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Family Traditions

by The Princess

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Hey Y’all! The Princess is back with more thoughts about our trip. For those of you who have not read the blog in a few weeks (shame on you!), let me get you caught up.

Our family added a new member, when The Man-Child and Southern Belle adopted T. T is going to be 13 when we go on our trip in November. We started planning our trip about a month ago. Dad was overwhelmed with all the traveling he has to do between now and then, so he handed over the trip planning to me! So far, we have discussed planning a trip in 5 months instead of the 6-12 months we usually have and how planning is really a team sport.

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‘Ohana is a Trent family tradition. Photo by Brett Svenson

T is for Tradition

This week, I thought we might discuss family traditions and incorporating a new member to the family. Growing up it was just the 4 of us: Dad, Mrs. Mom, The Man-Child and me, so we did what Dad and Mrs. Mom wanted. As us kids grew up, we gave input on our trips, and created lots of traditions together. One of our favorite traditions is eating at ‘Ohana. In fact, on our honeymoon, Prince Charming proclaimed it was the best meal ever!

We used to eat at ‘Ohana on Animal Kingdom day, but now that Animal Kingdom is open later, we had to find a new way to keep the tradition. First things first, we had to get a reservation. Good thing our friends at Destinations to Travel were able to help with that. They snagged us a reservation on the same day we go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, so we will have plenty of fuel to make it through the evening. We are so excited for T to eat there: it is a family tradition!

Making New Traditions

T loves spaghetti, so we are incorporating that into the trip. When we visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we will be eating a Mama Melrose’s for the first time. Hopefully this will become a new family tradition for us to honor our newest family member.

T also loves basketball! We will be going to the newly opened NBA Experience while we are visiting Disney Springs. We are hoping to enjoy the restaurant there too, but, if not, I am sure we will end up at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ – one of Dad and Mrs. Mom’s newer traditions, that us kids have never experienced.

One of the oldest traditions in our family is staying for the fireworks every night at the parks. Of course, we are still going to see all the fireworks, but we will get to enjoy a few new ones. When we are there, the new EPCOT Forever nighttime spectacular will be showing, replacing IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Over in Magic Kingdom, only Dad and Mrs. Mom have seen the new Happily Ever After show that premiered in 2017, so for the rest of us it will be a family first. Rivers of Light is another new show that Dad and Mrs. Mom have seen but the rest of us have not. So we will get to experience it at Animal Kingdom for the first time, and see Animal Kingdom open past sunset.

Our trip will be full of traditions and fun, but we are also adding a few new things to see if they can become family traditions. As your family grows so do your traditions. This trip is about honoring the past while seeing what the future can hold. What are you family traditions? Tell us on our Facebook page or in the comments.


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