The new mine train ride was our family favorite. We rode it once and the attendant must have heard us talking about how we'd get back in line to ride it again because as soon as we got off, she showed us back to the front of the line immediately. Wow!
We decided to splurge on lunch. We reserved a character lunch at the Crystal Palace. Pooh and his friends made their way around to our table while we ate off the buffet. We had to wait quite awhile to see Tigger, which is Jaycee's favorite. It seemed like he was with his 30 seconds and then was off to the next table. Maybe it was longer than 30 seconds, but Jaycee felt ripped off. She cried when he walked away. I'll put a happy picture instead:
The Magic Kingdom is my favorite Disney park. There are so many fun rides and ways to see characters. Jaycee loves it too! We ended up staying there until 7 pm.
We arrived home too late to eat dinner at the village but their pizza delivery was available. So we ordered some pizzas to eat in the village as we ran through some of Jaycee's medicines. This was our last night at the village, so I had to take Jaycee swimming one more time even if it was a cool night. We were the only 2 people in the heated pool that night. We swam for about 45 minutes when the pool closed then we shivered all the way to the villa. While we swam, the boys went to the ice cream parlor.
The next morning (Saturday) was our final few hours at the village. We awoke early to pack up and check out. We were sad to be leaving such a wonderful, happy place but grateful for the time that we did have. The horses were back at the village, so of course we had to do the horse rides again. Jaycee still loved them.
Then it was time for us to go to the Castle of Miracles and find Jaycee's star. Every child that has been to the village has a star in the Castle. So yes, there are thousands of stars. Earlier in the week, Jaycee was given a gold star that she doodled on and then sent to the "star fairy" The fairy took the star and placed it in the castle and then gave us the location of our star. The volunteer showed us where Jaycee's star was located.
It was too high above to see, but the workers had pictures of her star and pointed it out for us. It was an incredible thing to know that Jaycee has left her mark on the village forever. We said our good-byes to the village and headed off to Sea World.
At Sea World, we were given front of the line access again at rides, special seating at the shows, and a free wheelchair rental. Jaycee loved the dolphin and killer whale shows. We were excited to attend Jack Hannah's animal show but Jaycee was not. This was a dark theater, so she immediately sunk to the floor until she felt safe enough to sit in her seat.The Sea World staff were kind and accommodating to us. The other people though.... Ugh!
Having a child in a wheelchair requires patience. The animal exhibits were next to impossible to get Jaycee up close to the front for her to see due to the crowds. I think everyone is focused on their view of the animals and getting their money's worth, that they didn't see that Jaycee in her wheelchair was blocked and couldn't get to the front. Either that, or the people didn't care. After being in parks all week and everyone wearing down, we didn't have the energy to fight the crowds for a glimpse of an animal. Maybe some other time....But she did love the shows!
We gave up on Sea World without seeing half of it. Leaving Sea World, we drove to Cape Canaveral and checked into the hotel we'd be staying at for the next few nights. We took the advice of other people on-line and added 3 nights on to our trip at our expense to decompress and relax before flying home.
Stay tuned....... only 1 more post to go & this wish trip series is over!!!!