Our Best Vacation Ever: 3 Ways Disney Brought My Broken Family Back Together Again

BY: - 17 Apr '15 | Blended Families

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Last month, I was invited to Walt Disney World (along with 2 other mothers.)  We were there to create a video where we would share our most memorable family experiences/vacations at Walt Disney World.  And the videos that we made will be displayed on ESSENCE.com’s newest editorial destination, Mommy Den.

Launched in March of 2015, Mommy Den is ESSENCE.com’s newest editorial destination. This digital experience is designed to connect our audience of moms to their peers, ESSENCE editors, parenting experts, celebrities and bloggers to engage in weekly parenting centric content covering real topics with real people. 

So in the middle of February, I packed up my entire family and we headed down to Walt Disney World for a 4-day vacation (with a little work mixed in for the video shoot.)  I was there to talk about my most memorable family vacation.  But little did I know, I was actually about to experience it.

You see, this trip was the first time that all four of my kids would experience Disney together. This trip literally brought my family together again and I will be forever grateful to Disney and ESSENCE for it.

It’s no secret that we have a blended family and that everything in our family has not always been “peaches and cream.”  We’ve definitely had our challenges coming together as a family (blending.) And I have experienced the most painful feelings in my life as my oldest child and only son, moved away during his high school years when things became too volatile in our home. So he’s never been to Walt Disney World with his two youngest sisters.

So, this was literally the first vacation that we all took together as a family since my son moved back to Georgia to work and finish his college education.

Disney brings families together like no other place on earth.  The extreme happiness that the kids experienced (and I mean all of them from my 21 year old son to our 7 year old, and everyone in between) and the overwhelming feeling of joy that I had to have my entire family there in one place was priceless.

We put all of our family issues behind us, and we enjoyed each other and all that Disney had to offer.

We all had a ball.

Our son is 21 and our girls are 13, 8, and 7.  There were so many fun activities for all of them to enjoy. First of all, I had no idea that our youngest girls had become such thrill-seekers.  They rode every roller coaster in each of the parks that we visited.  Check us out in the pictures below as the entire family enjoyed our favorite rides.

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Hands down, Space Mountain® is our girls’ favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom® Park.

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Our son loves video games. And he definitely enjoyed getting one of the highest scores of the day at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin® in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom® Park

 We were able to connect.

My son had so much fun with his little sisters.  While there, we stayed  in a family suite at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. It was just enough room for our family of six. And Lamar and I had our own room where we could decompress each night in privacy.  Every night, my son took his little sister’s exploring around the resort. He took them to the dining room, Landscape of Flavors, which was open until midnight and he also took them to the video arcade.

Lamar and I  were also able to get away for some couple’s time while our kids played together. So we were able to connect as a family and as a couple.  It’s the Disney Magic that allows you to truly let go of your day-to-day responsibilities/issues and to just enjoy having fun with each other.

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The entire Tyler family is enjoying Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet® in Disney’s Epcot®

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Lamar and I are holding hands while riding Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith in Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. It’s like we are riding two different rides. He’s smiling and I’m screaming…lol.

We created memories that will last for a lifetime.

This vacation is the gift that will keep on giving.  For years to come, my kids are going to remember the fun that we had as a family. It was just what we needed to bring healing to our blended family.

By the way, if you are wondering how we were able to capture so many magical moments while we were at all of the parks, then I have to share that Disney also let us experience their Memory Maker offering.  It’s their Disney PhotoPass Service that gets everyone in the picture—and Memory Maker allows you to download all of your favorite digital photos taken at these fantastic locations.

 

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B.F.F.s for life! Our two youngest girls pose in front of Cinderella’s Carriage, this is the original golden coach used in the recently released live-action Cinderella film and it’s on display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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My four babies pose in front of a car at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

  Happiest Moms in the World

Here’s a picture of the happiest moms in the world sharing their most memorable family vacations at Walt Disney World. Why are we so happy? Because our families are happy.

Mommy Den Video at Disney

Ronnie Tyler, BlackandMarriedwithKids.com, Candace Montgomery, ChicBusyMom.blogspot.com, and Natoya Green, TripletsInTribeca.com discuss their most memorable family vacations at Walt Disney World.

Check out one of our finished videos below on Mommy Den

BMWK – what’s your most memorable family vacation?  Do you plan on visiting Disney soon?

 

Disclosure: Disney gave my family and me a four night, five day vacation to Walt Disney World that also included our travel, resort stay and meals.  Essence also provided compensation for my participation in the video production. However, all opinions are my own.

About the author

Ronnie Tyler wrote 517 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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One thought on “Our Best Vacation Ever: 3 Ways Disney Brought My Broken Family Back Together Again

  1. Tiya

    Ronnie, I just love this article and the pictures of the family. I love that this vacation was able to bring your family back together, it really touched my heart. One of our favorite vacations was also Disney World, two years ago. My daughters love it there. We had a family reunion in Tampa and visited Disney on our way to Tampa. We had a ball.

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