Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports > Completed Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





View Poll Results: What is your favorite Walt Disney World park?
EPCOT 4 13.79%
Hollywood Studios 1 3.45%
Magic Kingdom 24 82.76%
Animal Kingdom 0 0%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-30-2008, 10:36 PM   #1
GoofyDoo
Missing Orlando...
 
GoofyDoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 340

Talking We're off to see the World! A Wish TR w/ pics from BigGive, Days 1-7, and PhotoPass!

Shortcuts:
Big Give outfits & pixie dust from the DISBoutiquers, pages 6 -14
Make-A-Wish send-off party
Overview of our adventures!
Day 1, Part 1 -- the flight to Orlando / GKTW
Day 1, Part 2-3 -- GKTW
Day 2, Part 1-2 -- Magic Kingdom
Day 2, Part 3 -- Magic Kingdom
Day 3, Part 1-2 -- Universal Studios / Islands of Adventure / Christmas at GKTW
Day 4, Part 1-2 -- Animal Kingdom / Disney Hollywood Studios
Day 5, Part 1-5 -- Universal Studios / Islands of Adventure
Day 6, Part 1 -- EPCOT
Day 6, Part 2-4 -- EPCOT / Magic Kingdom
Day 6, Part 5-6 -- Magic Kingdom
Day 6, Part 7-8 -- Magic Kingdom
Day 7, Part 1-4 -- GKTW / SeaWorld / the flight HOME!
PhotoPass pics from Disney!

The pre-trip report starts here:
OK, due to the encouragement of my fellow posters on the Wish Trippers Unite thread, I've decided to go for it and do a pre-trip report! Our dates are set for Tuesday, July 29, through August 4, 2008, and we are bound for Florida thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We are a family of six, which includes my husband (43) and me (36-ugh!), a daughter (14), a son (11), and twins--another daughter (8) and the star of the show, a son, Clay (formerly known on the boards as "CJ") (8). We are so excited to be staying at Give Kids the World Village as I have been so very impressed with everything I've heard and read. In fact, when I first read the story of GKTW's founder, Henri Landwirth, I was moved to tears and retold the story to anyone who would listen. The second thing I did was purchase a paving stone in my son's honor in hopes that it will be ready to show to him once we arrive there. I would love to have his picture beside it, but we'll be cutting it close. I did purchase the stone twelve weeks before we are to be there (which is how long the website says to allow for the engraving to be completed), but they are currently running up to a month behind. It never hurts to hope and pray, though, does it? I haven't told anyone I purchased a paving stone--not even my husband. I want it to be a surprise. On my list of definite things to do before we leave is finish reading Henri Landwirth's biography, which GKTW sent to me after my donation.

Moving on, a little about Clay: he was born with mild cerebral palsy. Although he wasn't actually diagnosed until eighteen months of age, we noticed a problem at about five months, which was made all the more dramatic by the fact that he has always had a very aggressive twin. Very early on, he began receiving physical and occupational therapy and things were going well until Clay was six. In the middle of his kindergarten year something happened that I hoped and prayed never would--the brain damage began causing him to have seizures. At first they were partial complex seizures (staring or "blanking out" spells), but then they progressed to petit mal and finally grand mal. After trying a few meds with some not-so-lovely side effects, we have found the perfect med for him, and he has been seizure-free for two years, praise God.

We have struggled--especially my husband has struggled--with being able to accept the generosity of the Make-a-Wish Foundation and everyone else who is making this trip possible for us, but when I think of what he's been through and what he goes through every day, I do feel that he deserves it! He is mobile, but he does walk with a limp and does not have full use of his right hand. He does well in school, but it's no picnic for him. He is a great reader, but he does struggle with math and other problem-solving activities. I'm so glad that he tries the way he does, though. I am very, very proud of him. I'm also proud of his siblings. They are amazing in the way they watch out for him. I know why God gave him a twin, and I know why He gave Clay his particular twin. She is a bossy thang!! But boy does she watch out for him! I truly have amazing kids, and I'll shut up now about them.

I've posted these pics before on the Wish Trippers Unite thread, but I'll post them here again:

Clay & his twin sis, Shay Lynne:


Older bro, Ty & sis, Madison:


And I have to post this pic of Ty and Madison at WDW in 1999 (just can't help it...aren't they cute? I'm taking a comparison pic in a few weeks!):


And here is Clay at the Texas Motor Speedway recently--he was invited to the final day of the Corvette Classic by Make-A-Wish, during which he got to ride in this driver's Corvette and race around the track!


Thanks for reading!! More about our proposed itinerary, etc., later....
__________________

Last edited by GoofyDoo; 09-03-2008 at 12:03 PM.
GoofyDoo is offline  
Old 06-30-2008, 10:59 PM   #2
Iluvmickeymouse!
Proud mama to a DD who beat HLH
 
Iluvmickeymouse!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Iowa
Posts: 612

I can't believe how many MAW trip reports we have going...I am never going to get anything done!! Great start, I can't wait to read more (poor housework will just have to wait!!! )
Iluvmickeymouse! is offline  
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 07-01-2008, 05:50 AM   #3
Robin+5
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: New Hamshire
Posts: 129

Great TR. I can't wait to hear more. Isn't this site great. I find myself on the computer all the time now.

Robin
__________________
Robin+5 is offline  
Old 07-01-2008, 05:52 AM   #4
bex271
Mouseketeer
 
bex271's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: alabama
Posts: 446

Those are great pictures, dh liked the one with corvette. You have a couple of cute kids.

becca
bex271 is offline  
Old 07-01-2008, 06:21 AM   #5
GoofyDoo
Missing Orlando...
 
GoofyDoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 340

Clay's Wish

So I suppose I should talk a little about Clay's wish. Like many, I never dreamed that he would qualify for a Wish until I learned that the child's condition no longer has to be terminal, but "life-threatening". I was perusing the MAW website one weekend this past spring and found their online nomination form, so I thought, "what could it hurt?". I was taken aback when I got a call back from our local MAW chapter that very next Monday! I even explained that I was merely inquiring, that we have been very fortunate and Clay is doing great now, that I know how fortunate we truly are compared to how it could be... (I even started crying on the phone!!). The very sweet girl explained to me that they are not the ones who actually qualify children for wishes, but the children's physicians do, so I gave her the name of our pediatric neurologist, along with his contact information...and the rest is history. It was about a week or ten days later that we found that beautiful, fat Make-a-Wish envelope in the mailbox!! I opened it with shaky hands to read that Clay had been approved for a wish! OMGosh!!!

The next stage was to meet with the wish granter. He came out about three weeks later with a HUGE box of K'nex (which Clay loves as he is obsessed with such toys). I am still kicking myself for forgetting to take a picture. How could I have done that? I am one of these people with back problems from carrying around my heavy camera in my purse at all times!!! Oh, well. I should mention what we went through in preparation for this meeting, though. It seemed that Clay would wish for all kinds of crazy things, from Chuck E. Cheese to a visit to a local waterpark in our area!! It was really difficult to get him to think on a grander scale while at the same time ensuring that it was truly his wish. Then there was the complication of Disney World vs. Disney Land. He had heard of both, yet he kept getting the two confused and used the terms interchangeably. I, however, had already heard of GKTW, so I knew it just had to be the World for his Wish Trip, at least (although we do intend to check out the Land, eventually!!). Then my fourteen-year-old daughter piped up and said something about the Nickelodeon Hotel being in Orlando, and Clay being the Sponge Bob freak that he is, that was all she wrote. Great. His wish suddenly then became "to stay at the Nickelodeon Hotel and go to Disney World". That sounded like two wishes to us, and I just wasn't sure how it would work out, and I was just worried to death about his (our) missing out on GKTW, so I just fretted about it for days. But when the wish coordinator met with Clay, he really knew what he was doing! He talked to him for a long time about what he likes and enjoys. Clay told him that he loves Spiderman, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Scooby Doo, SpongeBob, Peter Pan, pirates, and I've forgotten what all. So they gave him a choice between the Nick Hotel and just Disney, or staying at GKTW and getting in to Universal and Sea World, too. Staying at the Nick Hotel would not have afforded us the opportunities to meet all of Clay's beloved characters as will GKTW due to their partnerships with Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld. Since there are so many things we want to see at Universal, we are really excited about going there, too, although Disney definitely will take priority!!! And so when we laid it all out for him (and even drew him a map or two to make it all visual), Clay decided to stay at GKTW. Oh, and I might've shown him an awesome picture of GKTW or two to help convince him. Sue me!! It was for his own good!!! Besides, I need some of that ice cream!! One thing is for sure, though: now that we are not staying at the Nickelodeon Hotel, we have to be sure and meet SpongeBob somewhere!!! Clay is expecting that!! And we've explained that we can take him to the Nick Hotel someday on our own, but GKTW is only for special Wish Trip kids and their families. YAY! We're going there!! In less than a month!!!
__________________

Last edited by GoofyDoo; 07-09-2008 at 12:46 PM.
GoofyDoo is offline  
Old 07-01-2008, 06:25 AM   #6
GoofyDoo
Missing Orlando...
 
GoofyDoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 340

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iluvmickeymouse! View Post
I can't believe how many MAW trip reports we have going...I am never going to get anything done!! Great start, I can't wait to read more (poor housework will just have to wait!!! )
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robin+5 View Post
Great TR. I can't wait to hear more. Isn't this site great. I find myself on the computer all the time now.

Robin
Quote:
Originally Posted by bex271 View Post
Those are great pictures, dh liked the one with corvette. You have a couple of cute kids.

becca
Thanks for reading, y'all!! I know I can get a little wordy!!! xo
~Amy
__________________
GoofyDoo is offline  
Old 07-01-2008, 09:05 AM   #7
bigdisgrandma
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: West Jordan, Utah
Posts: 372

My goodness, here it is July 1st. It's your month to go. Our family is so excited for you all. Great report so far!

Denise
__________________
OKW Aug 1994, Sept 2008
All Star Sports With 14 people Aug 1997
Marriott Residence Inn May 2000, Feb 2003, Mar 2005, Mar 2006
Port Orleans Riverside June 2002
Pop Century Nov 2005, Jan 2008

Karlyn's Wish is Coming True
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1868674
bigdisgrandma is offline  
Old 07-01-2008, 09:26 AM   #8
HeatherN
Dreaming of Disney
 
HeatherN's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: upstate NY
Posts: 293

Oh boy, I am so excited for you!!!!!! CJ sounds like such a neat kid. I really hope we do get the chance to meet at GKTW! I had exactly the same reaction about that thick envelope, my hands were shaking too, and then I burst into tears after reading it. I have a feeling I am going to be a blubbering mess the whole time we are there!
__________________
Heather-Mom to Hannah(9) Wish kid and Logan(5) Wife to Paul.

When you wish upon a star- Hannah's Make a Wish trip report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1852434
HeatherN is offline  
Old 07-01-2008, 09:26 AM   #9
GoofyDoo
Missing Orlando...
 
GoofyDoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 340

Quote:
Originally Posted by bigdisgrandma View Post
My goodness, here it is July 1st. It's your month to go. Our family is so excited for you all. Great report so far!

Denise
Thank you!!! My two youngest have been asking and asking whether it's July yet. Today I can finally say "YES!"!!!
__________________
GoofyDoo is offline  
Old 07-08-2008, 01:58 PM   #10
GoofyDoo
Missing Orlando...
 
GoofyDoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 340

Denise, I am saying prayers for your husband! It sounds like everything is going to be OK, and I'm glad. I sure hope so, anyway. Please keep us posted. Thank you for giving me your top ride choices. I love it!! It has stuck in my mind how you said you always call your friend when you get off of Splash Mountain--that is so funny. I giggle every time I think about it!!

I have to confess that I am going to be one of those geeks with the fanny packs on, but mine says "Disney" in cute letters, at least! That still won't carry everything, I don't think, so I think I'll carry one of my shoulder bags, too, with plenty of ziplocks. My older daughter has robbed me of all my shoulder bags, so I'll have to go hunting for one of them in her room. Hope you hear from me again after that.

Well, Denise, you've inspired me to pick my top three at each WDW park. I don't know how I could possibly do that, but I'm going to try. I'll be interested to see what I say my top three picks at each park are after the trip. But for now, here is what I think they will be:

MK
The Haunted Mansion
Pirates of the Caribbean
Splash Mountain

EPCOT
Soarin'
Test Track
World Showcase (just a quick walk-through, just to see it)

HS
Beauty and the Beast
Aerosmith Rock-n-Roller Coaster
Tower of Terror (but I'm scared!!)

AK
Everest
Festival of the Lion King
Kilimanjaro Safari

OK, that was hard!! Esp. MK!!!!!
__________________
GoofyDoo is offline  
Old 07-08-2008, 02:48 PM   #11
bigdisgrandma
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: West Jordan, Utah
Posts: 372

Quote:
Originally Posted by GoofyDoo View Post
Denise, I am saying prayers for your husband! It sounds like everything is going to be OK, and I'm glad. I sure hope so, anyway. Please keep us posted. Thank you for giving me your top ride choices. I love it!! It has stuck in my mind how you said you always call your friend when you get off of Splash Mountain--that is so funny. I giggle every time I think about it!!

I have to confess that I am going to be one of those geeks with the fanny packs on, but mine says "Disney" in cute letters, at least! That still won't carry everything, I don't think, so I think I'll carry one of my shoulder bags, too, with plenty of ziplocks. My older daughter has robbed me of all my shoulder bags, so I'll have to go hunting for one of them in her room. Hope you hear from me again after that.

Well, Denise, you've inspired me to pick my top three at each WDW park. I don't know how I could possibly do that, but I'm going to try. I'll be interested to see what I say my top three picks at each park are after the trip. But for now, here is what I think they will be:

MK
The Haunted Mansion
Pirates of the Caribbean
Splash Mountain

EPCOT
Soarin'
Test Track
World Showcase (just a quick walk-through, just to see it)

HS
Beauty and the Beast
Aerosmith Rock-n-Roller Coaster
Tower of Terror (but I'm scared!!)

AK
Everest
Festival of the Lion King
Kilimanjaro Safari

OK, that was hard!! Esp. MK!!!!!
Thanks so much for your prayers. We were quite worried but all the really bad things have been ruled out for the most part and so we will follow up with a specialist about the time you will be riding Splash Mountain or some other wonderful ride on your trip. My friend that I call from Splash Mountain always calls me when she comes off the ride too. She is usually calling from Disneyland because she and her husband hate to fly so they have only been to Florida once and that was with Mike and me two years ago!

I love your list of threes. It is really hard to eliminate it down to only three. There are things on your list that I could easily put on mine. Good thing we don't have to be so strict about what we choose!

Denise
__________________
OKW Aug 1994, Sept 2008
All Star Sports With 14 people Aug 1997
Marriott Residence Inn May 2000, Feb 2003, Mar 2005, Mar 2006
Port Orleans Riverside June 2002
Pop Century Nov 2005, Jan 2008

Karlyn's Wish is Coming True
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1868674
bigdisgrandma is offline  
Old 07-08-2008, 03:15 PM   #12
Bill_Lin
Grateful to God
 
Bill_Lin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Great Northwest
Posts: 747

Favorites

Amy,

Great choices there. It is hard to narrow it down to three, since you end up leaving out things like Mission Space, Monsters' Inc., Turtle Talk and Star Tours.

Keep up the Great planning.

Bill
Bill_Lin is offline  
Old 07-14-2008, 11:16 PM   #13
GoofyDoo
Missing Orlando...
 
GoofyDoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 340

We got our 1st package!!!

OMGosh, you have to see what Clay got today!!! This came from Jessica and her family (Jessica52877 on the DISboards), and it was such a surprise!!! When I filled out our BigGive form, it asked for everyone's favorite characters, and I was thinking Disney, but Clay got a SpongeBob shirt!!! It is just awesome--he was thrilled beyond words. Jessica must've read in my earlier posts that Clay is a SpongeBob freak!! How sweet of her to research his likes and preferences like that. This is just perfect for him!! She also sent the sweetest card, along with some Spiderman and Mickey & Friends stickers! THANK YOU, Jessica--you are so wonderful. See pics below:



As you can see from the last picture, Clay could not stop looking at SpongeBob! He was so cute with it!!! Thank you once again, Jessica!
__________________
GoofyDoo is offline  
Old 07-15-2008, 05:19 AM   #14
bex271
Mouseketeer
 
bex271's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: alabama
Posts: 446

he is so cute and the outfit is really cute.

becca
bex271 is offline  
Old 07-15-2008, 05:43 AM   #15
jessica52877
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 6,492

I am so glad he loved it! Yep, read the trip report and knew right away it had to be SpongeBob! Those shorts match perfect!

There is nothing like waking up in the morning and seeing a big smile like that across his face! Thank you for sharing!
__________________

Ebay ID - Jessica52877
jessica52877 is offline  
 



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:24 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: