Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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My family has gone to Disney pretty often since moving to Florida. I mean, we don't go every weekend, or even every month, but we go way more frequently than the three trips we took in my lifetime prior to living down here. Today, we were lucky to spend the day at Epcot again!
First of all, the past couple of times that we've gone to Disney, it's just been my mom and the kids. My dad has had to work during our most recent visits, so he hasn't been able to enjoy the Magic much lately. We were all thrilled when we realized that my dad was off today and would be able to join us. It made the day that much better to know that he was part of the fun.
Now, I know that you really don't need a reason to go to Disney, but today we actually had a pretty good one. A couple of weeks ago, someone had posted on this Facebook group in which I'm involved. It's a Disney group where everyone posts about movies, the Parks, television shows, the Cast Members... everything Disney related. So I always scroll through and read what people have to say, and this one post caught my eye. Someone said that they had suddenly been able to get Fast Passes for the new Frozen Ever After ride at Epcot.
For those who don't know, this new ride opened a while back in the Norway section of World Showcase, where the old Maelstrom ride used to be. All I knew about it was that it was a boat ride and that it had some amazing anamatronic work inside, and I was pretty sure that I had seen a picture of somehow being inside Elsa's castle at one point. But the line for the ride was always over two hours (it was up to, like, five hours when it first opened) and getting Fast Passes was an impossible task. So while I would always check for them if we were planning an Epcot day, I knew that I would never be able to snag any. The problem is that Guests who are staying on Disney property for their vacation can book their Fast Passes way before Guests who are Annual Passholders (my family) or Cast Members (me). So they were always taken before I could try to get any, and there was no way that we were waiting on that huge line. But when I saw this post on my Facebook group, I figured I would check on the app to see if there were any other Fast Passes available.
I checked for that coming Saturday, and of course there was nothing open. I checked for that Sunday, and there was nothing. So I checked for the following Saturday (today), and wow! I was shocked to grab seven Fast Passes for the ride! I couldn't believe it! So I booked them without even knowing if we were able to go to Epcot that day and then discussed it with my parents after the fact. Luckily, the stars aligned and we were able to go today!
Let me just say that waiting to go on this new ride was absolutely worth it! The anamatronics were incredible, way better than anything I've seen in the past (and I've always loved all of the Disney anamatronics). I started crying about three seconds after the ride began, and I was still wiping away tears after we had exited the ride. We all loved it, especially my little sisters.
The only problem with the ride? There's a drop. I don't do any kind of big rides like roller coasters or rides with drops. There's a drop on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Magic Kingdom, but it's in the dark so you don't know that it's coming. On this Frozen ride, I could see the drop and see how steep it was (because of course my brother, Twin B, and I ended up in the front row of the boat). I panicked, held on for dear life, and squeezed my eyes shut as I prepared to go over the ledge. And wouldn't you know that the ride takes a picture of you right as you go down the drop? Yeah, that's a wonderful picture...
Today was also the first time my dad got to eat at my restaurant, so that was fantastic! I got my parents celebration buttons because last week was my dad's plumbing anniversary, my parents' wedding anniversary, and next week is my mom's birthday. Everyone went above and beyond celebrating with us and it was great!
The whole day was absolutely wonderful and I'm really glad that we had the chance to bring my dad with us for such a Magical day!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.