The Eads’ Disney-themed Christmas
– For many families, the big Christmas gift this year will be a trip to Disney World.
Shhh! Don’t tell!
Some parents have visions of a surprise vacation dancing in their heads.
Most people have seen the somewhat hysterical yet hard-to-watch YouTube of the kids who would rather go to Uncle Dick’s house and even start crying (and not tears of magical joy) when their parents drop the pixie dust bomb.
Of course, sometimes it goes fantastically right and is the stuff dreams are made of.
For the Tim and Lorri Eads’ family in Northport, a trip to Disney World is second nature. So much so, that the family offers their services as the Tuscaloosa County Disney Travel Agency.
“We’ve had families sit down with us at our kitchen table, and we map out a plan for them to go to Disney World,” said Lorri Eads, who first attended Disney World when she was 10 years-old. “I would not want to go there for Christmas, however, because it is too crowded.”
Admitting that she and her family (husband Tim, son Marshall, daughter Madison and Madison’s boyfriend Trent Lesley) are traditional Disney World visitors, Eads said the family has been to the land of magic the week after Christmas.
“We’ve celebrated the New Year there before,” Lorri said.
The Eads’ family has planned their next Disney World adventure during Spring Break in 2014.
The Eads’ couple has two grown children (Madison and Marshall). Madison Eads is a senior majoring in Elementary Education at the University of Alabama, and Marshall is a senior at Tuscaloosa County High School. He is an outstanding football offensive lineman and is expected to play at the next level. He is being recruited by several universities and colleges.
“We took Madison to Disney when she was four years-old,” Lorri said. “Marshall started going with us when he was 5 years-old.”
The Eads’ family is members of the Disney Vacation and Dining Club.
“It’s sort of like timeshare,” Lorri said. “We build up points, so when we go now we have a suite of rooms that will sleep nine people. It is free. It would cost us about $820.00 per night if it wasn’t for us being members of the Clubs.”
They stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge on the Disney World property.
“Our children have always loved it,” she said. “Walt Disney is one of my husband’s heroes.”
Lorri Eads said they try to take another family each time they go.
“Otherwise, they would not be able to go,” she said.
The Eads’ family home is decorated with Disney World characters each Christmas. Some displays continue year around. The Christmas tree has Disney characters on every tree limb. The living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedrooms each have its own special theme, she said.
Most of the Disney mementoes have been collected over the years, but a lot of the memorabilia came from the collection of Nelson and the late-Vera Dowdle of Northport.
“When Ms. Vera passed away she left us her Disney collection,” Lorri said. “We’ve sold some items for her husband, and we still have some for sale.”
It is not surprising that one bedroom is decorated in “Snow White,” another room in “Pirates of the Caribbean” and a kitchen with a “Beauty and the Beast” and “Lady and the Tramp,” theme. Tim Eads also has 51 cookie jars around the house with Disney characters as the theme. Some of those jars came from the late Ms. Vera Dowdle.
“We have seen everything at Disney World,” Lorri said. “We have not gone on one of the Disney cruises. That’ll be a plan one day.”
But, the Eads’ family never tires of going to Disney or to decorate their home for Christmas with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, etc.
It’s a tradition the Eads’ family started.
“We made our children promise that the tradition continue when they settle down with their own families,” she said.
— with Lorri Marshall Eads.
**We are truly blessed with what God has given us in this life! We could not thank him enough for the many blessings of each Disney experience he has allowed us to have.**
Have a magical day everyone and Merry Christmas to you all!!