This was going to be a condensed trip report —HAH! Skip to the next post if you actually want to hear about the WDW stuff, this first one is all pre-trip shenanigans, because I need to share now that this was pulled off, and everyone I know in real life is sick of hearing about it… .
After 2+ years of canceled plans, virtual school, a new job, a (not too far) move, and second grade at new school, I wanted to do something fun with not-so-little-anymore seven year old daughter. She had been asking to go (apparently the only child in North America who has NEVER BEEN). So in late February I started looking into a WDW trip. I knew my husband wouldn’t enjoy it (his idea of a vacation is sitting near water with reading material and coffee!), and my older, adult step-daughter wouldn’t have the vacation time, so it would just be the two of us. Once my work bonus came it ( ), I booked us 5 nights at Animal Kingdom Lodge Club Level, with a 5 day park-hopper ticket.
And didn’t say a WORD to her. She knew we’d be going to see my parents (who live in Orlando) the week after school got out, but I was handwavey about plans, maybe we’d go to Legoland again, we’d see. She checked the mail the day the letter from the Club Level folks got in, and was VERY curious, I told her it was junk mail, and there wasn’t anything to see. She gave me some side eye when she saw some Disney videos in my You-Tube history…but didn’t ask any questions.
I ordered Minnie ears and bought her some Disney shits, and hid them in my office. I had plans to make us some coordinating Disney shirts…
And then I got COVID. Masked and slept on a different floor. And then a few days into it, she developed a horrible rash. Husband took her to the doctor — COVID negative, strep positive, and COVERED in a Poison Ivy rash. Still in the clear, continued to mask and avoid for 12 days or so, then the day before we leave (last day of school), another rash. Doctor trip, COVID negative, it was a reaction to antibiotics.
When we were getting ready to leave on Saturday, she bounced into the room wearing the Minnie Ears her big sister got her a few years ago, and asked if she could wear them…. I told her she shouldn’t because she could lose them, and that we really weren’t going to Disney this time, and I didn’t want her to be disappointed if we were just going to take it easy. So off to Orlando we go, with all of my Disney stuff hidden deep in my suitcase, including a shirt with “My First Disney Trip” on it and a skirt with Mickey and friends that I had made her.
Get to my parents, have dinner, give my mom her belated Mother’s Day gift, then give my daughter a gift bag with the shirt, the skirt, and a new pair of ears. And got a VERY tired, “oh cool” response. Poor thing was about to fall asleep right there on the couch.
By the next day, though she was bouncing everywhere…and counting down the hours until we dropped Dad off at the airport on Monday and went to WDW. We watched a few videos to decide how adventurous she wanted to be.
Then finally it was Monday!
TBC on the next post….