It’s been a while since I’ve written a post for the blog. But this vacation deserves a post from me. As you know, last winter we got season passes to the world of fun called Disney. While down in the south for the winter, we visited almost every weekday (we can’t go on weekends) afternoon.
Wanting to get full usage of out passes (I’m pretty sure we did while we were there over the winter, but Disney is awesome, okay?) we decided to drive back down in August. So Disney wasn’t the full reason we went, we had some personal reasons too, but it played a large part.
We got together with my Uncle and his family, and they wanted to come down in August as well. We lined up the dates and booked our room. They, unlike us, were flying and only staying one week. Our plans held a second week, and a couple day drive either way.
I think, now that we are nearing the end of our trip, that I can say I am a near master at sleeping in the car. After spending the night at Aunt Krysta and Uncle Bill’s, we officially reached Florida on August 12th, the same day as the other Perry Family flew in. With 10 people, we were a large group. And ya know what? We did the Disney thing and had matching shirts one of our 5 days in the parks. The week was FUN. To top it all of with the sweetness of chocolate, we had tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party. Marc and I went with the rest of the family, while Mom and Dad ate a Be Our Guest, the Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant.
At the party, you could dress up or not. Marc opted to not, while I was everyone’s favorite Nanny, Mary Poppins. Every was a trooper, and we lasted till park close, midnight. But then, like Cinderella, we all had to ride home. The downside was that we didn’t get a pumpkin carriage.
Flip forward a day, and it was Sunday. Friends from Canada (the two female Elhards. You may have heard of them on the blog before) were planning to come down. Long story short, their flight was canceled. Then they were able to get tickets to arrive on Monday morning. That’s no-drama account.
Since they got down here a little later than expected, they were able to also stay longer than expected, till the next Tuesday (it’s was practically Monday when they left at 4 in the a.m.). This week was more relaxed than our schedule with the Perry’s. Our days started later (like 9 o’clock) and ended later (midnight). Again, we had an incredible amount of FUN. And again, we also ended in a memorable day. We must have something for grand finales.
Mother said it best , ‘Amazing friends, 11 miles, a drenching storm, and rides at 4 different parks equals one epic day.’
First, Magic Kingdom. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Check. Second, Epcot. Soarin’, sweets in France, and a matching shirt photo. Check. Third, Animal Kingdom. Soaked to the skin with nothing dry, and the Flight of Passage. Check. Here we took a quick break for a change of clothes and a hot shower (for me, at least). Forth, Hollywood Studios. Toy Story Mania, the Elhards first plunge on the Tower of Terror, and ice cream with fireworks. Check. I have photo evidence of all this if it’s to unbelievably awesome.
I hope you can feel my excitement about these two amazing, memorable weeks. If not, I didn’t do it justice.
And that’s the end. I’m going to leave it off on that high note, and just not say anything about the 20 hour car ride back. Not that anything wrong happened, but, ya know, it’s a lot of sitting and truck stop bathrooms. Not glamorous or exciting.