Saturday, March 07, 2020

See ya real soon!

We had such a great time in Orlando!!  Although it was a bit strange being a party of three instead of four.  Valerie was busy running around with the band, so it was just me, Clint, and Veronica. I did pin Val down for a few pictures, but mostly she was off on her own with her band friends.

Clint, Veronica, and I left early Monday morning for the airport.  I was SO nervous.  I hate flying!!  This was our first time flying Frontier also.  Everything went smoothly though and it was an easy flight.  Once in Orlando, we picked up the rental car, made our usual Walmart trip for the necessities, and checked into our condo.  Time to rest after a busy day of traveling.  (Valerie did not leave until 4:30pm and traveled by bus all through the night.  They arrived in Orlando around 6am Tuesday morning and went straight to the parks!)

Tuesday was the band's Hollywood Studios day but I wasn't going anywhere near that Star Wars chaos!!  Instead we went to Epcot instead and had a great day!  Rode what we wanted to.  It was not very busy at all.  I scored three Soarin' Fastpasses.  We walked all around World Showcase.  Ate yummy food.  Lots of fun.

Wednesday was the band's day to march in Magic Kingdom!  There was also 90% chance of rain.  We planned to stay from park open to close -- and we DID just that.  The band was scheduled to march at 2:30, and the rain was supposed to begin around 2:00.  All of us band parents were camped out along the parade route watching the radar on our phones, lol!  Thankfully the kids were able to march, then Festival of Fantasy parade rolled, and THEN the sky opened up.  It poured!  We all ponchoed up and kept going.  A rainy day at Magic Kingdom is better than any day at home.  I managed to score FIVE Seven Dwarf Mine Train fastpasses that day.  I am the fastpass QUEEN!  (pro tip:  learn how to work the app to your advantage!)  Veronica rode it four times and we gave one of them to Valerie.  We stayed until after the fireworks.

Thursday was another day at Magic Kingdom for us.  We were feeling the effects from the long day Wednesday, so we took it slow.  We got there late, did a lot of slow wandering around.  We went to Tom Sawyer's Island and killed a bunch of time over there.  I managed to get two more Mine Train fastpasses, so Veronica got to end our Disney visit with two back to back rides on her favorite attraction.

Friday we went to Universal Studios to check it out.  I had only been there once the summer it opened in 1990.   I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but we really enjoyed it.  Neither of us can handle 3-D motion rides, so we didn't really do any of those.  We were short on time also and I was so tired.  We caught a couple of shows and rode E.T. and the Hogwarts Express.  Of course we had to get a butterbeer.  I found Valerie a few times so at least I got to see my kid again!  I would really like to go back to Universal to explore some more.

Saturday we were up at 2:30am because we had to be at the airport for 5am.  Yawn - looong day for sure.  Valerie arrived home about 5:30am after a night of traveling on the bus.  We arrived about 10:30am.  We were all completely exhausted but glad to be home!

This was probably our last Disney trip for a while.  I said that last year but I really mean it this time!!  We've been ditching Mardi Gras for Disney the past ten years or so.  Time for a break.  The band kids will return in 2022 so maybe by then we'll be ready to go along again.

Until next time....


  1. Looked like you guys had a lot of fun!! Exhausting but fun!! Glad the weather held so the band could play! Great video of the band too! All your pictures were fantastic! Truly lots of memories made on that trip. I'm with you, I don't like flying. I last flew back in September 2018 and before then back in August 2005. Honestly if I never got on another plane I would be just fine :)

    I grew up in Southern California and all the end of the year field trips or other trips were always to Disneyland. Its fun but after a bit it grew a bit boring. So taking a break for a year could be a good thing. Keeps the magic alive I think!


  2. Glad you all had fun! Beautiful photos as always, Mel!

  3. Such a lot of fun!
    The girl look so happy! Love the the Mickey beds :)

  4. I'm so happy you were able to have this time with your family; awesome that Dad was able to be off from work. I love the photos; especially the one with ya'll kissing and grossing out your girls. :)

  5. Fun times! Cute Disney pictures all around. I've never been to the Magic Kingdom in Florida, but the girls go regularly to Disneyland in So Calif. So glad you got a chance to have this adventure with your family. We have to make time for Mickey every now and then. : )