For me, that memorable trip was to Disney World in 1999 with my daughter Rebecca when she was 8 years old. It was a "Mommy & Bec" trip!!
At the time, my husband Tedd had a winter break trip planned with his older daughter, Jessica to go skiing out West to celebrate her thirteenth birthday.
Considering that it would just be me and Rebecca alone that week, I thought, why not take a fun trip down to Disney World together!
With the help of my ever-loyal, knowledgeable, travel agent, Stephen, we put together an awesome Disney adventure!
It's also important to realize that the internet in 1999 was not what it is today. So, much of our planning was as a result of travel brochures, guide books and the sage advice of dear Stephen.
I will say, much to mine and Rebecca's credit, we also got busy studying the park maps and plotting out our little daily outings, once we arrived.
We stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort, one of Disney World's moderately priced resorts. There was no question that we were staying within the park. I had previously been to Disney World before and stayed both in and outside the park, and traveling with a young child, I opted for accommodations on-site.
We took advantage of the Disney transportation system within the park, and at the time, prior to Disney having the "Magical Express" which now-a-days, shuttles Disney guests to and from the airport, we were hooked up with transfers from a third-party company. It was smooth sailing all around!
The lodging was nice - it was not high end, but, for the amount of time we spent in our room, it was perfect. What I did like about the Caribbean Beach Resort was that there was a sandy "beach", which was a great way to spend down time.
Our agenda was fairly loose. Rebecca was an eight year old beyond her years and one of the best travel buddies I have ever known!!
She was up early, rearin' to go; up for any and all rides and attractions, but she's the one who suggested that we go back and relax at the hotel to recharge before heading back to the parks for dinner, more rides and our nightly ritual of tea. Can you imagine a kid making such an adult suggestion?
There are a few silly events that stand out in my mind from our week together.
We also loved it because my favorite DISNEY character has always been Eeyore, so it’s no wonder we took tons of pictures with this little sad sack.
The first was our jaunt to Ariel’s Grotto. Ariel was always Rebecca’s favorite character and Disney princess, so this was one of her favorite attractions. She had a blast in the grotto and meeting Ariel up close and personal!
The second situation arose when I, as a bad mommy and allowed Rebecca to overdo it on the chocolate! God bless my daughter, she loved her chocolate as a little girl and it seemed everywhere we went, there was some for the taking.
Well, after three days of the chocolate fest, and a wonderful lunch at Tony’s Restaurant in Magic Kingdom, that included a HUGE piece of chocolate cake, I was looking at Rebecca while we were on one of the ride lines. With the sun shining brightly, I had to look a little closer because it appeared as if her face was breaking out in red blotches.
We both decided that laying off the chocolate was the best plan. After a few days chocolate-free and lots of water, my little girl was back to normal!
This was clearly the trip of a lifetime for bonding and building memories with my Rebecca!!