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via WDW news feed:
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2010) – The “Main Street Electrical Parade” lights up the streets of Magic Kingdom and headlines a season of after-dark excitement coming to Walt Disney World Resort.
“After the sun goes down, our Walt Disney World parks will light up the night with ‘Summer Nightastic!’, ” announced Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort, at a media event Wednesday.
           
Disney magic will shine and shimmer in a whole new light.  Here’s a look around:
  •  With floats and characters appearing for the first time at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” returns with its joyous sights and sounds.  Direct from Disneyland and marking its first engagement in Florida since 2001, the cherished parade will be led by Tinker Bell waving from the basket of a magical balloon aboard a new float.  Pinocchio and Snow White join the parade this summer, aboard bright new floats.  Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” is set for its summer-long nighttime premiere in early June at Magic Kingdom.  
  •  The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror welcomes “drop-ins” this summer with even more pulse-racing surprises.  New lighting effects and the addition of a new drop sequence, created especially for “Summer Nightastic!”, will bring unexpected frights to guests who step into that infamous service elevator.  If they dare.
  •  What could be more summery than fireworks on a star-studded night?  Magic Kingdom will treat guests to a special summer fireworks spectacular.  The night sky will explode in vivid colors and brilliant visual effects as whimsical music fills the air.
  • Other fun!  The return of the Sounds Like Summer concert series to Epcot and extended evening hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom several times a week add up to summer fun as only Disney can do – at all four Walt Disney World theme parks.

grandma's backpack

Each time have been invited to tag along to Disney World,  I have learned something new – and this last trip being prepared really paid off.

My son likes to plan ahead when we arrive at a theme park and have a good idea of the plan of the day so we are not wondering where we should be for scheduled shows. So I know he will want to find a good place to watch the awesome parades and finding a good viewing place is important. The only problem with that is you need to find a spot and secure it early which means standing in your spot for quite a while. For me and my older well used legs, that was the only part I dreaded as watching the parade is an absolute must.

So, this last trip I knew what was ahead and I needed to find a way to enjoy all parts of the adventure. I started searching the web for a backpack with an attached folding stool that would hold my weight so I could sit comfortably waiting for the parade. I finally found just the right one at my local Army & Navy store. They did not have any in stock, but were happy to order one for me. It was very reasonable…around $25 and so very worth it.

This last trip to Florida was quite cold in the early AM and later PM, so being able to have a place for the extra sweater or jacket, scarf and gloves to keep these old bones warm took a lot of pressure and worry out of planning for a long day. I could also take my water bottle, snack, band aids, and tissues and anything else a grandma thinks she may need for the grand kids.

I did pack a few items in it and tried it out at home a few days making sure I could do a lot of walking, getting comfortable with how it felt, and getting it on and off without any problems since it was the first time for me to wear one. I was amazed to find it quite comfortable and easy to use for a novice like me.

Now it is a must for any trip that includes a long day and lots of walking. It was great to know I would have a place to rest while the rest of the family enjoyed the rides and events that I was chicken to try and they knew I was going to be quite content waiting for them, so no pressure all around. Plus I could enjoy a little snack and sip of water without trying to find a vendor close by.

Sometimes it is the little things that make the day, and I must say that being prepared with my portable stool to rest my weary bones helped make my days. The best of all was being there with my family!