A personal all-time favorite trip of mine would definitely have to be going to Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida this past September. This trip was very memorable for me because it was one of the last vacations my family had the chance to take with my older sister, Becca. The very first time we went to Florida was through the Make a Wish Foundation. My sister Becca had cancer and was allowed to choose any place she wanted to go. She chose Orlando Florida. We stayed at Give Kids the World, a very magical place for children. Last year we went to Florida again for the same reason, Becca had cancer again. This time the doctors could not cure her. I treasured this trip so much because I knew Becca really loved Florida and it was an amazing place to make memories.
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One thing that was very different about this trip to Disney is that this time we actually stayed in the Disney Caribbean Beach Hotel. I really loved staying at the hotel because there was so much to do. They had a mini water park, separate pools, movie nights, and a huge cafeteria where you could choose anything you wanted! On top of that, they had shuttles, so we did not have to drive to all the parks. Another perk was getting the chance to create our very own Disney memory book filled with pictures to last a lifetime!
Personally, I am not the biggest fan of roller coasters and rides with big drops, but I was convinced to go on a water ride with my mom, dad, and sister that everyone said “didn’t have a big drop”. As the ride progressed, it seemed fine-no drops were evident. All of a sudden there was a big T-Rex dinosaur, and it went downhill from there-literally. By the time we got to the bottom of the huge drop, I was getting teary-eyed. I was thinking to myself, “Emily, why did you just do that to yourself?” Once we got to see the picture of us going down the drop, my whole family started cracking up. My face was priceless, and to see the happy looks of the rest of my family made it all worth it. I knew that my sister loved going on all the rides I hated, but I am so glad I went on at least one ride with her and have this memory to keep with me.
Looking through all the pictures we took, my favorite thing we did was probably going to The Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue. We had never seen any of the extra Disney shows. It was a dinner and a musical show. We had front row seats for this great experience. The show was amazing, the cast was very funny and entertaining! The audience was involved in everything that went on, which made it even more memorable!
After coming home from this unforgettable vacation, I learned that a person should not take life too seriously, but should cherish every moment you have and spend it with people who love you. A person only has one life, and a very short one at that. Florida is a place that I hold special in my heart, because it is where so many memories were formed and a place that I can go back to over and over again, and there is always more surprises and happiness.
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