Ok, so I’ll get this started so I can get into full swing tomorrow with pics and what not.
Me (Michelle) - 28
DH (Mike) - 32
MIL (Donna) - 65
Dates: Jan 1-7 2008
New Years Eve and Day 1:
We finished packing and cleaning the house by about 5 on New Years eve. My mother in law arrived at around 7, and we ordered in dinner from a local steakhouse and watched TV for a bit. “Trading Spouses” was on and some other girly shows, and we had a few good laughs.
Around 11 we popped in a movie (“300”) and wished each other a happy new year an hour later. I dozed on the couch a bit. But because I am such a heavy sleeper, I didn’t actually go to bed b/c it would have been very difficult for me to wake up with only a few hours of real sleep.
At 3 we got ready to leave and by 3:30 our airport taxi picked us up and we were on our way. It was snowing pretty heavily by this time, which made me happy because I wanted to leave the snow and cold behind!
We live about 10 mins drive from the Toronto airport, but b/c of the snow we got there in about 30 mins.
Checked in with Air Canada, got a Starbucks, and played “Diner Dash” (soooo addictive) on my new Nintendo DS until we boarded at 6 am.
Our flight was about 45 mins late taking off since they had to de-ice the plane, but the flight was uneventful. We arrive around 10 am and getting through Magical Express was a breeze. It was a balmy 70 something degrees. Perfect!
We arrived at AKL around 11:30.
I knew we were not going to have our room ready on time, but luckily my MILs room was ready.
We had the worst CM checking in though. She kept telling us we had to get our park tickets and dining at one of the parks with a voucher. We had no voucher and said so. Our itenerary clearly stated what our tickets were, as well as our Deluxe Dining plan, and we were using a MYW package. I showed this to her. She actually got loud with me, telling me she knew what she was talking about since SHE was the one who worked there. I asked to speak to a manager.
Long story short, she was wrong, it got fixed, and we went up to my MILs room. I was annoyed. But decided it wasn’t worth getting all antsy about.
Here’s Mike - clearly pleased about the lack of sleep - lol
And my MILs Mickey head towel
We checked out the resort, as my MIL had never been, and then went for a quick bite at the Mara.
Jan 1 was the first day of the Deluxe dining plan, and it was a bit of a hassle that first day as all of the CMs were still figuring it out. Basically, on the cashier screens, there is a special button for the deluxe plan, since you can use your credits for either counter service or table. But if they try and use the “Counter Service” button or the “Table Service” button from the regular plan, it gets declined. So if you are using the plan - make sure to tell them you are on the deluxe plan, and to use the deluxe button. I figured this out as we went, since alot of CMs didn’t know how to process it.
The deluxe plan allowed us 3 meals per day, counter or table, plus 2 snacks, and a refillable resort mug.
Sooooo much food, as you’ll see in the days to come.
So we lunched at The Mara, and then hung out in my MILs room until our room was ready. Which wasn’t until 6pm! I was so annoyed. I really wanted a nap.
Well, by the time the room was ready we decided against the nap and went to DTD to order a personalized Xmas ornament, and to grab dinner at Earl. As always, Earl was delicious. I had the All American. Yum!!!
Then it was back to the hotel for an early bedtime so we would be well rested for our first real day in the parks. I noticed a very chemical-like smell in our room, and I sneezed about 10 times, but didn’t figure out until the next day that we were right beside the housekeeping supply room. Ugh. But I was too tired to care that night.
I’ll add pics tomorrow to this first post, and start day 2 then as well.