When it comes to traveling as a newlywed you always hear two sides of the story from new parents: do all your traveling before it is too late or, on the flip side, traveling with a family is no biggie. While I am all for spontaneity and adventure, I am not a risk taker when it comes to seeing the world before baking some tots. So, when it came time for my husband and I to plan a long weekend getaway I thought big, Paris, London, I was even willing to resort to something stateside, New Orleans. Too much? Possibly, but remember, I still believe in spontaneity and adventure.
In the end I lost the fight for Paris (c’est tres tragique) and we ended up at the supposed “happiest place on Earth”, Disney World. We spent a total of 4 days this past weekend reliving our childhood (as adults) at Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and of course, Magic Kingdom.
As typical, my husband and I suffered our usual travel spats, despite being at the happiest place on Earth. I wanted to eat delicious food from around the World at Epcot (since I wasn’t actually around the World), while he wanted to wait in line to get his photo taken with the notorious Mickey Mouse. Looking back on the situation I wondered, is this normal? Do I just have a difficult husband (as he wonders why he has a difficult wife), or is it just the stress of being away from home that heightens the likelihood of spatting like two grown children?
Thankfully I stumbled upon this article via Canada’s Adventure Couple. Although too late for this trip, I found the advice to be a valid success. The major points these two discuss are Compromise, Communication, Be Willing to Fight, Knowing Each Other’s Boundaries, and Do Things Together. I felt most uplifted by their suggestion of being willing to fight it out. I think all the other things are good ideas to keep in the back of your mind, but I also feel like if you are going to inevitably fight, get it out of your system and move on.
In the end the trip wasn’t a total bust and I actually enjoyed being on vacation with my husband, who will forever be a big kid at heart. I can live with that (most of the time).
My top 5 observations of Disney World as an adult:
- There seemed to be a lot more people in wheelchairs than I remembered from 10 years ago.
- My husband and I agree: taking our children to Disney World before they are out of their strollers probably isn’t in our cards.
- Walt Disney suffered quite a few upsets in his life before hitting it big, inspiring.
- Soarin’ and Space Mountain are still two of the coolest rides, even as an adult.
- Waiting in line for said rides seems just as long as an adult as they did as a child.
(image via Crystal Zembal)