I have a confession to make.
To anyone who has been reading this blog for a few years this will not surprise you, but to those of you that are fairly new to this blog I must confess something.
when I am told that I must do something that immediately makes me opposed to it.
that when I am told that I can't do something I will then prove that I can.
That being said, I can easily tell when I am being manipulated. So, trying to use this knowledge to your advantage doesn't work on me. "I bet you can't make me the BEST sandwich ever!" Nice try.
Where am I going with these confessions? Well, it brings me to one more confession.
I don't want to take my kids to Disney World.
Whew! I said it. It is like a weight has been lifted. I don't want to go to Disney World! I said it again! Wow. That feels good.
The hubby and I have been planning on taking the kids to Disney World this summer. Yes, in summer. We didn't want to go during peak time at spring break so that really just left summertime, and since we actually like stifling heat (and it is cheaper) we thought this summer would work. But, the more I look into it the crazier it makes me. It is just so expensive! And for one week! As a family of six the lodging alone is INSANE. And the thing is, I never went when I was a kid. And I didn't miss it. I never felt like I was missing out. And when I finally did go (I paid for it myself) when I was a teenager I was disappointed. I thought, "This is it?" Todd went when he was almost five years old and the part he loved the most was riding in his uncle's sports car when they got to Florida. So, clearly, Disney World was not a big deal to him either.
Still, Todd and I figured we would take our family ONCE. We would try and pick a time when the kids would all still be young enough for it to seem magical but hopefully old enough to remember it. But in doing that, and going this summer, most of the kids are too little to ride the really cool rides (which is what they will want to do, not all the shops and tours and stuff). And let's be honest, Grace and Ben are probably still too young to be able to remember much of the trip yet.
I don't know. Every way I look at it it just doesn't seem worth it. My kids are so easily amused and thrilled. Just staying in a hotel overnight is enough to blow their minds. When we went to Wisconsin Dells and stayed at an indoor waterpark hotel they thought they were in heaven. Am I a bad parent for not wanting to spend all that money on something that won't seem any more special than a waterpark (to them)? I'd rather take them on a bunch of small trips (camping, Six Flags, Wisconsin Dells, the zoo, start an annual tradition of visiting a handful of different states each year so that eventually they'll have been to all 50) that would be just as memorable to them.
I don't want to take my kids to Disney just because everyone says I should or everyone else is doing it. As I said above, that immediately makes me NOT want to do it. Sometimes Disney just feels like a big, commercial suckhole that sucks you into going and taking all your money because you are a big enough sucker to believe the hype. But then I hear these stories of families going and having an AMAZING time. And I don't want my kids to miss out on something that they would remember forever just because I'm being bucky. But I also know there are more than just ONE WAY to give your kids amazing memories.
So, lay it on me, readers. Do I have to do Disney? Is it a must do in your mind? Have you taken your kids? Was it worth the money? Was it all you hoped it would be and then some, or was it overwhelming and tiring and exhausting and not quite as magical as you wanted? Should you ever do something just to say you did it, or is that really stupid? What do you think?
To Disney, or Not to Disney?
**Check the comments for my conclusion!**