I have a confession to make. My kids are 11 and 13, and I have never taken them to DisneyWhere. I probably never will.
I know, it doesn’t count that I *have* taken them to see WIcked on Broadway– I’m still a bad mom.
Worse, I don’t know much about the excitements and demands of a few days at Disney.
How can I offer any advice to the host mom who wrote us for advice specifically about taking her au pair with them on the family vacation? I have a lot to share about vacations (and I’ll do that in the next post) but this mom need advice from experts — you moms, dads and au pairs who’ve been there.
Here’s what I know:
- DisneyWhere is expensive. You’ll pay a lot of money for a ticket to bring your au pair if s/he’s on duty.
- Food is expensive, and you’ll have to pay crazy prices to keep your au pair and the kids hydrated and happy.
- Your au pair will have rides and attractions only s/he wants to see, and there will likely be times when your au pair wants to go of on her/his own.
- One or more of your children will have meltdown.
- One or more of the adults will get a headache, have terrible cramps, be afraid of the very rides the kids want to do twice, wonder if the bathrooms really are clean, and/or will worry about whether even DisneyWhere is a safe place to let go of the kids’ hands.
- In an effort to maximize the fun, there will be pressure to rush, compromise, and/or stay too long.
- You’ll have a wonderful time anyway.
If you have taken an au pair with you to DisneyWhere, and had him or her be ‘on duty’ while you are all actually inside the park, what has worked well for you?
If you’ve been to DisneyWhere without an au pair, when would you have wished for another adult’s help?