Our second day actually started at 12:30 AM Saturday morning! From a dead sleep, we were awakened by a loud rapping on the door. “Housekeeping! We have the crib you requested!” DB looked at me through a haze and asked if there was anything I wanted to share with him! We repeatedly told the housekeeper that we did NOT order a crib, and she actually tried to argue with us…oh, please, just let us go back to sleep.
The next awakening was of our own accord. We hopped out of bed for a morning run. (The marathon is just 18 weeks away, and we are SO not prepared!) We ran from the Dolphin, to DHS, through the Boardwalk, to the International Gateway at Epcot, and back to the Dolphin…probably about 3 miles. Of course, I had the camera with me (I ALWAYS have the camera with me), and we got some great early morning shots. We got to DHS just as they were letting guests in, and DB and I estimated only about 150 people waiting to get in…can you say DEAD? (We didn’t enter the park, we just stood at the entrance and watched the very quiet, sedate, and staid opening to the park…not like any other opening I’d ever seen!)
After a quick shower and breakfast in our room (I like to bring yogurt, bagels, and juice with us on our trips…I hate paying for breakfast in a hotel!), we headed to the lobby for a scheduled appointment. We were shuttled over to Saratoga Springs and met with - yes, we finally broke down - a DVC rep to get the ball rolling. I have been ready to do this for quite a while, but DB insisted that we look at every single line item, number, and article of fine print before we signed. I think he made Raphael, our Rep., wish he had stayed home that morning!
We signed the paperwork and gave him a deposit, with the caveat from DB that [B][I][U]I submit this question out there to all you DVC ‘buzzers: Is it worth it? Do any of you have any regrets for purchasing? Do you ever feel hemmed in? Do you ever find that you can’t get reservations? DB is still not 100% sold, so you all can help me by responding frankly with your positive and negative comments…they will be MUCH appreciated.[/U][/I][/B]
After Raphael pushed us out the door (I know he was glad to get rid of us!), we headed over to Downtown Disney, ate a quick lunch at Earl of Sandwich (the most crowds we had seen so far), and did a bit of shopping and a bit of drinking. I was on the fence about seeing the Diana exhibit, but once I was inside I thought is was definitely worth the $15.00 entrance fee. (DB found a chair and dozed - how many margaritas had he had??? - while I absorbed every dress, handwritten letter, and picture.) I’ve been to Kensington Palace, and I’ve seen the exhibit there, but I thought this one provided a lot more insight and details into her life. It was very comprehensive and very well presented.
We headed back to the hotel and spent the next few hours around the pool. We were entertained as management escorted out a group of twenty something guys who insisted upon bringing their own GLASS beer bottles into the pool, playing a LOUD boom box and generally creating a great deal of chaos. I thought they were tremendously entertaining, but apparently there must have been complaints! Other than those guys, the pool and cabana area was fairly quiet…a few families, a few couples, but mostly just an empty pool area.
That evening, we took a chance and headed to California Grille. Guess who was able to walk in with NO reservations??? After a few glasses of wine, we ordered the heirloom tomatoes flatbread appetizer (YUM!), the rock shrimp and pear salad (YUM YUM!), and the lobster risotto (YUMMIEST!). We could have easily stayed and watched the fireworks over the castle (the sky was clear, and the evening was gorgeous), but we were ready for a new adventure.
We hopped on the monorail and rode over to the Grand Floridian. Ghost Town!!! We strolled to Narcoosees, and if we had wanted we could have had another dinner…without reservations! I’ve never seen WDW this quiet.
We hopped back on the Monorail, and with perfect timing, walked to the bridge connecting to BLT to watch the fireworks over the castle. What a perfect view! The music was piped in, so we didn’t miss a thing. There were only a few other people on the bridge, and we all had a wonderful time.
A cab ride back to the hotel, and these old folks were in bed by 11