I took a week and actually unplugged from the internet. It was heavenly.
What was not so divine about it was the driving, but the end trip was worth it. I took my kids to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was something I’ve always wanted to do. The first time I went was when I was 14 and my parents took me. We stayed at the Polynesian Resort. I knew then if I ever had kids I was going to bring them back and I wanted to do it when they were young enough to get the magic I sort of missed out on being almost 15, but old enough to ride most of the rides I wouldn’t have to be lugging a diaper bag or a stroller about.
Thirteen years ago, Walt Disney World is where my hubby took me for our honeymoon. It was amazing. He knew how much I loved that place. We stayed at the Fort Wilderness Lodge.
Again, it just firmed my need to take my kids there one day.
I waited patiently. I booked the trip August 2014 and then waited until Christmas 2014 to surprise the kid with the trip. Then I had to wait a little bit longer until last week. We drove down. It’s about twenty hours, but hey that’s the same distance as driving to New Orleans and I did that last May. My kids are used to car trips. We took a 5 day car trip across Canada and the US to visit my SIL in Alberta. Car trips, we can handle.
Even with the excitement of Disney!
This time we stayed at Port Orleans Riverside, which was called Dixie Landing when I first went to Disney. It was beautiful! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.
They had a lot of pools and one main one. My one boy is autistic, so for him the main one was too loud and busy. The scattering of quiet pools all over the resort was perfect for him.
Every day we’d come home from the park and swim! Except Tuesday when we participated in Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and we dressed like The Incredibles.
The best part of the trip though was when my youngest son met Mickey Mouse. He loves Mickey Mouse. For three years he’s talked non stop about Mickey, being a huge fan of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and even though he’s a big boy now (6 yrs old), he still loves Mickey. He has an anxiety issue with strangers. I was a bit worried that he wouldn’t take to Mickey as we waited in line to meet talking Mickey, but I learned I had nothing to fear as he threw himself in Mickey’s arms. I cried and that made the trip worth it. Even the photographer had to wipe a tear and say “Somebody sure loves Mickey!”
He stated he was going to HUG every character he met. He did. LOL
Another highlight of our trip was taking the kids back to the first resort I stayed at to have our special character breakfast at Ohana.
My daughter and I are HUGE Stitch fans. I love that movie so much and it’s been one my favourites for so long. I was pregnant with my daughter when it came out.
“Ohana means family. And family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”
The Disney trip fell on my daughter’s 12th birthday. So we celebrated it at Ohana and met Stitch. Which was an absolute highlight.
I don’t have picture of it because no pictures were taken during it but my middle guy said the most epic part of the trip for him was Star Tours and the Indiana Jones Stunt spectacular. He said it was all kinds of epicness. LOL
All in all, I’m glad I took the week to unplug and create these special memories with my kids. This past year was a hard year for all of us. School issues, getting my middle guy diagnosed, my daughter being hospitalized and me being so ill and having surgery. We all needed this vacation.
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