... FINALLY setting out for the airport after a 12-hour delay and quite the hellish day. And if I have to endure High School Musical to witness this kind unbridled excitement, then so be it. Singing provided by my friend Lolita's kids Jaden and Jack, dancing provided by Fury (I swear I didn't teach him this. It caught me by surprise, hence the grainy Blackberry video footage as the video camera was packed in my carry-on).
... Zonking out on the plane (including dad, who can never fall asleep on flights) so that we can hit the ground running on our Orlando vacation. Even if it's 5:30am.
... Finding the first "Florida" thing to pose with. Who cares if it's just the airport gift shop? And it's closed.
... Arriving in your room and totally understanding the "Happiest Place on Earth" concept (Mickey and New Bada are homies!).
... Not only picking your own clothes, but customizing them with a skull and "ARRRRRRRRRR!" (This one-of-a-kind Fury Edition Pirate T made possible by Disney's Design-a-T Store at Downtown Disney).
... A totally sanctioned sugar binge, complete with raver glasses, brought to you by Goofy's Candy Company at Downtown Disney.
... Going to a Disney BBQ party and discovering that they wanted dad to have a great time too - by spiking the lemonade with Jack Daniels!
... Discovering that maybe Dale spilled some of that lemonade on his acorn stash. See, he's signing that autograph book "Chip" right there.
... Gooey sweet stuff.
... Painting your "mean face" in preparation for war.
... Thumb Wars!!!
... Peace deals brokered by The Mouse himself...
... and members of his cabinet.
... More skulls. You can never have enough skulls. Skulls are badass.
... Indulging your inner child.
... Indulging in a beverage while watching your outer child.
... And adding one more to the "Beer with Busy" picture collection. I'm making a gallery one day. Big dreams.
... Making up your own Kodak Picture Spot, while trying not to get trampled.
... Sitting in the Spaceship Earth ride at Epcot, not knowing whether or not to believe it when Jim/Dad says "Oh, this ride is totally not scary." Especially when exactly one year ago on this same trip, Jim/Dad told you the same thing about the "It's Tough to be a Bug" ride. And it ended up freaking you out so much that the first thing all three of you begged him this year was "just don't make us ride that bug thing again!!"
... Posing with this Viking when you are tired, hungry and not too impressed overall with the Epcot World Showcases. But your parents are dragging you through them anyway because "hey! we can buy a different booze in each country! And Twitpic it!"
... The tram ride that takes us back to the non-magical real world.
... Missing the entire trip because of another airline problem. Yes, d Wife was supposed to join us Wednesday night after her month-long tradeshow marathon for work. But things just didn't work out and she was too exhausted to deal with United Airlines, after that last fiasco. Instead, she spent the time alone without her spouse and kid, and spent a day at the spa getting a massage and facial... heeeey! Wait a minute!
By the way, if you want to win a vacation like this for 4, be sure to check out Lolita's other website, ModernMom.com. Disney's going to hook up one lucky family and it may as well be yours.