I’ve been a single mom for most of my parenting life, so the idea of going on vacation “alone” with my kids isn’t scary to me. So when I hear, “You’re taking them to Disney – by yourself?”, my answer is always, “Of course, it’s easy!”
So why do I think it’s easy? To me, a Disney vacation is the easiest kind of trip – everything is planned, everything is closeby, and most of all I always feel safe knowing that Cast Members are there to help if I need it. On a non-Disney vacation, there’s just sooo much to think about. Ok… stop laughing… it’s a different KIND of planning. As a girl who likes a bit of control, Disney provides comfort by planning what we’re going to do each day, without too many options to change our minds on the fly. On a non-Disney trip, the sky’s the limit: and for me, that’s too many choices! A museum? A movie? Excursion? Beach? How will we get around? Where will we eat? What if it’s awful? With a Disney trip, those choices still need to be made, but there are tons of tools to help, not to mention your Disney travel agent.
And that’s the key – you’re never really alone. For me, Disney wraps me in a blanket of security. From the hotel to the transportation system to the reservations system. And with very few exceptions, some aspect of the “magic” is almost guaranteed, regardless of the experience.
The first time I took my kids to Disney, they were 4 and 6 (they are 10 and 12 now). On the first bus ride on the first day, my daughter slipped and slammed her little face against the back of a seat. She had a nasty black eye for the entire trip. Everyone from the bus driver to Housekeeping offered to help, and continuously went out of their way to make her first time at Walt Disney World special, regardless. Would that happen anywhere else?
Alysia has always been a Disney freak. From her first visit in 1974 to her most recent visit in September, she has grown up loving the experience that Disney provides its guests. Now with two children, she can proudly say she’s raising two little Disney freaks of her own. When she’s not planning a trip, Alysia has spent the last 23 years in marketing, working at both billion dollar corporations and small non-profits. It was during her time at one of those non profits, the Wildlife Conservation Society (parent company of the Bronx Zoo), that she took a side job at the Disney Store to supplement her income. Those five years as a Cast Member convinced Alysia that she would do whatever she could to work in and around the Disney company to marry her professional expertise and her passion for the Mouse! Writing for the Affordable Mouse brings her one step closer to that goal!