This is really and truly mundane and pointless, but I’m kind of jazzed that I’ve started to get my ducks in a row for our big Disney trip next year. We’re celebrating my mother in law’s retirement, so we’re doing a big honking kickass party at WDW.
And I’m really happy because I’ve just nailed down the travel arrangements. Flying was appealing, after our last Orlando roadtrip turned into a 13 hour deathmarch with an exhausted but wide awake 3 yo in the back seat. But damn, it’s at least $200 per person, times 4.5 people = yikes! And then no car while we’re down there.
So between us Mr. Cinnamon and I developed a cunning plan. Rent a minivan - it’s less than $500, and if it breaks down in Georgia, we just call Hertz to get a replacement. Drive to Hilton Head, where Disney has a resort we can use our vacation club points at, and we can get a suite where I don’t have to murder my MIL in her sleep because of her snoring. This splits the trip pretty much exactly in half, which will allow me to keep my sanity.
Then in Orlando we stay at a vacation club resort with a full kitchen and tons of recreation options, and only go to the parks every other day while we’re there, so no one gets exhausted or burnt out. Highly relevant when we’ll have a five year old and a seven month old or so.
It is soooo relaxing to stay at Old Key West, our favorite DVC resort. We can eat in the room, which is healthier, cheaper, and less stressful. We have a full living room, and two separate bedrooms, and also a laundry room, so we can pack lighter.
We’ll have 1 to 4 extra caregivers over the course of the stay, so hubby and I get some vacation from parental duties.
Oh, and we already bought our tickets - got super long passes with no expiration date for our last trip, and they have ample time left on them.
So basically, I’m looking forward to a leisurely, fun trip, with lots of great people at a great destination, for very little out of pocket.
Now if only Fall 2008 would hurry up and get here!