We met up with old friends last night that we haven’t seen for well over a year. We hadn’t seen them for no reason other than life has been too busy, what with the kids’ various activities, the endless birthday parties that they get invited to and the usual boring jobs around the house that need to be done at a weekend. It was a lovely evening, we chatted about the usual things – the kids growing up too fast, reminiscing about the past and making plans for the future. As we said our goodbyes we promised to meet up again sooner than a year’s time and not let life get in the way of spending time with good friends.
On the way home as I struggled to stay awake and keep Hubby company while he drove, I got to thinking about how fast life does go by. I am very guilty of wishing away the time, especially since booking this holiday. I am willing the days to go by until our flights are released, until we can book our dining reservations, until we have less than a hundred days to go and most importantly until we tell the kids that we are going again! (not that we have decided when this will be yet!) But the problem is, not only do I wish the time away, I then make an itinerary for our two-week magical holiday to ensure that we get the most out of our holiday and this means that the holiday whizzes by just like life itself.
We work our socks off for 50 weeks a year and then spend our two-week holiday cramming in as much as we possibly can. Now there’s nothing wrong with that, we want to go home full of memories and new experiences and ultimately having got ‘value for money’ from our very expensive holiday, but maybe sometimes we can get just as many memories from stopping and relaxing as we can from going on rollercoasters and seeing shows.
When I make this trip’s itinerary (which I will still do as I do want to get the most from our holiday as possible), I will ensure that there are moments of ‘down time’ included.
On our last trip there were a few times when we slowed down and had a more leisurely day. We made sure we visited both of the water parks – Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach and while there were rides to go on, everything took a more relaxed pace. We drifted round the lazy river, bobbed up and down in the wave pools and laid on our loungers while the kids built sandcastles.
Downtown Disney is another place where we felt more relaxed, wandering in and out of the stores, stopping to watch whatever evening entertainment was on and just ‘people watching’ while enjoying a drink or an ice cream.
For me, THE most relaxing thing we did whilst at Disney was to visit the beach at the Polynesian resort after our meal at ‘Ohana. Every night some of the Disney resorts play a movie on the big screen for the kids (grown-ups!) to watch. On this particular night it was my favourite Disney movie – Tangled. We grabbed some loungers and sat back to watch the movie, after a short while another family asked if they could join us and use the kids’ loungers as they were busy building sandcastles in front of us. Naturally we said yes and within minutes all of the children were playing together and us grown-ups continued to watch the movie! A little later into the evening the Electrical Water Pageant sailed past and the kids faces were brilliant – there in front of them was a giant bright green ‘sea monster’ sailing past as well as various other floats, they had never seen anything like this before. After the Electrical Pageant the movie was stopped and the kids’ heads bobbed up again from their castles (who knew they were actually ‘watching’ the movie?!) they were just about to complain when they heard music, so we pointed them in the direction of Cinderella’s Castle which could be seen across the lake and then the fireworks started. The kids moved onto the loungers with us and we sat there cuddled together watching the fireworks in awe. It didn’t matter that we had seen them earlier in the week from inside the Magic Kingdom, this time felt totally different. We were all a little over stuffed from our dinner and felt almost a little woozy with sleep as it had been a long day but the atmosphere on that beach with all those other families was electric and as the fireworks fizzed and cracked overhead a big lump formed in my throat. It was one of the most relaxing yet amazing nights of our holiday and it was an event that will always be etched on my memory.
So on this trip there will be a little more relaxing, which I think will be made easier by the fact we are staying onsite, and a little less rushing – we are on holiday after all!
Do you have a favourite way to relax while at Walt Disney World? I’d love to know your tips as they could give me ideas for our holiday.
See ya real soon!