The Gang at Crystal Palace 9-11-05 2:30 pm
So, most of you know that we can almost never afford to eat in the restaurants at WDW and even if we could, MJ makes it difficult at best to do, sometimes impossible. We got to MK Sunday morning to meet MainstreetUSA and TalkingHands (Don and Lisa) We roll up to the Expo Hall and meet them (it was great seeing Don after a long summer) and Lisa gets this smile on her face and says "I'm taking you all to lunch!" ........"at the Crystal Palace" Wow!! I stammered, asked Don if he could afford to do that with us, and Lisa says, "No, I am taking you ALL to lunch" What a neat gift!
We got there, I have never been to a character anything, so I didn't know what to expect. They seated us close to the buffet so that Lisa and I didn't have far to walk (she and I are both in wheelchairs) the chef came out and took us around the buffet and told us what we could and couldn't eat (Lisa and I both have extensive food allergies) Tigger came over to meet MJ, her first glance of Piglet was priceless....here is where things start to change....
For those who have never been to CP before...every so often, this music comes on, the characters come out and they invite the kids to join them in a parade around the restaurant. MJ wanted so much to join the parade, but couldn't because her wheelchair can't fit in and around all the tables and chairs. I went to the manager and asked if it would be possible for the characters to parade around the middle of the lobby once so that MJ oculd join them. Regina said, "hold on, let me see what I can do, but it may not happen for an hour or so" a few minutes later, Regina and Tigger come out to MJ and ask her if she will help lead the parade. Tigger takes MJ's hand, daddy pushes (Mommy CRIES) and off they go. The characters just fawned over her and loved her up soooo much. She was in heaven (Can you believe that she has only been willing to do characters for a few weeks?) We had all three cameras going (Mine, Don's and Lisa's) After the parade ended she got a pic with all 4 of the gang! Later on they had her be in another parade with them and they gave her two magical moments certificates signed by all! It was just amazing!
Regina, Cory and everyone else who was a part of this, thank you for letting MJ be normal even if it was only for a little while, you'll never know how much that means to us!!!!!
Nana Lisa, Thank you for everything!