Once upon a time, and thanks to the magic of the single-mom tax return, I was able to make a dream come true for my kids. I don’t say children, because they weren’t little kids anymore; they were teens. But truly, if you’re going to go to DISNEY WORLD, it’s so much easier when they’re older!
I didn’t get to take my kids on vacations when they were little. We visited my family, and I took them to their paternal grandparents until we left Colorado, and we took day trips. But no actual vacations, no hotel stays, and definitely no resorts like Disney. So the year I was able to make this happen, it was pretty magical.
I booked a package deal that included Busch Gardens, Sea World, and Water Mania, plus four day World Hopper passes at Disney. We could go back and forth from one Disney theme park to any other during those four days—and we sure did!
We paired off, the boys (15 & 17) and the girls (13 & me), relying on pagers (remember those!) to communicate. I had a debit card for the first time and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time!
Our favorite ride was the Tower of Terror. All of us kept going back, riding it over and over. For the uninformed, it’s a basic drop. Housed in an old haunted hotel, you ride an elevator to the top, then switch cars to one of the ride cars (seated, of course) and hover ere so briefly before you plummet back to the ground. My fav pic was snapped just at the moment the mechanism opened to take the souvenir shot. And yes, we purchased souvenir copies. That’s what vacations are for, right?
There were ruby slippers, Ace Venture, and dragons…
… and T-I-double G-ER.
There were whales…
… and there were roller coasters (did I mention I love roller coasters!!!) The Kumba at Busch Gardens but only got to ride it oncet, on account of it started raining!
And there were water slides.
But best of all, there were smiles! And yes, even from the teenager with attitude.
WRITING PROMPT: We arrived at our hotel and it was more than we could have imagined! Kid units had squabbled over who got which bed, but that was quickly settled. We had our dinner and settled in for the night. Tomorrow our adventure would begin…..
Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. She resides in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. Besides Tessa, she has Clara Bess, book two in her unsavory heritage series. She is currently working on Cissy, the third and final book in the series. It will be released in September of this year.
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