|The next day the
weather looked awful. It was
raining. I had zero confidence that a
launch was going to happen. We still had
to head over to the space center, just in case there was a miraculous
We made our way
to the conference room at the Visitor Center Administration building.
the partiers from the night before looked to be moving a little bit
slow. We were a little tired and we got to
3 or 4 hours before they did. It was a
tough turn around for them.
At 1:14 PM, the announcement
was made that the launch was scrubbed again. We were lucky. The launch was scrubbed within an hour of the
time that we arrived at KSC. This time
we did not even make it out to the Banana Creek viewing site. We were waiting in the Visitor Complex
Administration building when the scrub was called.
I don’t think
anyone was too disappointed with the early scrub that day.
The prospects of a launch looked to be about
zero with all the clouds and the rain. So
it made more sense to just stand down and wait
for a better day.
We got in our car
and headed over to Disney World. We were
scheduled to check into the Grand Floridian hotel that afternoon. The Cocoa Beach Hilton was not bad, but the
Grand Floridian would be a serious upgrade.
When we checked
into the Grand Floridian, they told us that our reservation was
upgraded to the
concierge level. This was awesome. You can quickly get spoiled by staying on the
concierge level. We were on the fourth
floor and our balcony had an exquisite view the Magic
When the bell man
brought our luggage to the room, Wayland engaged him in a long
conversation. We watched in amazement as
Wayland just chatted away with the bell man. The
bell man asked Wayland if he knew who the “Big
Cheese” was. Wayland did not know so the
bell man explained
that the “Big Cheese” was Mickey Mouse. Finally
Wayland let the bell man go to resume his
This was Wayland’s
first trip to Disney World and he had a blast. Lexie
had been there several times in the past but
still had a great
time. Of course this is the best
destination in the world for Mary; she just loves it at Disney World.
One of the
characters that Wayland really wanted to meet was Buzz Lightyear. When we were over at the Magic Kingdom, we noticed that Buzz was
appearing over in the Tomorrow Land
We told Wayland over there.
When Wayland saw
Buzz, he got so excited that he just could not contain himself. He took off running full speed towards
Buzz. Unfortunately his desire exceeded
his coordination. Wayland stumbled and
went down in a heap on the pavement.
I went up to
Wayland and helped him up. He had
skinned his hand somewhat when he fell. I
asked Wayland if he was all right. Wayland
looked at me incredulously. His response
was, “Well, no!’ Okay, I’ll grant you that
I already knew the answer
before I asked the
Wayland took it
like a real trooper. We got in line for
Buzz and when Wayland got up to meet Buzz, Wayland was all smiles. Later we got a whirly toy of Buzz Lightyear
and Wayland just loved it. In fact Buzz
accompanied us out to the next launch attempt.
level was great for kids and adults alike. They
had free beer and wine at happy hour for the
adults. The kids had every kind of desert
as well as soft drinks, juices, and milk.
cupcakes. Well, he did not care for the
cake part so much but he loved the frosting.
After he licked the frosting completely off of his cupcake, he asked if
he could have another one. I looked at
Mary and she said “Sure, why not, he’s on vacation.”
The story continues on Tuesday, the fourth of
July. For this part of the story
follow the STS-121 link.