Wow, is it difficult to organize, and narrow down 800+ photos for sharing! We had a great vacation, and we did so very much. These photos are just a few of the highlights. We went into this vacation considering it a one-time shot, in the event that money, circumstances, or other vacation choices prevent us from going back...so we made the most out of it.
We stayed at Disney (highly recommend), and got the dining package (also highly recommend). These two factors allowed us to spend even more time at the parks (more fun). We spent the first four Disney days with a full day at each of the four parks (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot). We opened and closed the parks on those days. On the fifth day, we rested a bit in the morning, swam in the outdoor pool (it happened to be the warmest day of the cold front/arctic belt), and then we repeated Epcot. On the sixth day we repeated Hollywood Studios, and on our final day we ended like we started, with the Magic Kingdom. Animal Kingdom was the only park at which we only spent one day, but we chose to spend the day there with the extra magic hours (available to resort guests), so we got to stay at the park an additional 3 hours after it closed (5p-8p).
I had planned to make a scrapbook of all the photos, but due to the size of the project, I think I'll end up making a Blurb book, or DVD, and just extra individualized layouts, or 8x8 scrapbooks, for each of the kids (from their perspective, their favorites, etc.).
Try to plan a family vacation in your near future! It was the first time we had spent a entire week away from home, just for the pursuit of recreation! Kids grow up so fast, and those memories will be unique and special. Craig and I both expressed a desire to spend a week away every year (in addition to visiting familiy and weekend trips), even if it's just camping 20 miles away! Who can't afford that, right?