First of all - I have pictures - and I’ll post them as soon as I get the camera back from dd on the weekend. I accidently packed it in her suitcase.
Well, let’s see…
Cast of Characters (a very short list)
dd No. 1 Sarah
So - it all started as a joke. My dd is waiting to start a new job, so she’s been hanging around my house a lot, waiting for me to entertain her. So she said, “Mom - let’s go to WDW”. It was ridiculous. I had just got back on December 1. We started reminiscing about our favourite place in the World - then I said, we’ll it wouldn’t hurt to call DVC…and they just happened to have a studio suite for a week and our points were just renewed, and then we really thought we should get somemore use out of our AP’s… and could we help it if we had airline points just begging to be used - why, it would be downright uneconomical if we DIDN’T go. That was Wednesday afternoon - by Thursday morning all plans were in place - and I was in shock! How could I go to WDW on a week’s notice??? What would Dana say??? A week??? To pack properly??? (what if I forgot the hair volumnizer?, 3 weather-appropriate outfits for each day?) To make plans and ADR’s??? Well - I just decided to throw caution to the wind. I didn’t make any plans! :eek: I packed in an hour, grabbed my AP and passport, a good book for the plane and I was done.
OK - nothing can go that smoothly - and it didn’t, starting with our flight. We were to leave at 6 a.m. from Winnipeg, fly to Toronto, catch an Orlando flight there and be in Florida by 1:30 p.m. Waking up at 4 a.m. I logged on to our flight’s schedule only to find that it had been delayed by THREE HOURS! Which meant we would miss our connecting flight in Toronto. After some discussion, my dh thought we should go down to the airport and see what was going on. (Have you ever tried to phone an airline - I’m convinced that all airlines must be Amish - they don’t have phones!) So - at 5 am we headed for the airport. We get to the ticket counter - ask why the delay, told that because the plane was late getting into Winnipeg, the flight crew did not have the regulation amount of rest, and are told that we have been re-routed through Calgary - a flight leaving at 7 a.m. - if we hadn’t gone to the airport, we wouldn’t have even known that - I was not impressed. I was also not impressed about flying 2 hours west, only to get on another plane and fly back exactly where we came from and then on to Florida - but what are you gonna do?? We didn’t have a choice. We were told we’d be in Orlando at 6 p.m. - we finally got there at 8:30 p.m. BUT - we were there! Yay! Our driver from Tiffany Towncars was waiting (just a note - we have used Tiffany in the past and have been so pleased with them, and this time was no exception. Even though our arrival time changed three times, our driver was right there. Took care of our luggage, made a grocery stop at Publix and delivered us to Saratoga Springs by 9:30.) We observed the Magical Express while we were walking out - but after the long day we had, we were so grateful that we wouldn’t have to make multiple stops. We collapsed in the backseat of our Towncar and let Raj do the driving. We were “Welcomed Home” by “Addy” at the SSR check-in, and soon we were in our studio suite. The studios at SSR are very pleasant - very comfortable for two people. The little kitchen has a microwave, toaster, fridge coffee maker, and bar sink. The bedroom has a queen size bed and queen size pull-out couch.
Even though we were exhausted by this time (we’d been through 3 time zones in the course of a day), we were even more hungry. We decided to walk down to the Marketplace and get something to eat. We headed for one of my favourite spots - the Earl of Sandwich - which was just as delicious - and reasonably-priced - as I remember. I had the Original - roast beef, cheddar and horseradish sauce on that delicious toasted bread. I loved every bite and washed it down with an Earl Grey Lemonade. Sarah had tomato soup and a tossed salad with raspberry dressing. It was very tasty. Once we were finished, we took the boat back to our suite. The weather was gorgeous, warm and still. I would have loved to have spent some time shopping, but we were so tired. I did manage to unpack before falling into bed. We asked for a wake-up call for 7 a.m. and fell fast asleep.
At 7 a.m. we were awakened by Mickey! and Stitch! Sarah’s a huge Stitch fan - so that was a perfect start to her day. We had decided to head to MGM first. MGM was hosting the ESPN Weekend that week, and we wanted to avoid it on the weekend. It was a good choice!
Here’s a note about the Disney transportation - the buses were great! I don’t know if we timed it right, or if it was just luck - but we never waited more than ten minutes and often had a completely empty bus. The bus transportation has improved vastly over the past year, IMHO.
So - here we were at the rope drop at MGM - with a couple of guys from Michigan who were just as fanatical as we were - then a family from Mississippi joined in - then some ladies from Indiana! We all did the countdown together and made a beeline for ToT. We were the first group on! What a great ride! And then it was over to RnRC for a spin with Aerosmith - by 9:30 we’d done both rides. We headed over to the Great Movie Ride, stopping on the way at our favourite - The Villain’s Shop. I l ove all the bad cats, I have such a soft spot for Lucifer :wub: Then Sarah spotted a t-shirt she had wanted last summer. We couldn’t find it in November - but now it was back. From The Nightmare Before Christmas - with “Jack’s my boyfriend - he’s to die for” written on the front. She had to have it! So that was her first purchase and we had it sent back to the resort - another great Disney perk. And this is where I have to leave you for tonight…
Pictures: 1) Stitch loved Sarah’s antennae! 2) Saratoga Springs is a beautiful resort. 3) Sarah was wondering where all the people were at the MK. 4) Sarah and me with Nemo and Friends.