One of my most memorable trips to Walt Disney World occurred when I was around 12 years old. As a child, I was too young to understand what went into planning such an adventure, yet alone the cost associated with it. Whether it was spending the day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or getting burnt to a crisp on the lazy river at Blizzard Beach Water Park, all I knew was that I was having the time of my life with my mom and grandma at the most magical place on earth.
Although we were initially focused on how many times my wife, Amy, and I could visit Walt Disney World each year as Disney Vacation Club Members when purchasing, we also realized that DVC provided a unique opportunity to share this joy with the ones we love. For Amy, this would mean an opportunity to share her love for Disney with her mother who had never visited before. I, on the other hand, viewed it as an opportunity to show my mom how much has changed over the years and thank her for making this special place a part of my childhood and now my life.
Having recently returned from this trip with our mothers, I am left with two significant takeaways:
My first takeaway is the memory of watching both of our parents experience the joy and excitement of being at Walt Disney World. I will always remember the smile and look of joy on my mom’s face while watching Fantasmic and Illuminations, as well as Amy’s mom yelling during Flight of Passage, “I’M FLYING, PAUL!”. For them, it was the Disney trip of a lifetime that would likely have never occurred had we not joined Disney Vacation Club.
Second, the escape and tranquility that Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House was able to provide throughout our trip was significant. Each day started or ended with the whole family either enjoying some time on the balcony of our 2-Bedroom Lock-Off Villa – Value Accommodation, or visiting the savanna to see what the giraffes and zebras were up to. The experience we had here with our parents validated even more our decision to make it our “home”.
This will not be the last time we share this joy with those we love and are already planning future trips with other friends and family. On both this site and in our Facebook Group, we often talk about the perks of DVC ownership. For me, the greatest perk we receive as owners is the joy and happiness that we get to experience and the fact that we can share it with those we care about.