Florida Report

19 06 2009

We’re back from Florida and I am feeling settled in enough to post some pictures and tell you a little about our trip.  We had a really good time, despite the incredible heat and humidity!  We made many trips to inside places where we could enjoy the a/c before venturing back out into the heat.

I plan to divide this report into several posts.  This one will cover the flight, and our first day and a half in Florida. . .

Here’s Ellie and me on a very early flight (we woke up at 3:30 a.m. to make this 5:50 flight):


Here’s Ellie demonstrating how we all felt about half-way through that flight!


We decided early on in the planning of this trip that we wouldn’t tell the girls that the rest of the Esh family was going to be there too.  You can imagine their surprise when they walked into the house and discovered their cousins!  They declared it “The Best Surprise Ever!”


We arrived in Orlando at 9:30 a.m.  and after settling into our rental house, we headed to Downtown Disney, one of my favorite places.  This dragon is made of Lego’s!


Ellie loved Mr. Potato Head!


Here we are in front of the castle on our first morning in The Magic Kingdom (before the heat and lack of sleep made us all a little grumpy):


B and L wearing 3D glasses getting ready to go to my all time favorite thing in all of Disney:  Mickey’s Philharmagic!


The highlight of my week was this meeting with Mickey and Minnie. . .I”ll tell you why at the end of this post!


Okay.  We were on the second leg of the flight (from Atlanta to Orlando) and we sat next to the sweetest college student.  My girls were each holding a stuffed Minnie (thanks Kay!), and this student looked at my girls and said, “You must be going to Disney!”  We all nodded that we were and she said to us, “I work at Disney. . .I’m really good friends with Mickey!”  I was like hmmmmm. . .that’s interesting, could she possible be Minnie?  But I thought the chances of that were pretty slim, so I figured she must work behind the scenes somewhere or something.  Well, after the girls got all settled in with their snacks and coloring books, I asked her a few more questions and she eventually confessed that SHE WAS MINNIE!!  I couldn’t believe it!  We were sitting next to Minnie Mouse on the plane!!  What are the chances??  So, I’m smart enough to know there are many, many  Minnie Mouses (Minnie Mice?) throughout Disney.  But turns out, she was one of the Minnie’s that works at Magic Kingdom and she had to work the next day, and we were planning to be there the next day.  So, she told us that her shift started at 5:30 and that we should come to Toontown anytime after 6:00.  Then she told us to tell the attendant that we knew her (her name was Nina) and we might be allowed to bypass the line.  She said if she draws a heart in the air with her forefingers then we would know it’s her.

To make a long story short, we got to Toontown around 7:00 and the line was incredibly long (an hour wait).  I told the attendant that we were friends with Nina and is there any way we could bypass this line?  She said, “Let me check.”  She came back a few minutes later and told us to come back at 7:30.  At 7:30 we were shown into a secret back door that I think must have been for staff only, and then we were escorted in to see Minnie, as if we were royalty!  As soon as Minnie saw us, she went crazy!  She started drawing hearts in the air, and blowing kisses and hugging the girls. . .it was so special!  My girls were loving it and so was I!  It was amazing to me that we were treated with special care like that all because we met sweet Nina on the plane!  I can still hardly believe how that all worked out.  Definitely a special memory for all of us.

So that’s it for this post, I hope you don’t find my picture posting obnoxious. . .there’s lots more to come!




One response

19 06 2009

obnoxious?? you have to be kidding! 🙂 i love this.

your minnie mouse story is amazing! what a great memory to have.

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