So you want to go
on a family vacation?
The idea of it sounds lovely. You have visions of smooth travel, perfect weather, smiles from ear to ear and everyone getting along in perfect harmony. The reality is planning and executing a family vacation is a lot of work. It can be downright stressful. So when my hubby and I discussed giving our son the “Disney experience” I immediately felt overwhelmed.
I’m gonna keep it real here. I never have been to Disney. My husband has never been to Disney. Outside of enjoying Disney movies, I really have no interest. Nor does he. I know. Some of you are clutching your pearls and wondering what planet I was born on. I promise you I am from planet earth and have heard how magical Disney world or land is. It j
My son is six years old, a huge superhero fan and loves the beach. So when I saw that Disney offered a Marvel themed cruise I had to learn more. He is at such a fun age where he still believes in the magic of things and is old enough to remember and make memories. For the last few years, I’ve wanted to give my son the Disney experience but I am not a theme park fan. I am not a fan of rides, rollercoasters or walking miles of pavement in the heat only to end up dehydrated with swamp ass. The idea of being around thousands of people, in the heat, waiting in line is not my thing. Like way down on the list of it being my thing.
So where did I begin?
I contacted a friend who put me in touch with a Disney travel agent who could help me navigate my options and put my anxiety at ease. These travel agents are free to you and are paid by Disney. It’s a no brainer on using one. I worked with Terri Hawkyard of 91 Dream Vacations and she was fantastic. Terri answered all my crazy, snarky questions and helped me plan our family vacation including what room to pick, transportation, food, documents etc… She understood I was not a Disney fanatic and didn’t judge me for it. She focused on helping me plan a vacation that would be perfect for my family. And no she did not pay me to say that. But when I have an amazing experience, I like to share with my friends in hopes they can too.
We sailed out of Miami for a five-night cruise on the Disney Magic in January. The magic is one of Disney’s smaller ships but does not disappoint. There were several pools with water slides (including an adult only area), Irish pub, movie theatre, a spa, fitness center, activities galore that you could find on the daily navigator
A few things stood out to me right away:
- The cleanliness-The ship is clean. As soon as an event or meet and greet ended people magically appeared to disinfect and wipe down railings. Every time my son entered the kids club first thing they had him do was wash his hands. Each person was handed a sanitizer wipe before they entered the dining room. The germaphobe in me was on cloud nine
everytimeI saw this.
- Customer service- From the deck crew to the servers, every employee we encountered was genuinely friendly. They truly seemed happy to be there. Our servers Jerry and Leo waited on us each night and they were fantastic. Treated us like family and made sure all of our needs were met. They even stopped me from cutting up my son’s food so they could do it while I enjoyed my dinner. Doesn’t every mother dream of that? If they were just brown nosing me, I don’t even care. They go above and beyond and do their job well.
- Organization- Disney is like a well-oiled machine. They truly know how to streamline everything so it does not turn into a shit show. Instructions are always clear and events run on time. From disembarking at ports to dining, to character meet and greets nothing is overlooked. I never felt it was too crowded or I waited in line too long. I loved that we ate dinner at the same time, at the same table number with the same servers. Each night we received a schedule aka navigator for the next day that would show all the activities, shows and dining and what time they were happening. That navigator was my bible for the week.
Highlights Of The Trip
- No one asking me “what’s for dinner”. Even on most vacations, that question will come up. And being the Mom, somehow that decision always falls on me. It felt good not to have to hear it or decide. I could just look at the navigator to see what restaurant we were eating at. The food was delicious and never-ending. My son was spoiled by the room service.
- Marvel Day At Sea was hands down my favorite day all week. I loved watching my son dressed as a superhero meet all his favorite Marvel characters. He exuded joy and excitement all day. Plus the characters did an awesome job of engaging with my son and giving him that special 1:1 attention. He seriously met everyone and I got some great pictures. The superhero battle during the deck show was incredible. I’ve never seen my son shake from excitement. He was totally into it. The fireworks were a nice touch as well.
- The kids club on board is amazing. It’s pretty big and has several rooms. All with different activities happening each day until Midnight. There were times I would go to pick up my son and he would tell me to come back later. He was living his best life for sure. This made it easy for my hubby and me to enjoy the Adult only activities aboard the ship.
Would I Go Again?
Absolutely! It was hands down the easiest, smoothest family vacation I have ever experienced. My family truly relaxed and enjoyed our time together. We felt the Disney magic for sure without having to step one foot in the parks. Not that there is anything wrong with that. It’s just not our thing. If you are thinking about a Disney Vacation be sure to reach out to my travel agent Terri! She is a great resource for all things Disney.
Need activities to keep your kiddos busy on road trips, flights or when they need some quiet downtime? Check out my post here to find my recommendations.