I did want to write while on vacation, but you know what’s weird? Disney World does not offer free Wi-Fi in their rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort. You can choose to plug into a modem for $10 per day but that just offended me on too many levels. So we were without Internet for the week, except for the random iPhone communication, and it was strangely peaceful.
The trip was, of course, awesome. I would have had a great time just watching Roan have a blast, but what’s better is that he’s at an age where he feels fearless and will ride any rollercoaster or thrill ride out there. So we rode on the Aerosmith Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Tower of Terror and even toured the Haunted Mansion. The Mansion is where we coined the phrase, “Scream-Agers” as we had a group of about fifteen teenage girls who were in our group. You get the idea. Roan was also smitten with the It’s a Small World ride, which we ended up riding around six times. Seriously. Do you know how long the song will be on repeat in my noggin? I’m thinking of seeing a doctor for it…
As obsessed as he was for the parks, Roan was equally impressed with the Disney Channel on TV. No, we do not have it at home. With the added vacation bonus of watching TV in bed and staying up late, this kid could not have been happier. We swam at the hotel, ate a lot of (actually really awful) food, watched fireworks and soaked up the 70 – 80 degree weather.
I think it was exactly what my friends and family intended for us to experience. Roan and Anson proved to be perfectly compatible in play-style and couldn’t get enough of the carnival games, shooting galleries and swinging on hammocks. Roan also got to spend the collection of cash he’s been saving, and kept insisting on using his money to pay for our meals. Until his money ran out and then he asked me to pay him back. I owe him anyway, after repeatedly pilfering his cash over the past few years for random tips for the grocery guy, the laundry guy, take-out, and the occasional assist to the Tooth Fairy. Roan was able to buy almost everything he wanted, including some truly hideous harlequin looking jester magnets made of porcelain and satin which at 4 for $10 were way too tempting for him to pass up. The heart wants what the heart wants. And it seemed appropriate in a Florida vacation kind of way.