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Old 06-18-2008, 06:35 PM   #1
My Prince uses a power wheelchair!
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Talking Happy Birthday Bill – The 3 Day B'day Extravaganza *New 7/8 Now it's time to say bye*

Introduction and first installment - This post

# 2 Nashville Airport, where the heck is it? Part 1
# 2 Nashville Airport, where the heck is it? Part 2
# 3 So happy to be in Epicot Part 1
# 3 So happy to be in Epicot Part 2
# 4 Walking around the World Showcase
# 5 To get up or not? Part 1
# 5 To get up or not? Part 2
# 6 Bill's a Cast Member?
# 7 Tracy asks to do something
# 8 Another change
# 9 Do we stay or do we go?
#10 Fantasyland time!
#11 Now it’s time to say goodbye…

This was a birthday trip for my wonderful man Bill and he wore his birthday button for 3 days, because we went to 3 of the 4 parks. “OMG, oh no, you did what? That is awful”- if you think any of these things quit reading now. We did it, I wouldn’t change a thing and we had a wonderful time.

For those of you that don’t know us here is the cast list:

First up ME, Tracy : I am a long winded TR writer who loves WDW, the DIS, my son, our dog, and a wonderful man named Bill not in that order mind you. Well maybe WDW first just kidding…or am I? This was my 4th time to WDW!!

Next is Bill: He has Cerebral Palsy and is in a power wheelchair. He is a rebel, a daredevil, and most loving man on the earth. He is my best friend, my inspiration, my Prince Charming, and is utterly amazing. He loves Star Wars and especially Yoda. This was his 9th time to WDW.

Us at WDW in 2007:

Lastly is Ace: He is our 3 ½ yr old Jack Russell/Rat Terrier that gets totally aggravated when the suitcases come out. He literally moans, sighs loudly, and pouts.

We had many changes leading up to this trip and that continued throughout our time in Disney. I picked up Bill from work around 12:30pm. I wanted to be on the road so that we would get to Nashville by 5pm, well that didn’t happen . Someone (Bill) was still working on the new website he is building for his job. He just couldn’t leave it alone.

Bill has a locking mechanism in the floor of his van, he rolls into the right place and it locks his wheelchair in place. That is such a great thing to have, don’t you think? It is wonderful when you push a button and it releases him. It was really wonderful when it WAS working. It has went haywire lately. There is a lever I can push to release him manually. I just have to reach under his chair in between a set of wheels to get to it. Fat hand – tiny spot to get into doesn’t equal fun. I decided to take the van to the car wash right before we left to vacuum all around that area hoping that was the issue.

I put the quarters in, turn around and see this:

I was laughing to hard, I put down the hose and took the pictures.

We didn’t get to Nashville until 7:30pm. I was going to take a picture of the “Welcome to Tennessee” sign, but I barely got the side of it and you can see Acey nose prints on the windshield, I didn’t want to have people seeing how bad a person I am for not having the windshield spotless for picture taking . We stayed at LaQuintas again. Here is a pic of the room:

Does it look familiar ? It should I am recycling the pic from our trip the week before when we were in Nashville, we got the same exact room. We went over to Opry Mills and walked the mall a little bit. We went into the Disney store and they had their t-shirts for $4.99. Bill wanted to wait to spend his money, I got a Grumpy shirt.

We decided to go eat. We saw about a thousand of these:

Now I had researched some locations and saw what I wanted. I am trying to watch my caloric intake. Bill saw the KFC right next to the hotel and wanted to go there. I was not happy at all. Greasy and not nutritional. The Tracy in early January would have been fine with this dinner choice. The Tracy in June that has lost about 50 pounds (between 40 and 50, I was allergic to a scale for the first 6 weeks of my life style change) since early January did not like it at all. It really upset me, I was already worried about the food choices in Disney and here we are at grease central. I got a twister with no dressing, but was still upset about it. I finally calmed myself down and thought don’t let this ruin your vacation it will be ok, then I let it go.

We went back to the room and to bed. I still love that bed, we slept very well. There was none of the “it is the day before Disney, I can’t sleep” issues I usually have. The wake up call came at 4am, we were out the door by 4:45am.

Next installment… Did I find the airport, how did check in go?

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