One of the vacations we reference most frequently at home was a cold January trip we took this time 8 years ago. This was the first time either of us had experienced Florida cold. We mistakenly sat at home in the freezing Midwest and thought 30s and 40s would feel warm in Florida. We left our heavy winter gear at home and went to the airport in sweatshirts.
We found out the hard way that the 30s do not feel warm just because you’re in Florida. In fact, they some how feel colder than the 30s do in winter at home. We also learned a lesson about high and low temperatures, since the high temp seemed to last for 2 minutes in the afternoon, and the rest of the day lingered in the cold.
We’ve been on trips with cold mornings or evening, but this trip was remarkable for its long lasting cold. Frost on car windows, sensitive plants covered, Christmas decoration removal delayed, strings of Spirit of Aloha dinner shows cancelled, and of course water park closure.
We also were fortunate to stay at Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Villas, so we had a great view for all the extra time at the hotel we spent hiding from the cold.
We talk about this vacation often because what went wrong made it so memorable. Sometimes it’s when trips don’t go to plan that the best memories are made!