This was a spontaneous trip DH and I had decided to go on 3 weeks prior. As a fluke one day I called him at work after getting an email for Southwest’s fare sale and said to him, “can we go to Disney b/f DD goes back to school?” To my huge surprise, he said “YES!!!” We already had park tickets (from our April trip) and we were able to get the flights on Southwest and booked a room at ASMo for $69/night. We decided that we weren’t going to tell DD that we were going until that morning. The whole flight down I felt a bit guilty for taking another vacation since we were at WDW for 13 days in April but the trip proved to be the trip of a lifetime…
DH – 44
Me – 38
DD – 7
Trip dates Fri Aug 24-Mon Aug 27th
Friday, August 24th
DD woke up and said she had weird dreams and that her brain was playing tricks on her. I said well wait until your brain sees this. I led her into our spare bedroom where I had a Mickey bag packed with things for her to do on the airplane. On top of it I had a letter (that I had made on the computer) from Minnie inviting her to the Magic Kingdom for the Pirate and Princess Party that night. She looked up at me and said “tonight???” and then I handed her a t-shirt that I had made that said “Surprise Jillian, we’re going to Disney World!” She started to scream and it was great!! I was all packed (quite a challenge to do w/o her seeing me doing it all week!) and we just had to do a few last minute things and we were off to meet DH at his office.
We flew Southwest and had a great and relaxing flight. The flight attendants were hysterical and really put everyone at ease. I really love this airline – they are so efficient. We flew Delta in April and they changed our flights on us 4 times!!
We arrived in Orlando and saw dark clouds and thunder bolts up ahead. We got our Avis rental car and headed to the All Star Movies. Since we were staying at the All-Stars and this was to be such a short trip we decided to rent a car so we didn’t have to wait in the long bus lines. We were so glad we did! It rained most every day and when it wasn’t raining it was soooo hot, so it was great to not have to wait in the long bus lines. I was surprised how easy it was to navigate your way around the World. Oh and if anyone needs directions from the airport to your hotel, allears had perfect directions that I had printed b/f we left.
Avis was a great rental company. We went up to the counter, checked in and they gave us our keys. Very hassle free!
We headed to the resort and just as we were pulling in it started to rain –REALLY hard. I went to check in and was relieved to see that the line wasn’t too long since it was 5:30 and we had an ADR at LTT at 7:00 b/f the Pir and Princess Party. Well the line moved verrrrrrrrry slow. We finally made it to the front and DD looked at me and said “I hope we don’t get the Mighty Ducks section” so guess what section we got!! I asked the CM if there was anything else available and she called someone to see if there was anything in Dalmations or Toy Story but there wasn’t – but we did end up getting the Love Bug section. I paid – it took her 10 minutes and a calculator to figure out how much change to give me back when I gave her $50.10 and my balance was $50.07. It was so funny!! So by now it is 6:10 and it is pouring!!! So glad we had a car since our room was pretty far away and on the 3rd floor. I have to say I was a little nervous about staying at the All Stars but I was pleasantly surprised with the room. It was very neat, clean and everything was in great condition. It was perfect for this long weekend. As a side note: in April we stayed at the Beach Club and we were very disappointed in the quality of the room. It needs a refurb bad! Stained carpets, burned out lightbulbs, not so comfy beds, very thin walls and mousekeeping was not good at all (I spilled powder on the floor our 1st day and it stayed there all week!) Anyhoo…not to get too far off the subject, but we were happy with the All Star rooms – but do highly suggest having a car to get around.
Here is a pic of her seeing her “surprise” and one with the t-shirt I made