BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. HERE IS A REPORT FROM MY TRIP LAST SUMMER, FOR MY 60TH BIRTHDAY. BEWARE, ITS REALLY LONG....
ok here goes http://images.proboards.com/new/rolleyes.gif this will take a while
Monday July 2nd - got up early (3am) and went over everything one last time to be sure i didnt forget anything. a friend was able to give me a ride after all, so i got to the airport in plenty of time for my 6am flight. (funny more time needed at small local airport than in orlando http://images.proboards.com/new/rolleyes.gif ) booked with United but they changed my flights to later in the day...i had called and complained about the change so they put me on a usair flight for 6am. not much time but grabbed a soda and crackers for the flight so i could take meds. arrived in Philadelphia on time 6:40am. had a little time now so grabbed an egg sandwich and got my 8am flight. arrived in orlando right on time at 10:30am and got to magical express and was at all star music before 12.
as a surprise a cast member met me getting off the bus. he had a laptop and asked if i was susan.. he took me off to the side so i didnt have to stand in the already long line (i did do the pre-check in on the disney site if that means anything) he did have my request for a first floor room in the rock & roll section but asked if i would mind a 3rd floor king room instead. just so i could get my room early i said yes. then he told me that they were bumping me up to a preferred room in the Calypso section, very close to the elevator and overlooking the pool. great room. he gave me a birthday card, an already set up photo pass, room key and birthday button, and was done and on my way in less than 5 minutes. stopped at Maestro Mickeys and the food court, grabbed my mug and a quick kids meal hot dog to hold me over until i got a meal. it was only about 12 but i was starving. By the time i got to my room my bag was there...and 2 others as well.
i had 2 bags but 2 were from the last guests not removed yet.
i took the bus to DTD and a taxi to Goodings. the driver was very nice and asked where i was going...explained what i wanted to do, so he took me to goodings, waited while i got my stuff ([pepsi- (2) 8 packs pringles chips (were 2 small snack packs for $1 so bought a bunch) a small birthday cake for later and a huge bag of grapes to break down to small baggies for each day) and some other snacks...and he took me back to all star music for $35. was prob a lot but got everything done, back in the resort fridge and off to Studios by 4pm.
the park was very crowded but i thought i was in hyper mood and since i missed Fantasmic last time i wanted to be sure to see it..and studios was open until 12 so off i went. went to Toy Story Mania, but naturally by now they were out of fast pass and the stand-by was about 2 hrs...so passed on that until next full day at studios. Went to see Little Mermaid, caught the last Beauty and the Beast show, did Walt, one mans dream, on a hot dog kick, stopped for another since i was hungry and it was getting too late to do a sit down meal, rode the great movie ride and Fantasmic. after that, during the extra hours I did the great movie ride again, saw a music group playing in front of the sorcerers hat and walked thru some shops. stopped for a popcorn & water and the CM at the cart said "Happy Birthday from Mickey" no charge for the snacks..wow.
got the bus back to the resort and started to unpack. by the time i got everything settled, showered and relaxed it was 3am again.. wow ..was going on 24hrs ..no wonder i was tired. didnt set the alarm. tomorrow is MK and they are opened until 1am so planned on a later start.
Tuesday (7/3) first full day
had breakfast at the resort about 7am, had plans for a later start since the park hours had been changed (due to crowds i guess) from closing at 1 am to closing at 3am http://images.proboards.com/new/shocked.gif (knew i would never hold out THAT long). but by habbit just woke up early anyway.
unfortunatly, i was not watching at the food court counter, i ordered a veggie omlet with a side of bacon, and never noticed until i sat down it was a western omlet (not a big fan of ham). because of the crowds and it really wasnt a big deal i just ate some of it, and picked out some of the ham.
got to the MK in time for the opening ceremonies at 9am. cute, with the fire chief welcoming the train of characters. so cute to see the little kids get excited when they get their first look at Mickey and the gang.
headed right to Tomorrowland and got a fast pass for Buzz Lightyear, and then walked right on. got off and walked right on again.. hardly anyone there yet. then i did Carousel of Progress, Peoplemover, back to Buzz for my fast pass, did monsters inc laugh floor and the Stitchs great escape (still only a 10 min wait for that). surprised not crowded yet. Got to the Plaza restaurant around 11:30am (ressie was for 2:30) but crowds suddenly arrived and was getting hungry so i took a chance. fortunatly they took me in after about a 5 min wait. they were just opening so that was (i think) the wait. had the meatloaf dinner (with potatoes & corn) excellent meal. but as i usually find, way too much food and i couldnt finish it.
then went over and did Pirates, Jungle Cruise, Tiki Birds and Country Bear Jamboree. the lines for Splash Mtn and Big Thunder were huge at this point. so i skipped since i knew i had at least 2 more days in the MK (and the tour groups were there http://images.proboards.com/new/undecided.png )
stopped for a Mickey bar and what a disappointment. will eventually get the pix posted...it tasted fine but looked like it had melted and been refrozen. didnt even look like a mickey bar.
took lots of pix of the castle and walked down main street checking out all the shops.. didnt know what i really wanted to get (yet) and figured i would scope out for the SPECIAL thing i wanted. stopped at the Harmony barber shop to confirm my appt for Friday, but they only get the appts the day of...they didnt have fridays list yet. the CM there asked why i picked there to get a haircut and told her about my birthday etc so she said hold on....and put a little spray in my hair and gave me some pixie dust to hold me over until Friday http://images.proboards.com/new/grin.png so many CMs will go out of their way. they were too busy at that time, and i already had gel in my hair....cant do it if you have anything in your hair...they cant wash it there..only dry cuts.
because of the heat and the crowds now expoding in the park, i went back to the room. oh yea, this is when i found the towel birthday cake in my room http://images.proboards.com/new/grin.png.. what a sweet mousekeeper i had.. took a cool shower and nap (since i lost some sleep the day before)
about 6p I got up had a quick veggie pizza at the food court, and decided to go to DTD and check out some shops and bought a few things....i know what is on property is the same all over, but sometimes DTD has a few more things.
thank goodness for the fridge in the room...i found some chocolate (sorry forget which store) and took back to the room..
a chocolate covered strawberry, chocolate covered pinapple and some peanut butter fudge. actually, believe it or not, the pineapple was the best http://images.proboards.com/new/wink.png
got back to the room about 1130p and crashed
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