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Old 07-08-2007, 05:51 PM   #1
jennydep
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Wish trip report from 2006

I did our trip report on our family website and have sent people there to read it several times. I decided I need to put it on here so everyone can read it. I am just copying the report from our website so it may have some extra stuff in it along with the actual trip info. Our cast of characters is me, DH, Mickey (wish kid - leukemia patient at the time; leukemia survivor now!), Brad our super son!

April 29, 2006

Greetings from beautiful Florida!! We have had a very full, wonderful day. It started with the kids being up and ready 30 minutes before the limo was due to arrive. We were picked up at 4:00 AM in a white stretch limo. Thanks, Newcoms!! Brad talked the driver's ear off the whole way! When we got into the airport, we noticed a family with a teenage boy wearing a Wish Fund T-shirt. They had a young girl with them and Mickey immediately started talking. Long story short, Mickey has a new best buddy named Chelsea from Ft. Wayne. The flights were great. The kids really enjoyed their first flights! They even got to go into the cockpit in Atlanta and meet the captain.

We were several hours too early to check into the Village, so we took the kids to Downtown Disney for lunch and shopping. Mickey got a bunch of My Little Pony things and Brad found a Star Wars Transformer and a little Lego toy. He loved the Lego Store with all the HUGE Lego sculptures all around. Mickey found a water play area and got absolutely soaked!! We dried her off by sitting by the lake eating sundaes from the Ghiradelli Soda Fountain! YUM!!!

Give Kids the World Village is simply incredible. All the people are so gracious! Mickey's new friend, Chelsea, is in a villa just down the street from us so we've seen quite a bit of her and her family. So far we've gone swimming, ridden the train, carousel and tram and helped Mayor Clayton, the Village's mascot, celebrate his birthday. It's been very, very busy.

Tomorrow we will take the kids to Islands of Adventure to celebrate Brad's 7th birthday. We are very excited about the breakfast with Spiderman, which is a complete surprise to him.

Brad with Mayor Clayton at GKTW

Mickey in GKTW pool
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:52 PM   #2
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April 30, 2006

Happy Birthday, Brad!! We love you so much!

Another great day here in sunny Florida. We started the day with breakfast at Islands of Adventure (a Universal Studios park) with Spiderman, Cat in the Hat, and Thing 1 and Thing 2. Spiderman was great! He spent a lot of time with all the kids in the restaurant. Thing 1 & 2 were a riot! Brad had left his hat on the table when he went to the buffet and Thing 2 put it on and went to visit another kid. Brad got it back and then kept a close eye on his stuff. Mickey interacted great with Cat and Spidey, but was scared of Things 1 & 2. Oh, yeah, the food was excellent!! We hit several rides although Mickey only rode a very few. She rode two under protest and hated both of them. We honestly thought she would enjoy them, but she didn't. So after that we told her we will not make her ride anything she doesn't want to. It's really not a big deal since we can do a child swap and not have to wait in lines forever so both Michael and I can ride. Brad and Michael rode Popeye's River Rat Barge, a river raft ride, twice after the four of us rode it together. They had a blast!! Michael was still damp when we left the park several hours later! We came back "home" to the Village, ate supper, swam (okay, Michael and the kids swam in the very cool evening), and had pizza and milkshakes before bed. The kids were out within moments of saying their prayers tonight. All in all, another great day!

Mickey chatting with a Cat


Brad and Spidey


Mickey, Brad and Captain America
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:53 PM   #3
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May 1, 2006

Can you say "character interaction"?!? That's what today was all about for the kids. Mickey has decided she does not want to ride any rides, so it's all about the characters. And man did we see characters today! It was overwhelming! It started with a Princess breakfast at Epcot. After that we went to a place called "Character Connection" in Epcot. It's a very large room with 5 areas with a character in each area. As soon as they saw Mickey's "Give Kids the World" button that identifies her as a wish child, the character "handlers" jumped into action. We had no idea what was going on till they had pulled all the characters, including some who were on a break, into the center section so we could get a picture with all of them. Plus each individual character took as much time as the kids wanted to interact. It was simply amazing! After that we went to the Magic Kingdom so Mickey could meet Cinderella. This is what she has been waiting on for months! Finally the moment arrived and she was thrilled! She was wearing her Cinderella dress so the Cinderella character made a huge deal about that. It was priceless!!! She danced and showed Cinderella how her gown poofs out! After that it was on through the park in search of other characters. Total we rode 3 rides in the Magic Kingdom. But it was still a wonderful, magical day! It ended with a pool party with Shamu back here at the Village. The kids played in the pool and we had pizza at poolside. Incredible! Brad closed the pool down and inhaled more pizza on the short walk back to our villa.


Brad, Jasmine and Mickey


DH wearing Mickey's crown!


Looks like Mickey is proposing to Mickey


The whole gang at Character Connection at Epcot


Mickey and Cinderella discussing Crocs vs. glass slippers


Cinderella and her Mini Me


Mickey and Miss Merry at the Shamu swim party


Mickey and Shamu
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Today we went to Animal Kingdom in the morning. We saw a few cool animals along a jungle trek, but not many more since the kids didn't want to ride the safari. Brad and I went to Rafiki's Planet Watch. We stopped to look at an area about animal habitats since that's what his class is studying in science this week while he is gone. Mickey didn't want to ride the train (the only way to get there) so she and Michael sat at the station and waited for us. Mickey had a great time digging up mammoth bones in DinoLand. That was the best part of the day for her. When we left Animal Kingdom we headed to MGM Studios. We watched the Beauty and the Beast Show. Michael and Brad went to Lights, Motors, Action. It was a very cool stunt show according to Brad. After MGM we came back to the Village to swim and eat. Once again, the kids were asleep moments after lights out.


Meeko and our gang at AK


Mickey and Brad with King Louie and Baloo
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We spent the whole day at the Village. We were all happy not to be going anywhere. We started with breakfast at the Gingerbread House restaurant here. The first activity of the day was horseback riding. The kids had a great time and got their very own cowboy hat to keep. (If anyone has advice for packing those for the trip home, we'll gladly listen!) Following that was crafts and face painting - well, actually hand painting since they didn't want their faces painted. Brad had a red light saber and Mickey chose a butterfly. The paintings lasted just a few minutes until we hit the pool. Most of the day was spent either in the pool or on the carousel. We came back to the villa for a couple of hours in the middle of the day for a break from the sun. Mickey ended up napping for an hour or so while Brad and I snuggled and watched Lilo and Stitch and Michael read a book. After dinner it was time for a few more spins on the carousel then some dancing in the Castle of Miracles. Brad and I rode the train at 9:00. It was so pretty seeing the Village after dark. Brad rode up in the very front and got to ring the bell and blow the whistle. The night was finished off by Ms. Merry, Mayor Clayton's wife, tucking the kids into bed. What a great way to top off a fun, relaxing day!


Proof of ice cream for breakfast at the Village!


Brad at Wacky Water Works at GKTW


Mickey at Wacky Water Works
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We got a bit of a late start this morning. We had to visit with a few friends who stopped by the Village. You may have heard of them - Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Mary Poppins and Goofy. We had a family picture taken with Mickey and Minnie and then went outside to see Mary Poppins and Goofy. We were very excited to meet Mary since we didn't see her in the parks when we were there. Then we had to throw in a few rounds on the carousel before we could leave. Finally we were on our way to Sea World. I think this was the best day in a park we've had. We started by feeding the stingrays. Mickey was a little timid and watched as the rest of us did it. It was way cool! It was the first time I'd ever fed a ray. Then we saw Blue Horizons, the new dolphin show. It was fabulous! Both kids really enjoyed that. After the show we went to the Dolphin Cove where we got a tray of fish and got to feed the dolphins. Since we were on a wish trip, we got to go into a roped off section with an employee and have extra interaction with the dolphins. We spent about 10 minutes in there and all got to pet the dolphins several times. We split up after that so Michael and Brad could go to the Shark Encounter. They liked it so much they went through three times! Mickey and I found the sea lions and fed them a tray of fish. It was harder to do than feeding the rays and dolphins. I had to throw the fish over the wall to them and hope they catch them. While we were waiting for Michael and Brad, we saw a place set up with a trampoline and a harness/bungee combo to help kids jump really high. Mickey really wanted to do it, so I told her she could if she wanted to use her money to do it. She said she wanted to so she went up to pay. When the employee saw her Give Kids the World button, she said there's no charge! We were very surprised. Mickey had a great time on the trampoline. From there we hightailed it across the park to the Shamu show. It was very good! Then it was time for the big surprise. I had gotten reservations for Dining with Shamu, a buffet dinner set up behind the stage at the Shamu stadium. The kids were thrilled! It was an incredible meal. The food was excellent but the atmosphere was unbelievable! The trainer had Shamu doing some behaviors in the pool just on the other side of the wall from where we were sitting. And yes, we did get splashed just a little two times. But it was so worth it!!!

When we got back from Sea World, it was time to see Santa Claus in the Castle here at the Village. He comes every Thursday evening and brings gifts to the children here. We got a family picture taken with him then went to the Ice Cream Palace to decorate cookies. Then it was time for one final swim. Brad and Michael closed down the pool while Mickey and I went for a horse drawn carriage ride when she got out of the pool. It was a perfect ending to a fantastic day.

Hopefully we'll be able to update tomorrow night. We check out of here tomorrow by 11:00, after one last breakfast and meeting Barney and friends. Then we are getting tickets to Wet N Wild and heading there for the day. When we leave there, we will be driving down to St. Petersburg Beach for a couple of nights. I should be able to update, but don't be surprised if I don't since I may be thoroughly exhausted at that point!


Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way!


Mickey feeding the dolphins at Sea World


Mickey bungee bouncing at Sea World
(on a side note, when we were there all the face painting booths and places like this bungee bouncing place were free to wish kids!)
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