Friday, February 10, 2017

Planning In Action

I am so lucky my parents bring me with them when they go on vacation.
For those of you that have been bitten by the Disney bug you will know how strong the urge to plan a Disney trip is. I know that I am already thinking about my next trip before I even get home from my current trip.

That being said that last pilgrimage I made the the Orlando parks was absolutely amazing. My boyfriend join my family and me on vacation. The poor thing didn't know what to expect having only gone once before when he was much younger. I savored every minute of it. The phenomenal food. The awe-inspiring night shows. The magic of the parks. All of it. I just love it. It truly feels like home.

For the last few years, ever since college, I have truly cherished these vacations. And I always feel so sad when I leave. I have even cried during Wishes on occasion. Why? Because, each time I go I feel that it will be my last time. At least for a long time.

You see, I have been living on my own for several years now. While I am finally doing well enough that I can get by with one job, I still mainly live paycheck to paycheck. (Thanks student loans....) If I had to pay for myself to go I could not afford to go to Disney. But, I could be much worse off. This is know.
We have already started saving for Food and Wine!

I have been unbelievably lucky in that my parents have been taking me with them whenever they plan a trip to Disney even though I am grown and live on my own. Sometimes, I can only go for part of the trip and other times I can get off work at all. But, the fact that they still invite me, and pay for nearly the entire trip, is amazing. I know that I am incredibly lucky and I hope that one day I will be able to return the favor and bring them with us when my boyfriend and I have our own family.
I can feel my Disney bug coming back to life with each passing day. My parents are planning a trip in October and my boyfriend and I have been invited. The Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT has long been on my list. Even before I started drinking alcohol! I have always loved trying new foods and experiencing the different cultures of the world. Now that I enjoy a glass of wine I am beyond excited to finally be able to go. Not only that, but we are going to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. For those of you that don't know it is the only time adults are allowed to wear costumes at the parks. My boyfriend and I have a lot of planning to do!

I know taking a picture with this guy is high on my list.
Not only are my parents going to be with us, but much of my extended family will be as well. I have not seen many of my cousins for years. And sadly, I have only met one of their six children. Life just hasn't allowed me to make the long, expensive, trip to visit my extended family. I can't wait to see my family at one of the most magical places on Earth. It should be exciting since they will be meeting my boyfriend of two years for the first time. What fun!

We don't know where exactly we will be staying, just that it will be on property. We don't know exactly where we will make dining reservations. And I have no idea which attractions we will get fastpasses for. Though, I can assume that some of the major attractions will be high on the list. I'm not sure I can imagine a trip without Big Thunder Mountain, Test Track, Toy Story Mainia, Star Tours, or the Safari ride at Animal Kingdom. Not to mention Illuminations at EPCOT.

I do know that I will be seeing the new Pandora area at Animal Kingdom. I do know that I will spend an afternoon sampling food and beverages from around the world, after I ride the renovated Soarin' of course. I know that I will see the new night show at Animal Kingdom. And I know that I will be seeing the new fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom since Wishes will be retired before our trip. Aside from that the rest of the trip will be relaxing and fun. This time I would like to try for as few pre-planned events as possible. Since the parks, except EPCOT, should be less crowded I am looking forward to a slow paced Disney trip. I want to be able to do the things I want to do when I want to do them.
I look forward to more pictures like this one. 

There is so much to be excited for! My boyfriend and I flew down the last time and met up with my family. This time we will drive down and make a road trip of it and will meet up with them the day they get there. My boyfriend and I want to savor as much of this trip as possible. Like I've said before, I feel that each trip will be my last and I think this may be my last trip until my boyfriend and I go back with our own family many years from now.

I plan on highlighting the planning process and showcasing new things as they open. I am so excited to have something to get me through the difficult days at work. (As we all know, even if you love your job like I do there are some days that are just plain hard.) After all, I work to support my Disney addiction.

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