Friday, August 10, 2007


The long awaited story of my Disney trip.........

Disney was great. I have been there twice before, but this was Munchkin's first trip. He isn't a big ride person, mainly cause he is scared of heights, so we mainly did the shows and stood in line for pictures and autographs for characters. However we did run into a few problems.

To start off with we almost missed our flight. LD's family didn't give themselves enough time to check in and the flight departure time had been moved up. The airport people were nice enough to let us on though. Then of course we sat on the plane for 45 minutes while it gassed up so it didn't even leave on time! Stupid airports.

Then when we got to our hotel the shuttle driver had pulled a wire out of LD's wheelchair, so it wouldn't work. This caused some problem since a 250lb wheelchair with a 250lb man in it are not easy to push. The Disney resort helped us out and got us hooked up with a rental chair and a company that replaced the broken piece. Oh and it was all covered by the bus company since it was their fault.

Once we got over these hurtles we were off to the parks.

Our days at the parks were not nearly as bad as we all expected. LD has a sister-in-law who is a trouble maker and thinks the world revolves around her and her kids, so we were all thinking that we were gonna have problems with her. This year though we all decided to split up and do our own things and then meet up for dinner. This meant that everyone stayed together except sister-in-law, her husband, and 2 kids. This made our days very relaxing and stress free. The heat however did not help. One day the humidity was 100%. Yuck. We spent lots of money on water.

We made special trips to Seaworld and Busch Gardens. The trip to Busch Gardens was made extra special because I had 2 sisters drive up to meet us. One of my sisters lives in Florida, so I don't get to see her that often and the other just happened to be in Florida visiting. It was great for Munchkin to spend this time with them.

After a few days of amusement parks we finally got to go on the Disney Cruise. This was an awesome experience. I hardly saw Munchkin because of the free kid services they offer. It wasn't because I made him stay there, but because he enjoyed it so much. He got to watch movies, watch a magician, play sports and all kinds of other things.

We docked at to ports. One was the Bahamas where we went to Atlantis and viewed the huge aquarium. It was neat, but at $32 a person very expensive. Oh and that cost didn't even get you access to the beach.

The next port was Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. Munchkin and I spent the day at the beach. We had rented snorkeling equipment and did that. It was right off the beach, so it didn't get very deep. The neat part is that we saw a fish that was as big as Munchkin and he is not a little 7 year old. I didn't think we would see anything since it was right where everyone was swimming, but I was wrong. Oh and when you go snorkeling be sure to apply lots of sunscreen to your back. We found out later that night that ours was not sufficient. Ouch.

All in All the trip was very relaxing and fun. I had the most fun on the cruise. It was more of a laid back pace which is how I like my vacations, but when you have a kid you have to do the amusement parks.

*sorry if there are any spelling or grammar mistakes, but I gotta go and didn't proofread.

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