On Monday we started the day by having a personal "meet and greet" with Mickey Mouse. Here at Give Kids the World, the Disney characters come to visit the kids at Julie's Safari Theater or the Castle or Miracles, so there is absolutely no need to stand in the long lines at the Disney Parks. This is part of the wish process for all the wish kids. We got to meet Goofy and Mickey Mouse on Monday.
When Tyson met Mickey Mouse, he was grinning from ear to ear. His smile was radiant, it brought tears to both Brian’s and my eyes. He had such a blast. We have some of this experience on video. A volunteer at GKTW asked if we wanted him to video it for us so we could enjoy the moment. They also had a photographer there snapping pics too, which is a very good thing since we realized that we had left our camera battery in the charger back at the villa! So we won't have pics of Tyson and Mickey until we get the CD from them when we checkout. I can't wait for you all to see the huge smile on Tyson's face when he met Mickey Mouse.
|This is one of the displays at Matthew's Boundless Playground. You can also see a villa in the background, very bright and colourful.|
Not only does GKTW provide us with accommodations and meals, they provide us with theme park entertainment, and our kids get gifts every single day. It’s like Christmas every day here at GKTW! They told us we’d need to pack along an extra suitcase to fit all our gifts, but I think we should have packed 5 empty suitcases. I didn’t realize we would receive so much!
Give Kids the World is set up like the game board CandyLand. The kids even get to play a life-sized game of CandyLand on Saturday evenings. The houses are painted in bright colours, the playground is decorated with game pieces from the CandyLand game. The mayor of the Village is Mayor Clayton, a giant bunny and his side-kick Ms. Merry. I will post more pics of them later in the week.
After the exciting meet and greet with Mickey Mouse and Goofy, we went to Magic Kingdom. I didn’t realize that Presidents’ Day was a statutory holiday…I had googled it weeks ago and discovered that all the major stores were still open, so I figured it would be fine to go to Magic Kingdom on Monday..... IT. WAS. SO. BUSY. YOU. CAN’T. EVEN. IMAGINE.
|Enjoying the Tomorrowland Speedaway...over and over and over again.|
The good news is that Tyson has a “Magic Button” which gives us a fast pass to all the rides. We never wait in lines. Never. We got to enjoy soooo much more of Magic Kingdom in one day than we imagined was possible, especially considering how busy it was. Magic Kingdom also has a “Disney Wish Lounge” that is available for wish families to retreat to for some quiet time. And boy did we need it! We spent over an hour there this afternoon so that we could let Addisyn out of the stroller to crawl around, give Tyson another mask, and get out of the hot sun. It was so nice to have access to such a great room for us all to re-group and unwind. We stayed till the end of the night, even Addisyn behaved relatively well despite her lack of sleep. Brian has very sore shoulders from carrying either Addisyn in the hiker carrier, or Tyson on his shoulders. We did get free stroller rental but for some reason, both of them didn’t enjoy sitting in it, and Addisyn certainly couldn’t sleep in it. For our next theme park we will bring our umbrella stroller as well as having the stroller rental and the hiker carrier. At least Addi can sleep in the stroller, or maybe Tyson if he needs to.
A few weeks ago we had made dinner reservations at The Plaza Restaurant at Magic Kingdom, because we knew we’d want to stay to see the parade and fireworks. Although dinner was totally overpriced, the food was good, it was good to get off the busy streets, and the kids enjoyed the best milkshakes in all of Florida.
|Goofing off after dinner|
|Brian and Tyson dancing with Chip (or is it Dale?)|
|Kenya enjoys some music and dancing|
After dinner the kids enjoyed some music and dancing, some more rides, and Brian and the 4 oldest went on the Speedway three times in a row (LOVE Tyson’s Magic Button!) while I shopped with Addisyn carefully picking out a few souvenirs. Next came Disney’s Electrical Parade and some fireworks. We ended the day at just after 10pm and the kids absolutely crashed on the way home. Tyson and Addisyn didn’t even wake up when we picked them up and tucked them into bed.
|The castle all lit up at night|
|Braden took these pics with my camera. I think he did a great job!|
|Puff the Magic Dragon|
Tuesday and Wednesday we plan to spend the day around the Village. There is so much to see and do here that we haven’t experienced yet. We will definitely need to sleep in tomorrow morning. We may do some souvenir shopping on Tuesday afternoon, maybe Brian and the boys will catch the Leafs game and Wednesday we plan to be at the village all day too. After 3 days of being on the go, it's time for some down time and some good long naps for Addisyn.