Here’s we goooooooo!
First a disclamer…This is not a day by day trip report. I tried writing notes long hand. It just took too long, so after the second day I will just be giving lists. Good stuff, bad stuff, rides, resturants, etc…
Day One - Nov 28 - It’s my birthday, it’s my birthday, I’m going to disney. My DH and I got up at 3 AM. Got dressed, grabbed coffee, out the door by four. My DH is very, very, very nervous about getting to the airport in PLENTY of time. No problem with traffic, got to the parking place and to the airport by 4:45. Airport (Phila) was busier than I would have thought at that time. Of course I only fly about every few years, so what do I know. Checkin line was about 20 min. Then security, another 20 min, no problems just lots of people. As we sat at the gate we realized we didn’t have a “preboarding” pass. Because my DH is slightly larger than a 17 inch airline seat, we bought two seats for him. But in our opinion, the cost of the extra seat was 100 dollars (SW sale, yeaaaa!) we were able to preboard and we had the three seats just for us. If the flight had been full, it would have been a VERY unconfortable 2 1/2 hr flight. So anyway, the preboard pass, I called SW and was told a gate agent should turn up soon and explain to him. I found him and everything was fixed, we got to preboard and not stand in the cattle chutes. Flight landed 20 min. early.
New paragraph- this was Cavey’s idea- Months ago, he mentioned one loooooooong paragraph is tough to read. I agree.
Landing at Orlando…we found the ME people very easy. They are no longer allowed on the third floor, we just needed to get to the first floor, termial A. A1, just like the steak sauce. It is now about 9:30 a.m., the ME area is almost empty. We go to the desk, explain how our tags were wrong (I’ll explain that in a min) and here are our baggage claims. The ME person told me we could have still used the tags as long as the hotel was correct. We go to a bus and jump on board. There are three other people. I’m thinking “oh no, we are going to sit here forever to fill up the bus”, wrong, we take off in a few mins. Got to POP about 30 min later. Now back to the tags. We had gotten our tags about a week before the trip. They never had us arriving and had us leaving on Dec 7 on the wrong air line. We had two ressies, one from 11/28 -12/07 the other 12/07-12/12, the tags were only for leaving on Dec 7. So with only a week before the trip there wasn’t any time to get new tags. Just a thought, since I thought I would have to hand over my baggage claim tags, I took digital pictures of the tags so I would have the info incase something got lost.
DisneyTeacher, you did ask for details. lots of details, didn’t you? This is going to take me two weeks to write this.
Sooooooo nice not having to drag bags around trying to find where to check in. At 10 ish in the morning there were a few people ahead of us in line. We got a very nice CM (earning her ears). Did all the checkin stuff, noted my birthday, asked me what was my favorite character ----BRAIN FREEZE-----daaaaaa-------ummmmmmm---------Peter pan???—you know never grow up stuff- turning 50- make sense?--------ok, that moment passes. So your room is here, she circles something. I ask is there anything a little closer? I did this twice. I wasn’t pushy, I just asked nicely. I just really really wanted something special for this birthday trip. ,(I really really really really wanted one of those rooms where you roll out of bed and the coffee machine is three steps away,but you can’t get everything.) So we ended up on the first floor in building 10 of the 70’s room 149. I think is was closer than some preferred rooms. We are happy. DH is checking out if the beds work and I’m on postcard pixie duty. I sat at the food court writing for an hour or so. (I told you I write slow) We meet up and head over to the Concourse steak house for our first meal at disney.
Note- for our meals we had the DDE card. I tried to save the reciepts, but I still have to do the math stuff. More details later. Maybe much much later.
We check in about 20 min early and was seated in about 15. Very nice server. My DH and I both had the french onion soup. Since the soup plates were handled with a towel I was expecting the soup to be really hot. It wasn’t. It was warm. I like soup that you need to let it cool a bit, not when you have to hurry and eat it before it gets cold. So on to the steaks. Very good. Giant onion rings. Full tummy, happy tummy. During the course of the meal it started pouring rain, but by the time we were done the meal, so was the rain.
Next onto MK…but first a coffee break…