Rissa Watkins

Spinning Yarns in the Desert

We’re going to Disneyland/Disneyworld!

No, that is not a typo. That’s right, after an eight-year drought my family is going to not just one Disney park, but two! I am going to dust off my Mouse ears next month when we head to Disneyland for two days because my son’s steel drum band is performing. I am so excited to see him play up on the Disney stage. Then about a month later, we head to Disneyworld for our dream vacation.

My Mickey ears and favorite Mickey shirt are ready to go.

As you might remember in my Chicken Soup for the Soul story, we were saving up to go to Disneyworld once I was healthy enough after my bone marrow transplant.  It has been 6 years since my transplant. It’s been really hard to save up money when my medical bills keep piling up. Not to mention my medicines are so expensive. One pill is over $11,000 a month! I am lucky to have insurance, but I still have a high out of pocket deductible.
Also, my health has not gotten better like I’d hoped. Since transplant, I’ve had so many complications. I had a stroke in 2015. As I mentioned in my previous post, just this year alone I was diagnosed with 3 more rare illnesses! I can’t wait until I am healthier to go because who knows if it will ever happen?
So, Carpe Diem. Or in this case, Carpe Disney! I decided to use the tax return money and will put the rest on our brand new Disney credit card so we can finally fulfill one of the goals I planned while getting treatment. My family will be going to Disneyworld for the first time. I am hoping to be able to afford three day tickets, but even if we can only afford one day it doesn’t matter as long as my son and husband are there with me, and our family is making happy memories again.

Be sure to follow my Instagram for tons of pics and Twitter for fun updates during the trip in May.
If you have a Disney tip, please share in the comments.

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51 Comments

  1. Deb Dera

    Definitely make sure you invest in a meal plan. It’s worth it!

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  2. Darci

    How amazing!! I hope you have a wonderful time. You all are so deserving

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  3. Saoirse O'Mara

    Yay, so happy for you! Have lots of fun there 🙂

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  4. Natalie Iqbal

    Have an awesome time!!!! No trip is complete without a Dole Whip!!!!

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  5. Minde Porter

    Sooo jealous! You deserve it, have a blast!! ??

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  6. Amy Browne

    I hope you have a great visit there! Keep us posted.

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  7. Tee

    Have fun! Your family deserves this trip. I would love to join you! hahaha!

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  8. Emily Straq

    You are going to have THE BEST time!

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  9. Mike DeVita

    Hope you guys have a great time!!

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  10. Kristi

    So jealous! Have fun!!!

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  11. Cheryl

    Hope y’all have a great time!!! I love Disney

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  12. Jennifer

    I have no tips since I’ve never been, but I wanted to wish you all the best!

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  13. Denise

    I’m so happy for you!

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  14. Rai

    I’m so excited for you!!

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  15. Heather

    I’m so happy y’all decided not to wait. You are gonna have so much fun!!

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  16. Meredith

    I’m so proud of you for making the decision to just go for it. I hope that you guys have a terrific time at both parks!

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  17. Patricia

    Carpe Disney!!! So great that you are making the trip ♡ I’ll connect you with my Daughter by Love if thst is ok…she is a PRO when it comes to anything Disney!

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  18. Jennifer

    I’ve never been, so I have no advice, but have fun!!!

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  19. Joann DeVita

    You are an inspiration to many…enjoy your family time .

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  20. Tina Fritx

    What a wonderful time you guys will have. Kiss Mickey for me!

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  21. Rik

    Very awesome. You will have an amazing time!!! No matter how young or old, Disney is always amazing.

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  22. Pamela G

    Pace yourself through the day, because you DO NOT want to miss the fireworks at night. Have fun!

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  23. Erica

    Enjoy every minute! You are going to love it!!!

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  24. Angel

    I am glad y’all are finally gonna be able to go and hope you have a great time!

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  25. Dennis

    Good luck on winning the trip!

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  26. Maria Roth

    So happy for you! Enjoy!!!

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  27. Stace

    Can’t wait to see all the photos.

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  28. Amy Scott

    So glad you finally are planning to go. We have been to Disneyland but never Disneyworld! So fun!

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  29. Patrice

    So glad to hear you’re going. Congrats to the kiddo. Good job.

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  30. Amy

    I hope you all have the best time. You deserve it.

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  31. Carol Gilbert

    I’m so glad your family gets to do this! After all you’ve been through, you deserve Disney Magic.

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  32. Lea Ann

    You deserve this more than anyone I know! May all your dreams come true!

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  33. Misha

    So excited for you!!

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  34. Kris

    Good luck on winning the trip.

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  35. Sandra Ketcham

    Disney is great! I look forward to your updates, and I’ll be retweeting them on @About_Orlando 🙂

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  36. Robyn

    I am so happy you are doing this. Nobody deserves it more than you and your family.

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  37. Eric Mohrman

    Looking forward to seeing you when you’re in Orlando!

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  38. Amy Hawkins

    Have fun!! When we went, we packed food and then ate a late dinner at the Dennys across the street. It saved us from the high restaurant prices in the park. Do treat yourselves to a churro!

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  39. Lynn

    Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and even Small World are all terrific! Pace yourself. Try to go early in the morning, take a break during the heat of the day, and hit it again in the evening! Stay hydrated. And have a blast!

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  40. Stacy

    Have fun! That is exciting stuff. You deserve the best with your shitty health!!!! Keep healthy!!!!

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  41. Michy

    I’m so looking forward to pics of the kiddo passing steel drums. I hope you’ll send me some video again! Ya’ll will have so much fun!

    Love & stuff,
    Michy

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  42. Cindy

    I have a friend who goes every year and his advice is to stay off the park grounds to save money. Stay at the par to save time. Hope that one of those is useful. <3 that you're doing this!

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  43. Rebecca McCrury

    If you want or need help planning your DisneyWorld trip I not only LIVED there I WORKED there and I can tell you how to save as much as possible! Feel free to add me on FB I am on Michu and Kaira’s lists (Kaira is my BFF as well as Jamie) I can help!!!

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  44. Kelli

    Have a fun and stress free trip!!

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  45. Larissa

    Woohoo! Sounds fun!

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  46. Sherry

    Woot! Have a great time! You so deserve some fun.

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  47. Lilah

    Disneyland was first, but I adore Disneyworld! Don’t miss Epcot! I’m so excited for you! I’m looking forward to being virtual stowaways on your trips!

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  48. Kim Morgan

    I’m so happy you’re doing this! I’m a firm believer in doing what you can, when you can, and not taking a day for granted. You look totally adorable in this photo, btw.

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  49. Lisa

    Yay! This is great. Can I hide away in your suitcase and come, too? Seriously, you deserve this. I hope you and your family have a great time!

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  50. Mckenzie

    Yay, Rissa! ❤️❤️❤️

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  51. Detris

    So excited for you and your family.

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