After dinner, we jumped on the monorail and headed to the Contemporary. We were heading for Bay Lake Tower to watch Wishes from the Top of the World Lounge. This summer, they started letting any DVC folks staying on points anywhere on property access to the lounge. I don’t know if we will ever stay at BLT so we definitely wanted to take advantage while we had a chance.
The man at the desk was not super friendly about letting people up to the lounge but we made it up there after showing photo id, member id and a room key. Geesh. It is not the White House, it is just a lounge! :laugh:
When we got up there (around 8:15 pm), it was already pretty packed. We found 3 stools near the end of the bar and camped ourselves there. The staff there was totally overwhelmed. They had one bartender, two cocktail waitresses and what I think was one food and beverage manager. She was basically pouring wine and opening beers while the totally overworked bartender mixed all the drinks. They also seemed to be running out of glassware and the dishwasher appeared to be down at the Wave (this is what we gleaned from careful eavesdropping).
I have to say that despite the fact that he was completely overwhelmed and overworked and a bit frustrated, the bartender was very sweet and very funny. He and one of the waitresses were cracking us up. We ordered a drink at the bar and then headed outside once the fireworks started. Standing on that roof deck, watching fireworks over the castle with my mom while listening to that Wishes soundtrack about never giving up on your Wishes may have made me just a tad weepy. Just a tad. :wub: For a full year, I had really only had one wish and that was to see my mom come through her fight healthy and happy and that wish came true. Standing there with her felt surreal and amazing all at once. We had many scary moments in the past year when I wondered if we would ever have moments like this one again. It was one of the best experiences of our trip. :redface:
We headed back to AKL and headed to bed, ready to check out in the morning and head to the Yacht Club.