We first traveled to Walt Disney World as a family back in 2007 when my son was 11 months old and my daughter was 2. Although my son was too little to really enjoy the trip, my daughter had a great time – especially meeting all of the Disney characters. I wasn’t sure how she’d react, so we started our vacation with breakfast at Akershus in Epcot because I thought the princesses would be the least intimidating. But I had no need to worry, because she loved all of the characters – at the Crystal Palace, the Hollywood and Vine, and throughout the parks.
So, when I planned our vacation for the following year, I really wanted to get us a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table, located in Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. I booked our breakfast right at the 180 day point, and I was excited for my daughter to see the princesses. I thought it would be the highlight of our trip.
Except for some reason, my then 3-year old daughter wasn’t feeling it.
I like to think this is her McKayla Maroney impression.
I don’t know why my daughter looked and seemed so disinterested. She was excited the entire trip, but just wasn’t in a great mood that morning. It’s hard to know how a 3-year old will behave, and I was extremely disappointed that she wasn’t enjoying the special breakfast I planned. Now, 5-years and countless Disney trips later, I actually cherish this memory more than I would have if she’d smiled in the pictures.
As you plan your vacations, you may have a picture in your mind of how everything will go. And, it’s a very rare occasion when things will actually go exactly as planned. But, those memories are all still precious – so plan as best as possible and then relax and enjoy your vacation!