I just received an exciting piece of mail today, pictured above! We decided to surprise Caroline and get her a trip to Disney World for her birthday this year. Juston wasn't really keen on the idea initially. He felt like three wasn't old enough to enjoy it, but all three of my sister's kids have been way before three years old and I've seen firsthand just how much they love the experience.
I've actually been to Disney World numerous times for High School, All Star and College Cheerleading Nationals, both as a competitor and as a coach, so I'm no Disney newbie, but my sister, Paula is full on one of those Disney people. You know, the kind that live and breath and love every single thing about it. So when it came time to plan our trip, I asked her to do it for me. She has her own Disney vacation planning business, Ears of Experience, and she got us a great deal on the trip. We had our choice of getting 30% off our total room rates, or getting our meal plan for free during our trip since we were booking through her business, so I went with the free dining plan option. We aren't going until September, but she already has our meals reserved, (we're doing breakfast with Sophia one morning and Caroline is going to LOVE it!), and has a special event booked for us as well, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween. I can't wait for Caroline to trick-or-treat in Disney!
Booking through her business doesn't cost any extra money and you can even get some better deals like we did with our free dining plan. She can book everything from your meals to special events and ride times. She knows a lot more about it all than I ever will, so like her Facebook page if the thought of planning your whole Disney vacation yourself seems overwhelming, like it did to me when I decided to do it. I just feel like there's SO much to Disney and I wanted an expert opinion about what would be the best options for a three year old. We decided to do three day park hopper passes and are doing Magic Kingdom (maybe more than one day), Animal Kingdom and most likely Hollywood Studios since that's where Jake, Doc McStuffins and Sophia are. I really just can't wait to see Caroline's face when we get there. My initial thought is that I'm not gonig to tell her where we're going until she sees Cinderella's Castle when we get to the park. She recognizes it every time she sees it on Disney channel, so I know she'll realize where we are once she sees the castle. It's funny, she's actually been begging to do to Disney World for a few months now, I'm sure in no small part thanks to her cousins ;)
If you don't do the Facebook thing, you can just e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking of Disney, I've added a few new items to my Etsy shop since we started planning this trip. I adore Lilly Pulitzer and wanted to try and do some Disney-themed accessories for our trip and am making some of these ears for my sister's girls for their Disney trip this summer as well. I have a few new patterns I'm working on now that will be up soon, a few other patterns coming in the mail and am also working on getting some barrette clip bows in these fabrics as well as some baby headbands with the bows attached.
I'm curious, for anyone who has ever taken a two-three year old to Disney, what do you think their favorite things were? Rides, characters, shows, activities, etc.