“Anticipation is the greater part of pleasure” – Angela Carter.
^^^ This is why I don’t blog when I said I will. Which is why I’d probably NEVER be a paid blogger. I would love to get into vlogging (video blogging)… but I’d probably be horrible at that too. Haha oh well.
I’m just going to jump back into talking about my amazing vacation. I know that I’ve been home for a day over two weeks, but I’ve been a little busy this therapy and working out with my personal trainer. If you’re the type of person who hates reading about other peoples amazing vacations then you might as well click off now… Until I post again… whenever that may be (I’m going to try to get back on a schedule).
I know this post is very long. If you get bored I’m sorry, but I’m writing this for me. That way I can always come back to this post and remember my amazing vacation… the FIRST vacation my family has been on since the accident.
There was only two things I wish I could have changed. I wish my older sister and her husband could have came along with us, and I wish we could have been there longer at Disney so we could enjoy the resort that we stayed at more.
DAY 1. Magic Kingdom!
My little sister and went to the park, while my parents went and checked into our room at Old Key West Resort. Once we got into the park we met Tinkerbell and then went and got a disability card (which is a card you can get and they put your photo on it and how many guests you have in your party. So when you go to a ride you have a cast member at the front of line fill it out, and they will give you a time to come back and when you do you get in the fast pass line). My parents met up with us when we were in line to met Aladdin and Jasmine. My mom was a sweetheart and got my little sister and I autograph books.
We did have one mishap on this whole vacation, which happened to be the frist ride we went on (Which also happened to be the first ride I had to transfer into). My dads favorite ride, Pirates of the Caribbean. I should have sat this ride out, to get into the boat you had to step down onto the seat then step down again, vise versa getting out. I can go up and down small steps but not like the ones you have to do to get into the boat. (It actually pissed me off because all the other boat rides in Disney World are handicap accessible… meaning I could get onto a boat and still be in my wheelchair.) So my dad and this amazing gentlemen who was in the row in front of us who was a paramedic and a firefighter in the Air Force helped me on and off the boat.
Because I can’t bend my knee to get into things (only for walking) my mom went to go bend my knee for me to help me get off the boat. Somehow her finger got pinched and ripped a huge hunk of skin out of her finger. There was so much blood and I was crying because I felt so bad. The gentleman from the Air Force and his family stayed with us to make sure my mom was okay. They had to call the paramedics to clean up my mom and the gentleman who got blood on him.
Disney’s cast members handled everything so well.
After that mishap we just rode the rides that I could go on in my chair.
For our lunch/dinner we ate at the Crystal palace with Winnie the Pooh and Pals. So we met Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tiger. While we were eating this nice gentleman came up to me who was also an amputee and we chatted for a bit, it was really nice.
My sister and I went and met Tinkerbell again to get her autograph. We then met Mickey Mouse, I was so excited I cried. Mickey’s able to talk to you now!!! We then met Ariel! We then went and rode a few more rides before the firework show before nine.
I originally wanted to stay super late because the park closes at 1am. But my legs hurt so bad… this was the longest I’ve ever wore my legs, a little over 13 hours. I didn’t have my cushion to sit on, so my legs where throbbing. After the firework show we left and headed back to the villa. I ended up getting a welt on my left leg.
There where quite a few things that I didn’t get to do that I wanted to in this park. I didn’t get to go on the 7th dwarfs mine ride.. but I did get to explore all the neat new stuff they have in fantasy
DAY 2. Animal Kingdom!
This was my dads first time being at this park, and my sisters second time (although she doesn’t remember much about her first trip). I got us early fastpasses for the African Safari… but we all slept in.
So once we got to the park we headed straight to Africa,but we did stop to get our photos taken (we got the memory maker so we have the rights to all our photos taken by cast members or on rides) a few times.
We had a cast member fill out my card. We then walked the Pangani Forest Exploration, it was really interesting. They had different animals you can see and learn facts about. Once we finished the Exploration we went right to the
Kilimanjaro Safari, which is my favorite thing in this park!
At 1 we had our sit down meal at the Rainforest Café. Inside was amazing, the food was intoxicating! Everything was so good. I had coconut shrimp, and cheesecake for dessert. I could eat that every day and never get sick of it haha.
After we ate we made our way to It’s Tough to be a Bug, which I transferred out of my wheelchair for because it’s 4D theater. Then we made our way to Asia, got our pictures taken, card signed, and explored Dino land. We didn’t stay long but it was neat, it reminded me of the County Fair.
We headed back to Expedition Everest. Which is the first (actual) roller coaster I’ve been on. I actually could have transferred on without my legs. After the ride a super nice cast member asked if I enjoyed the ride and gave me fast passes for us all to get back on. My parents went back to the hotel but Anessa and I stayed and rode the ride again.
We then made our way to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. We saw Chip and Dale, Thumper, and Rafiki. We went to the affection section where you could pet animals… the animals loved my wheelchair.
At 6 Rafiki’s Planet Watch closed so we went and met Mickey and Minnie then headed back to the villa.
DAY 3. Epcot!
Epcot was having their Flower and Garden Festival, all the plants where stunning! We first rode the ride in the ball, it was super easy for my to transfer into. I’ve never been on that ride, but now that I have it wasn’t much to write home about. We then went to the Ellen ride, that was fun.
We didn’t have a sit down meal today, but we got fish in chips in England and we saw Alice from Alice in Wonderland. But the Fish was sooooo good!
By the time we got to France in the World Showcase my little sister wanted to go back to the villa and relax… so did my parents… but I on the other hand did not what to leave. I’ve never been able to go all the way around the world showcase, so today I was going to. My dad ended up staying with me.
I had a blast going to all the different world’s, going to all the different shops, seeing all the different performers and all the different food.
After we finished going around the show case we met up with my mom and little sister and my dad went back to the Villa.
We went and did the finding memo ride, and I got to see the manatees so I was happy.
I got us fast passes to see the firework show that way I could be up front. The firework show was amazing like always.
DAY 4. Hollywood Studios aka MGM!
The park looked to different without Mickey’s Sorcerer hat in the middle of the park.
The frist thing we did was getting my card signed at Aerosmiths Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. We did a little shopping while we waited then headed back to the ride. Transferring onto this ride was easier than getting out. I ended up having to take my left leg off to get out. The cast members kept joking with me saying the ride rocked me so hard my leg came off.
Then we headed to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to get the card filled out. We looked at more shops while we waited. Transferring onto that ride was the easiest to do. I just had to stand up, take a step, turn around, side step the sit down. I love this ride. It’s always so much fun!!
After that we went to Toy Story Midway Mania to get the card signed, then we went and met woody and buzz. It was neat and the wait didn’t seem long at all, throughout the line there are all different things you can take photos with or by that’s in Toy Story.
When we met Woody and Buzz my little sister brought Lotso (Huggin Bear) stuffed animal. They freaked out and put him in time out it was priceless! But they kept giving us hugs and kisses.
Toy Story mania was a blast, its been one of my favorites since I can remember. I was taking photos inside waiting to get onto the ride and so one of the cast members took my phone and took a selfie with me!
We had our sit down dinner at the Syfi Diner, which was amazing. So you sit in cars from the 1950s, and watch tv like you’re at the drive ins.
After we ate we headed back to the villa. We where soo exhausted! My dad and little sister swam for about 20 minutes and came back because they where to exhausted. We originally planned to go swim, hang out, then go to Downtown Disney…
I took a jacuzzi bath and everyone else relaxed. Because we left so early I wasn’t able to see Fantasmic which I’ve been wanting to see. Oh well I’ll come back.
DAY 5. Epcot and Downtown Disney!
We sadly had to check out of the Villa this morning. Then we made our way to Epcot to have breakfast with the princesses in Norway. We met Belle, Snow White, Ariel, Cinderella, and sleeping beauty.
My parents went back to Old Key West to go swimming. My sister and I went and rode the finding Nemo ride, watched them feed the manatees then went to turtle talk with crush, which was actually really funny.
We headed back to the villa and met up with our parents.
While my parents wait for my Grandparents to get there, Anessa and I went to Downtown Disney. We went into all the shops we passed, the Christmas store, candy store (my two favorite stores), a clothing store, a toy store.
We met up with my mom and grandparents. We kept looking all the different shops, until we stopped and had fish and chips for dinner.
We adventured on to Planet Hollywood (which is where I wanted to go.. but only to the gift shop) I had a voucher for a free souvenir and 15% off of every item we bought. We also had a voucher for $15 off but you had to order a certain kind of meal, but since we already ate we gave it to this really sweet couple… I hope they where able to use it, if not I hope they passed it on. Anyways my free souvenir was a key chain (Which I knew it would be because that’s what my free souvenir was 4 years ago when the band ate at Planet Hollywood.), my mom and I also go shirts there.
After we left the gift shop we headed back to one of the main stores that had pretty much EVERYTHING you could get in the park. I bought a few things for myself and my friends.
After that we headed back to my grandparents car, to go back to Daytona Beach.
I was kind of bummed we didn’t stay at Downtown Disney longer, I really wanted to experience it at night. But it’s not like I won’t ever be back, plus when I do come back all the construction and building will done. The atmosphere at night is indescribable. Seeing all the different bands playing, all the shops, restaurants, and bars all lit up. I can’t wait to come back!
OH, I ALMOST FORGOT! IN THE LAKE AT DOWNTOWN DISNEY THERE ARE OTTERS!
Anessa and I where looking at the lake and a cast member said that she thought she saw an otter… I thought she was lying until one popped out of the water and sat on a rock!
I spent the rest of my vacation at the pool overlooking the ocean. swimming, tanning, and reading.
The day before I left my friend from college came from Jacksonville to hangout. It was really nice getting to catch up and hang out with each other again.
Because this post is already super long I’m going to upload another post tonight of a ton of photo. I really don’t want to post a TONNN of photos on facebook, that way I can post them on here. Sorry again for how long this is.