drove over to WDW for a short stay 19 & 20 Jan. Stayed at the Swan. Very nice.
I didn’t know this but if you leave the park, you can’t use your ticket to get back in for an hour. Went to Magic Kingdom on Tuesday am. Went through the ticket turnstile to wait for the opening. Needed to use the rest room. Went to a CM who let me out. No restrooms between the entrance booth and the train station<G>. CM said to come back to him to get back in. I actually thought he was joking. When I was going back in, his line was long, so I went a few turnstiles down. I have an AP. Wouldn’t work!!! Explained what happened and the new CM told me about the hour rule. I didn’t know that. Went back to the guy who let me out to get back in… guess you learn something new every day.
Also at MK, the have a ticket kiosk. Never saw this before!!! Pretty cool. Touch screen to get what you want in tickets!!!
At the Swan, which I like a lot, in the lobby, in the evenings, they have a wine dispenser. No kidding. They had 2 cabinets with I believe 4 wines in each. Young lady man’s (or ladies) the booth. You can pick a “taste,” 1/2 glass or full glass.
At the International Gateway, usually, you go through the turnstile @ 845am for a 9am opening, you then wait at the rope drop at the top of the hill where you spilt off to France or England. On Monday, the 19th of Jan, they didn’t even let you go through the turnstiles until 9am. What a mess. First, obviously, you need to have your bags checked, then you have to sustain the usual “trama” of people who can’t get their ticket to work!!! Soarin was really empty. Hardly any wait to get a Fast Pass. Maybe Disney Co stopped the rope drop altogether, or just for the season??? Patrons weren’t happy. Lots of grumbling at the gate <G>.
Also, Storm-A-Long Bay is being rehabbed. You can use the kiddie beach section and the “lazy river” section, but the hugest portion of the pool has been drained empty. The slide has been torn apart for rehab too. Not sure when it will be ready.
Over all, it was loads of fun as usual!!! Hey… it’s Disney.