Thanks everyone! I promise I will finish this report no matter what! I have a 27 minute lunch period now, so I’ll just add a few things right now.
Yes, $3 for long term at Charlotte airport is a bargain- the shuttles run constantly and you barely have to walk to get one. We’ve never waited more than 2 minutes.
I did put day one into perspective- how can I possibly complain when we are fortunate enough to be there? Honestly, I thought of the “Welcome to Holland” story (which is of course, much more serious), and it completely changed how I was feeling. (the story is about autism)
Anyway, I’m not able to attach photos right now, and I had no success last night. I’m going to try photobucket tonight- cross your fingers! My 372 MB pics are way too big- I used a 7 megapixel camera and the files are huge.
Other Day 1 random thoughts-
The reusable mugs are the same design as last year, but do not say 2007 (there is no date at all on the new mugs). I didn’t see anyone reusing any other mug with a different design! As crowded as Pop was, that was very interesting to me.
There were tons of unsupervised teenagers on the buses, at the resort food court, gift shop, etc. They were all perfectly well behaved and I was quite impressed (this was true of the whole week, by the way). Even the many foreign tour groups were pleasant and we had no problems whatsoever.
If you haven’t eaten at Chef Mickey’s, once you check in, you have your family photo taken (like you were getting on a cruise ship). We were soaking, dripping wet. :laugh: During dinner, a photographer comes to your table and tries to sell you the picture package. “Brandon” tried to convince how good we looked and what a great photo it was. He was such a cutie, and I hated turning him down, but honestly- it was an awful photo!
At Chef Mickey’s, those parmesan mashed potatoes are to die for!! They are about as sticky as sheetrock spackle, but oh so yummy! My older son ate the salmon and prime rib, which was excellent that night. He makes up for my little guy, who sticks to mac and cheese, mickey ravioli and chicken fingers (he didn’t eat $14 worth!) I had a little of everything. Overloaded on dessert- I think we had one of everything!
We used the DDE card for the 20% off of food and beverage, and the 18% gratuity was automatically added in (tip percent calculated on the whole bill, before the discount). I am a big tipper (I worked as a waitress during grad school). Service wasn’t that good (no drink refills and we were given the wrong bill), but I still left a couple of extra $ since he was obviously very busy and seemed to have too many tables. We only saw him three times, but what the heck :happy:
We hopped the monorail back to MK and got to the bus stop. Pop had the LONGEST line I have seen at a bus stop in a long time (we’re talking like 6 + buses full) :eek: . Every other resort was completely empty. I took photos of this too, but will try to attach them tonight.
I thought we would be there for a very long time. Wrong! Three buses pulled up at a time- we got on the second go around and truthfully- 6 buses of people loaded in a few minutes. It was great for everyone (since the monsoon was still blowing). It was amazing and efficient and WDW deserves a round of applause (which everyone at the bus stop gave them).
Back at the resort we got our usual mug of hot chocolate and wound down. I ordered a wake up for 7 am, and I’d say we were asleep by 10:30.