My Family, Our trip to Disney World

A visit with Merida (from Brave)

IMG_3930So as we sat in the hotel one night we had turned the television on but had never changed the channel.  After a few minutes we realized we were watching the “things to do at Disney” channel.  That is when we saw it, one of the newest character visits at the park was Merida from Brave.  She has become important to my family.  When I was in the hospital, Frank and the girls went to the movies and saw it together.   It was one of the first nights while I was still in the ICU after the prophylactic mastectomy.  The girls got a bit emotional as they drew connections between struggles with Merida’s mother and their own.

According to the television, Merida was in Epcot.  We had already been to Epcot and did not see her.  We tried to look it up on the internet but found a wide array of stories.  Seems she is so new that as they tested the character and first put her out with crowds she moved around a bit.  We were able to find some cast members who told us exactly where to find her, in Magic Kingdom.

Thursday morning we had plans for breakfast at Cinderella’s castle.  Merida was right down the path from there so right from breakfast we went. It was 25 minutes before she was even due to start her day the line was forming.  We took our place and patiently waited.  AT 9:15 the door opened and in the line moved.  They have set her up in an area that was being used for Rapunzel the last time we were at the park.  From what we are told during the initial roll out kids were allowed to shoot an arrow with her but it seems that has stopped.  I can only assume that it took too long. For those wondering what happened to Rapunzel, it seems that she will join the new Princess Fairytale Hall currently under construction.IMG_3925

The visit was excellent! She chats with the kids and is very playful.  She stole the hat of one of the cast members at one point hiding it behind her back.  They all play along looking around for it as she places it on a father in line.  She then is the one to “find it” announcing that “he took it!”.  With others she takes children and hides with them or tells silly stories.  It makes for a much longer line, but a much more fun and interactive visit.IMG_3927

When it was time for Meg and Madi to visit, Merida came over to the line to meet them.  She immediately took their books and signed talking the entire time.  The girls walked with her over to the picture spot.  They posed and then both gave her a hug.  Frank and I were starting to move along when we noticed Merida and Madi sneaking off to the side of the stage.  They hide and snuck around for a few seconds until “found” by other cast members.  She then gave Madison a hug and we were on our way.IMG_3931

I know this sounds ridiculous but it brought a small tear to my eye.  It made Madison’s day! Well worth the wait!

My Family, Our trip to Disney World

Ready to go home

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So, after a year of preparation, much anticipation and money spent,a good time was had by the entire family but to be honest I can not wait to get home! I want to sleep in my own bed, eat in my own kitchen and just lay on my sofa. We did have a ton of fun! We did the parks from front to back and inside out. We saw every show, rode every ride (well most of us did), and we ate a ton of food.

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I will not miss the several block long walk to my room but I will miss the friends that we have been watching of the balcony.

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Madison’s stomach is still not normal. We hit every bathroom in Hollywood studios at least twice. Megan joined the club today with a good cough. Traveling with kids is not easy! With that said, I and so happy we were able to do this with them. A trip like this may never come again but the memories will last forever!

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My Family, Our trip to Disney World

The Bailey’s go to Disney

What a busy week so far! We arrived Saturday and were very pleased to be able to check in early at the hotel which of course is beautiful. The only issue we have had is the small argument over which bed the girls will sleep in. Quit honestly if that is the biggest issue, I will take it!

We headed right out to Epcot upon arrival. We finally were able to ride Soarin. The hype over this ride was worth it, awesome! My little Madison is really being a brave girl. When she was a baby she had no fear. For some reason over time she has grown much more nervous of new or unknown things. She also hates the dark but she has been brave riding all but one ride so far, great job Madi!
We were able to catch the fireworks show which was something a year ago we would never have been able to do with Madi. The show was very nice! And yes loved by Madi. I keep telling her she has to trust me!

Day two brought with it an interesting commute to the Magic Kingdom. We jumped on the bus which should have taken us 15 min tops to the gate of the park and sat on it for 45 minutes to them only be dropped at the transportation center. From there we had to make our way through what seemed like thousands of people. Seems there was a princess half marathon that we knew nothing about. We were 30 minutes late for our breakfast with Winnie and friends but were told “no problem”. It was strange seeing people running in tutus and tiaras.

We had a few showers during the day but we somehow stayed dry. We were on the train for one, in lunch for another. I hope this type of luck holds out all week! We enjoyed the extra hours last night not getting back to the hotel until about 11. The girls were wiped out and fell asleep on the bus. A very happy tired!

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Time for a shower. Off to Hollywood today.