In honor of the occasion we're recapping our Disney Side.
This is my favorite Disney Side Shot ever and still cracks me up. "The Twins" outside of The Haunted Mansion (another of our big favorites).
I still remember visiting Disney Land and Disney World during my own childhood, and those are fond, family memories I carried with me into adulthood. So Disney was high on our family dream destination list once we had kids of our own.
Dugan & Sage's first glimpse of Disney World! Note their first visit buttons. The characters were extra friendly to them and made it special and memorable.
We still haven't made it to Disney Land, yet, but we finally got to Disney World in 2011, when the kids were 8 & 10. We had a blast and it was great that they were old enough, tall enough and brave enough to ride just about everything.
Check out our full slide show here
and more of our favorite shots embedded below and at the bottom of this feature.
Have you taken your kids to the magic kingdom to make your own happily ever after memories yet?
ChiIL Mama's ChiIL Tips:
Stop for Mickey shaped ice cream sandwiches. This sweet treat will help you keep your cool! Kids hot and squirrely from waiting in lines? It's also cooler and less crowded on the lake, so take a boat ride and go low tech and run around the island a bit.
A brilliantly colorful end to a memorable day!
We're so looking forward to Tuesday and all the fun DisneyOTR has in store for us right here in Chicago! Follow along on ChiIL Mama's FACEBOOK, TWITTER & INSTAGRAM accounts for real time updates, and we'll have a big photo filled recap after as well.
We've also been crossing our fingers and toes for ages, hoping and wishing upon a star for a highly coveted family invite to visit THE Magic Kingdom one Spring with the DisneySMMoms! Every year they treat a select group of bloggers to the VIP treatment and we'd LOVE to be there. We're still hoping and waiting...
We have been giving away tickets to Disney on Ice for years, and shooting all their shows in Chicago. Check out our coverage here (25 features, in fact, including photo filled recaps).
We especially dig the pre-show press/blogger meet n greets where we get to hang with Mickey, Minnie and sometimes even local TV personalities!
Even Dug has a Disney Side
How many of your husbands can say they met THE mouse at the airport?! Dug has boomed Mickey Mouse... oh yeah, and the Mayor of Orlando, too, at O'Hare Airport on a press junket! He travels the world as a location sound engineer, shooting TV shows, documentaries, films, and more.
More Favorite Disney World Pixs:
ChiIL Mama's Adventures at Disney World. "C'mon Mom... we have enough photos at the entrance. Can we go in already?!"
The boys playing Pirates at another of our favorite rides, Pirates of the Caribbean. Johnny Depp's got nothin' on my pirates.
Crazy realistic pachyderm action! And that hippo gets me EVERY time.
Boat ride with my boy!
Dugan taking "stock" of the situation.
Some things are so timeless, they're exactly as I remember them from 30+ years ago!
This view wowed me as a child and it's still pretty impressive as an adult!
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