Although we have been back for a few weeks now we are finally getting back into the swing of things, sort of. But I figured I would write a recap, now bare with me as I have never done one before and I don’t know how great this will really be! :eek: (I’m the one sitting in the back of the room quietly hoping not to be called on in class )
[B]Day 1[/B] began at about 12:30am! Our 2 year old daughter woke us up actually even earlier not feeling well, about 9pm, we had all gone to bed early since our goal was to be up about 1am! So from about 9pm on and off we had been up with her and finally by 12:30am I threw in the towel and figured mine as well get up and get going :ohmy:
Our 8 hour (based on a perfect world with no stopping or traffic) drive began about 1:45am…pretty much smooth sailing making it down to Orlando around 10:30am/11:00am.
Our first night stay was a non-disney hotel; Clarion Inn & Suites At International Drive in Orlando. We figured since it was our day driving down and we probably would be exhausted mine as well use our Free Military tickets over at Sea World. So that is exactly what we did! First about the hotel; to say you get what you pay for is an understatement. Once we were checked in, we went to check out our room…on a positive note we had paid for a standard room and some how we were upgrade to a 1 bedroom suite with a patio walkout to the pool!! However after unpacking everything for only one night; amazing how much stuff you need when you have children! :laugh: , I heard a noise near the patio door and noticed that the security bar had just fallen off…hmmm…so my husband checked it out and come to find out the security bar had broken off and the door lock was broken; oh great so now anyone can just walk into our room from the pool! So my husband went down to the front desk and notified them they changed our room to the second floor; again another one bedroom suite, however this one smelt of mold and mildew although at least the bathroom in this one was cleaner and there was not hair under the sheets, just on top of the blankets! :mad: I told my husband just forget it we had already moved everything and it was getting later and we were meeting family over at Sea World.
We packed our daughter up and headed over to Sea World. Our hotels shuttle service was not working; of course! :glare: They told us we could take the trolley but we opted to just walk. The walk was nothing but it would have been nice if the side walk did not just end and make you cross the road three times! So we got there around 12:30ish and of course there had to be a HUGE line to get our tickets…can you see how my luck works. LOL Finally once we were in and we met up with my aunt we decided to make our way to the new penguin encounter. Although we did stop along the way and saw the fish at the Manta ride. The line at the Penguin ride said it was about a 45 minute wait; we decided to wait and actually it was a total of 45 minutes by the time we were getting off the ride. The line kept moving which was really nice especially with a 2 year old who does not like to wait! The ride was cute although we sat in the back row which was a mistake because my 2 year old could not see anything because the seats in front are very high. After that we decided to go eat at the Terrace Garden Buffet; as it was beginning to mist a bit so we decided maybe it would pass while we ate. The food was okay; if we were to go back to Sea World I would not spend the money and dine there again. After we ate we decided to head over to Shamu’s Happy Harbor however the rides had been shutdown because lightening was in range; here comes the bad luck again…so we decided to figure out what might be open. As we are standing there figuring it out, the wind picked up quite a bit so we decided we would go over to Wild Artic Flight and do the walk through side to wait out the storm that seemed to be coming in. After coming out of the Wild Artic which our daughter LOVED! It was raining buckets of what and thunder & lightening! REALY!!! We waited under an over hang across the way hoping it would pass after about 45 minutes of waiting and the rain not letting up we decided to start making our way to the gate because it seemed like luck was really not on our side. Of course by the time we made it back to our hotel, drenched the rain had stopped! :glare: We grabbed fast food and decided that we would just relax in the room and hope for a better day 2! We were all asleep by 7p! LOL