The Happiest Vacation on Earth ~ Outside the Margins with Shae Connor

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A couple of weeks ago, we took a family trip to Walt Disney World. My sister and I (and my brother-in-law) have been multiple times, but my parents, in their 70s, never had.

If you’re in a position to do so, I highly recommend taking your parents on a trip like this. Granted, I realize we’re extraordinarily lucky to have parents as great as ours are. But we had such an amazing time showing them our favorite parts of Disney and watching them enjoy it. It probably wasn’t all that much different from introducing your kids to the parks, I imagine.

We started out, on Mom’s 73rd birthday, at the Magic Kingdom. She had a birthday button, so a lot of the cast members (and some random people) we passed wished her a happy birthday. Mom’s favorite—no surprise here—was our very first ride, it’s a small world. She loves kids, so she loved seeing all the different children and especially the last section that put them all together. Dad, whose background is in art and engineering, was fascinated by all the moving parts and the artistry of it all.

(I was pretty impressed by the way they accommodate riders in wheelchairs. Mom and Dad both used electric scooters in the parks, and while Dad could transfer to ride vehicles, Mom couldn’t. Several rides, including small world, have specialized vehicles for wheelchairs.)

After a rousing lesson in American history (of sorts) by The Muppets, we had lunch in Liberty Square with my aunt, uncle, and cousin. Sadly, the Hall of Presidents is closed for refurbishment, so we missed one of my favorite attractions. But we did get to show Mom and Dad the park, and we had a great time being a whole group of Goofys.

Monday, we stayed at our hotel, the Contemporary Resort, starting off with a character breakfast at Chef Mickey’s buffet. We got to visit with Pluto, Goofy, Donald, Minnie, and of course Mickey himself.






Plus the food was great, which is always a big benefit! (And it better be, for the price, LOL.) That night, we had more great food at dinner at California Grill to celebrate Mom and Dad’s birthday, including a dessert to die for: chocolate pudding cake with Nutella filling. O.M.G. Highly recommended!

Tuesday was Epcot Day. We hit up the World Showcase first, because Mom and Dad particularly wanted to visit the United Kingdom, mostly for the Irish bits. There, we ran into Mary Poppins and Mister Penguin (who bowed nicely in response to my curtsey).



After that, we headed for my favorite Epcot ride: Journey into Imagination with Figment. Another great wheelchair ride design got Mom on and off with no trouble, and she and Dad both enjoyed the silliness a lot. After lunch, Mom and I went shopping while Erin and Robb took Dad on Soarin’ (Mom is not a fan of heights, so that’s a big no-go for her) and Spaceship Earth. Dad couldn’t stop talking about either of them!

By then, we were all toast. Okay, well, Erin and Robb managed to get a few more park hours in later, but the rest of us were done. It was a fabulous trip, but theme parks are exhausting enough on their own. Add in parent-wrangling, and it wears you down fast.

Still, every trip to Disney is worth it, in my opinion. Sure, it’s a giant corporation that rakes in billions of dollars a year, but it’s also a smoothly run operation that brings childhood magic to life. And the way things are right now, we could all use a little extra happy!


~Shae Connor

Title: Graphite & Glitter
Author: Shae Connor
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 02/27/2017
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Genre: Contemporary, Lesbian Romance


All that glitters might just be gold.

Adrienne Michaels’ best friend is getting married, and Adrienne’s not feeling it on the night of the bachelorette party. Then she meets Tessa Smith, bass player for an all-female glam rock tribute band. After a one-night stand worthy of the hottest rock star fantasies, Tessa surprises Adrienne by asking her on a real date, and Adrienne soon finds Tessa’s side gig pales in comparison to the down-to-earth music geek beneath the glitter. Tessa even helps Adrienne through a family loss, but when Tessa gets a sweet job offer in another city, Adrienne has to make a choice: let her go, follow her halfway across the country—or become part of the reason for her to stay.


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About Shae Connor

Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.

A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Writers chapter, Shae was first published in 2010 and has a lineup of short stories, novellas, and novels available from Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, MLR Press, and Amber Allure.

Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously, and she’s an annual volunteer for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at or visit her website at

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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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One thought on “The Happiest Vacation on Earth ~ Outside the Margins with Shae Connor

  1. Loved the second-hand trip! A couple years ago I took my 88 year old mom to her first casino. After the near seizure experience from all the lights and noise she sat it out in the ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffet!

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