Great Expectations

Disneyland, what a totally expensive mistake.

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  1. we’ve just begun the great Disney debate at our house. Do we go next year when our (very spirited) youngest is 4 or wait until five….hubby is gunning for age five (our eldest would then be 8) and after reading your article, I may be in agreement. 🙂 what age do you suspect will be best?

    • AFter reading the comments, I have to say it depends on the kid. While I suspect BooBoo will do better at Disneyland based on personality, there’s just no real way to know. I think I’m going to wait until he’s 5, my wallet tells me so.

  2. I have to admit that picture of him mad between you and your dh is a great one. Although he is far from happy he is completely adorable. I think this is a great lesson to share with others. I love how Betsy said she feels it might be better closer to the teen years. I know someone who has yet to go and this would show them they haven’t missed out yet. Will have to share. Thanks!

  3. Your Mommy Friend Lori says:

    You said it!  Little BooBoo hasn’t made his way to Disneyland yet and i think it’s because I’m scared to go!

  4. I’ve never been to Disneyland but can only imagine it would be overload for a small child, all those crowds and tall scary figures. I don’t think my kids, grown now, feel deprived from the lack of this experience.
    I love this post, as we do tend to set expectations, sometimes without looking at it from the other’s point of view.

  5. I’m sorry mommy friend, but I couldn’t stop laughing! I do appreciate the 411 from you and your followers and I won’t plan on taking my girl for many, many years! Phew (wiping my forehead)!!!

  6. My kids’ favorite day at Disney was the day we spent swimming at our hotel. Go figure!

  7. That’s why I have not taken my kids to Disney World yet in 9 years because as pre-schoolers they are really too young to fully enjoy the Disney experience and they are definitely way too young to even remember it. I don’t want to drop a couple of grand taking my kids on a vacation they won’t even remember. I am taking mine at the end of this year or the beginning of next year. Mine are old enough to ride everything and old enough to remember it all, now.

  8. that sounds about as much fun as my recent trip to Universal Orlando. Hot, extremely long lines and not much of a ride to show for it afterward. I spent way too much money for one ride. ugh!

  9. Letting Go of Expectations! In caps because it’s so important. That has been one of my biggest lessons with my teenagers. It makes life so much easier. And Disney is probably more fun when kids are closer to the teen years. Plus they remember it!!!

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