Disney World is about magic, pixie dust and princesses. The magic of the Magic Kingdom and all things Disney Parks is like a secret ingredient in your favorite recipe…you cannot pinpoint what it is exactly, but you know it is there. What I did not realize though, is that there is even more magic when you travel to Disney as a mother daughter team, or as three generations of mothers and daughters. During my recent trip to Disney World, as a guest of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I traveled with my mom and my daughter…three generations of strong, independent (and stubborn) gals that love to travel. The trip and experience of mother daughter travel to Disney World could have gone either way: amazing or exhausting. In the end, it was nothing short of unforgettable.
Three reasons to take a mother daughter trip to Disney World
1. You never know what Disney World Park will be the favorite
As a parent and a daughter, you tend to think that you know what the people in your family like. Their preferences and tastes…but Disney World has so many varied parks and experiences, that trying to predict what someone’s favorite park or attraction might be, is surprisingly difficult. Convinced that my daughter would say that the Magic Kingdom was her favorite, with all the New Fantasyland characters she knows and loves, I was surprised when instead, this eight year old proved once again that she was a global citizen when she declared that Epcot was her favorite. Yes she liked riding Test Track and Soaring, but she also loved exploring the country pavilions. My mom on the other hand, Ms. World Traveler herself, I expected would say that Epcot was her favorite. Instead, the classic stories of the Magic Kingdom were her top choice (she could ride “It’s a Small World” all day long). It turns out that even my favorite was a surprise. Experiencing the Animal Kingdom for the first time, with the mysterious lure of lush vegetation and wild rides, I became an instant fan of this Disney Park from the stunning Tree of Life to the scream inducing thrills at Expedition Everest.
2. Move from tears to laughter
There is something particular fascinating about taking your daughter on a roller coaster, especially when…if I am being honest, I am not an aficionado. Sure, I like a good roller coaster….but the idea of going upside down or dropping from a tower like an elevator, or spinning round and round…just the thought makes my stomach queasy. But…seeing your daughter light up because she is finally tall enough for the “big” rides and say she wants to try, that is a special moment.
Until of course you are on the ride, with your uber confident, I am going to love this roller coaster ride child, and they start screaming, “Mamma, hold me. Mamma, make it stop.” That moment of utter lack of control, knowing that your child is terrified and there is nothing you can do about it, is the ultimate in parental “what now?” moments. Except that by the time the coaster slides back into the station, and your feet are on solid ground, a grin appears, followed by “Can we do that again?”
My mother daughter trip to Disney World taught me that the only rides that my daughter likes the first times are the ones where I get stuck in the best seat in the boat and get soaked like Kali River Rapids, or where she can blast away like a video game at Toy Story Mania. Rides like Expedition Everest and Thunder Mountain…well those take two rides for her to love them.
3. Experience a different type of fireworks
I don’t know about you, but something about fireworks makes me think about romance. Holding the hand of the person you love, as the sky lights up with color after color, is romantic. But what I discovered sitting on the ground, in front of Cinderella’s Castle with my daughter on my lap and my mom right behind me, is that watching the sky be sprinkled with light is just as magical and momentous.
Add in the classic tunes of Disney, the splashy theatrics of Tinkerbell ziplining away from the castle, and the hint of mystery as the castle walls change color, and the vision of what makes fireworks special is transformed. Although yes, my husband would have enjoyed it, there was just something unforgettable about singing the Disney tunes in hushed voices with your daughter watching the sky light up before you.
In the end, I suppose that is what travel is….surprises. And travel to Walt Disney World….even more surprises.
Whether you are traveling solo or as couple to take in one of the many festivals like Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival or maybe a runDisney race, or as the entire family, or just taking a mother daughter trip to Disney World, the roots and foundation for a magical time are waiting.
I was a guest of this year’s Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration. As an attendee, I paid a conference fee and travel expenses but received perks at a reduced rate. I was not asked to write about anything related to the conference. All opinions are my own. No compensation was received.