TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ A Different View for Different Times

Happy Wednesday my friends! Since we talked last week, a lot has happened, not only with us, but in the world in general. When writing these weekly blogs, I always try to talk right from the heart and keep it real, and this week follows suit. Whether things are good or bad, we have each other to hash things out, so let’s get to it!

As you know, last week there was a horrible terrorist attack in San Bernardino California. Once again, the world sat in disbelief, watching our televisions and wondering what our world is coming to. Just like with a few weeks ago when the Paris attacks were on tv, my boys came in the room and started asking questions. How sad is it that we have to even have these conversations with our children? It’s heartbreaking. Nothing seems safe anymore, and that’s a bad feeling. Granted, that’s how these evil people want us to feel, so what do we do? Keep living. Keep enjoying the people and places you love. That’s what we’re trying to do. Even at our happy place.


We’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had much time for Disney. I know that Christmas is quickly coming up and before we know it, the festivities will be gone at Disney. A visit to the Magic Kingdom was decided upon for Saturday, but I can’t lie, we were a little nervous. The crowds were huge, and like we spoke about before, Disney would be a prime location for those out to hurt us to do some damage. I can’t even imagine. What’s sad is that when we got to the park, my kids asked me if it was safe. Why would they even have to worry? Well, that’s the world we live in sadly. The lines for the bag check were long, and I noticed extra security, police officers included. I didn’t mind waiting in line to have my purse checked though, because they are only doing it for the safety of guests. In the evening, we went over to the Contemporary and ate at the Contempo Cafe. It was Walt’s birthday, and they had special birthday cupcakes and a birthday card to sign, it was nice. After dinner we went back to the MK to watch Wishes, it was around 9:00 or so. To our surprise, the crowds to get in the park were enormous. Usually night time it’s a breeze to get in, but not on Saturday. Also surprising, were the amount of actual police officers on the scene. There were armed officers by security, by the boat dock, inside the gates, and there were even officers directing crowd traffic near the train station. At first I was nervous about that, but the boys asked if we needed to worry, and I explained that we were extra safe with the police there, and all is fine. The thoughts were in the back of my mind, but from what I can see, Disney is on top of things and they are taking guest safety very seriously. I’m really thankful for that. It was crowded but we had a decent and SAFE day.


The Christmas season is a time to reflect on family, friends and things we’re thankful for. It’s hard for some, as people also struggle this time of the year. I can’t help but think of the people who were involved in the attacks last week and their family members. My heart hurts for those people, and I pray for their healing. The world stinks sometimes, there are a lot of bad people out there. However, there is also a lot of good too. Believing in goodness in the hearts of people is something I refuse to give up on. Letting people know that you love and appreciate them is also key, we should never take each other for granted, at Christmas or any time of the year. Bad things happen, but we can learn from them and make efforts to be kind to each other and come together as a community. I know for me, I’m not only thankful for my family and friends, but also thankful for all our Main Streeters too. That being said… that’s it for this week’s update. I appreciate you taking time to read our weekly adventures and leaving such wonderful feedback, it means a lot to me. Until next week….. sending you love, hugs, blessings and healing! See ya real soon! ~M

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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One thought on “TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ A Different View for Different Times

  • December 10, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Yesterday we were at MK, Epcot and DHS . . . All three parks had police presence, including bomb sniffing dogs. You had to walk past officers with dogs at the entrance to bag check and just outside of bag check. I also noticed that people wearing jackets and cargo shorts, anything with large pockets, were getting patted down at the “no bag” entrances.

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