The first night we arrived at Disney we'd arranged to meet up with my cousin, his wife and their 2 kids. Can you believe it? They live 1 1/2 hours away yet I met their 8 month old son Carter for the first time at Disney!
Sean and Trish were just ending their Florida holiday after enjoying a Disney Cruise (oh yah....a dream of mine for sure!) and a few days at the parks, when Rebecca and I arrived. Even though the girls hadn't seen one another in more than a year they quickly hit it off and were inseperable. Here they are enjoying the Merry-go-round together at Downtown Disney. Sean...not so much! He's not a fan of circle rides. Sorry Sean! :o)
We tried to find a place to eat at DD but with the waits being almost 2 hours long we decided to hop in their van and head off grounds to a Ponderosa. (It was funny. Rebecca was amazed that there were cars at Disney and that you could even leave Disney property! In our 3 trips there we've always stayed on-site so she's only known life in buses and on Disney property. Her comment made us all laugh!)
While at the Ponderosa we were able to experience something amazing! The waiter came to our table and told us that the shuttle was scheduled to take off in less than 10 minutes. Well that was it...the restaurant emptied into the parking lot to watch the amazing site. Sadly the video does not do it justice but I think you can tell by my excitement (how embarassing!) that it was quite the experience! We were more thank 100kms from Kennedy Space Station and could still see everything sooo clearly! I called my dad when we were waiting for it to start and wished he could have been there as it's always been a dream of his to see a space shuttle take off. Hopefully another time Dad.