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Old 07-15-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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My Son's MAW Trip

My son, Gavin, has had a rather rough last year medically. On top of that, Gavin has autism and mental retardation so cognitively about 16 months- 2 years old. It was very hard for him to understand what was going on. He had open heart surgery in November and I swear seeing him strapped to that bed was the hardest thing ever. So to make a long story short... we received notification that Gavin is being granted a wish. Although he is primarily nonverbal (about 10 words) when I asked him what he wished all he kept saying was "Lightning McQueen" and "fish. This was a pretty exciting for us because Gavin normally doesnt open and answer questions. It really shows how excited he is So we met with our volunteers last week and they were so awesome and nice. Gavin has wished to go meet Lightning McQueen for his birthday (October 15th). We are waiting for approval now but they were pretty hopeful (but as everyone know they cant make guarantees). I will keep everyone posted
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:55 PM   #2
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Oh Yay! I can't wait to read more about Gavin and Lightning McQueen. I have a 6 year old that is an extreme fan too.
October will be a beautiful time - weather and crowd wise...you should check into trick or treating at MK too So excited for your family!
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:42 PM   #3
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Thank you! Oh I hope that your son gets his wish soon
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:42 AM   #4
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I hope you hear some good news about the wish soon!
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:06 PM   #5
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hello!!

I just wanted to let you know that I put a link to your pre-trippie report on the Wish Trippers thread so that people can come find you!

I am probably going to Disney in October myself! So who knows - may see you there!
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:28 PM   #6
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Thank you! We are very excited! We are supposed to hear the first of August if our dates are approved. This is kind of the mock schedule that we had come up with. We knew that we did not want to spend as much time at Epcot as the other parks because of our kids ages and attention levels but tell me what you think...
1) Hollywood Studios
2) Magic Kingdom
3) Animal Kingdom--- Epcot at night if we have time. All the kids really want is to ride the nemo ride and Soarin'
4) Sea World, Downtown Disney
5) Universal Studios

This is our very first trip so we are not sure how much time to allow for each of the parks. Obviously we are squeezing a lot into a few days.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:54 PM   #7
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Thank you! We are very excited! We are supposed to hear the first of August if our dates are approved. This is kind of the mock schedule that we had come up with. We knew that we did not want to spend as much time at Epcot as the other parks because of our kids ages and attention levels but tell me what you think...
1) Hollywood Studios
2) Magic Kingdom
3) Animal Kingdom--- Epcot at night if we have time. All the kids really want is to ride the nemo ride and Soarin'
4) Sea World, Downtown Disney
5) Universal Studios

This is our very first trip so we are not sure how much time to allow for each of the parks. Obviously we are squeezing a lot into a few days.

Hi my daughter Amanda is also getting a wish trip from MAW.We recieved our date October 21 we are going to mnsshp. Like you it is also our first trip we are very excited.i have been all over the net looking at pictures and reading other families trips.i have been going over the trip in my mind but each week it changes lol. I guess i will just let the kids lead the way
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:24 PM   #8
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Hi my daughter Amanda is also getting a wish trip from MAW.We recieved our date October 21 we are going to mnsshp. Like you it is also our first trip we are very excited.i have been all over the net looking at pictures and reading other families trips.i have been going over the trip in my mind but each week it changes lol. I guess i will just let the kids lead the way
I think we might try to do the MNSSHP as well. We didnt ask our wish team for that though so we will probably have to buy the tickets out of pocket. We are still waiting for our dates. Our volunteers are out of town until next Friday but they said that they shoudl know by August 1st. OUr goal dates were for my son's birthay so I really really hope he gets it.

So did you guys plan on doing any Character meals? I went ahead and made a reservation at Tusker House for the days that we asked for just in case because I knwo they fill up quick. I hope your daughter has a wonderful trip!! Do you have a PTR? I would love to keep in touch
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:36 PM   #9
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I hope you get the dates you want! How fun to go to Disney World for his birthday!

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:40 PM   #10
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I think we might try to do the MNSSHP as well. We didnt ask our wish team for that though so we will probably have to buy the tickets out of pocket. We are still waiting for our dates. Our volunteers are out of town until next Friday but they said that they shoudl know by August 1st. OUr goal dates were for my son's birthay so I really really hope he gets it.

So did you guys plan on doing any Character meals? I went ahead and made a reservation at Tusker House for the days that we asked for just in case because I knwo they fill up quick. I hope your daughter has a wonderful trip!! Do you have a PTR? I would love to keep in touch
i haven't started a real ptr yet but if you look in the disabilities thread i started something like a ptr lol

we really didn't plan any character meals cause i heard they take long and we didn't want to miss out on time during the parks I really hope you get your dates it would be such an amazing birthday gift
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:00 AM   #11
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Hoping you get your dates, we would like to go around that same time as well. Maybe we'll both get lucky and we'll see you there. That seems like one of the best times for weather and crowds from what I've read, and Braden won't have to miss more school.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:25 AM   #12
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We received notification today that pending the doctor's approval Gavin will be able to go on October 14th! We are very excited that he got his dates. They are also going to let him do the MNSSHP We are very excited
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We received notification today that pending the doctor's approval Gavin will be able to go on October 14th! We are very excited that he got his dates. They are also going to let him do the MNSSHP We are very excited

Woot Woot!!!!!

I will add your dates!!

I am so glad he gets to go to MNSSHP!

and...uh...I think I am in the airport that day...not sure when my flight leaves - but who knows, we may be in the same place at the same time!
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We received notification today that pending the doctor's approval Gavin will be able to go on October 14th! We are very excited that he got his dates. They are also going to let him do the MNSSHP We are very excited
OMG!! that is so great doesn`t it feel more real now.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:20 AM   #15
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Yes it does feel so much more real now!! We are so so excited. We had to explain what "happy tears" were to my daughter yesterday because I kept crying whenever I talked about it. I tend to be a crier whenever I feel any emotion This is just such a wonderful gift to him and I do not know how to thank MAW enough. We havent even gone yet and I already feel like this.. wonder what it will be like when we are there lol
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