Friday, January 27, 2012

Disney World!

For the last part of my vacation, we went to Orlando for 4 days to watch my brother run in the Disney Marathon and to celebrate my dad's 65th birthday! The best part was that my entire family was able to be there (except for Amy and the nephews). My dad knew that Bill, Anita, Chris and I were coming, but my other brothers John and Todd (plus Melanie, Todd's wife) flew in and surprised him! He was so happy to see everyone. The last time all of us were together in one place was when Bill and Anita got married!

Before meeting up with my family, we had one last get together with Chris' side of the family. Al & Jeanie were kind enough to offer to drive us to Orlando the following day so we thought it would be a perfect opportunity for everyone to meet up and have dinner. We had a delicious Cuban meal, complete with flan homemade by Al! It was awesome!!

On Friday, we headed up to Orlando to meet with my family. I was so excited that Al & Jeanie were able to meet two of my three brothers! They'd already met my parents in Las Vegas. We met at Downtown Disney, had dinner at Earl of Sandwich (super yummy & cheap!) and then spent a couple hours just chatting.

Bill ran his marathon on Saturday and afterwards, we all went to lunch at the Wilderness Lodge, which is where my two brothers surprised my dad!

Then we went to Disney World! We were able to ride Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Pirates of the Caribbean. We even stayed for the electrical parade and the fireworks!

We were at Epcot all day Sunday where we had lunch in Germany.

On Monday morning, we all went to the Crystal Palace for breakfast! Afterwards, we rode Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Peter Pan, and saw Mickey's Phiharmagic show.

My brother John and his family gifted me with a Flip Ultra (thank you so much!!!!) during the vacation so I was really obsessed with making videos the entire weekend. Here is a short video I put together of lunch at Epcot and breakfast at the Crystal Palace. The Flip comes with software, but I used iMovie to do this.

This was when things got interesting. My brother Bill (that participated in the marathon) started experiencing heart attack symptoms and had to be rushed to the hospital! (Side Note: Disney staff is super nice!) He ended up staying overnight and getting tested for everything under the sun. Luckily, he doesn't have any blocked arteries or anything else, and was able to be released on Tuesday morning. It was definitely a scary time for everyone, but I'm really glad that we were all together.

That pretty much sums up my vacation!


Glitterista said...

Wow, that video is amazing! What a very fun trip with your family and so glad to hear your brother is doing well. That would be so scary!

Shoshanah said...

I love the electrical light parade! It really just reminds me of being a kid, especially since the movies that are in it are all older ones. And kind of random, but we stopped at Earl of Sandwich too. I thought it was a cute name, and if there was one nearby I'd probably be there pretty often.