for over 8 years now, and our honeymoon was our first actual full-on vacation together, just the two of us. For so many years we didn’t have a ton of money, and in the beginning barely made ends meet when we had our little apartment. Matt was working for a TV/radio station making a terrible salary and I was making near-minimum wage as a barista. We were happy, but all of my vacation time and extra money (which really came from my tips as a barista) was spent on going back to Boston for Christmas, plus I was still in school, so we really didn’t have the money or the vacation time to go anywhere big.

Fast forward to now, and we’re at a point in our lives where we are able to afford vacations. Not on a “every 2 months let’s go somewhere exotic!” type of budget, but enough that we can take a really nice trip around once a year, with fun low-budget trips scattered around the other months. We’re also at a point where we’ve realized that we probably want kids in around 2 years, so we should probably try to get in any big trips or any “selfish” time now while we can, because when we have kids that’s not going to happen very often. Of course we’ll take our kids on vacations with us, but more people on the trip means higher cost. Plus, going on vacation minus kids is a much different – not saying it’s necessarily better – experience than with children.

So that being said, we’ve talked and discussed and researched different places but both kept coming back to the same conclusion:

We wanted to go back to Disney World.

Disney World is where we went on our honeymoon last January and it was the best trip ever. It’s funny because the looks I got from people when answering their, “Where are you going on your honeymoon?!” question with, “DISNEY WORLD!”, were pretty ridiculous. I think a lot of people assume Disney World = KIDS, and thus going there is childish and dumb. At least that’s the vibe I got anyway from the eye roll or stifled laughter.

Um, what? No. Disney World is not just for little kids who want to dress up as a princess or a pirate (though I do love seeing little kids as pirates while walking around Magic Kingdom). You have so many options on how you want to spend your trip! You can go to the different parks, go on tons of rides, eat at amazing restaurants, sit by the pool and relax, shop… I’d rather have all of these options than to just lay out in the sun and tan… But that’s just me!

Anyway, we looked into pricing out another trip for the same time of year, late January (literally the slowest week of the year at Disney) and realized we could probably afford it, though it might end up being a little on the pricey side, and that was staying at a moderate resort… Fortunately, Matt’s parents had leftover points through their Disney Vacation Club membership that would cover a 10-day stay at one of the DVC resorts. We are so lucky to have these points because they literally save more than half the cost of what the trip would normally cost…

As soon as we found out we’d have the points, we discussed it further and made the final decision… WE’RE GOING BACK TO DISNEY WORLD IN 4 MONTHS!

It’s funny because Matt and I were both talking about how our excitement level is different than it was before our honeymoon. Even though we were pumped to be going on our honeymoon to Disney, this time I think the excitement is ten times bigger. Part of it I think is because we’re both in serious need of a vacation, but the other (bigger) part is remembering how much fun we had last time; the thought of going back and getting to ride the Haunted Mansion again or Expedition Everest 10 times (maybe we’ll shoot for 11 to break last year’s record?) is so exciting I can hardly contain myself.

It’s going to be a time where we don’t have to worry about the stresses of work or anything else, but just be able to run around like we’re totally free and go on rides together, eat at our favorite restaurants, takes tons of goofy photos in silly hats, and just have fun. I love Disney World for that very reason; you are there to have fun and not worry. There really is “magic” when you see Cinderella’s castle for the first time, or see Spaceship Earth lit up at night, towering over all of Epcot..

Sure, maybe I’m drinking the Disney World Kool-Aid, but I really don’t mind. It’s one of my favorite places in the world to visit, and to be able to go again is so beyond exciting I can’t really put it into words.

So yes, we’re going on vacation and we’re heading back to Disney World… and I can’t wait.

This is a video I took of Matt and me on Expedition Everest, sitting in the very front of the rollercoaster, which scared Matt to death.

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6 responses to “V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, we’re gonna have a ball!

  1. Lindsay Reagan

    I really hate that I work here because it completely ruined Disney for me. I will probably never take my kids here because the ticket prices are OUTRAGEOUS. I feel like I have seen it all, done it all, and spent it all when it comes to those parks (and I get in for free…). Luckily I still really want to go to Disneyland and when I tell people that they get disgusted and say it is so small why would you want to go there. I don’t care about the giant parks I think it’s cool because it’s original and the creator of the park actually got to see it open and progress. When I do see people who get excited about Disney World I am super jealous and wonder if I can ever be excited about it again hahaha. You’re really smart to come in January, it is the best time to visit if you don’t care about it being a little cooler. January and May are the absolute best times because NO kids are out of school. You will literally only wait for Space Mountain, Soarin, Toy Story, and the Jungle Cruise. It’s fabulous! Also if you can snag a free dining plan- it is the best deal Disney offers. (You would have to check if you can get it without staying at a regular hotel) I’m not sure if you did the dining plan before but you usually get one quick service, one snack, and one sit down meal a day. If you book the buffets or family style dinners, you will think you’re stealing money from Disney. Those sit down dinners literally cost about $50 a person and you would be getting it FOR FREE. If you need any more Disney advice just give me a holler (not that you asked for it in the first place…hahaha)

    • Haha I was hoping you’d comment on this! That sucks that working there has kind of taken away the magic of the place. I’d probably have the same issue though if I worked there… I’ll stick with showing up once a year or every two years so it’ll still be exciting every time we go, haha.

      I’ve yet to go to Disneyland, even though I’m on the west coast. We’ll probably go at some point, maybe on a year that World is too expensive or something. The prices can be kind of absurd though, I agree. Luckily our cost is cut majorly by having Disney Vacation Club points to use. We’re staying at Boardwalk, though we’re on the waiting list for Beach Club (and I’m 99% sure we’re going to get in there). We stayed at Grand Floridian for the weekend, then moved to Old Key West when we were there in January for our honeymoon.

      I’m pretty excited to stay at Boardwalk or Beach Club (we’re hoping Beach Club comes through because Stormalong Bay looks like the bombdotcom in itself), especially since they’re both a quick walk to both Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

      I noticed Disney is running the free Dining Plan promo right now if you book a resort through them… unfortunately it doesn’t extend to DVC members so we had to pay for our Dining Plan. But I don’t mind, considering how much we’re saving but using DVC points versus spending money on a resort. We did the Dining Plan last time and it RULED. It seems expensive to spend $50 a day for food but when you see the actual prices of everything on the menus, plus the amount of food you get… It’s DEFINITELY a bargain and worth it. Plus, some of those restaurants are really good! (I’m a huge fan of Raglan Road’s fish n chips and their bread pudding, and also Via Napoli was really good, too!)

      I would literally never go at any other time of year than January. Sure it’s a little cooler but I hate heat/humidity and the lack of crowds is amazing. We got to go on Pirates in OUR OWN BOAT because there was no one else in line! The only line we waited in longer than 20 minutes was the Toy Story Mania (in my opinion, not really worth the wait so we probably won’t do it again), but otherwise the lines were awesome. Late January is awesome at the park, and this year Splash Mountain will be open which I’m super pumped for (that was my only disappointment was that Splash Mountain was closed for renovations while we were there)..

      I’ve been looking at getting our tickets for the parks and heard about Undercover Tourist, which has tickets at a decent discount, and it’s a licensed and contracted ticket broker… So I’ll probably pick ours up through them and then just have the tickets added to our KTTW cards when we get to our resort or in the park at Guest Services.

      If you have any advice though, it’s ALWAYS welcome, for real. I’m really excited to go back again. (Also, this is the longest comment ever)

  2. BFO

    oh my good lord that ride looks scary. I knew it was going to be crazy when Matt muttered “not a fan of this…” the second time, but sweet sassy molassy – I almost soiled myself just WATCHING A VIDEO of the ride. I would probably have a heart attack if I actually rode it.

    super excited for you guys to get to go to DW again!

  3. Speev

    I am obsesseddddd with that video! I love rollercoasters SO much and haven’t been on one in YEARS. Highly, highly enjoyed that virtual rollercoaster experience… thank you!

    And congrats on your vaca – you both deserve it! ❤

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