One family is about to live at Disney World for the next 30 days. But is this a dream come true, or a nightmare waiting to happen?
As huge Disney World lovers, my family has probably spent a total of 30 days in the parks over the course of the last several years. But 30 days in a row? I'm not sure how we'd do among the crowds, endless junk food, and constant merriment for that amount of time.
But that's exactly what one family has planned. The Gees, known as the "Bucket List Family" on social media, is about to embark on what could either be the most magical month of their lives, or the most overwhelming.
Opting to sell all their belongings and travel the world with their two young kids instead of raising them in a traditional setting, dad Garrett, mom Jessica, known as "Settie," daughter Dorothy and son Manilla have visited 45 countries in two years. And now they are headed to the happiest place on Earth!
It can be a scary thing to TRY SOMETHING NEW. Especially as a family with kids because you never know how it will turn out. For our family, our TRY SOMETHING NEW started 2 years ago when we decided to sell everything and leave our home for a journey around the world. 🌍 We didn't know what would come of it, but we decided to at least give it our best try. We started this Instagram account and a little YouTube channel that had a whopping 12 followers on day 1 (thank you family + friends). But slowly our travels evolved into something bigger..and that came with highs and lows. We had our hearts broken doing service in Nepal. Our luggage was stolen in Cape Town. And many times we have discussed just stopping everything. But hard work and positive attitudes have helped the highs outweigh the lows. We've met many amazing new friends and experienced incredible cultures all around the world. We've had the grateful opportunity to work with good companies and brands to fuel our adventures. And most of all, we've been able to spend time together creating memories as a family. 🌎 Our next post, later today, we are going to announce something new. It's a project we've been hired for that will last the next 30 days! 🌏 It's different then what we're used to but we're excited to TRY SOMETHING NEW. We hope you will stay tuned. We're grateful for your kindness and support. See you later today. Love from our little family to yours.. ❤💙💚 /// #family #bucketlist #adventure #explore #aroundtheworld #travel #vlog /// @garrettgee @settie4444 @dorothyseven @manillagee @thebucketlistfamily
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"First of all we are very excited and very grateful for this special opportunity," Jessica told Parents.com. "We have loved Disney our entire lives. But 30 days is a lot more than we've ever done before..it's kind of like giving a young child free-range in a candy store." She wonders if in the end, they will indeed be tired and need a break. "Or will we love [it] even more?" She added about their plans that they aren't yet set. "All we know is that we will be in a new hotel or resort every day for 30 days. It will be quite the unique adventure for sure!"
You can follow along with their Disney-sponsored 30 stays in 30 days adventure online. The lucky Gee family is going to experience each of the resort hotels on property, as well as all of the four parks, and Disney's water parks.
Right now, I'm filled with as much envy as the Evil Queen from Snow White. But maybe 30 days is too much magic. We'll have to wait to find out!
Until then, as someone who has visited the Orlando theme park mega-destination with three kids multiple times, here is my advice to the Gees and anyone else planning an upcoming trip to the parks:
- Schedule all your rides ahead of time using FastPass service. That way you won't have to wait in lines, which means fewer kiddie meltdowns.
- And when you take on the parks with kids, it's wise to plan more than just rides ahead of time. Scheduling down-times or naps at the hotel can mean the difference between making magical memories, and being miserable. Don't forget to make reservations for dining and character experiences, too.
- Speaking of the little ones, if you only have a day to experience the 40-square mile theme park, here are some great tips for doing it all in 24 hours, even with kids.
- Pack snacks, sunscreen, and even pre-purchased souvenirs, like princess pj's and toys from Target, ahead of time to save money!
Check out more tips for visiting the House of Mouse on a budget. And remember, ultimately, everyone is going to experience Disney in their own way. So at the end of the day, there is no one way or right way to do everything. The only thing you must do, is have an amazing time!
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Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger/mom. Find her onInstagram where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.