About a month before her birthday, Rachel texted me and told me that she thought she wanted to go to Disney to celebrate her birthday which is during Fall Break. That’s all it took to get me planning! Within a week, we booked at the Beach Club, I started making dining reservations (a painful process, due to the free dining package which had been offered during that time, but one which all worked out in the end!), and I ordered our Magic Bands!
The week before the trip was AWFUL for me! I pulled two all-nighters… not because I was procrastinating or being inefficient, but because that was how much work needed to be done and what was expected from me by my professor. Sometimes I really think he wants us to die (or just doesn’t care if we do or not!). So I absolutely worked up until the last possible minute… and I passed out in the car on the way down there!
I forget where we stopped, but it was about an hour outside of Disney. My dad booked a Marriott Courtyard for the night. We arrived around 11PM, but we had to get up early the next morning because I had made us early Cape May Café reservations… oops?
We got to the Beach Club at 7:50 AM - right in time for our reservations! However, the guy manning the door really wanted us to check in first. He took us straight to the check-in desk. I had completed the online check-in, but for some reason none of our information saved!!! We had to redo everything. :pinch: We were also working with a CM who was “Earning Her Ears,” and it was a little frustrating. There were several times when I wanted to ask if her supervisor could just do this. I think it was her first day on the job because she had no idea what she was doing, and her supervisor kept having to show her how to do things.
When my dad came back from parking, I went to check us in at Cape May, and we left him at the check-in desk when our buzzer went off for us to be seated.
Cape May Café was also a little rocky on the customer service. Our waitress just wasn’t very “Disney,” plus we had a really bad experience with Donald Duck. Rachel had been joking that she was going to ask Donald Duck to Mallard Ball (an ADPi event), so when Donald came to our fingers, she asked him to do Pi fingers. He shook his head no and was just really rude about it. And then he wouldn’t pose with me and Rachel - just put his hands on his hips while we stood awkwardly behind. It was like he wanted us to take his picture, not a picture with us. We understand why Donald might not be able to do Pi fingers - they probably don’t want the characters making hand signs that guests request because who knows - that could be a gang sign? Or maybe Donald’s “girlfriend” was affiliated with another sorority, and he didn’t feel right doing the Pi fingers. Either way, there was a cuter way to say no. We watched Donald circulate the room, and he’d just walk up to each table and stand there… not wave to the kids, not make kisses or act duck-like. Clearly, Donald was having a very bad day.
But when Donald emerged from the room after his break, he was full of life, strutting around the restaurant and being typical silly Donald. I guess he just needed “coffee”?
Birthday cupcake and card!
This is caffeinated Donald… grumpy Donald would’ve never sat in the booth with us!