I did not write anything day by day, but I’m trying to remember based on what room charges we did each day.
Sept.15. Alarm goes off at 3:30. After packing my suitcase of food (and listening to DH laughing:glare:) we are out the door by 4:30. No problems driving down, get to the parking place by 5 ish and the airport a few min later. Southwest was on time. Plane was mostly filled but not quite so DH and I could sit A and C. I waited until the doors closed before moving over. No problems on flight. Got to Orlando about 9 ish.
Waited in line at ME for maybe 15 min. Because I had all the paper work ready to go, I think the agent figured this wasn’t our first trip. She just rattled out all the details without stopping and I just kept nodding. I don’t think I was at the ME desk for more than a min. Then off to the lines. There were a few people ahead of us, so we thought “good, we didn’t just miss a bus”. But I guess we did, cause we stood for another 15 mins and sat for maybe 15 min on the bus. Our bus driver was funny. As we headed out, he states “we are approaching the scariest ride in Orlando”. “ Moving thru traffic, as cars are speeding, while on the cell phone, as they yell at kids, trying to figure out where to go.” :eek: Then he starts “we have three stops to make, who ever gets the most right answers, their stop will be first” He then asks a bunch of questions but kept saying “well, we would have stopped at CBR first but the guy in the red sox hat got the wrong answer. It was always that guys fault. So somewhere along the way, he says “boardwalk is first” and I went “YES”. But he was lying, CBR was first.
So we get to the BWV at about 11 ish. I was not greeted in any special way. Not that it was bad, but some people have mentioned being noticed that they were DVC or something. I did notice our ME tags stated DVC, so I was wondering, but nothing extra happened. Ok, so we checked in. Of course our room was not ready, so we went to Epcot. It was very empty. At 2 ish, the fast passes for Soaring was for 3-4 pm. I was surprised there was any left at all. So we did several rides and then heading over to Mexico for our 4:30 dinner. We were a bit early so we looked at the menu. It had changed from April. It didn’t have anything we wanted to try, so we cancelled our ADR. We were very disappointed.:frown: We went outside and ate at the CS. It too was empty. We had gotten a combination thing but it was cold, so I brought them back. I know CS it not fine dining, but when I brought them back (and there was no one in line) there was 6 more boxes waiting on the counter. I mean how long do they think these things keep warm? So we got fresh meals, ate and moved on.
We left Epcot about 7ish and stopped a the market on the boardwalk for OJ, eggs, Half- half (for coffee) and soda. The eggs were cheaper than what we pay at home. SHHH don’t tell Disney. In my suitcase of food, I had whole wheat wraps, cheese, precooked bacon, roast beef (deli style),cream cheese, butter and bagels in a cooler with a gel pack. I had frozen all of the above so between the freezer pack and the insulating cooler, all was fine. I also had coffee (those filter packs), crystal light, cookies, lifesavers candy, jar of almonds and the sandwich maker. I mentioned how my DH laughed at my suitcase of food. He wasn’t laughing the next morning when we were eating the egg, bacon, and cheese wraps 15 mins after getting up. A few morning we had just eggs and bacon on a plate with bagels. We ate more eggs this week than in a month at home. By the way , I used the roast beef to make wraps for the way home. As we were leaving our room, I packed them in the cooler with the frozen gel pack in a suitcase and took them out at the airport.
Our room was on the fourth floor overlooking the front of the hotel. You could only see a few fireworks from our room. I was hoping for more. Oh well. So we start to unpack……wait . let me change that……I start to unpack. DH checks out the bed. I tried to open the drawers and they are jammed. One is off it’s track or something. So we get maintenance up to fix it. The guy is there at least half an hour. My DH and I wonder if we should tip him. I mean the drawers should have worked before we got there, but we ended up giving him a few dollars anyway. We finish unpacking and off to bed. Tomorrow is early morning at Epcot. Day 1 is done.
Day 2….After our fabulous breakfast, we get ready to head out. I had put some water bottles in the freezer and also brought from home those “to go” cups. The plan was to fill the cup with OJ and ice to drink on the way to the parks and then the frozen water bottle would be for later. That plan worked well. By the time we walked to a park or waited for a bus, we wanted something to drink. As soon as we entered the parks we ditched the cup and just had the bottle clipped onto a belt loop.
So we enter Epcot 8 am. Everybody heads to Soaring. Fast pass is for 9:15 ish, so we went on the ride, then headed over to test track, MS and Ellen. Worked out way back to test track, got a fast pass, than back to Soaring, listen to the land, imagination. We then used our fast pass for test track and by then it was time to head out.
At 12:30 I was going to meet Dixie.:happy: We were meeting at the BC. Got a drink/snack and talked for almost 2 hours. Her DH and DD stopped by said hello and went to get a table at beaches and cream for their lunch. Before we knew it, it was past the time Dixie was suppose to meet her family. So I walked her over and we did hugs , goodbyes and well wishes. Before her DH asked her if she was worried about meeting me. She said Noooooo. I didn’t tell her, (but I’m guessing she will be reading this, so the secret is out) I was worried what if her accent was strong and I couldn’t understand her. But all was well, I really enjoyed meeting her and it really felt like we were meeting up like old friends.:wub:
After I left Dixie, I went back into the lobby of BC and saw Art. I told him how I was glad he was doing well, after his illness last yr. So we talked for a bit and I left. But then I had a strong urge to go back and pray with him. I went back and said I didn’t want to get him in trouble but I wanted to pray with him. He said “that’s quite alright”, and removed his hat. I prayed for he and his wife for continued good health. It only took a min or two, but I’m glad I did. Between Dixie and Art I left the BC feeling very very good.
So I get back to our room about 3 or so. DH had got back right from Epcot to nap. I was expecting to see him sleeping but he is sitting outside reading a book. He did rest for a bit before hand. So we leave our room about 4 for our 5:15 ADR at ohana. We took the bus to MK and then hopped the monorail. I don’t remember the timing but it wasn’t very long of a wait so I’m guessing less than 15. We had a table right on the main drag where they do the dances and stuff. At one point we had a few kids under our table trying to retrieve runaway coconuts, but we thought it was funny, not annoying. The food was great. Our one server was ok. It seemed like she was annoyed that she was working. The table next to had asked for pineapple and the caramel sauce. The server said “we don’t do that anymore, but I’ll get you some” I guess the people were surprised it had changed. So she repeats (sounding really ticked off) “I told you, I would get you some”. The other server (cliff) was so much better. We really enjoyed the meal. So the check came, and we left the 18 % with the DDE (DDE is so much shorter to type, than tables in wonderland). But I felt Cliff deserved something more. So as we got up, he thanked us for coming and I told him I don’t know how tips are divided up, but you deserve more, so I slipped him some cash.
We took the monorail back to Epcot. Rode SSE and stopped by Nemo. Went on the ride and spent some time looking at the fish. At 8 ish at night there was nobody there. It was very enjoyable. I think we watched the fireworks from the bridge and then headed home. Day 2 is done.
After a wonderful home cooked breakfast, we walked to DHS. Got there about 15 min before the gates opened. After they let you thru the gates, they had a opening ceremony thing and then 99.9% of the people went toward toy story. We got fast passes for 9 ish and then went back to little mermaid. Did great movie ride and then back to toy story. Got fast passes for 2 ish. We did the ride for the first time. My DH felt the fast pass line wasn’t fast enough, I said look over there. At spots you could see how the standby line went all over the place. So we did the ride and not to brag, but I won. When we came back later, I won. Later in the week we rode it two more times, annnnnnndddddd I won. Did I mention I won??? It’s a cute ride, but I’m so zoned in on the game, the rest of the walls could be blank and I wouldn’t notice. The first time I was taken back as a few times we spun around rather quickly. We saw Beauty and the Beast, but first Four for a dollar. Sure wish they weren’t leaving. I really enjoy the group. Beauty was nice too. I love the bright colors. I know we also did star tours, muppets and maybe a few repeats. We left DHS about 3 ish. There was a boat by the dock so we took the boat back to the BW. I think my DH went for a quick dip in the pool. By quick I mean 15 mins. That’s all he wants. Takes longer to get changed than he swims. Anyway, after this we go get a pizza from the boardwalk pizza. Go back to the room, eat, and just make it a early night. DH was getting a cold and it was starting to drag him down. Besides tomorrow it’s EMH at MK, so we need a early start. End of day 3