Happiest Place on Earth: Day 3 at Epcot
Lets catch up with Lars and the students and staff of Massachusetts Hospital School as he blogs about day 3 at Epcot Center, Florida. He writes…
“We got to sleep in a little longer this am. I admire the staff who travel on these trips. It may look like a vacation, but it’s far from it. From early morning, to late night, all the needs of the children are met by the attentive staff. Everyone from PCA to nurses and support staff help each other out. It’s also great that staff from different disciplines get a chance to travel. This year Jay, who works at MHS Maintenance, traveled for the first time. Recreation, therapies, nursing, behavioral health, rehab engineering, case manager, management, and providers have all traveled over the years. I believe each and everyone can testify on the impact it had on them.
I can’t forget to give extra credit to Dick Crisafulli who spearheaded the Disney school trip 31 years ago. He has not missed one single trip. Though he retired last year, he organized this years trip again, and is with us. His dedication and vision is remarkable, and we wouldn’t be here without him.
Today’s park was Epcot. A quick walk from Boardwalk Resort and we are entering the world showcase, between England and France. We headed right over to our favorite ride, Test Track. The children got to practice their driving skills and the Disney staff let us go twice to the children’s delight.
After more rides, greeting characters, and walking through beautiful landscaped grounds, we ended up back in the world showcase for lunch. Some of us decided to eat in England, Fish and Chips of course. Others tried out Mexico and France. After lunch we headed back to the Hotel. The children needed a break and most of them took a long nap or spent time in the pool. The weather has been absolutely perfect.
We had big plans for the night activity. The Hoop-Dee-Doo review at Wilderness Lodge is a fun filled dinner show with authentic barbecue and Country Western music and slap stick humor. The children joined in playing on wash boards and were energized by the fun filled and lively show. The night ended late again but not before one of the buses that picked us up broke down and a few of us didn’t not get back to the hotel before midnight.“
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