A year ago around this time, we took the plunge and bought Disneyland Annual Passports. We couldn’t wait to spend the year with Mickey. Since then we’ve spent many at day in the parks, I lost count somewhere around the 15th visit. Seriously, I was determined to get our money’s worth. We’ve loved every minute (aside from a few isolated temper tantrums) and have made family memories we’ll treasure for a lifetime. We recently got a postcard in the mail letting us know our renewal date was approaching, so it was decision time. Passports aren’t cheap and now that the twins are three, we’ll need five instead of three.
As a reasonably frugal family we could think of plenty of reasons not to pony up, but in the end we did just that. It may mean we don’t take a big family vacation this year, or eat out as often. Yet the benefits of having the passes made it practically a no-brainer. We can escape into a world of fantasy for the whole day or just a few hours. We can take it slow, enjoy the parade, the shows, the people-watching – and not feel like we have to get on every ride. There’s always another Disney day. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how stressful my week has been, whatever grown-up worries are weighing on my mind, once we walk through the gates it all seems to disappear. It’s all forgotten and we can spend quality time with the kids, seeing the wonder through their little eyes.
Look – now I don’t have to buy her an actual pony! Think of all the money we’re saving on horse equipment, boarding and food. Her brothers already eat like horses as it is.
Are my kids a bit spoiled by getting to go to Disneyland all the time? A little perhaps, but we don’t go all out on every trip with treats, souvenirs and the like. We’ve discovered one of the parks cheapest and most collectible souvenirs, pressed coins. All three kids have their own pressed penny book and they add a a couple to their collection on each trip. They’re happy and we’ve spent nothing more than the change in the bottom of my purse. I know someday they’ll probably have better things to do than spending day after day at Disneyland with mom and dad, but I don’t see the magic wearing off any time soon. These memories we’re making? They’re priceless.