Thursday, July 24, 2008

Rest of the trip and why we need a new van...

I am a psycho planner when it comes to our Disney vacations. I have spreadsheets, I troll the Disney website message boards about crowds, best places to go, neat things to do and see.

And then we have a day like Tuesday where nothing was planned and it turned out great. As I said in the other post, we did Epcot Tuesday morning which was nice in the heat because Epcot has so many indoor activities. Ashley rode Test Track and Soarin. She loves Soarin, a ride where you feel like you are flying. The whole time she just kept talking and saying that we really weren't flying, but it sure did seem like it. We left Epcot at lunch and headed to Disney's Boardwalk and had lunch at a brewery there. After that, we went back to our room where Audrey napped and Ashley rested. A huge storm blew through, and I thought our chances for a water park were done. Ray the weatherman checked radar and decided we had a few hours before the next storms would hit, so we ate an early dinner in the room and were at Typhoon Lagoon at 5:00pm.

The air was much cooler (only 74 degrees) and the water temp was 84, so it was perfect. We splashed and played and had a great time. We stayed until the park closed at 8:00pm. There were no lines and the girls had a blast.

Ray and I decided to get up at the crack of dawn and drive back yesterday. We were in the van at 4:15am and got home at 1:45pm. The girls slept a little in the beginning, and then fell back asleep from 10:00am until we stopped for lunch around noon.

And our poor van. The poor beat up, missing side mirror, cracked windshield, cracked bumper, scratched side van. And now it has more problems. We had purchased some gummy bears for the trip as bribery for Audrey to go on the potty. On Saturday, Ray drove the van to his conference, were it was parked in the heat all day. And the gummy bears were in the driver's side door. And they melt. Seriously melt. They melted so well in fact that they seeped all the way down the door and onto the ground. Needless to say, opening the door was a challenge after that. We have cleaned up as much as we can, but it took the rubber liner off the door so now there is substantial wind noise when you drive.

It's always something, but at least Ray is now considering trying to trade it in...

5 comments:

Lori said...

glad you had a good trip! I can't imagine cleaning up melted gummy bears. That doesn't sound like fun at all

giants fan said...

gummy bears: 1
van: 0

wow-- that is amazing that gummy bears can take down a van door! :)

glad you had soooo much fun!!! can't wait to hear any tips!

Jennifer said...

oh man!! I learned about gummi bears melting the hard way too. I left a large plastic container of them in my glove box for an entire camping trip. The bears melted, container expanded in the heat then EXPLODED!! The car was pretty much scrap metal after that ;)

Happy Working Mom said...

My daughter LOVED Soarin!! She still talks about it all the time and how next time we go back she's going to ride it a bunch of times.

Pamela said...

oh how I loved the gummy bear story. The part I loved the best was that it wasn't my car.