Welp…I’m back from vacation, and I have to say…10 days was not enough. Okay, it was enough days of sleeping on an air mattress and having virtually no privacy. But in terms of feeling like I got my Disney fix? Nope. Not enough time…Believe it or not, we actually had to edit out some stuff, and even then, we were on the go The. Whole. Time!
But this was not just a pleasure trip. No, sirreee. I learned things on this trip! Here are just a few of the tid-bits I took away from this vacation.
1. Vitamin D therapy really is outstanding
Admittedly, I don’t spend enough time outside when I’m at home. But being outside all day, every day while in Florida did wonders for me! I usually take 3000 IU of vitamin D as a supplement, but being out in the Florida sunshine put my supplements to shame! I had more energy, my skin looked healthier, and I generally felt better.
I thought all the sweating would wreak havoc on my complexion, but my face was softer and clearer than it’s been in quite some time. My melasma looks terrible (even with using sunscreen every day), but I’m coming to accept that as a part of who I am now. But I was able to look beyond that and enjoy my super soft, super smooth face!
2. I thoroughly enjoyed The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, but I still have no interest in the books
I really did think all the details and attractions and theming was super cool! And I really thought that being immersed in the world would spark my interest in the books and movies. But…no. Turns out, I can totally appreciate the Wizarding World as a standalone thing. Maybe someday I’ll develop that interest in the books. Today is not that day.
3. If you’re 8, “I can’t ride that- I’m too short” will get you out of riding attractions you don’t want to do.
Whether it’s true or not.
This excuse does not work as an adult.
4. If you say something ridiculous once, you can make your traveling companions sound like doofuses for the entire rest of the trip
This is important for that added element of entertainment. I was tired.
My intended word: delirious
What came out of my mouth: der-lirious
I had 6 witnesses. For the rest of the trip, each member of my family repeatedly, and exaggeratedly would come out with “DERRRR- LIRIOUS!”
Surrounded by thousands of people.
Uh-huh…who’s the dum-dum now?
5. Gatornado needs to be the next big thing.
Go ahead. Say it out loud… Now tell me I’m not right! We need to make “Gatornado” happen.
6. When Disney drops the ball, they drop it big
First day there, we find out Ghirardelli (admittedly not technically Disney) no longer carries any selections containing peanut butter products. Why…? Allergies. They stopped carrying ALL peanut butter because of food allergies! My sister’s favorite ice cream concoction from Ghirardelli of course contains peanut butter. She was not a happy camper.
Last night there, we had waited 9 days for our heavenly “dole whip”(we call everything from Aloha Isle a dole whip) from Magic Kingdom. They no longer carry the orange/pineapple swirl! In fact, they no longer carry anything that includes pineapple swirled with anything! And added to that, it’s no longer called Aloha Isle!!
If you’re not a dole whip aficionado, there is no way to explain to you how devastating this is.
I should also state that there was absolutely no line waiting for frozen goodies from this location any time we passed by it.
Fix this, Disney!
7. Some of the greatest pleasures can come from others’ pain
At several points on this trip, I laughed harder than I have in a very long time! That deep down, silent laugh that has tears streaming down your face. And I’m not ashamed to admit that it was at the expense of others.
Whether it was my sister’s husband screaming in terror “this is not like the barnstormer!!” while riding Flight of the Hippogriff (it really was nothing at all like the barnstormer), or our shuttle driver stating “if you were having this weather in Texas, there would be twisters” after my niece was terrified to tears in the Twister attraction (too soon…), there were some beautiful moments of perfect timing that invoked highly-inappropriate laughter.
8. Pushing a wheelchair through the parks is one of the best all-over workouts EVER.
Do you know how many hills there are on Disney property?
I do —> A LOT.
I don’t feel like I missed a single workout. And I don’t regret one single donut, one single mickey waffle, or one single dessert.
9. Fireworks will always make me cry
I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is about fireworks that makes me so emotional. Maybe it’s the atmosphere. Maybe it’s the music. Maybe it’s the beauty of the moment. I don’t know… But I’ve come to accept that fireworks will always bring tears to my eyes!
10. Adios pantalones!
So, the last day of the trip, I saw this shirt on a guy at Magic Kingdom. It cracked me up! What better theme for a vacation?? Plus, say it out loud. It’s amazing!
On further research, I discovered this is the name of some Belgian band, but I don’t care. The sentiment stands on its own. Am I right?? Now it’s a party!
So that was my vacation in a very small nutshell 🙂 It had ups and downs (as all vacations do). It answered some questions and created some new ones. I love that I can be a tourist in Florida again, but I also appreciate that I’ll never be JUST a tourist when I’m there. I see things in a different way than others do, and I always will, because it was my home for a long time!
I can’t wait for my next adventure!