Call me the Disney Scrooge if you want, but I think I would rather have a root canal then take my kids to Disney World. Or Disney Land. Or Universal Studios. I just cannot think of anything that sounds less like a vacation.
And it’s no secret that “vacation” with a baby or toddler is a misnomer. There’s not much “vacation” about packing diapers, wipes, bottles/sippy cups, pacifiers, extra clothes for when they inevitably soil 3 pairs a day, lovies, toys, bedtime books (don’t mess with the bedtime routine), formula/baby food, specific snacks, iPads, baby sunscreen (of course they need a special kind?), regular sunscreen, baby FACE sunscreen… oh ya, and maybe something for me to wear too, if there’s room.
And that’s just getting ready for the vacation!
But when I get to said “vacation” I want to enjoy some part of it. Even though I know it’ll still be work because of the kids, I don’t want to be miserable.
And Disney sounds miserable to me — the heat, the lines, the crazy (insane for 6!) expense, the rides (I’m too old, the toddler is too small), the overpriced meals I pay for that I know they are not even going to eat, the exhaustion, the crowds, the souvenirs (that cost an arm and a leg and they beg for, but they break or lose 30 seconds later)! It all sounds awful.
Even the helpful blog posts on How To Do Disney or Top 10 Reasons to Vacation at DisneyWorld – scare the crap out of me! They have lists of things to do and how to prepare and it all seems like SO.MUCH.WORK!
Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t mind work. And I don’t mind sacrificing things for my kids. But I sacrifice a lot as a mom. I don’t want to sacrifice vacations too.
BK (before kids) vacations meant drinks with umbrellas by the pool, napping on the beach, long leisurely lunches on a patio.
Maybe vacations won’t look like that for a few years now. But there has to be a happy middle ground. Because standing in line for 3 hours to see Mickey Mouse sounds like pure torture and I refuse to do it.
Natalie’s recent post on The BEST Vacation for a SAHM (spoiler – a cruise) sounds like one great option!
Or a nice trip to the beach where the kids can play in the water and sand. I might not get to nap, but at least I can get that drink with the umbrella!
And I love the idea of taking my kids site seeing around the country/world and seeing all the great things there are to see. Also work with toddlers, but definitely less torturous and more rewarding for everyone.
So what do you think Moms? Will I regret this stance? Am I a horrible mom for denying my kids Disney? Dare you try to change my mind??