(Use links above to view photos & videos from our trip)
Okay, let me get the worst of it out of the way: Being
sick in WDW is rotten!
Beginning our first full day, Hannah had a fever & soar throat. By the
second day, I too had it. Finally, on the 4th day, Nathan was the 3rd
victim. We were chewing Motrin like Pez Candies! (Luckily, you can still
tour with the help of the Motrin...but it wasn't pretty.)
Hot! I knew there was a pretty good chance it could be hot in Oct.
That's fine and all...but when you consider 3 of us were sick...we could
have done without the 90+ temps & high humidity. Even the locals were
Crowded! Holy cow was it crowded! You'd have thought it was
Christmas or Spring Break in WDW! Probably
the last time we'll do Columbus week...sorry Daniel! (Daniel celebrated his 5th
& 10th birthdays in WDW)
Okay...enough complaining, it
gets better here:
Saved by Disney Dining Plan: Thank goodness for the DDP! Yep. This
basically saved our trip because I planned so carefully an
"adventure in dining" for every night of our trip. Our evenings dining
out helped make up for our poor park performances each day. Too bad they're
changing the overall "value" of the
DDP in 2008
Also, Stormalong Bay: Like a park in itself...the kids loved
this pool so much, they didn't seem to mind not being in the parks when they
were here. This pool lives up to the hype: The Best in WDW, period.
Boardwalk helps out on the final day: Since the MK was so
horrendously crowded on our last day (Sat.), we decided to go to the
Boardwalk to eat lunch & finish our afternoon. Wise choice. This was the
perfect wind-down. It was quiet, peaceful and the food from the Boardwalk
Bakery was yummy! We'll definitely try out this resort in the near future!
No Dreams? Finally, we did not luck-out and get any
of the Million Dreams bestowed on us during our visit. In fact, I didn't
spot any of the "Dream Teams" while we were there. I'm guessing they were
winding-down the '07 dreams, and getting ready for the next set?
Still the best. Despite our unfortunate health
issues, we still enjoyed our trip very much! It's hard not to enjoy all the
splendor of the parks, the beautiful resorts, and the magical experiences!
We also tried several new things that we've never done before despite all
our visits! And there's still more to explore next time! :-)