Why My Daughter Will Be Skipping School For Disney World

This week, my husband said the sexiest words I’ve ever heard to me: “Let’s book a trip to Disney World!” I’m completely serious when I tell you that those words are like my-husband-cooking-and-doing-the-dishes level porn to my ears.

Taking our kids out of school for disney

About 10 years ago, when I was a single mom and my son was only 8-years-old, we saved every bit of change from our broke-ass lives and went to Disney World. It was the very first time for both of us. The day we left, he came down with the flu. He slept the first two days of our five-day trip. We had a good day and a half of easy-going activities until I became sick with the same debilitating flu. That was our trip.

Luckily we were able to make the most of the two days, and I’ve been able to go back once or twice since for press trips.

Why I'm letting my child skip school for Walt Disney World

This month, my now 18-year-old son graduates high school and next month, he leaves for Army basic training. Just like that, he’s grown up and gone. I feel like he’s been in my life forever and not long enough at the same time. From now on, our family vacations will be minus one and it nearly breaks my heart.

Yesterday, my husband telling me that we’re going to Disney World made me feel a bit better.

We’re planning on going when the crowds aren’t too busy because I suffer from anxiety, especially with large crowds, and I don’t want my daughter to be overwhelmed during her visit to the Happiest Place on Earth. This means that we’ll be taking her during the school year.

Having raised a son until the ripe ol’ age of adulthood, I realize moments that we missed or opportunities of which we didn’t take full advantage. He was lucky enough to join me for 3 official blogging press trips; my daughter has yet to join me on one. This isn’t a matter of fairness, however; it’s realizing that time spent with your kids, even if it means they’re missing a few days of school here and there, is the most important thing you can do in their life.

Taking kids out of school for a disney trip
Her next birthday will be a Disney World celebration!

Not only is this special trip during the time when school is in session, but it’s also the same month as her 8th birthday. She’s in second grade, she is intelligently advanced for her age, and learns quickly so as of right now, and especially at her age, we have no qualms about taking her out of school. At an older age, maybe we’d feel differently, but I doubt it. If she wasn’t doing well in school, I would most definitely feel differently about taking her out of class. 

All feelings and special moments aside, Disney parks have so many amazing activities and events planned throughout the year, mostly during the time that kids are in school. This means that we can’t be the only parents who take their kids out of school for a trip to the Magic Kingdom. But, we do realize that it’s a controversial subject so we ask that you respect our decision.

This year, instead of spending another birthday at home, we’ll be celebrating our baby’s 8th birthday at Walt Disney World and that’s a memory worth missing a few days of school for!

Leave us a comment! What are you willing to allow your kids to miss school for?



4 thoughts on “Why My Daughter Will Be Skipping School For Disney World”

  • Instilling a love and respect for education and all the opportunities it will provide for your daughter is probably one of the most important things you could give her. Although family is undeniably important I don’t understand why it is pardonable to take your child out of school for a vacation? There is summer and holiday breaks all year round for these vacations and mental breaks. Educators are working hard to instill in your children a love and appreciation for learning, by teaching your child that its okay to β€œskip out” on school for a vacation may send her the wrong idea about whether or not to cherish the education she is receiving. Granted, a Disney trip is probably more financially sound during the off season and maybe you/your husband are tol busy in the summer to make the trip, so I can see reasons for your decision. I just know my parents would never condone this despite my straight As, strong worth ethic, and enthusiasm to learn. But i GOT all of those things by being told how important and meaningful a solid education is. Now that I am in college and I see students skipping classes regularly I am disgusted with the lack of appreciation they have for school, especially since they or their parents are paying for the education. Now that I am paying for school my appreciation and dedication have only strengthened. My concern is not about taking your young daughter on vacation; I am truly just concerned for the general, popular view of education and the low motivation I see within others to try to acheive greatness within academia. Despite my ramblings, I do honestly hope your vacation is amazing because quality family time is never something to put on the back burner, just make sure you always try to instill in your children how important a quality education is to their future! Good luck to your son in the Army!

    • Thanks, Anna, for commenting in an appropriate and respectable manner. I’m hoping we can talk to her teachers to take with us the work she will miss and we will find ways to educate her while we’re there in ways that she might not benefit from at school.

  • My parent’s had no issue pulling me out of school for a family trip (mom was a nurse, so her vacation days were hard to come by, especially in summer months when her work often had blackout dates). The number 1 rule: I had to ask for the homework in advance from teachers, where possible- complete the homework before the trip. If I couldn’t complete it prior to the trip, than I was expected to do it on the trip’s downtime.

    Travel is it’s own form of education, and doing so while a kid is in school can be extremely helpful in teaching them how to self manage. When they get to the real world, they’ll need to figure out how to time manage on their own, as well as problem solve and seek out additional help when they aren’t in office for certain situations. Good on you making great memories with the kiddos.

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