By Brandy Black
When I was 24 I had a job in event management, I traveled a couple weeks out of the month going to events like the MTV Movie Awards, The Grammy’s, and VH1 Awards, there was never a dull moment in my twenty somethings. I got up at 5AM and stayed out until 2AM, it was a rock-n-roll life! One day they told me I had to go on a Disney cruise with a bunch of executives and their families and I thought I was going to die! The idea of being stuck on a ship with a bunch of sick kids (they were always sniffling in my mind) was mortifying. Everyday for a couple weeks leading up to the big trip I would go home after work and scheme with my wife on how to get out of it. But I simply couldn’t escape my fate, I flew to Florida and begrudgingly boarded the Disney Dream! Much to my surprise I came back from the trip with a burning desire to have kids and return to a Disney cruise. I couldn’t believe how much fun I had and was envious of all the parents and their children. For years I have been telling my wife how much she is going to love it. When our twins turned 6-years-old, my wife decided we were at the perfect age to go on the adventure I had been envisioning for our family. Luck would have it (and perhaps some visualizations) that I would be invited by Disney Social Media Moms to participate in an epic trip to the Disney parks and Disney Dream cruise the very same year that Susan and I thought the kids were ready! So the question is did the children love it as much as I did…
We arrived early and did the Disney parks for 3 days, we hopped from Magic Kingdom to Epcot to Hollywood Studios to my personal favorite Animal Kingdom leaving not one single fastpass on the table. The twins were inaugurated into Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. You’d think they’d SKIED down a mountain when they got off those rides, they were so proud and announced it to all the passers by. And we rode those rides again and again and again. We watched parades and bought “the bucket”, if you don’t know what this is, watch the video below, it was truly magical for us! Speaking of magic, it is in Disney’s DNA. Every employee, every encounter was nothing but positive and happy with one special moment after the next. We were even spontaneously given a fastpass by the lady selling us popcorn!
After the fairydust fastpass to Space Mountain we walked out to the surprise of fireworks on my birthday no less! Did my wife plan that?! It was truly wondrous.
The Disney parks brought out the kid in all of us. We giggled, we skipped and my wife even taught the kids how to fake bang into walls while waiting in line (see vlog above for the silliness!)
And then…it was time for the cruise.
The Disney staff announced our family as we boarded the boat and everyone cheered. Our kids ran to the windows to confirm that we were actually floating on water! The kids bellied up to the bar (because you can do that on a Disney Cruise!) and ordered a round of sparkling ciders for all.
The whole trip was so relaxing and the service from the staff was as good as it can get! I realized halfway through the cruise that most of the time children are ignored by adults at restaurants, in hotels, in stores but not on the Disney cruise, they looked at my children before they even looked at me sometimes and I really appreciated that, it made our children feel included and noticed and understood which is something that my wife and I work hard on in our daily lives. We want our kids to feel like a part of the decisions that we make as a family.
We celebrated Pirate Night with the kids and don’t believe what people say about buying expensive elaborate outfits that break the bank, our oldest made our costumes for us and we fit right in!
The only one that we actually purchased a dress for was our younger twin daughter Bella. We couldn’t resist.
Between kids karaoke at night, Castaway Cay during the day and waterslides in between we were more than entertained. The Broadway style shows, the movies, the fireworks and the surprises that popped in our room, it was a kid AND a mom’s dream!
So is it worth it? Yes! Did the kids love it? Yes! Would we do it again? Without question!