Trip Planning: A FAMILY Adventure in Autism (Part 3)
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I’ll Be Home for Christmas!
During my last planning post I explained how we came to pick
Christmas Week, 2011 for our next Disney vacation. We would brave crowded,
noisy, crazy, expensive Christmas Week
so that our little family of four could enjoy our Happy Place with zero loss of
school for our oldest child. Then I got to thinking…
WHAT? Am I NUTS?
We can’t take a teenager with severe Autism to Walt Disney
World during the most crowded time of the year…it would be pushing the vacation
self-destruct button! Obviously, far too much time had passed since our last
trip. How could I forget Billy’s long list of sensory and behavior issues? It
must’ve been that same amnesia phenomenon that occurs after a woman gives
birth: the memory of the contractions somehow fades with time and a shift in
It wasn’t until January -- supposedly the least crowded time of the year -- when I spent an uncomfortably congested evening in Disney Studios with six friends, a few hundred strangers,
and a gazillion Brazilian tour groups that I finally came to my senses.
No Way, Jose. Christmas
Week was O-U-T- out!
“Just as well,” my husband said, “we don’t have the money
for that kind of trip, anyway.” He followed up with a suggestion that we simply
try to put up with the heat and humidity of August.
“I guess I can suffer through,” I said with a sigh. “And at
least then we would only have eight months until our trip.” (There’s nothing
like a weekend at WDW to whet your appetite for a longer stay!)
Two bushy eyebrows became one as he cleared his throat -- not a good sign. “I was thinking more like
Wha-ah-ah-at??? Eighteen more months before we could return?
On top of the fourteen that had already passed oh-so-slowly?
I felt my heart begin to pound; my mouth went dry and my left
eye twitched uncontrollably. There had to be another way….
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