Here is the planning stages thus far for our trip that we are planning for 2018.
1st Stage: Decide To Go On a Vacation.
This was easy. Everyone loves vacations.
2nd Stage: Decide Where To Go.
This was a bit more challenging. The family wanted to go somewhere warm or exotic. We did Hawaii the one time and I realized that swimming in the ocean can be relaxing. As I mentioned previously in Vacation Planning– we haven’t done much more than a few road trips up and down the West Coast. I also pointed out our love of Disneyland and how it’s our “go-to” location.
3rd Stage: Laying Out a Plan
I love the idea of visiting Disneyland. It’s always the first place that comes to mind when my family talks about vacations or traveling. I offhandedly mentioned to my wife the idea of Walt Disney World next year with a possible Disney Cruise as well. We had some friends who have done similar trips and it seemed like a great idea. So I began searching up Disney Cruises.
But then it dawned on me: Why not visit a Disneyland in another country? So I began researching every Disneyland on the planet. Each one is fairly similar in the basic rides and visual look. There is also rides and attractions unique to every location. Plus they are located in beautiful cities that I have wanted to travel to. Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong… all of them with much more to see than just Disneyland. There are entire cultural differences to experience. It has made it very difficult to decide which Disneyland to go to…
Next, I did what any father would do. I sat my kids down and asked their opinions. They were no help. They couldn’t decide which one they would want to go to if given a choice. So I made the decision for them.
We are going to travel to see every single Disneyland on the planet. I can’t find anyone online who has done a single trip traveling from city to city visiting each and every Disneyland. There are people who have been to all of the parks over the years. I found one person who planned on visiting all of the parks in one year: Disney Around the World 2016: My Quest to Visit Every Disney Park in 1 Year.
I figure it’s about time someone does it in one non-stop circular journey in under a month. We are that family.
4th Stage: Getting There
I mentioned in Vacation Planning Pt.2 that my wife figured out we can buy an “Around the World” airfare for about half the cost instead of individually buying tickets for city to city. So now she is on board with the idea.
Because of my height, I haven’t ever really enjoyed plane rides. I figure why not get as many flights over and done with in a short amount of time. By flying westward first, it will keep the jet lag down to a minimum. That way we can also end in California at the original Disneyland.
5th Stage: The Details
We need to figure this part out still…
6th Stage: Enjoy Our Trip
Even Princesses need a break.
This will be a once in a lifetime trip. A trip that most people would think is crazy. But we aren’t like most people. We are excited to see “The Happiest Place On Earth” in all of the many locations.
Now to come up with a title for our trip…
Disneyland World Hopper
Around the World in Disney Days
A Month of Disneylands
I need to find something that expresses the joy and the absurdity as well as the Disney-ness of it.
We’re going to Disneyland!
All of ’em!