My husband and I love to document life moments through photography. Some of the best memories we love to look back at are our personal family vacations. If you haven’t gone to The Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida yet, here’s a glimpse of our summer vacation story. Hopefully it will give you some tips about travelling there if you plan to do so in the near future. Or perhaps it can shed some light on how it feels to travel with kids from ages 2.5 years to 11 years old.
So, being a business owner of a portrait studio, managing and operating inside the mall with the mandatory 70 hrs/week mall hours, and booked out months in advance for weekend wedding work, it just made sense to do a last minute family vacation during the week. It was now or next year since the kids would start school in a few weeks. We were going to driving, so this was our plan: We would leave Charlotte, North Carolina during the night and arrive in Orlando, Florida in the morning ( a total of 8 hours – not bad right, when you’re a passenger ) – just in time for the amusement park to open! Call us cray cray – but that’s how our vacation started! It was actually a great idea since the kids were sound asleep (and we only made 1 stop to refuel) plus night owl traffic was a breeze, until we hit Orlando! We arrived near Magic Kingdom around 8 am to hit the morning and amusement park traffic. We stopped by a rest area just a few miles away the exit. Everyone freshened up while my husband, Thay (pronounced like “tie”) tried to catch up on some sleep. Thay is an awesome long distant driver so of course he drove all the way which allowed me to catch up on some sleep and do my makeup in the car. Makeup was not as perfect as I would like, but, I had to look decent for Mickey Mouse! My bags were still noticeable since the rest in the car was not as satisfying as the comfort of your own bed. But then, we do what we do to make things happen for these 3 darling monkeys of ours!