We really had no idea what to do. One of those situations where you and your husband just kind of stare at each other and feel like you should have some kind of answer but nothing forms. I am not good with driving and navigating directions and the like and didn't feel comfortable just heading off with Emma and leaving Nick to watch Calvin. I also didn't want to stay with Calvin because this was my first time to Disney and it was Emma's too...I didn't want to miss the joy Emma experienced. But the biggest obstacle was that this little boy of ours had been so excited to go to Disney...we didn't want to make him sit in a hotel room all day while his sister got to have all of the fun.
So after talking it over and talking with Cal we decided to try to lower his fever with ibuprofen, throw him in the stroller, and just go. Cal said he could do it, we felt confident and so that's what we did. It really did work well for us. Besides when you spend oodles on a vacation the last thing you want to do is not be able to enjoy it due to sickness.
Sidenote: I will say that I do try to be a good mother. I was asking him all day if he felt okay and he assured me he did...I would not have dragged his body all over the known world had he been sick, sick. But it seemed he just had a fever with no other symptoms. We did lots of hydration, lots of rest, lots of shade.
We headed out for breakfast at 8:10 A.M. at Akerhaus. We would have had to catch a shuttle to Epcot at about 7:30, so we opted to drive to Epcot.
* I really recommend driving. I know lots of people swear by Disney transportation and it is so nice they have it. But for us it really worked so we could leave later for things and we could leave when we needed to and go back to the hotel. It's no fun waiting for a shuttle or monorail when your kids have lost it and just need to go to sleep. Carrying sleeping children (and water bottles and strollers and bags...) is no fun either. PLUS when you stay at a Disney Resort parking is FREE which is a definite plus in my book!
*If you've never been to Epcot it's helpful to think of the place as two different lands...there's regular Epcot with rides and the ball and fountains. Then there's the "Around the World " part with different countries represented and such. Epcot is huge!!! and very spread out so wear good shoes! :)
Once we went in there was a nice buffet...mainly of normal breakfast foods but there was also a lot of Norwegian foods...pastries, pickled fish and the like. We always make the kids try different foods and it was nice to at least try them although I didn't find anything that even I could stomach :)
The nice part of the buffets and meal plans is that drinks are included.
After breakfast when we left the restaurant the park was already opened which was super nice! The one thing Nick had said he wanted to do was to ride "Soarin' " so that's where we headed to. I don't know if it was the lights, the sounds, the enclosed space, a mixture, or what but Cal freaked out waiting. This was the first time we asked about using our pass for his Autism and it really saved us. Cal stims when he gets mad in that he acts like the hulk (he does Hulk arms) and screams...lovely, right? Imagine that for a 45 minute wait and you've got us in line.
Had to include this photo..our Emma just being goofy. Trying to pass the time with Cal in line.
*A tip is inside the Seas there is a HUGE aquarium and a play area...this would be a PERFECT place to find refuge if it starts raining while you're at Epcot. Also, the water is very peaceful and there are some darker rooms with fish...this might be just the place if you have a fussy one in a stroller you're trying to lull to sleep.
We got a table right at the same level as those tables but across the aisle. We were in a large c-shaped booth, all P-Diddy style. And my tip about aquariums getting kids to nap rings true in that this knocked Cal out. Out, out. Stretched out snoring, missed everything out.
But the meal was phenomenal. And they give you a fish list and then you can look for those fish to swim by. It was a lot of fun and kept Emma entertained throughout the entire meal. A huge thanks to our cousin Lisa for recommending this place! You can view the Coral Reef's Menu here. I recommend the creamy lobster soup...very yummy with large chunks of lobster!
And as always if you have any questions or something you want my opinion on, don't hesitate to ask :)