March 2020 Update – Moving to Disney

Here’s our March 2020 update – the latest in our Moving to Disney saga. It’s a little late – I’m publishing this at the end of March – but life has been a little weird recently, what with the global pandemic and all that.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ll get into all that. But first: Don’t worry….

We’re going to Disney! But this time… we’re not coming back. That’s right, we’re moving to Disney World!

We are going to move across the country in the summer of 2020, from Colorado to Florida. We are heading to the Orlando area. And yes, it is because we want to be close to Disney.

We’re packing up 5 people, 3 cats, and everything we own and driving for 3 days to a brand new place! 

Read on to find out what has changed, what hasn’t, and what we’ve been up to since the last update.

March 2020 Update - Moving to Disney

Follow Along on the Adventure

Check out the other posts in the series:

We Are Moving to Disney World

February 2020 Update – Moving to Disney

Moving to Disney – March 2020 Update

Long story short: our general plans have not changed. We’re still moving, we’re just not quite sure when. Mostly because of the coronavirus pandemic.

So, the last time we talked, everything was up in the air (but for very different reasons). And wow have things changed since the last update. Mostly because we are in the middle of a global pandemic. Things have changed for people all over the world. And there is so much uncertainty about how this is going to play out and along what timeline. So while the structure of our plans is still the same, the timing is floating along until things have settled down.

COVID-19

So coronavirus, yeah? I’m not sure what to say about it. It’s surreal, yes, but the world is still chugging along, which also feels strange somehow. 

I am home with kids all the time because schools are closed and honestly, it’s starting to get a bit squashed. We have a small place (2 bedrooms, one-floor condo) and there’s not really anywhere to escape to. I’ve been trying to get them outside to burn off energy, which helps. They still fight a lot. A LOT. But we’re on top of each other all the time, so it’s hard to blame them. 

My husband is still working and probably will continue to do so because his company is considered “essential.” So we’re grateful that we don’t have to worry about loss of income, but also nervous because he is being potentially exposed every day. He is doing his best to avoid bringing anything home.

My oldest two are disappointed because they had a bunch of 5th-grade activities planned that got canceled, like a 2-night 3-day overnight camp that they have been looking forward to for YEARS. We also had a trip to Great Wolf Lodge planned over spring break with family friends that we postponed.

I know these are small things to have to worry about but I still feel bad for the girls who are doing their best to weather their disappointment. It helps (I think) that no one is dealing with this alone. We are in this together with literally the whole world.

Joining the Disney Family

Near the end of February, my husband found a job in Florida. He actually got a job  AT DISNEY WORLD! We were SO FREAKING EXCITED! He had a start date set for June 14th and we were actively looking for a place to rent. 

Then – coronavirus. Disney World closed. For an indeterminate length of time. Regardless of what their official reopening date is at the moment, it all depends on the spread of COVID-19. My husband’s job was put on hold. Obviously no one is going to be starting a new job at Disney while they are closed. 

Side note – I was glad to see that Disney is continuing to pay their Cast Members while they are closed. It is horrifying to see the way some companies treat their employees.

So as of his last email from Disney, he has a job waiting for him at some point in the future. We’re not sure when and I suppose that could change at any point. But for now, we are planning on setting a new move date once he gets a new start date.

Moving Prep

How do you prep for a move when you are not sure when it’s actually going to happen? Well, I started decluttering the house. I’m trying to get rid of as much as possible before I try to pack. Less stuff = easier move, right? I am making a pile of stuff to donate once everything opens back up. 

I am also working on a detailed moving plan. Like, super detailed and organized. Lists upon lists! There’s a chance that we will end up pulling everything together and moving on fairly short notice. We’ll see. I’m going to try to do as much as possible in preparation now, without disrupting our ability to live our lives.

For instance, I may start packing up some nonessentials soon. I’m not sure. I guess I’ll see how things go.

How to Declutter Before a Move

Checklist for Decluttering Your Home

What’s Next

For now, we are waiting to see how this all plays out. We are going to keep our heads down and work on what we can. 

Our move may be delayed. If it is, so be it. We will still move. When the time is right. If it gets put off a week, a month, a few months, it’s not really THAT big of a deal.

This whole thing has really exposed how little control we have over anything. There’s a thin societal veneer that makes us think we can rely on certain constants, like there being toilet paper available at the grocery store. 

But the only thing guaranteed to us in life is death. So I guess, as always, all you can do is focus on what you can control: how you chose to spend your time and where you choose to put your energy and how you respond to external circumstances. 

And I, for one, am not going to let this opportunity slip by. 

  • This opportunity to examine the regular routines of my life and decide what is no longer working for me. 
  • This opportunity to reassess my family’s consumption habits. 
  • To remember how much I am deeply grateful for. 
  • To pick out what is truly important to me.
  • This opportunity to realize how mindless so much of life can be if we let it.

I do hope that this will be the most significant globally disruptive event of our lifetime. 

And we are still moving to Disney World. 

“In bad times and in good I’ve never lost my sense of zest for life.” – Walt Disney

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