We just got back from a week long family vacation to Disneyland. Who ever thought those should be called vacations needs to rethink that concept, seriously.
It was a blast, but the word vacation I typically relate to relaxation. Disneyland is hard work!
While it was easy to focus on how hard it was, my wife and I took some time to list our favorite highlights.
Family Vacation Highlights
- The motivator. The preparation and anticipation for Disney was epic. Plus, it was a great motivator. Now my wife and I are wondering what we could possibly use (that compares to Disney) to motivate our children.
- No gadgets, or extra media. It was a true vacation from gadgets and media (more so for me than anyone else). We did let the kids watch movies and play games on the drive, but after getting there everything was turned off. I loved not checking my email, or spending any time on the internet.
- Spending time together. On vacations you spend every moment with each other. This can get tiring, but it gave us time to really talk to each other and enjoy each other’s company.
- Childhood memories. Taking your kids back to your own childhood vacations is super AWESOME! It’s a blast watching your kid’s faces light up the way you remembered feeling when you were their age.
- Coming back home. We can speak for our kids too, being away from our home and personal luxuries made us appreciate what we have. Our little Had’s (4 years old) walked through back door, ran to her bedroom yelling, “I’m going to kiss my bed!” Disneyland was fun but coming home was nice.
Am I the only one who thinks family vacations are hard work? Did we do something wrong because it was, or is that typical?
I had to throw this one in, as a personal highlight to our vacation. If you ever get a chance to go to Disney California be sure to visit the Animation Academy.
It’s an auditorium and stage environment where a Disney artist gives a simple and short (10 or 15 minutes is all it took) drawing lesson! Every 30 (or so) minutes throughout the day they offer a different lesson on how to draw a different Disney character. During our lesson they taught us how to draw Goofy!
The kids thought it was cool, but I think I got into it a lot more 🙂
My one and only criticism is that they use sketching (drawing lightly first, and then darken in later), which is great, but young kids have an extremely hard time grasping the concept. So overall I thought it was great, but tailored a little more towards younger kids (or the young at heart adults).
Chucker’s (7 years old) Goofy
Had’s (4 years old) Goofy