One of the big things that we wanted to do this summer was to take a trip to Downtown Disney. For the uninitiated, Downtown Disney is an area of themed Disney shops and restaurants found on Disney property in Orlando, Florida. Claire affectionately calls the place “Minnie’s Mall.”
The main attraction for us wasn’t the shops, and it wasn’t the wonderful restaurants either. We were going for the balloon; a ride which resembles a hot air balloon, but is basically giant helium balloon which remains tethered and flies high above the Downtown Disney area.
This is the first time that we as parents have sort of fell victim to child marketing. We had seen this thing and thought that we would take her eventually. The problem is that Disney Junior began running promotions for areas inside the resort area, one of which was for this balloon. Claire became enamored! She memorized the commercial, and afterwards would exclaim “I WANT TO GO THERE!”
So we broke down and ended up taking her with the intention of going on the balloon. I wish that I could say that I, Dad the Geek, was better prepared for our trek, but alas, I wasn’t.
I wasn’t prepared for the balloon to be grounded due to unsafe winds. I wasn’t prepared with a place picked out to eat lunch, nor with where we would be when the hunger would strike.
The main thing that I wasn’t prepared for was beating the heat. This was the first time that we had braved an extensive outdoor area since Simon had been born. I felt really bad, but our strategy for keeping him cool was to simply stay in the shadows as much as possible and to duck into air conditioned shops when it got too much.
It worked out, but If we had a better way to cool off the little man we would have been able to be a bit more flexible in what we could have done. All in all it turned out to be a great day and we all enjoyed ourselves, even though it didn’t turn out the way we had planned.
How do you beat the heat when spending a long time outside during the summer months? What plans did you make that went completely wrong, but turned out alright. Let me know both in the comments section! Also be sure to Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter.