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Family Vacations: Expectations vs. Reality

Next week my family and I are headed off to Palm Springs for what I hope will be a family vacation to remember. I can already picture it: Me, lounging poolside with a fruity cocktail as my carefree husband applies sunscreen to my back. We laugh, charge another round to the room, and bask in the sight of our happy kids splashing responsibly in the shallow end of the hotel pool.

Hey, a mom can dream, can’t she?

When it comes to making family vacation dreams come true, perhaps no one knows more than our favorite Disney characters. So sit back, add a festive umbrella to your drink, and be their guest as they highlight every family’s vacation expectations and the inevitable realities that follow.

Expectation: We will not over-pack for this trip!

It’s all about packing smart from the start. Remember: less is more!

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Image source: Oh My Disney

Reality: Why is my suitcase so small?!

7 days = 6 pairs of shoes? Sounds about right.

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Image source: Oh My Disney

Expectation: The car ride will be so much fun!

Road snacks + road games + road music = road rules!

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Image source: Oh My Disney

Reality: Are we there yet?

Boredom, car sickness, fighting, and of course, farts. So many unventilated farts.

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Image source: Oh My Disney

Expectation: We will have an awesome flight!

I packed everything the kids could possibly ever want or need to have a happy flight.

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Image source: Oh My Disney

Reality: Get me the hell off this plane.

Yeah, that perfect parenting plan? Total crash and burn.

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Image source: Oh My Disney

Expectation: We’ll get an early start first thing tomorrow morning!

We can rest when we’re dead. Let’s do this vacation thing!

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Reality: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Just five more minutes hours.

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Image source: Oh My Disney

Expectation: If we go now, we’ll beat the crowds!

We’re like, travel wizards.

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Reality: The crowds beat us? HOW?!

Harrumph.

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Expectation: I read about this amazing hidden gem of a place that the kids are going to love!

Travel guides, FTW!

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Reality: “Mooooooom, can’t we just swim in the pool?”

Womp, womp.

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Image source: Oh My Disney

Expectation: Look! I put together this jam packed, fun-filled, fail-proof vacation agenda!

What could possibly go wrong?

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Reality: Closed for renovation? Need a reservation? Earache on vacation? WHY IS EVERYTHING GOING WRONG?!

But … we had an agenda!

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Image source: Oh My Disney

Expectation: We can totally afford this vacation.

We’ll just have to stick to a budget, that’s all.

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Reality: At least the memories are priceless?

Resort charge, bed tax, occupancy fee oh my.

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Expectation: This vacation is going to bring our family closer together!

We need this.

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Reality: I need a vacation from my family.

So. much. togetherness.

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Expectation: I’m bringing the good camera so we can get really good pictures.

I got mad photog skillz.

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Reality: Ugh, this camera is so big! And heavy! And bulky! And expensive! And complicated!

[Sigh] Forget it. I’m just going to use my phone camera.

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Image source: Oh My Disney

Expectation: Kids, isn’t this the most incredible place you’ve ever seen?!

You are so lucky to be here.

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Image source: Oh My Disney

Reality: Put down your phones!

Really? YouTube videos of cats scared by cucumbers?

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Expectation: This is going to be a vacation to remember!

Sweet, sweet memories.

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Image Source: Oh My Disney

 Reality: This was a vacation we’ll never forget.

Boy, do we have stories!

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Image source: Oh My Disney
Article Posted 9 months Ago

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