In the summer of 2009, my family and I took a vacation to Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the very first time in our lives. My mother’s uncle had a time share and he booked the entire family to stay at the Key West Resort in the summer of 2009 and invited us to join him. Along with the four members of my immediate family, my mother’s cousins and their families joined as well, totaling up to over twenty people in all. With so many people being so close together, many of us bonded at the magical world of Disney. All of our families are in the military; therefore we do not see each other for years at a time. The last time we saw all of our family on a trip like this was in December of 2005. On this trip we stayed at the resort for a total of six days. Each day we went to a different park and tried to hit as many sitesas possible. The first day we arrived at the park it was in the afternoon, so we went exploring the resort. My cousins and I explored every inch of the resort and found out many interesting facts. For example, we learned that there are all types of animals ranging from rabbits to lizards to frogs just in the resort’s backyard!
The first official day of park touring we went to the Magic Kingdom Park and were able to see many fantastic sights like the Cinderella Castle and the night time parade. We also rode rides like Splash Mountain and The Astro Orbiter. The second day we went to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. There, we did things like take the safari tour and see shows like A Bug’s Life and The Lion King, which was one of the best shows I have ever seen in my life. We even got to ride Expedition Everest over three times because the lines were so short! It was one of the coolest rides and having cousins that enjoy riding roller coasters with you makes the experience even more memorable. The third day we went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and was able to see shows like Indiana Jones and The American Idol Experience. We were also fortunate enough to ride The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and play fun games like Toy Story Mania. The fourth day we went to Epcot and tasted just a pinch of food from each country. I also learned that “XiÃ¨ XiÃ¨” (sh-? sh-?) is Chinese for “thank you”! After Epcot, we went back to the resort to relax and get ready for the final day. The last day was my sister’s birthday, so she received an $80 certificate from Disney and was able to buy herself some birthday presents. On the last day, we decided to hit all the rides that we really enjoyed and so we raced across each park to get on our favorite rides one last time. After that day, we left the resort early the next morning and the families journeyed to St. Augustine to spend one last day together. We enjoyed ourselves by starting off with a picnic and then explored the fort that stands by the sea. Afterwards, we visited little shops and gallivanted through the neighborhoods. Towards the end of that day, we said our goodbyes and went on our separate ways.
I have not seen my extended family members since. My cousins are about the same age as my sister and I so we have many things in common. One of which is that we do not see each other very often due to our families serving in the military, but I know that someday, I will be reunited with them and will be able to have as much fun with them as we did at Disney World!
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