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When you think about family vacations to theme parks, it’s easy to picture smiling faces, infectious laughter, and lasting memories. But sometimes things don’t go according to plan…this picture sums up one of our last family vacations to a theme park:

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. And yes, apparently that degree of sadness is legal at theme parks. Our mistake: in our rush to have the best time ever, we planned every minute of our free time in the park down to the last detail. We forgot that part of enjoying the journey of a family vacation is to HAVE FUN! For poor Noa, this picture was his reaction after being told he couldn’t have ice cream. It didn’t fit into our schedule to buy some when we were near the ice cream shop, and by the time it was in our schedule, there was no ice cream to be found.

And that’s how we learned a valuable lesson: we should plan our vacations, but leave enough wiggle room to have a blast and not worry about riding every ride and seeing every show. A family vacation to a theme park truly is a journey (sometimes treacherous, always unpredictable), and it is meant to be enjoyed with some spirit of spontaneity.

We’ll be at Universal Orlando’s Loews Portofino Bay Hotel next week with Mom It Forward, and we can’t wait! It will be several days of pure fun, with equal parts planned activities and fun free time to make memories. After Noa’s life was ruined temporarily on a hot summer day, we figured out what was missing: Enjoying the journey on a family vacation means being able to stop and smell the roses…and eat lots of ice cream!

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Comments

  1. This message is absolutely so true! You have to enjoy the journey or you miss the best parts! That first picture is absolutely priceless.

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