Disclaimer…This is not a “day one- we ate at Casey’s corner, ate hot dogs, fries ( 9.95) rode dumbo at 12:37, then did buzz lightyear at 1:15…” type report. I can’t remember what my phone number is half the time, I don’t know how people remember all the details when they write reports. Same thing with pictures. I see all the wonderful pictures from others and I always plan to take great pictures, but it never happens. This will be more like grouping of thoughts on rides, meals, hotels, etc. But if there are any questions, I will be happy to try to answer them.
Our very jumbled family trip.
Cast -me Jo-jo AKA mom AKA grandma (51) DH AKA dad AKA grandpa (62) DD AKA Becky AKA mommy (28) DS AKA John AKA uncle Joohnnnn (25) DSIL AKA Casey AKA daddy (28) DS's friend AKA Steve AKA (for this trip) uncle Steve AKA son (25)
AND THE STAR OF OUR CAST
DGD AKA Alex (Alexandria) AKA sweetie pie AKA honey pots(2 1/2)
This was Steve’s first trip to disney. He like so many others, thought disneyworld was just the MK and he was surprised that the MK was soooo big. He and John have been friends since about 2nd grade. I was glad he could go. Last time we (as a family) went on a trip, John wandered about by himself a lot. We just aren’t into spending 3 hrs at ESPN or running out to PI at 11P.M.
John and Steve left on Sept 22. They stayed at POP. We came in on the 26th and also stayed at POP. My DD,DSIL and DGD stayed at the POLY for a few days.
John and Steve went with the free dining. Before we came down, they ate at Planet Hollywood, ESPN, Corel Reef, LTT. They thought the steak at Corel Reef was dry, but didn’t say much about the other places so I guess the food was ok. They enjoyed watching the Eagles win at ESPN. They never made it to AK. Spent two days at the water parks and wished they had spent more time Disney Quest. Went to PI several times. The new ticket structure with 7 days and 7 pluses worked out best for them. Under the old plan they would have had only 5 pluses and would have ran out.
As a whole family, we ate at Ohana and CP.
At Ohana, John ordered some chicken strips and fries, but we all enjoyed the rest of the meal. I didn’t eat any of the wonton chips, shrimp, turkey or sausage, but still needed to roll out the door. My rest of the family ate most everything else. The only downside to the meal was we could have used the wet towels. We asked one of the servers and he said he would check on them, but we never got them. We also got charged for Alex but when I pointed it out that she was 2 1/2, it was taken off with no problem. One side note, John and Steve were on the dining plan, at this point we were paying OOP using DDE. So we had 2 on the dining plan and 4 (plus toddler) on DDE. 18 % tip was added to our bill. I thought it was odd.
The next day we ate CP for a late lunch. The bill (same set up as above) didn’t have a tip included and since our server was so good, we ended up putting in a bit more. Food was good, but John made himself a PB&J sandwich. He did eat other things, but PB&J??? Alex was being cranky so we took turns carting her back and forth to the food line getting a dab of this or that, giving the others a chance to eat.
On Saturday the boys were leaving, DH and I were going to trails end for breakfast but John asked us on Friday night if we wanted to meet them for breakfast. As we were keeping Alex overnight, we thought this might be a better idea. So saturday, we stayed at POP for breakfast and saw the boys off at 7:45 for the ME bus. Hugs and kisses all around. Alex really enjoyed buttering the mickey waffles. Didn’t eat any until an hour later, but at least we know they were well buttered.