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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mousing Around Boats

Work has me in Orlando today, so the family has decided to stop all boat related activities, fly down to see me (thank you Frequent Flier Mileage!), and we are all going to Disney's Magic Kingdom!

Dy gets in free, and that's good .... but Val, KJ, and I still have to pony up the money. Like many other families, we really enjoy the Magic Kingdom. It is a wonderful place, and I totally revert back to being a full on kid. My favorite attraction is the Haunted Mansion. KJ's is the castle (we end up hanging around it a lot since KJ wants to see a glimpse of a princess coming out).

One of our Magic Kingdom rituals is to enter the park as soon as it opens and immediately find an Ice Cream vendor. We then proceed to buy giant chocolate Mickey Mouse ice creams and parade through the park gregariously eating them like royalty. Ice Cream so early in the morning adds to the magic of the place. Plus, the looks from other families (and you can imagine those based on the role of the observer) is priceless.

Our pilgrimage to this place is yearly. Once we set off on our journey, however, that won't be the case. That is, in 2011 we won't be visiting Mr. Mouse. However, we do formally plan on being back in 2012 to drink up all that is Disney in Orlando.

It is Mouse Time!


  1. That's one of the things I want to do with my kids... even though they are both grown. Hubby wouldn't go, but that's OK. Don't want to subject any fun on someone who doesn't want any.

  2. I think its really awesome when a parent can put aside all of the rigid life rules, and join their kids in some of life's great pleasures.....like the occasional icecream for breakfast. I have great memories of being woken up at 3am by my parents to go for late night ice cream cones at McDonalds and watch the lightning storms as they pass. Enjoy Disney!

  3. That's cool Stacey, I think one of the things my kids remember best was me waking them up around sunrise to chase the hot air balloons across the county, that and sleeping in a tent out in the backyard (no fence just woods) all summer. The tent went up the last day of school and didn't come down until a week before school started. And people wonder why they are so adventurous. Here's a link to my daughter's blog. http://varnishmonkey.blogspot.com/

  4. Wow, you have some great ideas there. I've heard about parents chasing hot air balloons with their kids before, but an entire summer sleeping in a tent in the backyard! Awesome. Those are such great, healthy, happy, memories for a child to grow up with.

  5. @jomamma: I love the idea of chasing hot air balloons!!!! ... hmmmm

    @Stacey: Those are indeed the moment creators. Let go of the rules and be in the moment; life is way to short to not have a brain full of them.


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