Published: January 19th 2009January 13th 2009
Jerry is in this picture - that tiny dot on the scooter in the middle of the photo
Where We Are
Well...we've started our trek home to arrive Wednesday (21st) depending on weather. We're currently in some place called Orangeburg, South Carolina. We know we're not doing too well on posting but you'll be glad to know that it's simply because we're having too much fun!! Here's days 8-10 - finally. And by the way, for those waiting for us to catch up on the Route 66 trip...well...looks like that will be in a couple of weeks when we are in Puerto Vallarta with lots of free time.
Day 8 - Sunday, January 11th - EPCOT
We headed to Epcot late morning. We were almost there when we realized we forgot the camera. We both just looked at each other, totally befuddled how neither one of us remembered. Too late to go all the way back, we purchased a disposable camera to capture just a few things. Epcot Highlights:
For anyone who has not been to Disney, Epcot has the World Showcase behind the attractions and other areas from the entrance. Country by country, you walk through and it is like you are in each of the countries. Costume, food, music, etc. are all native to the specific country. We did not have enough time to get through all of the countries but did get through Canada and had fish and chips in the United Kingdom. It was getting close to the time for Illuminations, Epcot's night time extravaganza, so we headed to one of the areas reserved for handicapped and waited. We thoroughly enjoyed it but must admit, we missed the water/light lazer parts so prevalent the last time we were here. There seemed to be more fireworks which were awesome and there was an undescribable display with a giant globe that moved across the lake, highlighting many countries that was extraordinary. We think our experience was not quite as good as others because very unfortunately, the area
Firework finale. None of the globe pictures turned out. What can you expect from a disposable camera?!
we selected did not have a working sound system. So, the music and naration was inaudible and that adds quite a bit to the experience. Nonetheless, it was a memorable experience and definitely recommended.
It was a late night and seeing as we are not the youngsters of yesterday, we passed by Pleasure Island where song, dance, food, and drink were plentiful. Age makes getting back "home" for a good night's sleep look much more attractive. Oh, to be young again!!
Day 9 - Monday, January 12th - Unscheduled Down Day
Jerry just could not get going at all. We were sure the inclement weather that had made it's way to Orlando had something to do with his feeling so much worse than normal but even that should not have impacted him to this level. Or, perhaps Rita's being with him all these months/weeks in a row truly was taking a toll on him
. No matter the cause, it was impossible to think about tackling anything on our list and that was fine because Jerry obviously needed rest. It was a rather long, quiet day, not knowing if he was going to be able to re-group
Down for the count
Yeah, Rita knows it was bad to take the poor guy's picture but...
on his own or not. Then, come evening, Rita finally felt like the tide was turning. She was making some soup in hopes Jerry would eat and turned around to find him making Mickey Mouse ears with his oxygen tubing. If you look at no other picture, you have got to see that one. Rita laughed; Jerry smiled for the first time today. Things were definitely looking up. Later, we worked together to come up with a Plan B to at least get to key Disney attractions in spite of losing the day. Perhaps some Disney magic would keep Jerry well.
Day 10 - Tuesday, January 13th - MAGIC KINGDOM
Wow - what a difference a day makes. Jerry was up and ready to go. The weather forecast included rain but as we left, there was no sign of any. In fact, it was sunshine and at least reasonable warmth. We hadn't seen 70 degrees since our arrival day in Florida and hadn't seen the sun for most of two days, so even having the sun shinig brightly was inspiring. We headed for the Magic Kingdom, the heart of DisneyWorld.
We were a bit nervous upon arrival
Mickey Mouse Ears
...with oxygen tubing. Things were looking up - Jerry was obviously starting to feel better!!
when we realized we had to take boat or monorail to the Magic Kingdom from where we parked. We hadn't remembered that. Rita's brother Charlie had told us not to worry about the monorail, buses or anything as they are very attentive to handicapped. How right he was!! We decided to take the monorail going and take the boat back. We headed up the ramp to the monorail and before we could even ask directions, the staff were directing and instructing us. Jerry never had to get out of his scooter. It was easy in, wonderful ride, and easy out. Kudos to Disney. Really, if anyone out there is concerned about taking a person to Disney who needs to use a wheelchair, scooter, or whatever, don't be. They have it covered. Even the attractions were a breeze. It made the experience so much more enjoyable for both of us.
Our activities and fun are way too many to cover so here are the highlights:
Unfortunately, the rain had already been coming down for quite awhile. We had jackets on and purchased ponchos and even took a break to have a hearty sit-down lunch but the rain was not easing up at all. There was also a chilly breeze blowing. Jerry was uncomfortably chilled and given the previous day's setback, there was no sense risking his getting ill just to get through a few more attractions. So, we headed for the monorail to get him to the car and back to our warm and dry condo. We did enough to have gotten into the Mickey Mouse spirit and that made for a great, great day. A quiet evening settled us both into a dreamland filled with Disney characters of all kinds, including 'the Mouse." Who needs kids to thoroughly enjoy DisneyWorld?!!
There are more photos below