Let’s Go To Disney, Y’all!

Let’s Go To Disney, Y’all!

It’s here! I cannot believe we leave tomorrow for our 2nd Annual Kidd’s Kids Teen Trip! This year we’re taking 14 kids and I am overwhelmed with emotions.

This whole idea started with the first Kidd’s Kids trip after my dad passed away. I was 23 years old, grieving over the loss of my dad and still living life in a complete blur. But the second I walked into Magic Kingdom, it was like the weight of the world was lifted from my shoulders. That’s when the idea for my teen trip was born.

If the magic of Disney could be healing for a healthy 20-something, why couldn’t it be healing for a teenager who is not only dealing with a serious medical diagnosis, but all the other things that go along with being a teenager?

I remember all too well how tough those teen years can be. You want to be cool and different, but not too different. You’re trying to figure out who you are and who you want to be. And now, with social media, kids are literally living their lives out loud. With this trip, these kids get a chance to get away and just be kids.

They don’t have to try to impress anyone or worry about what anyone thinks. They meet other kids their age who are experiencing the same types of struggles and get to hang out with people who truly understand what they’re going through.

The Teen Trip

The Teen Trip is a little different than the original trip starting with the location. For the Kidd’s Kids trip, we stay at a Disney hotel, but on the Teen Trip we stay at the Give Kids the World Village. The families stay in villas on the GKTW property and honestly, there is so much to do, they could stay there the entire time and have a blast! There’s a water park, rides, miniature golf … they even have horses. Oh, and the ice cream. Ice cream is literally available 24/7. How great is that?

And the trip itself? Well, it’s a full week long and in addition to Disney World, the families also get to visit Universal Studios and Sea World. Plus, it’s a much smaller group, so we get to spend more time with the kids and the families. I’m on a mission to find out what’s cool … you know, what “the kids are doing these days”! Does that make me sound old?

There’s also a strong possibility I’m going to embarrass them when I bust out the Minnie ears, but it doesn’t matter because we’re going to Disney!

It’s such a blessing to be able to give these teens and their families this much-needed break from their everyday lives. I am so thankful to all of you for helping me expand my dad’s legacy while creating my own, and for continuing to support Kidd’s Kids. This trip wouldn’t have happened without the amazing support from all of you who donated, so if you gave $1 or $100, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Make sure to follow Kidd’s Kids and me on social media throughout the week so you can see what we’re up to! And thanks again for making my dream a reality!

xo,
Caroline

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