Monday, 17 February 2014

Disney for my birthday

After our stop at Panera Bread we carried on driving to Orlando. We are lucky that Joel's treatment is at an ungodly hour in the morning, as it meant three days at Disney instead of two. We arrived at the hotel then got the shuttle to Epcot first. We wanted to save Magic Kingdom for a full day on Saturday. Epcot is like a world tour, it has different areas to represent different countries. We wanted to go on the Norwegian Viking Ship ride and kept telling Joel that it was just a gentle boat. He was screaming and in tears saying that he didn't want to do it! He has a phobia of rides and even struggles on a carousel! We asked if it was scary and we were told no, so we persuaded Joel that he was being silly and bribed him to come on with us. It was scary! It was dark and eery and we felt bad for telling him that it would be ok. Later that night before sleeping he told us that he didn't like the rides that go up and down and round and round because he thinks that his tumour is going to fly around inside his head. He doesn't get the idea that it is attached and that it cannot move. It made us sad hearing him say that. We now understand why he doesn't like rides and decided that Disney would be about the shows and not the rides.
We strolled past all the different countries then took a boat to Hollywood. This was better for Joel. He got to see Buzz Lightyear, Stitch and Lightening Mcqueen.

Joel enjoyed the 'It's a Bug's Life' play area where everything was oversized making us seem tiny. He also loved the Speedway where both Joel and Thomas got to drive their own Hot Rod. Not a very clear picture but Thomas scared me to death as he swayed me back and forth as we kept hitting the metal guideline! Though actually looking at the picture he probably couldn't see much!


The background scenery for film sets was amazing, from a distance it looked like you were actually there!

Joel did really enjoy the shows, and it didn't matter that we weren't focused on the rides. We watched an Indiana Jones stunt show which showed how the stunts are filmed. There was lots of dramatic fighting scenes and a huge boulder ran over Mr Jones before he escaped in a stolen aeroplane! The day ended with a night time laser and fireworks show with Mickey.

When we got back to the hotel, the staff had covered my bed with balloons and party banners with a card from the reception. What an amazing day!


  1. Looks an amazing place. Reuben is also scared of rides and prefers to look around too. x

  2. Joel just said 'Awh, I am too. I'm scared of rides!' when I read out your comment. Yeah, it was a pretty awesome time with the family - not the sort of thing we would have chosen to do, but we now see the value in doing things 'for the kids' - it was worth it. xx