A Disney vacation without your spouse is not a great idea, I wouldn't recommend it. BUT, if you find yourself "needing" to do it, I highly recommend you bring some good help. Introducing Jamie. Jamie is my sister, Anna's, sister-in-law. So, Anna's huband's sister. Got it? How about a visual?
This is Anna and her family. See her husband Shawn?
Then, there's Shawn and Jamie, brother and sister:
We flew Jamie into Florida and absolutely loved having her. The kids definitely liked her better than me. She was a dang good sport, that's for sure.
Our first park day was the Magic Kingdom, because, well, why start anywhere else?
One thing that was very clear right away, was that the Ward I brought on this trip was not the Ward that went to Disney World and sat nicely in his stroller last March. Homeboy was into everything!
We started big with "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party" or something like that. It mostly seemed like a way to get more money out of us (Which, generally I am on board with. See forthcoming post from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and princess lunch). I made sure I ate my money's worth in complimentary cookies and hot chocolate, so I feel ok about it.
The highlight of the day for me was Grammy and Grampy and the Catmulls coming for the Christmas party. It was super fun to have my kids show them the new rides that weren't around back in the day when we went to Disney World as kids. Namely, Buzz Lightyear and the Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor.
The day was so, so long. I completely exhausted the children. See photographic evidence from the ferry ride out of the park:
I don't know if that's a mom fail or complete success?
Maybe I pushed them too far by stopping for some photos with the ridiculously pink castle on our way out of the park:
And, introducing a series within the series, Audrey's meltdown photo of the day: