All I can say is: WOW! We are exhausted, but we certainly accomplished a lot. And this is how it goes…
Day 1: Picked the kids up from school and we are on our way to Chicago! After 3 1/2 hours, with no traffic problems, we arrive at the Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows, and the kids quickly change into their swim suits and I’m off to the pool to supervise while DH and in-laws have dinner in the hotel restraunt. After swimming, I take DD to the restraunt and order food to take to our room. Kids eat free at HI, but only dine in. That ticked me off a little. Would they rather I haul 3 kids into their quiet restraunt so they can eat for free, or take the food upstairs and be out of their hair?
Day 2: After a peaceful nights sleep, we board the shuttle bus to O’Hare in plenty of time for our flight. There are 7 of us, and we are in 3 separate rows, but that’s ok because we’ll probably have too much together time later. FIL is feeling ill, but fights it off…so he thinks.
We get to Orlando about 10 minutes early, bonus!, and get a wheelchair for FIL (planned on this anyway, because he cant walk long distances). We find the ME and check in. We explain we never rcvd the yellow luggage tags and they take our info about size and color and send us off to wait in line. We wait, and wait, and wait. FIL is feeling ill again. It’s hot so we send him outside to sit on the bench to wait for the bus that finally arrives after about 30 minutes. Grr! Its one of the old fashioned looking busses, and we enjoy the ride and the movie. As they scroll past the highlights I’m thinking yep, I’m going on that, and that, and that… it’s building the excitement.
We are dropped off at POFQ and its all decked out for Christmas. I really like the look of the resort, the jazz music is playing and it gets you in a festive mood. We check in just before 3 pm, and our rooms are not ready. Grr! I try not to let it bug me, but I wanted to change clothes and relax. The kids are coloring at the lobby table, so I head into the gift shop and buy a Pal Mickey, hoping it is worth the money. I call about 3:20 and our rooms are ready. My MIL scores a free wheelchair for my FIL, so we head over to our rooms 6233 & 6234. We have a great view of the river, and small courtyard. Our rooms are connecting, so we open the doors and feel like we have more room. DH and I take the kids to the pool, no luggage yet, but I had packed their suits in the carry on just in case this happened.
They are enjoying the sea dragon water slide while DH and I shiver because its not very warm. I actually thought the pool area would be bigger, but it was cute with all the alligators playing music. He heads back to the room to grab jackets for us and stops by the pool bar for some cocktails. We got the kids out and wrapped them in 3 towels to help keep them warm on the way back to the room. FIL is still ill, thinks he has a fever, so we leave him to rest and head down to Downtown Disney by boat for dinner. Oh, its about 5:40 and our luggage still hasn’t arrived. I call the front desk and they put me on hold and come back to say it was just scanned 10 minutes ago at the airport and should be here shortly. I was glad to hear it was on its way!
The boat driver was Linda and she was great! The boat was pretty full and she asked us trivia questions and pointed out the treehouses and talked about when they were built and who stays in them now. Someone said that every year at Christmas, families would have decoration contests at the treehouses. I wish they still rented them out! She really started us off on the right foot.
As we pull into the dock, Fulton’s Crab House was all lit up and sort of looks like a wedding cake. Very impressive! We were starving when we got there, so we ate right at Rainforrest Cafe. I had the bbq chicken pizza. Very good, but couldn’t eat it all. That happened a lot on this trip. I can’t believe the amount of food you get.
We walked to Lego store, played around with the legos outside then went inside. I liked all the scenes through the circle windows around the store. The kids liked that they were right at their eye level. I had to bend over to see them, but that was fine. I’m not creative when it comes to Legos, so I always am amazed at what you can make with them.
We traveled all the way over to the West side, checking stores out along the way. Then we trucked back to the Marketplace to Once Upon a Toy where my girls fell in love with the make your own My Little Pony area. I didn’t want to buy the first thing they saw, so I told them that we would be back to DD and they could buy it later. I loved the train hanging from the ceiling and the monorail model with the resorts. The kids watched it for a while. We caught the boat back to out room around 9:00, we could see Illuminations starting from the river, cool! Our luggage was there when we returned. Yeah! FIL said he was feeling better but had the covers pulled tightly around his neck and the heater on full blast. He’s also thrown up 3 times. Hmmm… not a good sign.
I unpacked and we decided to have DS sleep in our room so Grandpa could rest better. Truth is, I didn’t want DS to get sick. So there we were, DH and DS in one bed, me and my twin DD’s in the other. Not very comfy, but we’re headed to MK in the morning! Can’t wait!