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I planted a very dangerous seed in L.’s head about a month ago. I got an email from American Airlines that had a pretty hardcore discount on the Swan/Dolphin resort at Disney World in Orlando that set things in motion.

I wasn’t some spoiled kid who went to Disney World every summer or Spring Break. Nope. I’ve been to Orlando exactly two times: 1986 (12) and 1994 (20). In 1986, my dad and mom packed up my brothers and sister into the family station wagon and we trekked down to Ocala, FL and stayed @ a relatives house but visited the park for a week. What I remember about the house: we couldn’t get the hot water working and at night my dad would mercilessly destroy me in multiple chess games. What I remember about the park: awe. Yeah, I was 12 and in that transitional adolescent/teen age where I still believed in the fundamental good of the world. Disney World was great and Epcot was super cool.

In 1994, my dad had a Sun Mircosystems sales conference that he was attending and brought me and my older brother down for the week. It was the middle of winter, and who was I to argue? This time was much different since we were staying on Sun’s bill, so we actually stayed on the grounds of the park at the Dolphin/Swan. Our tours of the park were fun, but dramatically different from what I remembered as a 12 year old. And I would even posit that the highlight of that trip wasn’t Disney World but rather seeing a night Space Shuttle launch! That majesty will never be removed from my brain.

So that brings us to now. For 6 days in the middle of April, we’ll be staying in Orlando in the land of mice – we’re staying @ the Boardwalk resort. L. and I are already off to hardcore planning but are beginning to realize that the nap schedule and general fickle nature of our 3 year old might limit some extended touring of the parks. If I can ride the Flying Elephants with him and not jump off the boat in It’s a Small World, I think it’ll be a win.

Comments 3

  1. von wrote:

    We just did Disney World a few weeks back. “It’s a Small World” has a disturbing hold on the 3 and 4 year old set. After the first three rides of gamely pointing out dancing puppets and being an involved parent, I used the time to respond to emails. The kid didn’t care.

    A few other random thoughts:

    The new Buzz Lightyear ride a MGM is all kinds of awesome, but it has (had?) a giant line. The Buzz Lightyear ride at the Magic Kingdom is decent and usually has a very short line. They re-did the Giant-Golf-Ball ride at EPCOT, and it’s now pretty good — although Soarin’ is the real attraction @ EPCOT. (I. should be old/tall enough to do it; C. liked it but found it a little scary). The stunt car spectacular at MGM is also worth seeing, but it, too, fell into the “I really liked it but it was kinda scary” category.

    The character breakfast at the Contemporary Hotel is fun for kids, but you might have to put yourself on a suicide watch after.

    Don’t do the Goofy coaster at the Kingdom. It’s really too scary for little kids, IMHO, and I. has an excellent chance of joining C. in therapy.

    Just my two cents.

    Posted 02 Mar 2010 at 3:26 pm
  2. Lara wrote:

    Bart, shut up. Lisa, drink the water!

    Posted 02 Mar 2010 at 11:13 pm
  3. C wrote:

    I’ve never been. I remember being jealous of the rich people I knew who would fly to America to go to Disneyworld! I don’t think Mike has been either, right? Maybe James will get to go on of these years, then again, maybe not – it’s important that he has some grudge against his parents from childhood…

    Posted 05 Mar 2010 at 8:47 am