April 30, 2010

Disney Bound!

The countdown has begun. We have a chalkboard in the kitchen that we change each day to reflect the number of days until we leave. As of today it says 17!!!

I'm doing last minute research and planning this week. Trying to decide which attractions to see, and which rides to ride is a job! Cousin Hollye has helped me so very much. I'm sure I will be burning up her email account the next few days. She is just so knowledgable and eager to help. And I am so needy and helpless. We're a fine pair!

A few people have asked why we can go to Disney now and we couldn't go a few years back. The answer is simple. Focus on the Family, AFA, and the SBC lifted the boycott on Disney when they began making more family-friendly movies and tv shows.

The kids are glad! But not as glad as Stephen's parents. I think they want to go to Disney more than any of us do.

Please be in prayer for Stephen's mom. She is having surgery the Thursday before we leave that will hopefully relieve her of pain she has experienced for 8 1/2 years.
Pray that the surgery is successful and the recovery is quick so that she can enjoy herself while at Disney.

Don't worry, I'll keep you updated on all things Disney!


  1. I hope you all have a blast! I will be praying for your mother-in-law.

  2. Wow, I just read your profile, and you do sound like a kindred spirit! I'd love to know where you live...if you don't want the world to know, you can email me at kssandusky@hotmail.com.
    And this will be long, but here's the Disney advice I gave a friend who went last week (we SO wish we'd gone in May)
    "you should go to touringplans.com -- they have tons of good advice. That being said, if you print out their free touring plans (or if you want me to send you the ones I used out of the book someone let me borrow) don't feel like you have to do everything. Our favorites were:
    Epcot: Soarin', Mission:Space, TestTrack, and hanging out at the world showcase. Let the kids make masks--it's free and gave my kids something to look for. There's also some kind of Kim Possible phones for a free scavenger hunt thingy, but we didn't know where people got them. I'm pretty sure they were free, too. Their fireworks show was my least favorite, but still good.
    Magic Kingdom: Space Mountain, Dumbo, Peter Pan's Flight, Big Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor, Hall of Presidents, Tom Sawyer's Island, Mickey's Philharmagic. We didn't get to do Splash Mountain, but it's good too. DO NOT DO STITCH's GREAT ESCAPE! We all hated it. We loved the fireworks show--try to get seats/standing room in the circle in front of the castle, toward the right hand side. It's awesome. But you might have to get there early. They say go to Space Mtn. first one day and Splash/Big Thunder first another, to avoid lines.
    Disney Hollywood Studios: Rockin' Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania. I suggest going (or sending husband or older child) to grab fastpasses for Toy Story the minute you get there, then do Rock & Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror (they're right next to each other and the lines weren't as long). Beauty and the Beast was a good show there, too. If you can grab something to picnic on, and get to Fantasmic about 45 minutes early, you should get great seats, and it is totally worth it. My favorite show.
    Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest and all the animal walks/safaris, plus the Finding Nemo show. Dinosaur was okay. Take time to talk to the cast members standing around holding stuff--some of it's pretty cool. We could live without Tough to be a Bug and Lion King.We didn't get to do their river rapid thing, or the Triceratop Spin.
    We also really enjoyed getting to Epcot and Magic Kingdom before opening time, because they kind of had "pre-show" entertainment, and it was exciting. Have a great time!"
    It was good to "meet" you. :)