Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wish trip - Days 1 & 2

We headed to the airport early yesterday morning. When our first plane landed, we got to sit in the cockpit and get our picture made. On our next plane, Summer napped and we landed in Orlando around 11 a.m. After getting our rental car, we made our way to Give the Kids the World Village where we are staying. We were greeted and Summer was treated with her 1st Mickey Mouse doll and a Give the Kids the World t-shirt. After a brief orientation, we were escorted to our villa where another goody bag awaited Summer. Spoiled much? :) After we unloaded our luggage, we headed out to explore the village. We went to the ice cream palace which serves ice cream from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. - all you can eat: FREE. Daddy had two ice creams. :) Everything here is free. I don't think we will spend a dime at this place other than the postcard stamps I am going to buy in the morning. Even the postcard are free. I can't say the same for the parks though. We dropped about $90 at Universal today on food and a Barney doll, but thanks to Make-A-Wish it wasn't our money. After the ice cream, we found lots of other fun things to do. An arcade, a carousel, a train, remote controlled boats, swimming pools, a miniature golf course, and a huge playground with a Candy Land theme. There is also a Castle of Miracles with a La Ti Da Spa for nail painting, make-up, face painting and airbrush tattoos. The castle also has lots of games and other cool things. Summer loves it here. I must agree that it is amazing.

Today, after a big breakfast, we headed to Universal Studios so Summer could see Barney. The first ride we rode was Nickelodeon's Jimmy Neutron. Not a good choice. It was a simulation of flying through a cartoon city and was a little jerky. Summer did not enjoy it. However, as soon as we exited, we got to see Spongebob so that made it better. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that we get to skip to the front of the line at all the parks with our special guest assistance pass. SWEET!!! We went to Shrek next and after the intro to the ride, decided to skip it because she was scared. I really do not think theme parks around here were built for kids under 5. Everything besides the kiddie section was too old for her. But, she did enjoy the Barney part and so did I. They had a little show with singing and dancing. It really got me going. LOL We actually came to Universal two years ago about this same time so we had experienced it before, but she doesn't remember it. After we explored Woody Woodpecker Kids zone, Summer was ready to go back to our resort. But, I wanted to get the other Universal park out of the way so we don't have to go back although we do have another day free. We just have so much to do and so little time. The Dr. Suess area was the only place we went to at Islands of Adventure. It was pretty fun, but she was scared and didn't even want to ride the train. I think the roller coaster we went on in the kiddie section at the first Universal park really put the fear of rides in her. I hope we will have better luck getting her to try things tomorrow at the Magic Kingdom. There was a carousel in the Dr. Suess area though and it was a hit. She can never ride those things enough. We rode in some fish that went up in the air and around in circles. We got a little wet which she also did not enjoy.
She passed out on the couch a few minutes ago while waiting for her teddy to dry. He had a "bath" with our clothes this evening. It was a long and exhausting day, but fun, fun fun! I can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us. Thanks so much Make-A-Wish for making Summer's dreams come true!

P.S. The nail stamps are something we got for Christmas. I forget now what they are called, but I will look on the package when we get home and post the info. You can stamp designs which are on metal plates with special polish onto your nails. I guess it could be called nail art. :) It's pretty neat!


Kristi J said...

What an incredible blessing this trip is for you! I hope each day brings even more fun then the day before!

Susie said...

Glad that you all are enjoying a much needed vacation.

Stephanie said...

I can think of noone that deserves this trip more than your family. What a great change to be spending the time together on a vacation!!!!!

I'm so happy for you all!

Bridgett said...

What a great treat for all of you!
And free? Even better! :)

Loved all the pictures.

And yes, I'd love to hear more about the nail art. Sounds like something Autumn would really like.