Bucket List Update: Why I Am Removing #1


Having a 30 before 30 bucket list has been fun.

I have never mentioned this before, but I have reserved the right to change my bucket list as I see fit.

I’ve decided to use that right today.


(Or maybe it won’t…)

I am taking off number 1: “Go to Disney World and Harry Potter Land.”

A couple of days ago, Brian suggested we take this long awaited trip…and I didn’t want to go.

I can’t put my finger on the sudden change of heart. I asked the boys if they wanted to go (I didn’t want my own personal opinion to get in the way of the rest of the family’s good time) and they all said they would rather do something else.

I have been wanting to go to Disney World since I was a small child. I am not sure if it is the experiences of the past year that have made me perhaps more skeptical of (maybe the correct term is cynical about) the company…although, I still love taking the boys to Disneyland, so I doubt that is the reason.

I guess, priorities have shifted significantly for our family during the past year. That is the only thing I can think of.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with going on a family vacation to a destination like Disney World, but I think since we do have Disneyland, and our excitement about seeing a bigger better version of that has dwindled, we don’t think this is “bucket list” material anymore.

So now, I need to replace it.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Diana at Nanny to Mommy 15 June, 2013, 09:03

    Why are you cynical towards Disney?

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    • Jamie Lynne 15 June, 2013, 09:27

      Disney is an extremely large company with countless assets, so we understand there are a lot of people involved to keep everything running. Disneyland so far has still been extremely positive in experience for us. We have had negative experiences with other Disney-owned companies and friends who have worked for Disney have also had some pretty negative experiences. I don’t think that is the reason we don’t want to visit Disney World anymore, but it is sad for us to have some negative connotations attached a company because we have had so many very positive memories .

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      • jen 15 June, 2013, 11:13

        I live in south Florida and my older son works as a trainer lifeguard in the Disney resorts. We have annual passes and go to the parks all the time. I have 6 boys… 23, 23, 10, 9, 3, 3 years old and we all enjoy it! We have an RV and usually stay at Ft Wilderness which also has cabins and is just a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom. I say put it back on the bucket list!! It’s awesome!!

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  2. katy 15 June, 2013, 09:18

    National Parks, any. There is no “brand names, advertising, and lots of junk toys” to buy into when you visit the most beautiful parts of our world. Explore trails, smell trees and be awed by the beauty. Respect and find joy in the simplicity of earths treasures.

    Or small towns via Europe. Embrace other cultures, rent a house, indulge in being a temporary local. Eat the food, find local art, and discover human kindness.

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  3. Brittney 15 June, 2013, 10:55

    Cross country in an rv! Oh what a cool trip that would be…..

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  4. Jehefinner 15 June, 2013, 11:54

    1. Whats the difference between Disney Land and Disney World?? (cut me some slack, I’m in the UK!)

    2. I have reservations about Disney too, and I’ll never forgive them for dumping John Carter, they shafted it at the marketing stage and now they won’t make a sequel…. ☹ (that’s not my only reason. I’ve got two girls and I have issues with the gender stereotyping and sexualisation of the female characters.)

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  5. judi 15 June, 2013, 13:18

    Visit New Zealand. It’s awesome.

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  6. Sarah Laing 15 June, 2013, 15:50

    As a Kiwi Iwould have to endorse a trip to NZ! But living in Australia Iwould also suggest a stop off here too. NZ is the most stunning country in the world .

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  7. Tina Smith 15 June, 2013, 16:43

    I believe you are in CA, since you visit Disneyland regularly, right? Have you been to Vallejo, to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on Homeschool Day? If I remember correctly you are homeschooling? I may be remembering wrong. If you are a homeschooler: Homeschool Day at Discovery Kingdom (used to be Marine World) is usually around November 11 every year. The cost is like half off and the entire park is closed for a private “party” for just homeschoolers! Have to buy tickets in advance. It’s AWESOME! A couple thousand homeschoolers all in one place, having a blast, and its only a fraction of what the park usually handles, so lines are super short! They don’t have every ride open but we’ve never found any problem with them having a ride closed that we wanted to go on…they still have plenty open…and the biggest part for us is all the shows. They have such amazing animal shows! We’ve always had a blast when we’ve gone! So worth it to head out there for a day! We usually stay overnight at one of the local Motel 6′s to keep it all pretty affordable.

    Anyway, just thought I’d let ya know about the Homeschool Day opportunity that our family adores! :) Great day to go to a great park!!

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  8. Lana 15 June, 2013, 20:49

    Come see the Canadian Rockies in Alberta and British Columbia. They are breathtaking.

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