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Old 05-06-2009, 11:47 AM   #31
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That breakfast looks YUMMY!!
Sorry about your mister situation..that stinks!
Where did you get your lanyards?? I need to get some of those!
I love the Pooh and Tigger pics....so sweet!
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Where did you get your lanyards?? I need to get some of those!
We bought them at the Walmart by GKTW.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:59 PM   #33
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woo hoo!!!!!

More updates!

I love your TR!

I am sorry that you guys had issues at MK and am quite disappointed at Jackson getting in "trouble" at GKTW. I hope you shared that with a manager type that could fix that problem.

And more bumps at MK! Bummer!

I am so glad that characters gave you guys some loving!

Can't wait for more. Thank you for sharing your trip with us!!
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all caught up again and some more great updates xx
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:41 PM   #35
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Ariel and Ice Cream

It was hot! I know, nothing like it will be in August. But it was the hottest day we had, or felt like it!

We headed back to Ariel's Grotto -- hadn't met her! There was a CM at the outside who immediately saw our GAC and pin and walked us over to the exit, told us "stay here for just a minute!" and in a minute or so, we were escorted inside. Ariel was so cute in her banter with the kids, especially my son. "Goodbye, Humans!" she called as we left.


Time for a snack! Mickey Head ice creams and ice cream sandwiches. Mmmm, nice and cold.





Glad I packed wet wipes!

After that very refreshing refreshment, we did some more rides in that area. The teacups, of course, and then Winnie the Pooh ... and there, we got our first taste of Disney magic. And it tasted good!

We went over to the Fast Pass area of the Pooh ride. There was an older CM there. He had on a lanyard with lots of pins, so my kids did their first pin trading. They had so much fun! I had ordered some "starters" through mousepinsonline.com. I'm really glad we did this. It added a lot of fun to the trip.

After that, he directed us how to get on the ride. (We either did Fast Pass or handicapped line -- I can't remember.) As we got on the ride, that CM (another older man) told Marenna, "Okay, now there's just one thing ... you're going to have to ride this twice!" I wish I'd taken pictures on the ride, but I was just having too much fun! This was Renn's favorite ride.

Upcoming ... more M A G I C ...
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:12 AM   #36
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I am just loving your updates!! Pooh is one of my favorites!!

And for some reason I am hungry for ice cream!?

Keep em coming! Keep em coming!
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:14 AM   #37
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I'm pretty new on the boards...lurked for awhile reading trip reports. Found your TR and went back and read you PTR and just had to stop and say "hi".

What a beautiful family, congratulations!!

Thrilled for you and your family that SuperFroggyGirl (loved the videos by the way) is NED!

Well, can't wait to read more updates and thanks for sharing your story with us!
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:24 AM   #38
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I have been lurking on several Wishkid trip reports and decided it was finally time to post on one. I have to say that your daughter is such a trooper...all these kids fighting every day are. It is amazing what these children endure, way more than they ever should. So glad to read that your DD is NED! That is awesome.

What a wonderful thing GKTW is. The place you stayed looks amazing and beautiful and so fun! I am a big supporter of St. Judes, I lost a cousin to Leukemia when I was 12 and even though that was years ago, it is still fresh in my memory. She was around my age and had gone to St. Judes she was even featured in one of their specials. So St. Judes and childhood cancer causes hold a special place in my heart.

Anyway, one of my goals for this year was to give back and I have been looking for several charities to make donations to. Does GKTW take donations and do they have a website?

I look forward to reading more of your report and seeing more pictures of your beautiful family!
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Old 05-07-2009, 02:02 PM   #39
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Anyway, one of my goals for this year was to give back and I have been looking for several charities to make donations to. Does GKTW take donations and do they have a website?
Yes and yes: http://www.gktw.org/howToHelp.asp?a=3

My three top charities are:
http://www.curesearch.org/
(American Cancer Society gives a shamefully small amount to childhood cancer research -- curesearch is 100% childhood cancer.)

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Old 05-07-2009, 02:29 PM   #40
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So, after that, it was time for a late lunch. We headed over to Harbour House, which I'd heard good things about. Marenna fell asleep in the stroller, and it was too crowded to take the stroller in, so I carried her. Ooof! Heavy kid!

We got our food and went upstairs. Found a nice table in the corner. Marenna was completely unconscious. So ... I just laid her down on the (carpeted) floor. Wish I had a picture, but her "pillow" was my fanny pack ... with the camera inside.

After lunch, it was getting towards time for the 3:00 parade. Left HH, went to get our stroller. Stroller? Stroller? Gone. siiigh. No time to go back to the front before the parade. Went up to a CM and asked if there was a particularly good place to sit for the parade. He looked at me as if I were a complete idiot and explained that it was a parade, and I could sit anywhere. Um, okay, thanks for the help. He did, however, hear us talking about the stroller situation, and pointed us toward a shop that would help us.

It was so hot! We got under some shade, and waited for the parade. By this time, Super Froggy Girl had woken up, and hungry, so we got her a pretzel.


Finally ... here comes the parade!




And then ... MAGIC!

First, I have to explain ... Marenna and I both love Mary Poppins. We watched a lot of it in the hospital and one of Renn's favorite songs is, "I Love to Laugh."

On the back of the Aladdin float, there they are, Bert and Mary. Somehow, Bert sees Renn's GKTW pin from on top of his float. He excitedly grabs Mary's arm and we can see him mouthe "Make a Wish." They begin pointing and waving at Marenna like they're her biggest fans! Tom and I have tears pouring at this point!



The rest of the parade was fun -- I think Goofy blew Marenna a kiss -- but that moment with Bert and Mary Poppins was pure magic.



And now ... it's Dole Whip Time! I sat with the girls while Tom and Jackson went to grab them.

I think Kaziah sat in the stroller more than Marenna did.


"So, what is a Dole Whip, Mommy?" You'll see!


Ooooooh. Yummmm.


Dole-Whip-Brain-Freeze!


We do some necessary rides -- Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World, then we go on the scariest ride of my life.

The Haunted Mansion.

What? You don't think the Haunted Mansion is scary? Well, let me tell you our story ...
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Oh, wait! I forgot!

At some point in all this, we went to the Wish lounge. Knocked on the door, no answer. So we went to the First Aid counter and explained we were a Wish family. The person in First Aid got a key, came out, opened the door, explained there was cold water in the fridge, and left. I mean, she was nice. But there was no CM that stayed there that we could talk to. The economy may be causing them to make some cut-backs.

Marenna, Lily and I stayed there for a little rest while Tom, Kaziah and Jackson went on some of the big roller coasters. OH, Big Tip: through the door by the refrigerator is a bathroom. You don't know this, so one of the other Wish families that came in the lounge went outside and around the corner to go to the restroom. Luckily, when Renn needed a trip to the potty, a CM caught us on our way out and showed us the one right there.

I chatted with another family that was there. Another bilateral Wilms' Tumor. For a rare cancer, I sure seem to meet a lot of kids with it.

CM or no, we were grateful for the Wish lounge. Cold water and juice boxes, air conditioning, and a place to just sit, play quietly, etc. It was just what we needed.

And now ... my trip into the Horror House ...
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Our trip through the Haunted Mansion: So, we look around for a CM, show her our GAC, and ask where to go. She sends us up the exit and tells us to wait. After a few minutes, another CM comes. She asks if there's anything we want to skip. Huh? Um, no, I don't think so.

IT WAS AT THIS MOMENT that I should have said, "Yeah, can we go straight to the ride?" Or simply turned on my heel, grabbed as many kids as I could hold, and ran towards the Carousel. Or Splash Mountain. Or up a tree.

We get crammed into a small room, there's some sort of routine, I can't remember what, those memories have been repressed. After that, we're herded into The Big Room. We are packed in there like sardines. And we wait.

And we wait.

And we wait.

And we wait.

(All this, in the near dark.)

Not even room to sit down.

And we wait.

Finally, someone comes in and announces something. The problem, is that apparently every single person in MK that day is right here, jammed into this room. And so you can't hear anything. Then I overhear someone say that something is broken, but they're trying to get it going again.

And then the terror begins.

Because it's not just that we're jammed in there with 4 kids who are now becoming a little on the whiny said (and truth to tell, I'm a bit whiny myself by now), and it's not just that it's hot in there and it's not just that's it's practically dark in there.

We are trapped in there with ... wait for it ... junior high cheerleaders.

Who now decide that really, what all of us need is ... a CHEER! Several cheers!

It is at this point that I begin wondering when it was that we were killed -- did we step on a live electrical wire? Did we fall off a roller-coaster? Did we fall head first into Pooh's honeypots? -- because we obviously are in the 9th level of Hades.

And I don't mean a Hercules-themed ride.

I think that after a few minutes more, we were able to move, and they got the ride working, and we rode it. I'm not really sure. Things are a little bit hazy about that time period. My therapist has instructed me not to think about it too much. There are certain things humans are just not meant to experience.

So, I'm here to tell you ... when someone tells you The Haunted Mansion is not scary ... they lie.
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Our trip through the Haunted Mansion: So, we look around for a CM, show her our GAC, and ask where to go. She sends us up the exit and tells us to wait. After a few minutes, another CM comes. She asks if there's anything we want to skip. Huh? Um, no, I don't think so.

IT WAS AT THIS MOMENT that I should have said, "Yeah, can we go straight to the ride?" Or simply turned on my heel, grabbed as many kids as I could hold, and ran towards the Carousel. Or Splash Mountain. Or up a tree.

We get crammed into a small room, there's some sort of routine, I can't remember what, those memories have been repressed. After that, we're herded into The Big Room. We are packed in there like sardines. And we wait.

And we wait.

And we wait.

And we wait.

(All this, in the near dark.)

Not even room to sit down.

And we wait.

Finally, someone comes in and announces something. The problem, is that apparently every single person in MK that day is right here, jammed into this room. And so you can't hear anything. Then I overhear someone say that something is broken, but they're trying to get it going again.

And then the terror begins.

Because it's not just that we're jammed in there with 4 kids who are now becoming a little on the whiny said (and truth to tell, I'm a bit whiny myself by now), and it's not just that it's hot in there and it's not just that's it's practically dark in there.

We are trapped in there with ... wait for it ... junior high cheerleaders.

Who now decide that really, what all of us need is ... a CHEER! Several cheers!

It is at this point that I begin wondering when it was that we were killed -- did we step on a live electrical wire? Did we fall off a roller-coaster? Did we fall head first into Pooh's honeypots? -- because we obviously are in the 9th level of Hades.

And I don't mean a Hercules-themed ride.

I think that after a few minutes more, we were able to move, and they got the ride working, and we rode it. I'm not really sure. Things are a little bit hazy about that time period. My therapist has instructed me not to think about it too much. There are certain things humans are just not meant to experience.

So, I'm here to tell you ... when someone tells you The Haunted Mansion is not scary ... they lie.
I am LAUGHING sooooo HARD!! ha ha! Sorry but you are too funny...and I love your story!
That does sound pretty scary!
HM is my fav ride there though...so I can't wait to experience it myself!!
Hope they have the kinks all worked out by now!!
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I know that if I was in that same situation that I would be scared to death, but the way you describe it has got me laughing so hard that tears are coming.
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NOT...CHEERLEADERS!!! I'm so sorry. I feel for ya! I love Bert pointing to Marenna, so sweet! You've got to love those CMs that actually look for the GKTW button! I love Dole whip floats and my kids would have those pretzels for every meal if I'd let them
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