So, our last (and first-ever) Walt Disney World trip was, in many ways, a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip. A majority of the cost of the trip was covered by a small inheritance from my grandmother (I think I’ve mentioned that here before), so we were able to do it up in ways that we could never afford to out of our own pockets (like staying at the Polynesian Concierge Level). We had a wonderful time and all I’ve been able to think about since we left is when and how we’d get back to visit WDW again.
Squeaker (who is now four-years-old) has been talking about going back to Disney World a LOT lately as well (he talks about going to Disneyland too, but that’s another story that I’m going to save for another entry). He was pretty shy during our trip, and wasn’t quite ready to try a lot of the attractions. He’s already talking like he’s ready for more. And the Bug is always ready for more Disney. Mrs. AJRitz has taken a bit more convincing. There are plenty of long-delayed projects around the house that she wants to get going on. And she wonders about other travel destinations (I’m pretty convinced at this point that I don’t much care about other destinations). And she has some perfectly legitimate budget concerns.
But I’ve finally prevailed – we have a trip on the calendar. It won’t be until Winter 2013, but I’ve been given the go ahead to start getting organized and doing the budgeting for it. I’m looking very seriously at going ahead and buying our tickets before the next round of expected price increases in August. That would allow us to buy child tickets for The Bug (even though she’ll be 10-years-old by the time we use them) and avoid a couple of rounds of price increases. I tried to covince Mrs. AJRitz that we should go ahead and buy tickets now for a 2015 trip as well, but she wasn’t sold on that one. :p
It’s a long way away, but at least I have a trip to look forward to. And by the January/February 2013 timeframe we’re looking at, the Fantasyland Expansion project should either be complete or at least mostly complete. With two full years to plan, and one trip already under my belt, this trip should run perfectly! 🙂 So the only question remaining is, do we make it another surprise trip, or do we let the kids help with the planning (and deal with the inevitable “how many more days until Walt Disney World” for two years)?