Well being the meanest Mommy ever we settled into our room before hitting up the actual Disney part of Disney. I had to get everything unpacked and ready to go. I also had special little outfits that my friend who owns a business made for us. I was able to send her a picture of a pair of matching outfits I spotted on Pinterest and she was able to recreate them. And I loved them! So we got ready to go and set out for the shuttle stop right outside of our hotel room.
And then the ominous clouds rolled in. * If you've never been to Florida just know, it rains almost every afternoon! Be prepared! Rain ponchos are a must! I bought a ton of them from the Dollar Tree to take because who in the world would want to reuse a poncho?? I don't even know how you could? It's all wet and you have to try to fold it back up? For the birds! Just consider buying them as one time use only! They come two to the pack for a buck. They were also useful for throwing all of our stuff in the stroller and then putting one over the stroller.
Anyway, the shuttle came and away we went. I don't think I've ever been so excited in my life! Is that pathetic of what???? I'm going with not pathetic, cool! I kept squeezing Nick's hand in excitement!
So we waited at the station where the shuttle drops off. And we waited, and we waited, and we waited. Ugh. Probably about 45 minutes later we decided it just wasn't going to stop. So we made a run for it. Magic Kingdom was right there and we were just holding it at an arm's length from our children. Poor little dears.
Here's our little rain soaked little boy. I dragged him into the City Hall and he was freezing! Isn't he adorable???
As we've talked about before, Cal is Autistic. This did make me a little worried because there are so many things that he has a really hard time dealing with. Put all of those things together away from home with tiredness and hunger factored in and well, we could very well end up in a very bad situation.
Cal's doctor was EXTREMELY helpful with this. She gave us helpful situations. She prescribed a fast acting anxiety medication for him. And she wrote a doctor's note for Disney explaining his condition. So here comes my tip...
*If you need special arrangements or accommodations made go to City Hall at Magic Kingdom first (you may be able to start at any of the parks but I had read that getting a special accommodation at, say Animal Kingdom would not necessarily be valid at any of the other parks. But if you get it first from Magic Kingdom you are in like Flinn at all of the other parks...hope that makes sense). You do not need a Doctor's note (they wouldn't even think of looking at mine) and the person you are getting accommodations for needs to be there (so little Jacky can't go ride teacups while you get it for him, just an fyi).
Anywho, Disney was very understanding. They gave us a special pass for our stroller that allowed us to use it somewhat as a wheelchair. That if he was freaking out and we needed to keep him in the stroller, we could wheel it on in to rides and things when strollers usually are not allowed. *TIP: if they offer something, take it! I thought, he doesn't really use a stroller so we don't need that. But the lady encouraged me to take it "just in case" and I am so thankful because by the end of the trip he was pulling the shade over him in the stroller and refusing to come out he was so overwhelmed. Eek.
Also, they gave us a pass which could basically be used as a Fast Pass. I will say that Calvin is not severely Autistic. We are very blessed. So when we got these things I felt almost silly, he was such a sweet boy just having fun. But crowds and small spaces cause him to freak, so when he started stimming and yelling, we would pull out the card and be able to use it. It was so nice to use when we had to and a comfort to know we had it if we should need it but we thankfully didn't need to use it the entire time. By the end of the week though we were having to use it a lot more but again, it was so, so nice to have when we needed it. It truly made our vacation magical in times it could have become absolutely horrific. (Seriously sometime when Cal stims he chokes me and that's just not fun folks!)
Sorry this is taking so long, but it's my blog and I want to write every dab nabit thing down! Did I say that right? This may take months :)
Here are this posts blogged in a nutshell:
* Know it rains...a lot (I think. Everytime I've been to Florida it's rained in the afternoon)
*Buy rain ponchos at Dollar Tree. I bought enough to have four per person.
*If you need special accommodations on rides and things just ask what can be done. City Hall at Magic Kingdom is a great place to start.
I'll continue with my blog series next week...stay tuned!