My Husband and I were Disney fans before we had kids, making 3 trips to Orlando as a couple before our boys came along. So, from the first moment I discovered I was pregnant with number 1, I couldn’t wait to take him on his first Walt Disney World Holiday and watch him experience and love all the things I enjoyed about Disney. After Number 1’s second trip (and Number 2’s first), I realised that each and every trip we book as a family will bring excitement about all the new things my boys will be able to experience as they grow and age each time we go back. I love the fact that I’m going to be able to watch them grow and mark their passage through our Disney Holidays! Here are the 5 things I’m most excited about watching them experience in the coming years;
An incredible experience for Guests 3 and up, our eldest experienced this for the first time on our last trip, and it was worth every penny watching the excitement and enjoyment he got from it. I can’t wait to go back in years to come, when both boys are over 3 and are able to do and share this experience together. (Note: we aren’t doing this when we go back in 2016, as it seems very unfair to let a 4 year old go and tell a 2 year old they’re too young; particularly a 2 year old who wants to be just like his big brother!)
Jedi Training Academy
A rite of passage for most boys, I know all things Star Wars and Superhero looms close on the horizon for our home. I’m looking forward to watching them grow out of their toddler years and into this. And I also can’t wait for them to be able to enjoy Hollywood Studios Jedi Training Academy, and really unique experience for any Star Wars Fan. Guests age 4 and up can participate in the live show (if you register interest early enough) and I can’t imagine the thrill my boys will get being able to get up on stage and be trained by a Jedi Master!
One for many years in the future, I can’t wait until my boys hit the height requirements for the bigger thrill rides and roller coaster. It’s a very special way to watch them grow as they leave their love for certain attractions behind to fall in love with the new ones they are now old enough to experience. We’ve already hit the height requirement milestone with Number 1 and Goofy’s Barnstormer in 2014, and I already know he’s now surpassed the 102cm requirement many rides have for our 2016 holiday, which he is thrilled about. Im sure as Number 2 grows he’ll have the same reaction; enjoying catching up with his big brother! Rock’n’Roller Caster seems a particular stand-out one however, with its 122cm height requirement being the tallest in the Disney Theme Parks; this will be the last height milestone they’ll have to hit in Disney! Im sure once they hit it, I’ll be less excited about it and more teary at my baby boys growing up however!
Having a say in planning
We’ve started this already with our elder boy – I think it important that they get a say about what we plan to do and where we plan to eat; after all, it is their holiday too. However, a just-turned 4 year old’s biggest input has been to state that he won’t be happy unless we have breakfast at Chef Mickeys every single day (yes, it does sound great, but theres so many other places we want to experience!). I’m looking forward to planning our Walt Disney World Holidays in a few years time when the boys will get excited about helping us choose restaurants; and hopefully they’ll enjoy all the different cuisines on offer and not just the character meals, as great as they are. I can’t wait to see their personality come through with their input; what Resort Hotels they’d prefer, what rides and attractions they love the most, and how that changes and evolves over time.
Going off on their own
Another experience milestone for many (MANY!) years down the line, I’m looking forward to my boys being old enough to do a Theme Park on their own, instead of having to stay glued to our sides all day. It’ll nice to be able to give them that freedom and independence, while enjoying a little freedom of our own at the same time, and Im sure the boys will be very excited about the day we deem them ‘grown up’ enough to be trusted without continual supervision. The jury is out as to what age I’ll feel comfortable giving them this freedom though – and it will probably have more to do about how responsible they can prove themselves to be. With boys, Im guessing about 25…
In the meantime, Im not going to be wishing my life away waiting for my little ones to be ready for these experiences; Im going to enjoy all the experiences they can have in the meantime! From the big experience of their first visits, their first Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Sandwich, the first time they can help peddle on a Surrey Bike, or their first time not being afraid during A Bugs Life 3D Show, there are plenty of new and exciting experiences we can share together each and every time we go back – and Im excited for every single one of them.