Last December, A&A Collective blogger Natalie Lee of Style Me Sunday went on a very special once in a lifetime holiday. Her eldest daughter has a rare genetic condition called Brittle Cornea Syndrome, with her sight rapidly deteriorating. They are currently working their way through a very long bucket list, wanting their little girl to experience as many things as possible whilst she has little sight. Naturally, visiting the most magical place on earth was high on their list.
Read more about their special trip below.
Bizarrely Disney has never appealed to me much. However, that all changed when our eldest daughter (then 6-years-old) started losing her sight last year and had an awful year full of operations and difficulties. We felt that Disney would be the ideal pick em up her and her sister needed.
Every time the Disney advert would come on the television, the kids would look at us with puppy dog eyes and much pleading would ensue, so we knew that this would be the ultimate holiday in their eyes.
We booked to go in December 2016, which is a great time of the year to go. The weather was pleasant, not too hot and not cold. We chose Orlando as we thought if we were going to do it then we will go all out and turn it into a big holiday adventure.
We stayed at the Animal Kingdom as we’d heard from personal recommendations that it was nice and close to the parks and a great place to stay, you get to see lots of safari animals close up. It’s also not overly Disneyfied like other places you can stay at the resort.
Our girls are 4 and 7 and for us, we felt like this was a good time to go, they could really appreciate everything Disney had to offer. We would spend 6 days there and then drive the hire car to Miami for the blissful stay at The Confidante to recover.
Whilst there we spent a day at each park, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and the Typhoon Lagoon water park. We liked the Animal Kingdom the best and returned for the second day. Our eldest daughter’s favourite ride was Mt Everest, which was an adrenaline-inducing roller coaster. We briefly visited Epcot for a Princess breakfast but didn’t feel the girls would appreciate spending a whole day there as it’s not as action-packed as the other parks and they were a little young to appreciate it fully.
Be prepared if you go to walk miles every day. Good footwear is a must and bringing or hiring a buggy for the younger members of the family is highly recommended.
If any of you have any additional needs, always warn them ahead of time. When we went to see any shows we would go an hour or two before the show and speak to someone to say we would require a position near the front. When we gave them prior warning they are always very helping and accommodating. The shows are big-budget productions, you will all be blown away.
We made so many wonderful memories that will stay with us forever. It is hard not to be happy at Disney, the excitement is infectious. But equally it was really nice to relax by the pool all day, whilst the kids played on an inflatable and made new friends in Miami before heading home.
Many thanks to Natalie Lee for sharing this special trip with us X