National Lampoon's southeastern vacation - Part IV



Steamy. Crowded. Hot. Expensive.

And those are the good qualities. Somewhere along the line I lost my brain and decided that a trip to the Land of the Mouse in the middle of June (and in the middle of a massive road trip) would be a good idea.

We made it about ¾ of the way down before we ran in to a lovely thunderstorm. Nice wall cloud and sheets of rain to go along with the light show God put on. Fortunately, the kids didn’t freak out. Little Man could barely be bothered to even look up from his Leapster.





Things dried up nicely and we made our way into Orlando. I had FUBAR’d our Shades of Green reservation (yep, didn’t bother to READ the file that came with the confirmation of our reservation and missed the part about needing to put down a deposit on our room before a certain date. Ah, well.) so we wound up staying in a timeshare. The price was comparable and we managed to score a significant discount on DW tickets if only we would be willing to listen to a sales pitch on their timeshares.

Thankfully, my MIL is well-versed in timeshare sales pitches and gave us the script for getting out of there as quickly as possible. We rehearsed all night long. “It’s lovely. But it’s not for us. No. No thank you. Goodbye.” It worked pretty well and soon we were on our way after having had free breakfast. Works for me!

We packed in as much as we could at the Magic Kingdom. Carousel rides, Dumbo, Peter Pan, Snow White, Indy Cars, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, Lilo and Stitch, Barnstormer, etc. Not bad with a 4 and 6 year old in tow while hanging with 500,000 of our closest friends. We were *that* close to hitting Big Thunder Mountain (my kids love roller coasters as long as they are not dark or scary – outside is fine) and a massive thunderstorm hit.



And they shut the park down. Well, the rides anyway. Our dinner reservation was coming up so we made our way to the front of the park.

In the pouring rain.

We stopped at one of the shops on Main Street and dropped a pretty penny on some dry clothing. Ouch. We then decided that dinner at California Grill wasn’t right for us (the guide said “$$$ to $$$$ in terms of price…a little outside of our budget) so we found pizza and headed back to the timeshare for dinner and time in the Jacuzzi tub. Ahhh…

Then we got to get up and do it all again! Only this time it was Animal Kingdom and it wasn’t quite as hot or as crowded. Which was nice because, by then, I was close to my last nerve.

We went on a safari and saw cows with horns that would put Texans to shame.


We saw the Lion King performance and Pocohantas and all of her wild animal friends. We wandered through Africa, Asia, and even considered trying the Expedition Everest ride until the kids got a look at the drop and yelled, in unison, “NO!” That ended THAT discussion. We did choose to take our chances on the Kali River Rapids and that was a good decision. It was probably about 2pm and it was HOT. So the ride cooled us off nicely and did so early enough that we were able to dry before our dinner reservation at The Rainforest CafĂ©. The kids enjoyed the occasional “thunderstorm” inside the restaurant and I enjoyed being able to sit down for a bit.

Then it was back in the car to head home. We are poorer in our wallet but richer overall for our trip.

And, hopefully, that will be the last time we have to do this for a LONG time. Unless you count Sea World. That’s coming up in a few weeks.


I’m putting the rest of the kids’ pictures on their blog. Enjoy!


- hfs


Anonymous said...

Sister, we're going in AUGUST and not by personal choice (Remind me to thank the Guard later) When I called to book our room at Shades of Green, the lady said, "August?! Are you sure?" Book the room. Oh, you watch kids while mommy and daddy whoop it up at Downtown Disney? Great...Book that, too.

Glad you're having a good time. Great pictures. It'll take at least another week before your wallet feels the full effect of being drained :)

Best wishes for safe travels...

Liz said...

looks like you guys are having a great time!! :) we are leaving for disneyland paris tomorrow - i am hoping it is not sweltering hot and the rumor is disneyland paris is not as crazy or crowded as disneyworld. we'll see....anyways - love reading about your trip - it sounds like a blast (that and target). take care....

Anonymous said...

What? No Pirates ride? How can you go to Disney and not stand in line for hours to see a wax figure of Johnny Depp 3 times on the same ride? Oh wait. That would be me that would do that. And we went in January when there were no lines but I'd probably still do it in June.


Frankly Opinionated said...

I prayed for your survival of DW! Looks like ya done well, girl. Enjoy the days.
nuf sed

liza said...

Nice family pictures especially the innocent faces of your kids! I will surely come back to see your other blog posts.

cdgin said...

You are so right about Disney being wayyyy too expensive. We went over the kids spring break, (my kids are the only children in the history of the world that were mad about going to Disney-they cried when they figured out the surprise-they wanted to go to Erie Pa to vist the grandparents) we were able to get last minute reservations at Shades-very nice place-but the tickets to Disney were way more expensive than I ever remember. It was too hot and too crowded, and everybody hits you while your walking through the crowd. I got in a fight with some lady at the Pirates ride because she was cutting in line. It was ok, but not something I want to do again-for a loooong time.


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