10:00 p.m.pic after leaving our condo at 8:30 a.m. and down pouring rain (making memories)
My family just got back from our first trip to Walt Disney World, Orlando. Our three girls are 12, 10, and 7 now. We missed the "princess magic" (standing in lines to meet them and paying money to dine with them). It saved us lots of time and money. We stayed off-site using my in-laws time share condo (so gracious). We decided to fly with reasonable airline prices versus a 20 hr. road trip. (I think the girls were just as excited about flying for the first time than Disney). Don't let the title of this post make you think we had a bad experience. In fact, we loved our vacation. However, I learned some new "tips" though my personal experiences. I thought I'd pass them along.
1) You must go through a gift shop to exit a ride. Be prepared for, "I want, I want, I want..." (Wal-Mart has nice, cheap souvenirs)
2) You must stand in a long line to meet any characters. (Unless you stand by them as they walk down the street. With a quick finger and perfect timing, no lines)
3) You will pay a fortune on food and drinks (Peanut butter and crackers, popcorn, apples, fruit snacks, twizzlers, and refillable Gatorade and water bottles with squirt lids postpone meals and snacks for up to 11 hrs. Beyond eleven hours, one meal in a park will suffice. And a midnight meal is required.
4) If the monorail for Magic Kingdom isn't running for non-Disney resort guest parking, it will delay you an hour. (You may have to stay from 10 a.m. to fireworks at 10 p.m.)
5) If you lose Minnie Mouse ears on a ride, it's likely you will have to go back to Wal-Mart to buy another pair. (Always put sunglasses, hats, and Minnie Mouse ears away on rides)
6) Two days (9 a.m.- 7 p.m.) and (9 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.) of Disney parks may require a day off (Thankful for resort pools, girls that like to play with snails, Disney charades).
7) Sometimes people are nice to give you Fast Passes (It's nice to return the favor)
8) When the height requirement says 48 in., they are SERIOUS. My youngest daughter missed it by the height of a credit card they slid between her head and a measurement device.
9) A low pressure disturbance in the Gulf means heavy rain. Wal-Mart had water shoes and ponchos for us to change into. (We left tornados to experience our first tropical storm).
10) Children can carry their own backpacks (Yeah!! Remember mine are 7 yrs. and up). (Filled with poncho, rain shoes or flip flops to make you 2" taller, snacks, chapstick, and Kleenex)
And what does Disney have to do with Simply Spilling Hope? Nothing, really. But I suppose "Magic Kingdom" makes me think of another kingdom. An eternal kingdom. A perfect kingdom. One that is not the "happiest place on earth," but the most joyous place, heaven. Are you going?
Matthew 25:31-34 (New Living Translation)
31 "But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. 34 Then the King will say to those on the right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
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