Parks, since my DH was having issues with knee pain, we spent perhaps a total 6 or 7 hrs in a park per day. A few days we did no parks at all. Most times we went into a park for 3 or 4 hrs. Went back to resort, rested for 2 or 3 hrs, and then back to park for a few hrs. Since we have DVC and we know we will be back, there isn’t that “if I don’t see it now, I’ll never see it” drive. We easily skipped a few rides/FP just because we didn’t want to walk the distance for a 5 min ride.
Queues, amazing how far off some of the times can be. We went to the great movie ride. The standby time was 60 mins. My DH didn’t want to go. I said it can’t be 60 mins, there is no one in the outside lines. I figured if we went in and it was mobbed we could duck out by the FP entrance. So we went. It was empty up to the main room where they show the movies. I’d said the wait was maybe 15 mins.
I don’t remember if it was for all, but most of the rides we went on, there wasn’t the secondary FP check. I’m not sure when this changed and I wonder why there aren’t problems with line hoppers.
New show for us…Pixar cartoons …we went in thinking, at least we are sitting in AC. The 3D with the first cartoon is amazing. The other two are ok, but the first one is the best.
Worst CM…For those who don’t know, there is a shuttle van between kidani and Jumbo house for those who don’t want to walk. Most CM talk at least a little. We had a CM who on the trip coming to Jumbo, jumped out, opened the doors and left to turn in some paper. No help for anyone climbing out of the van, not even to hold the door open. We got in on the trip back to Kidani. We had our carryon bags since we were leaving that day. No are you checking in, going home, did you have a good time. Great weather today, Nothing, not one word the whole trip. When we got to Kidani, he said he has to open the door since they are locked. And he got out and opened the door. It was so weird.
Best CM …Front desk at kidani…
Back story first…The day before we went to AK. The is a CS snack place close to lion king . Tamu Tamu or something like that. Sign said ice cream sundae. I order it. Out comes a large scoop of vanilla ice cream, two cookies (as ears) and sprinkles. No hot fudge or anything. Now this was stupid on my part, but I took it. I brought to my DH and said this seems strange. There were some CM cleaning tables. I asked is this what a sundae suppose to be??? I’m used to some topping, maybe whip cream. Oh no, they don’t put chocolate on because people are allergic to it. HUH??? They do have a bottle of hershey syrup (like for chocolate milk) you can ask for. I didn’t want to wait in line for that , so we just ate it.
Ok back to CM. There was an issue with my CC and I went to the desk to take care of it. She gave me a print out of the charges and I said to her, if you ordered an ice cream sundae, what would you expect to get? She said ice cream , with some kind of topping and whipped cream. I told her the ice cream story and she agreed it sounded strange. She gave us a paper good for two ice bars from Mara. I go back to the room and about an hour later, I again stop by the front desk to tell them we are leaving the room forever, And she thanks me by name. I can’t remember a name 30 secs later, and she remember mine an hour later. I’m sure it wasn’t because there were no other people to help.
But we had lots and lots of very nice CMs, just those two stood out. One very good and one very weird.
Interesting little tidbit…Nemo show had two CMs who signed the whole show. Since it was just them, they had to sign for about 30 different parts. For the full 40 mins, they were active the entire time.
We had a magic moment…we were going to Listen to the land…one CM had on a different color shirt. She says, she works in the green house and she is going along on the ride to answer any questions and tell us about the plants. It was very interesting, but she sat in the front row, we sat in the second row, and then the rest of the boat was filled and the normal speech was still playing. We were speaking very low and at times it was hard to hear her. It would have been nicer if we had had a boat to ourselves. But still it was a interesting 10 mins.