Logging Off to Tune In

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We are currently on a trip that we have planned since before I was even pregnant with my now three month old.  For at least 18 months I have been planning to take my oldest daughter to “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” at Disney World in Florida.  I thought that at almost six years old, she would be the perfect age since she is still a tiny bit into the “magic” that comes with fairy tales and all things Disney, but old enough to ride all the rides, remember the trip, and really get into the whole not-so-scary Halloween experience.

IMG_0605.JPGOf course in the last 18 months we had another family member join the crew, so there will be a party of four making the journey.  Fingers crossed I still describe the trip as “magical” and not “maniacal” when all is said and done!

We have made hotel reservations, dining reservations, FastPass reservations, car reservations, flight reservations, and planned, and planned, and packed, and prepped all for a brief weekend trip.  If you sit back and think about it, it can be shocking how much work goes into taking a vacation!

One thing I didn’t get to do ahead of time this time around was write and schedule posts for while I am away.  Normally when that happens I just set aside a couple hours each day to work from the hotel room while my daughter naps or before we get going in the morning.  Working for yourself in an online world has advantages like that since you can work anytime from anywhere.  I’m sure many of you have similar set-ups even if you do something other than blogging for a living.

However, not this time.  Sometimes, especially with young kids who take all your extra time and energy anyway, you need to know when to draw the line and log off so that you can tune in to the experience that you put so much effort into creating.

So, while I won’t be blogging this weekend I will be sharing some of our (hopefully) magical experience on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  Please follow along and see if our weekend traveling with a baby and an almost-six-year-old and is full of Disney themed tricks or treats.  Enjoy your fabulous fall weekend and see ya next week.

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  1. I know exactly what you mean by how much work goes into vacation planning, especially when visiting a Disney Theme park. I’ll be at Disneyland this weekend with my family doing the same!

  2. I’m anxious to hear all about your Disney adventures! We’re a Disney family too (and DVC members) and have many tricks up our sleeves for maximizing the excitement and fun and minimizing the chaos. But we are constantly learning new things! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures! Hopefully traveling during low season will mean there will be more excitement and less chaos for you and yours!

  3. Enjoy! I bet it will feel so good to take a bit of a posting break, especially since you have been such a rock start since Baby S was born and have posted every day! I think 6 is a perfect age– my daughter loved every bit of our Disney trip last year at that age. Hope Little C does too!

  4. As MP is “on vacation”, for those that are IHG hotel point collectors, the new POINTS BREAK listing is now out!!! It covers stays out to January 31, 2016 ———

  5. Have a blast!

    I am currently in the process of planning a Disneyland trip for our family (2 adults, a 4 year old and a 4 month old). I don’t know if I am crazy to do Disneyland this early with a 4 month old, so I am really curious to read your trip recap.

    I will get this trip for free (minus park tickets and lunch/dinner). I have over 100k HHonors points, 100k CSP points and 100k AMX MRs. I will use all of the HHonors points for 5 days paid lodging, 70k in CSP points for airfare and rental car and probably not even touch the AMX points. We also get military tickets for $396 total. So 5 days in So. Cal total for around $900 out of pocket (tickets and food).

    • We were in your shoes just a few short years ago, except there are only 2 yrs age difference between our two. I suggest you wait until your older one is around 7yo and younger is 3yo so you can have both kids enjoy the trip-I am coming from a value standpoint.

    • Summer, hope it went great…Deal Dad compares Disney to childbirth: it’s hell at times but you forget the worst parts!

      Gotta chime in on the age issue: My personal experience is that 4 is the magic Disney age. If your oldest is 4, great. Go again when your youngest is 4. We were able to do that and both kids got the most out of Disney in their respective trips.

      • Agree it will be around 4-5 depending on height to some degree. I have tall kids so 4 was indeed a good age. This trip was even better at almost 6 on the ride front as she wasn’t too scared, but the “magic” had decreased for her for sure.

    • I’d go by height as a rule for first visit rather than age. If your kid is 40 inches high, they will be able to ride most of the top rides. There are only a handful of rides at Disneyland and Disney World that are over 40 inches. On all of our visits, they have been very strict with the measurement. Pro tip: if your kid is right at 40 or at 39.75 inches, it would be wise to wear a shoe (like Keen Newport) that have a thick sole which will add some height so they easily exceed the requirement and you don’t get into a “I measured my kid at home” argument with a cast member who has a stick that might be off (you won’t win that argument).

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