I have a confession to make (and trust me when I say I never expected to say this, ever!) . . . I’m not as excited about our next Disney trip as I’d like to be.
- Maybe it’s because this next trip takes place only seven months after our most recent trip. (But since I’ve always said I’d like to live at Disney, I don’t think this is the reason.)
- Or, maybe it’s because this next trip will be more of a “working vacation” as I’m going to do some Disney training for my new job. (Though that’s never kept me from being excited and planning before.)
I think the real reason is because my oldest daughter – now 18 and recently graduated from our homeschool – will not be able to go with us. And, quite frankly, that just doesn’t seem right. In our household, she runs a very close second to me, as far as being the biggest Disney freak. She loves helping me plan our trips – which park we’ll visit each day, what we want to do there, where we should eat, etc. I find myself slacking on the planning of this next trip because when I ask her for her thoughts, she says “I don’t know, Mom, I won’t be there.”
A few months ago here at The Disney Moms, Mary shared some thoughts on allowing your teens to go off on their own at Walt Disney World. I’m going to take that one step further . . .
I know how much Ashley’s heart is breaking over not being able to go with us on our next trip. So, I’ve encouraged her to find a friend and head to Disney on her own next time! While I wouldn’t feel confident sending her off just anywhere on her own, I feel pretty good about sending her to Walt Disney World. Here’s why:
- She’s flown before, so she’s familiar with planes, airports, etc.
- Disney offers Magical Express – a bus service that will pick her up right at the airport in Orlando and deliver her to whatever resort she is staying at for her trip (they will return her to the airport at the end of her trip also).
- She’s been to Disney plenty of times and knows her way around the parks and surrounding areas quite well. She knows what there is to see and do.
- She is familiar with Disney transportation. (While we often drive to Disney and enjoy the liberty of having our own car down there, Disney transportation is a great alternative!)
- She would go during a time when free dining is offered. So, not only would she and a friend be able to enjoy some fun sit-down dinners, but she wouldn’t have to dish out any extra money for food during her stay.
- She really wouldn’t have to carry much extra money with her. Any “extras” could be charged to her room with the “Key to the Kingdom” card.
- She’s always been an outgoing kid, and would have no problem asking a Cast Member for help, if needed.
My only problem with this potential plan is this — I would hope she wouldn’t enjoying doing Disney so much on her own that she wouldn’t want to go back with us as a family. ‘Cause I’d really miss my Tower of Terror partner! She rides with me on every trip. (I’m already feeling kinda sad that nobody will ride it with me in September!)
So, what about you? Would you feel confident allowing your older child to do a Disney trip on his/her own? What factors would play into your decision?