Sunday, 29 March 2015

The dreaded dream holiday to Disney World Florida. Why I won't be part of the picture perfect family in front of Cinderella's castle. Any advice on how to turn this nightmare into a dream?

Whilst stood in the Post Office the other day the guy behind the counter asked if we were going on holiday this year. I informed him that we were going to Disney World and I was dreading it. He laughed,  why would anyone dread a trip to Disney World Florida?? He questioned my reasons and said the children would look forward to it. My answer;

'I have five children who don't get on, who have only ever traveled 1.5 hours down the road on holiday before and we are going to sit them on a plane for ten hours and drag them across to another country where they will moan incessantly, the same as they do at home. Would you want to sit next to us on the plane'?

He laughed nervously as he broke out in a sweat just thinking about it and we hurriedly changed the subject.

So there, I've said it out loud, I don't want to go. If we could take a Nanny I would go, if everyone was a bit more helpful and better behaved I might not be dreading it so much. If we had done a shorter plane trip previously to prepare us it would show us what the whole journey experience would be like.

Plus, it's our 10th wedding anniversary this year and I'm missing out on something I want to do because of this trip. I didn't get a honeymoon and ten years on I'm selfishly thinking that for once, after all these years, I would like to do something for myself.

The OH is living in cloud cuckoo land thinking this trip will be as magical as the brochures make it out to be. He's not thought of how he's going to negotiate the airports with five children,  seven suitcases, all paperwork to hand and a tired toddler in a meltdown. Drive on the wrong side of the car, on the wrong side of the road whilst the children make a noise from the back of the hire car. He can't drive 2 seconds down our street without going into a frenzy because they are making too much noise,  Oh wait he has thought about it, that's what I'm there for!!

So from a selfish Mum with a realistic view on life, I'm dreading a trip to Disney World. I'm counting down the months and willing it to not go so fast. I'm missing out on a lot for a trip that I don't want to make.

Any advice, travel tips, WDW dos and don'ts, how less stressful we can make our trip (other than not going!) will be gratefully received. 

 Someone take me to New York for a few days instead!


  1. I have no advice on flying with five children I'm afraid, but I would recommend the winter summerland mini golf at Disney stop it isn't in one of the parks, from what I can remember it's just off one of the roads nearby but it's great fun and something that would work for all of your children. I hope you have a lovely time despite your fears 😃

  2. We took out 18 month old to Florida in September, 5 kid will be tough but its all about the planning. Are you staying on Dinsey? Which airport are you going through?Here are a few things I learnt -
    - The My Disney experience app is your friend! book as many fastpass+ and dinner reservations as possible! It also tells you the waiting times for rides so allows you to plan a little bit more.
    - A carrier for the toddler in the Airport is a must! We waited for 1.5 hours in the immigration cue just after getting off the plane and you don't get your buggy until baggage collection.
    - Pack spare clothes in Ziploc bags in hand luggage incase of illness/drink spillages
    - Don't overpack! you will bring more back than you take.

    If you want to know anything else feel free to contact me

    1. Thank you so much Ellie. If I need anything I will definitely shout. We are staying out of Disney but not far from there. Youngest will be just over 3 yrs old. Thank you for your advice, will definitely check out the app. :-)

  3. Okay, to start with breathe. Stop stressing right now, it's supposed to be a holiday. Yes, your kids drive you mad and don't get on but it's not all bad right? There are SOME good things?

    Right just so you know I have two boys (6 and 10) and we've been to Florida many times. The first time we took Big Prince he was just a baby. The flight is not easy, I'll admit that. Kit yourself out with lots of activities for the kids, colouring books, sketch books, devices if you have them. Depending who you fly with you can get movies in flight and they do cater for the kids so that's an hour or two sorted. Flying with toddlers is difficult, no question. All I can say is take snacks, think of songs you can sing together and things to talk about.

    Ellie is right the app is a must! Feel free to email me, I have lots of advice! We'll be there this summer and are really looking forward to it, it takes lots of planning. :)

    Hope you're feeling better about it soon. xx