One of the things that made Disney’s Marathon Weekend so special for me was the arrival of my mother and cousin, Susie, later that day. Susie now lives in Mississippi so I don’t get to see her very often. She hasn’t been to Walt Disney World since she was a small child. My mother was the mastermind behind this trip. We have been trying to coordinate it since last summer and this was the weekend it finally worked.
My cousin, Susie, is handicapped and blessing beyond blessing, I got to see Disney World through her eyes – like I never had before.
We started our journey by trying to decide what type of ticket they would need. We were beginning this adventure Saturday and checking out Tuesday. As an Annual Passholder, you take for granted that you can go in and out of the parks on a whim. Not so for folks purchasing tickets. We decided on a 2 Day Hopper. That way we could see all 4 parks.
As long as I’ve known Susie (my entire life), I have never met anyone that loves a gift shop more. Anything you want to know about the gift shops on property – just ask. I can tell you what merchandise is where, what is new & what is on the way out. Susie chose a lovely array of souvenirs purchased all over Disney World property. This may have been the highlight of her trip.
Knowing that standing in long lines wasn’t an option for her, I went to Guest Services at Animal Kingdom, the first park we visited, and explained the circumstances. They gave me a Guest Assistance Card. I was instructed to show it to the first cast member that I encountered at each attraction. This card is a huge blessing. I am so thankful that Disney offers this to guests that need assistance. We were able to experience everything we wanted to see. Without this card it would have been an entirely different trip.
Susie really wanted to go on Splash Mountain and unfortunately it was being refurbed. She thought Disney should give her money back, but really her tour guide – moi –should have known. She was fine with it. We’ll definitely have to take another trip down so she can go on one of my favorite attractions.
Other than the gift shops, her favorite attractions were Toy Story Mid-Way Mania & American Idol Experience. We saw the last regular show and then exited and reentered to see the finale show. She got a kick out of it. We were all groovin’ in our seats having a big time.
I know Susie and my mom had a great time. I am honored to have been their tour guide. I’ll do better next time and pay attention to the refurbs.
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