Invited by good friends to join them, their daughter and their 4-year old grandson, I’ll be visiting the theme parks for the first time in at least 15 years (not counting a one-day jaunt taking my then-young niecelings to Animal Kingdom).
The original idea was that all five of us would pile in their SUV and head up there together. Personal space and some people’s challenges with packing prompted me to offer to drive separately.
This serves the dual purpose of giving Grandma and Grandpa a peaceful drive up together (I’ll take the daughter and 4-year old), but also gives me some practice on an extended drive before my Great North American Baseball Road Trip (GNABRT) in three weeks (and one day). The trip to Orlando should be roughly halfway to my first stop in Jacksonville.
Their offer for me to join them, obviously, had a little self-serving aspect. The current weather forecast of daytime highs for the days we’ll be there read as follows: 92 degrees, 94, 96 and 95.
Both of my friends are cold-weather lovers (despite their 25+ years down here). The husband sweats in air-conditioned movie theaters and the wife has often opined about moving back north (grandson put a kibosh on that).
But wait, that’s not all! The daughter is 7 1/2 months into their first granddaughter. I don’t care how well a Mom carries, 90+ temps on all that concrete is not going to mix well with a 4-year old on his first time in all four Disney parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios).
So, yeah, yours truly (and native Floridian) is likely to be the one charged with running all day with the amazed tyke. It will be interesting to see if, despite being a native himself, his cold-weather genes wear him down in the heat.
I’m thrilled to go, since I love the imagination and ingenuity Disney pours into their theme parks. Plus, I look forward to finally getting another plate of brewat (look it up…it’s awesome!) at the Morocco restaurant.
A final bonus I see is that after four days of chasing a four-year old in 90+ degree weather should make those impending hikes in the various national parks on my GNABRT seem like picnics by comparison!