“Oh my gosh!!!!”  Those were the first words Kaitlyn exclaimed as we made the hard left onto Disney property Friday.  And all she had seen was the welcome sign with characters on it.  She was in for an amazing weekend, and so were we.

After a brief visit to the Wide World of Sports and Downtown Disney, two of the very few free things one can do at Disney, it was off the hotel to meet up with my parents, brother, and nephew, and to rest up for what promised to be an exciting weekend.

Saturday, it was off to the Magic Kingdom.  Right off the bat, we stumble into what must have been the shortest line ever to see Mickey and Minnie.  Kaitlyn patiently waited her turn, and excitedly ran up to get her hugs and a few pictures taken.  Her face was a smile from ear-to-ear.  As luck would have it, just a handful of yards from there, Chip and Dale were greeting guests, and Kaitlyn was again beside herself.  We had been in the park for less than 30 minutes, and Kaitlyn was having the time of her life, and Amber and I were just sitting back and enjoying her excitement.  Kaitlyn went strong all day and into the night, and after a very long day (over 7.5 miles of walking), it was back to the hotel, where we all slept great, except for that whole spring forward thing.

Sunday, it was Animal Kingdom time, and Kaitlyn had her mind made up that she was not leaving until she saw Goofy.  First, it was time to see Pooh, Eeyore, and Tigger, and Kaitlyn was happy to bounce right up to the striped one after pictures and hugs from Pooh and Eeyore.  Her wish would come true a short time later when we found Goofy, along with Pluto.  The look on her face was priceless when she saw them.  Much to my surprise, she thoroughly enjoyed riding the rapids ride where she got plenty wet, and was a little upset we had to wait an hour or so before we could ride again; that worked fine for me though since I was soaked from head to toe.

Monday was Epcot day (morning really), and was the day that Kaitlyn was most excited for…she had been talking for two weeks of nothing else besides meeting Tinkerbell and asking for pixie dust so that she could fly, too.  We arrived at the park right as it opened, and made a beeline for Tink’s area, and were about 7th in line.  Kait, dressed as Tink, could barely contain herself as we waited.  After meeting Tink, it was time to head home.  What a way to cap off a great weekend.

The promise of excitement that was so evident Friday evening lived up to the hype, and Kaitlyn had a great time with her grandma and Pappy, her uncle, and her cousin. 

Magical is the best way to describe the weekend for us and for Kaitlyn.  She was a wonderfully-behaved child who was patient and ran through the parks with unbridled energy.  The magic for Amber and I was watching her enjoy every minute each day.  It was a dream come true weekend for us and for Kaitlyn.  The joy that Kaitlyn showed over the weekend is something that I hope to never forget.


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