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Old 06-12-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Trev's Star Wars MAW trip

The reason for this trip is that my son, Trevor, was born with a congenital heart defect. In May of 2012 we found out that he would be granted his one true wish!! He has a slight obsession with Star Wars so that is what has led us to Star Wars Weekend in Orlando! We have been looking forward to this trip as it is our first family vacation and to experience Trev's wish to Star Wars Weekend. You can learn more about Trev here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2960002

We decided to take a red eye so we could enjoy 7 full days in Orlando. We had a shuttle van come pick us up at 6pm on Saturday night. Here we are SO excited for Trev's wish to come true! And to soak up the sun... Little did we know that we were leaving the nice weather behind us...


All loaded up and ready to go!

This was the first time the kids have been on a plane AND the first time we have gone on vacation... I was a little nervous about the 5 hour flight but they did WONDERFUL!! Allie and Kara slept about an hour and a half and Trev about an hour! My Dad luckily slept the whole flight. Scott got about an hour in. As for myself I had not slept since I had woken up at 7am that morning!


Here is Trev in the cockpit! His sisters had the chance too but they declined On the way down we ended up getting comped the movie players and free food... The downside is that it was the middle of the night so we ended up getting a cheese/fruit platter to share and the kids did watch one movie before trying to fall asleep... Who was I kidding thinking they would sleep on the plane!?! They were awesome during the whole trip though! There were a few other young kids on the plane and you did not hear them either! The flight was a little rough in spots. There was a 2 hour stretch where you could feel the turbulence the whole time! I was really wishing I could be sleeping at that point

We arrived a few minutes early which was wonderful news to me! The kids enjoyed the take off and landing. They couldn't wait to do it again! It was 5:58am when we arrived in Orlando. We took some more pictures with the pilot and crew. Then we made our way into the airport. We were suppose to be greeted by a GKTW volunteer but did not see anyone. We stopped at the bathroom to freshen up since we traveled all night. We then went to find our way to where we thought the greeter maybe. We asked a couple different people working at the airport and they had no clue. We went to the baggage claim and ended up at the wrong one. Eventually we ended up at the right one and found our greeter! She had been waiting for us but somehow we missed her when we got off the plane. She was asking passengers and the pilots. They all said they had seen Trevor but in the end we found her and we got our luggage and she took us to get our rental van. We stepped outside and it hit us like a ton of bricks... THE HEAT! THE HUMIDITY!! It was only 7 in the morning... It felt wonderful though! We were sweating within minutes waiting for our greeter to find out where to pick up our rental van.
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:32 PM   #2
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:07 PM   #3
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I'm so glad the flight was a good one. And you know I think the picture of Trevor in the cockpit is AWESOME!! Glad you were able to find the greeter after some confusion. Very cool about the comp movies and food. It's good your dad was able to sleep. I'm sure that helped for the long day ahead.
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:17 PM   #4
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:32 PM   #5
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Thanks for joining in!

The flight was great!!!! The great thing about a red eye is that I was too tired to be nervous about flying... Now the way home was a different story!!!

I will try and do some more tonight when the kids are in bed. I have a feeling it will take at least a couple weeks to get this all done... Trev just finished school yesterday and next week Scott leaves for San Fransisco for work then we go to Idaho for a family wedding. This will be a crazy month!!

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Old 06-17-2013, 06:04 PM   #6
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I haven't forgotten it has been super busy around here. I will try and do some more in the next couple days. School is over now and Scott is getting ready to leave for San Fransisco. The day after he gets back we leave for Idaho for a few days for a wedding. It has rained for all of 20 minutes since we have been back... SO different from our time in Florida!

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Old 06-17-2013, 08:58 PM   #7
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There were storms today, but we missed them. We went to DTD for lunch and shopping and while we were driving there we saw lightning. But when we arrived to DTD, the ground was wet with puddles, but it wasn't storming anymore.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:29 PM   #9
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Day 1: Part 1

We were walking to the stall to find our rental van. As we were walking we seen a lot of mini vans in all different colors. We were hoping for any color than red as we have a red truck and red mini van... We found our stall with our van and the color was..... RED!! I guess it will be easy to remember what van is ours We were SO excited to be in Florida on our way to Give Kids The World! We pulled up to the village and it was AMAZING!!!



It was about 8am when we got there so we went to the front desk to get checked in. Allie and Kara got a cute stuffed whale and Trev got a Mickey Mouse. By the time we were done checking in it was about 8:30. We did not have breakfast on our meal card so they gave us a voucher for breakfast. We walked over to the Gingerbread house to get breakfast. There was so much to take in... The whole place is just AMAZING!!! I had about 30 minutes before I had to be at the 9am orientation. The waffles were the best part of breakfast! The kids had chocolate milk some fruit and fruit loops. I think this would become their daily breakfast when we ate their in the mornings! It was great to have someone help with all the trays.


the Gingerbread house where we ate breakfast and dinner


Our first meal at GKTW. The food was great!

I went and sat through orientation which I almost fell asleep in! I had not slept since the morning before when I woke up about 8am and now it was 9am the next day!

Meanwhile Scott, my Dad and the kids went and ate ice cream... I was not too impressed they went without me!


Trev enjoying his first of many ice cream trips... I think some days they had ice cream 3 times in a day!!

After the meeting I was just too tired from not sleeping all day... I needed sleep! But first we had to find out where our villa was! The kids and I got on the little cart and we rode to find our villa while Scott and my Dad drove behind us. The lady driving the cart got lost and we finally found our villa!


Trev examining the gifts that were left for the them. We were right across from the pool and right next to Elmer the sleeping tree... We never did see him wake up



We seen these cute little guys everywhere! We tried to catch them but no luck! The only ones we see here are in the pet store! They were fun to have around!

By this time it is about 9:30 in the morning and I HAVE to sleep! I can barely keep my eyes open. I tried to take a nap but it didn't really work. So after about an hour of resting we decided to go swimming. The kids did not like the idea of sunscreen but it had to be done. Good thing Grandpa was there to put it on them... Of course there was no fussing for him So we were off to the pool. The kids were excited it was across the street!






Once Kara was swimming she could care less that I never got her a Rapunzel suit... She was just excited to finally be swimming after months of not being able to!
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:22 AM   #10
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great you got some pixie dust on the flight and how cool the kids were invited to go into the cockpit!
good the kids got a little bit of sleep on the plane! bummer about the mix up with the baggage claim, it is confusing! yup FL humidity is tough to handle, takes all your energy out of you!

cool your villa was across from the pool, yay for ice cream breakfasts


can't wait to see you and the kids on Tuesday! enjoy the sunshine today!
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Hi! I am glad I found your tr. it's fun to see the pictures and remember our trip. We went in November. My son and I were at universal studios the week of Andrea. It sure was wet!! I look forward to reading about the rest of your trip!
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:18 PM   #12
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We didn't do Sea World .. my boys were far too excited to go to Harry Potter World and Universal ! I sort of wish we had done it ..

Great pics !
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Questions from the younger ones are always the hardest at these times.

I'm glad they had a good time feeding the stingrays at Seaworld!
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:00 AM   #14
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Hi! I am glad I found your tr. it's fun to see the pictures and remember our trip. We went in November. My son and I were at universal studios the week of Andrea. It sure was wet!! I look forward to reading about the rest of your trip!
Welcome!! Yes it was wet that week! It was hard at times to enjoy ourselves but we did have some great times too!

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We didn't do Sea World .. my boys were far too excited to go to Harry Potter World and Universal ! I sort of wish we had done it ..

Great pics !
I think Sea World was our best day besides the Star Wars Day. But that one went by so fast it was a blur! I was excited for HP but left disappointed because it was so wet that day we did not get to see a whole lot.


Tomorrow my sweet baby boy will be 8! He is SO excited for his birthday! He is having his friend over for the day and we are taking them to the park for lunch then ice cream afterward then to the lake for awhile.

Kara's surgery is coming up and it has been stressful trying to find someone to watch the other 2 during her surgery. Everyone seems to be on vacation that week! Kara is SUPER excited!! She is ready for fudgsicles, ice cream and unlimited movies while sleeping downstairs in the living room for a few days. Since the surgery involves her middle ear she can not walk up and down the stairs for a few days. Please keep her in your prayers for a successful surgery and that she will not need another one after this one!

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Day 2: Sea World part 2

After the Shamu show we went to the kiddie area. Scott and Trevor went on a HUGE kids adventure play area. The girls and I went on a much smaller version The kids discovered a little water splash area and had fun running through the water. We were drenched!! It was SO hot that we dried off within 20 minutes or so. Allie and Kara went on the tea cups and LOVED it! The ones at Sea World are very small but I squeezed in there!! The kids went on roller coasters, tea cups and a few other kiddie rides. They had a blast! Sea World was not super busy but we were able to use our pass very easily there to get right on the rides. At times I felt guilty for using it. But it did help that Trev did not have to wait in the heat too so that made me feel a little better about it.

After the rides and a few carnival type games we decided to head over to shark encounters. The kids got to feed the sharks. They had a lot of fun doing this! One employee noticed Trev's button and came up to him a few questions about how his trip was and how he was enjoying Sea World. He then pulled a shark tooth from his pocket and showed the kids. They thought it was pretty cool! The employee asked Trev if he would like to keep it and Trev just grinned and shook his head yes The employee had said they just found it this morning as a shark had just lost it. Trev was SO excited!! He has shown everyone his shark tooth! He wants to put it on a necklace and wear it

We then walked over to the penguin exhibit to tour it. We went in line for the new ride and we were waiting in line for 30 minutes and still nobody had moved! We had seen a few people leave the line and a few employees scrambling around. The girls really had to go to the bathroom and after talking to the employees they had no idea how long the ride was going to be down nor could they tell us why it wasn't working. It was a bummer to stand in line that long and not be able to go on it. But the girls really had to go.

When we got outside to use the bathroom we noticed it was pretty quiet outside. Then we heard on the loudspeakers "for your safety go inside a storm is coming" of course that made me a little nervous. The outside rides were not running. So we decided to go check out the aquarium... Although it wasn't much of an aquarium! After about 20 minutes of being inside with nothing happening we decided to walk around a little. There were a few people outside still mostly waiting for the rides to open back up. I guess there were a few thunder/lightning storms in the area and they were close enough to the park they had to close the rides until the thunderstorms moved through. Thankfully nothing happened while we were there!

We then moved on to the dolphin feeding. There were 2 other MAW families there and we all got special "seating" at the dolphin feeding. It was great we did not have to wait in line as it was SUPER HOT outside. Trev was really starting to tire out and we were rethinking not having a stroller that day. Luckily there were a lot of places he could sit down in the shade. The kids loved feeding the dolphins and petting them. After feeding them each of the 3 wish families had their own trainer and own dolphin to pet and we got to make the dolphins do tricks! I think the favorite of the kids was to make the dolphins fart The whole experience was AMAZING!!

Trev, Grandpa and I went on the water ride Return of Atlantis... We were SOAKED and not because of the splash at the bottom of the ride! The girls really wanted to go on the ride but they were not tall enough. When we got off the ride we noticed Trev's button was MISSING!!! To top it off the ride scared him and that set the tone for the rest of the trip...

Sea World closed at 6 so we headed to the car. As soon as we got into the car it started to pour!! Luckily it lasted only a few minutes and waited until we were safely in the car. We made it back to the village in time for dinner and Trev got a new button. They said it happens all the time... Not sure if they were just trying to make me feel good We of course had ice cream again! This time banana splits. It was raining lightly and still warm outside. Since we were wet from the rain we decided to go swimming. The kids were SO tired and were asleep before 10pm with NO complaining! Sea World was an AMAZING day!! Next up Magic Kingdom...


Trev's shark tooth


Cooling off in the splash park!!









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