Disney CastleI never thought I’d be able to say this, but I’m currently booking up our first holiday to Florida! I’d always dreamed I’d be able to take the kids to Disneyworld one day, but didn’t think we’d be able to afford to make it a reality any time soon. Well, since my sister went and bought a holiday home there, all we really need to pay for are the flights! However annoying it might have been packing up all her stuff to send over there, it’ll all be worth it to be able to have the holidays of our dreams in the sun.

So I’ve got some dates planned for the flights – since neither of the boys are at school yet, we want to make sure we make use of taking trips during the school terms, so we’ll be going at the beginning of September. We’ll cross over with my sister whose daughters will need to be back for school, but we’ll get to spend a bit of time with them and she can show us around before we get to relax by ourselves for a while.

I read this article the other day about hilarious and weird complaints people have made about their holiday homes, including there being too much food and that their pre-holiday diet had been wasted! I’ve had a look at my sister’s pictures of the place and it looks amazing so I’m really looking forward to it – there shouldn’t be any surprises in store for us when we get there. Although maybe with the amazing food I’m hearing stories of in America, I may be complaining about weight gain after the trip!

I’ve started looking at tickets for the Disney parks too – there are 4 theme parks and 2 waterparks, so I’m not sure whether to do them all and get some good discounts on tickets, or whether to just do a couple and save them for another time, since we’ll inevitably be back with the house out there. There are also two other parks that have been recommended to me: Universal and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, but apparently they have more big rides and not as much for the kids, so I think we’ll stay away from those until they’re a bit older, although I would love to visit the Harry Potter land!

If you have any recommendations for places to go and things to see that aren’t Disney parks but are good for young families around the Orlando area, let me know and I’ll check them out.

Image courtesy of Express Monorail (but soon I’ll have my own!).

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