So 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.
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.
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.
I know this sounds ridiculous but it brought a small tear to my eye. It made Madison’s day! Well worth the wait!
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!
With the end of the year approaching, everywhere you turn you see recaps. I did a medical recap not too long ago and quit honestly am not too interested in reliving this year. Instead I am looking fully forward to what I hope will be a better year.
Making a statement like that always makes me pause for a second because of how close I was to cancer (according to the pathology reports). I had the bilateral prophylactic mastectomy to prevent cancer since I was high risk but until we received those results showing cancer markers, well we had no clue just how close I was. So, with that said the end results made 2012 a good year I suppose and I guess I should recognize that good.
The hope for 2013, well they are filled with no surgery, no medical scares and good times with my family. I do need to get through the follow-up Ultrasound next week to check on the complex cyst. Hopefully that shows that it took care of itself and onward we will move.
One super bright spot that we have all been looking forward to for some time is our trip to Disney World! We are in the home stretch and can begin an official countdown in the next week or so. My girls do love official countdowns :-). We are all really looking forward to this trip! We are staying at The Animal Kingdom Villas-Kidani, right over the Savannah. How thrilled with the girls be seeing the animals come close to the balcony.
Since we are staying in Disney we also did the meal package. It is nice going and knowing that almost everything is prepaid. We will be dinning with the Princesses, Mickey and crew, Chip and Dale and at the new Be Our Guest Restaurant. Planning this trip, making the dinning reservations were a nice distraction while I was recovering from surgery. Finally coming close to the actual experience knowing how much we are all looking forward to it, well what can I say that Disney does not? It is the happiest place on earth!