Here goes…my first attempt at a trip report!
Who: Me, DH, DD10 and DD4, DH’s boss, her husband and their DD4.
What: Weekend trip with guests
When: Friday, March 19 through Sunday, March 21
Why: DH’s boss asked if we could coordinate a weekend to all go together since DH talks about WDW so much and they wanted to take DD.
The plan was to meet at Pop Century around 9am. DH’s boss originally said they planned to leave their house at 5am :eek: – we were able to talk them into 6 instead, and since DH is Mr. Punctuality, we were rolling at 6 on the dot, no matter what. I was up late Thursday night finishing laundry, packing and trying to clean house so it wouldn’t be a wreck when we got back (don’t you hate that??), so Friday morning came early for me.
We hopped on I-95 South just after 6, as planned. Around 7, DH texted his boss just to see if they were on the road. He didn’t hear back ‘til after 8, but she texted back that they were rolling. We stopped for a quick bite in Daytona just before getting on I-4 West, and arrived at POP just before 9. Waited in the lobby, expecting them to arrive at any minute since we hadn’t heard anything different. Waited, and waited, and waited. Finally around 10:00, DH got a text that his boss’s husband “had to stop” for something, but they should be arriving in about 30 minutes. An hour later, he checked in with her again and she said we should go ahead and check in (abandoning the original plan of checking in together so we could get adjoining rooms), so we did. Unloaded our luggage, checked out our room, headed back to lobby. We waited awhile longer, and finally he texted her that we were going to head to Epcot and they could meet us there. We got to Epcot around noon, and just piddled in Innoventions (the star in your own video game thing was a big hit), and headed to Club Cool for some Kinley :wub:, not wanting to get too far from the entrance since they were supposed to be arriving soon.
We decided to try out the Kim Possible thing, but somewhere between Club Cool and Innoventions, DH lost his prescription eyeglasses. We checked with every cast member in the general area, checked with Guest Relations, and eventually checked with Lost & Found at the Transportation and Ticket Center two days later – no glasses. It was weird, because we realized it within one minute of when he would’ve dropped them, but couldn’t find them anywhere, stepped-on or otherwise. I guess someone may have tossed them in the trash. Anyway, DH is blind as a bat without his glasses, and he didn’t bring his extra pair with him, so he had to wear his prescription sunglasses for the remainder of the trip and couldn’t really see on indoor attractions. :sad:
NOT A GREAT START TO OUR TRIP.
We finally decided to head over to the countries after not hearing from our guests for a while, and soon found out they were hungry and decided to eat in Mexico when they got there, without bothering to let us know. Finally around 1, we met up with them and rode a few rides – Maelstrom, Nemo, did Turtle Talk with Crush. Fast passes had all been distributed for the day for Test Track and Soarin’ by this point, and DH’s boss’s husband had the audacity to be mad at Disney about that! I’m thinking, you’re the one who had to stop (for something at the Nike outlet in Orlando, which they waited to open, as we later found out) and took your dear sweet time getting here! Turns out he was not excited about going to Epcot so he decided to be selfish and inconsiderate to the rest of us who were.
We did Journey into Imagination and played in the imagination labs afterward, and waited 45 minutes for DH’s boss’s family to get a picture made. After all of that, her husband decided he didn’t like the picture so they didn’t buy it. I was pretty irritated with him at this point. One other reason I was annoyed is because we have seasonal passes with park hopper, and they just bought the 4-day, 4-park FL resident special tickets without park hopper, so we were stuck in a park all day that he didn’t even want to be in. We were happy to do that, but not if they were going to act like jerks.
We went back to Pop to let the girls take a nap….the parks were crowded, it was hot and had not been a good day. Then we met them back at Epcot at 8:00 for Illuminations and EMH. They wanted to do Test Track and Soarin’. We waited 40 minutes for Test Track after Illuminations – not too bad, I thought, considering the crowds from earlier in the day. But our ride car stopped RIGHT before the barrier test and best part of the ride, and we were stuck on it for 45 minutes. Finally cast members came around and let us off the ride, telling us they were shutting it down for the night. We didn’t really have time to wait for Soarin’ by this point, and they gave us fast passes for Test Track that were good for two weeks, but that was the only day our guests would be there. The girls were super tired, so we all headed back to the hotel and crashed around midnight.
Highlights of the day:
DD4 and DH’s boss’s DD4 hit it off and had a great time together. That was a plus.
Lowlights of the day:
DD4 getting sunburned on shoulders
DH losing glasses
Coming up……Day 2: Animal Kingdom. A much better day!