August 24, 2012

Pre-Vacation Jitters

We leave for Disney World TOMORROW!!!

I was really excited, like little kid excited, for about the last month. Until a little something called Tropical Storm Isaac decided to put a damper (no pun intended) on our plans.

A lot of people have asked us if we are still going on our trip and, yes, we are still going. While Isaac appears to be trending west and we will not have to experience a full on hurricane, we are facing facts: we are going to get WET. It is going to rain like hell. I expect to have some very bad hair photos from this vacation while wearing a most un-sexy poncho not to mention that there isn't much of a likelihood I'll be working on getting a golden tan.

However... There is a bright side! You know me, I always try to find the positive in every situation. We are hoping the crowds at the parks will be light which means we will quickly be able to go to all the rides and attractions we want to without a whole lot of waiting. Getting wet on water rides? Big deal! We'll already be soaked from the tropical downpours.

In the case that Isaac decides to take a turn towards the most magical place on earth, you can basically leave it up to Disney to ensure that it stays the happiest place on the planet. I have read numerous accounts from people who witnessed Hurricane Charley back in 2004 who said Disney made it seem like all Charley did was mess up their hair a little bit. They evacuated people out of the park in a calm, collected manner. The resorts piped in a constant stream of Disney movies to keep their shut in guests entertained. I read that some resorts even brought in some characters to keep the magic going. Apparently the morning before Charley hit, they were only allowing resort guests into the park which meant really light crowds and plenty of time to have at least some Magic Kingdom experiences. The parks re-opened the next morning, albeit a little late, and my understanding is that you couldn't even tell a hurricane plowed through because the staff was up all night cleaning up the debris. So, really, if you're going to get trapped in a hurricane, I'm thinking Disney is definitely the right place to be! Check out this bloggers photos & story:

Am I still nervous? You bet. I'm traveling with my almost 4 year old son. For the first time. On an airplane. Into a potential hurricane. What kind of awful parent am I?

Regardless of what mother nature is trying to toss at us, she isn't going to destroy our magic. It has been 27 years since I have been to Disney. I was 9 years old and I still remember it like it was yesterday. My Mickey ears. Riding Space Mountain for the first time. Staying at the Polynesian Village. Loving the luau but hating the food. Breakfast With Mickey.

I could go on and on...

Despite some sketchy weather, I feel so blessed and fortunate to be able to take my little boy to Disney World to experience the magic at such a young age. Heck, I feel blessed and fortunate to even HAVE a son to take to Disney.

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