WOW! I can't thank you all enough for the amazingly helpful suggestions on my last post!!! I also received several novel-length e-mails with a ton of other great tips and tricks so thanks to EVERYONE who contributed. I also have two coffee dates in the future that will surely help me narrow down the final details.
And thanks to all this wonderful information, our two half-days at the park will now be two FULL days, in addition to our evening at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party!! That will leave us with one other free day in Florida. The question is...do we just stay at our house and enjoy the pool, or do we try to fit in another theme park like Universal Studios??
The one and ONLY reason I would want to go to Universal Studios is to see this...
Now, I know my parents could both care less about seeing Harry Potter, and although Eric likes the movies, I am not sure he cares to tour Hogwarts castle. Also, I worry if the kids will be bored to tears. Addie knows who Harry Potter is and she has watched some of the earlier (less scary) movies with me. But is her "like" of Harry Potter enough to justify the INCREDIBLY pricey tickets? I just don't know if it is fair to subject my family to a day of Harry Potter if they don't want to be there. Has anyone been to the Wizarding World? Is it young kid friendly at all?
Who knows...we may be ready for a day at our pool by that point in our trip, so we may bypass the whole extra park. It may even just be a last minute decision type of thing once we are down there. At least we know what days we will be at Magic Kingdom & Epcot and how long we want to be there each day. That was half the battle :-)
Now, although I made it seem like the itinerary was the only thing stressing me out about this trip, it isn't. I am scared to death to take these two kiddies on a plane!!! They have never flown before and we honestly don't travel much with them, not even by car. So I am wondering how the whole airport, plane ride, transportation thing is going to go. Does anyone have any helpful suggestions or tips/tricks for traveling with small children?
What I do know is that my kids like watching movies. Luckily, we will have two iPads traveling with us so movie-watching is not a problem. I also know that my kids are very snack motivated so I will have to figure out how to travel with those. I have also heard of people wrapping little gifts to give the kids on the plane to help pass the time. Any other suggestions? Any legal drugs I can give them? Just kidding.
And finally, my last and final Disney question for the week...do I bring my beautiful, expensive BOB double-stroller? Or do I bring two separate cheap umbrella strollers? Decisions...decisions.
Thanks again for all the help everyone! I promise not to talk about Disney again for a while. I am just in planning mode and wanted to nail some things down :-)