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CR Resort Fan 4 Life
08-14-2011, 04:11 PM
Earlier this morning my family and I started our trip to Walt Disney World and this morning we got to the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit just before 6:20 AM and there was no wait, which was surprising because I thought Sunday would be a busier day to cross. As for clearing US Customs we basically got all the questions we assumed we would like what do we all do for a living, how much $ we are taking into the US and etc. Although we weren't expecting this question. After saying our destination was Disney World the agent then asked what time our flight was, because he assumed we were flying out of Detroit when we are actually driving down I-75. If your wondering right now I am posting this from Lexington, Kentucky.

jba2
08-14-2011, 08:06 PM
Safe drive. I'm heading down on Friday.

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
08-14-2011, 08:21 PM
I forgot to say we were also asked if we had brought any gifts for friends we might have, so that I thought was an odd question.

petbren
08-17-2011, 08:17 AM
Earlier this morning my family and I started our trip to Walt Disney World and this morning we got to the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit just before 6:20 AM and there was no wait, which was surprising because I thought Sunday would be a busier day to cross. As for clearing US Customs we basically got all the questions we assumed we would like what do we all do for a living, how much $ we are taking into the US and etc. Although we weren't expecting this question. After saying our destination was Disney World the agent then asked what time our flight was, because he assumed we were flying out of Detroit when we are actually driving down I-75. If your wondering right now I am posting this from Lexington, Kentucky.

We're heading out Friday-driving to Disneys HHI resort. Staying first night in Lexington. What hotel did you stay in there, where did you eat?

Have a great trip.:banana:

CanadianPaco
08-17-2011, 02:48 PM
Have a safe drive!:wizard:

tone.def
08-17-2011, 11:10 PM
Is there construction still on bridge? I haven't crossed there in a couple years.

Ken_Breadbox
08-18-2011, 03:06 AM
I forgot to say we were also asked if we had brought any gifts for friends we might have, so that I thought was an odd question.

I HATE THE BORDER.

Going on vacation shouldn't entail having to convince the judge/jury/executioner that yes, in fact, you're going on vacation. And may your Gods help you if you're brown...'cause theirs certainly won't.

We got "are you bringing anything into the United States that you will be leaving behind." My wife froze on the oddity of that question. Time spun out, almost two seconds worth, which is an eternity when you're talking to people who can rip your car apart on a whim. As I was about to jump in, she said "I'm sorry, no. I just had to think for a second on what that could possibly be."
Me, too. The best I could come up with was "a flag, a Canadian flag. We're the vanguard of the conquering force."

In February a few years back, we drove to Destin, FL, to see my dad and stepmom. In Windsor, so help me, we had this exchange:

Border cop: "Where y'all headed?"
DW: 'Destin, FL"
Cop: "Why are you going to Florida?"

I thought about that one and reflected it's a good thing my wife handles the questions. It's February. Why does any Canadian go to Florida? Sun. Sand. No snow. Eglin AFB's near Destin, we thought maybe we'd blow it up.

Last time down, the border cop zeroed right in on me. He was an old guy, amiable, and you got the distinct impression he would have been happy as a clam if ours was the only car he dealt with all day. He actually asked me why I didn't have a driver's license, as opposed to the perfectly good passport I did have. "I don't drive," I said. "Poor eyesight." "Well, that never stopped anybody!"
It's the central fact of my life that I don't drive. You try living without a driver's license for twenty years and see if you don't get a little touchy about people who assume you MUST have one and why are you hiding it? I actually thought for a minute the guy was going to produce an eye chart. But no, he just started up with the questions. We'd already told him we were going to Florida for a week, so of course he had to say "Okay, so you're going to Florida for...was it two weeks?"
I wanted to turn to the mythical judge that was at least supposed to be on my side and say "Objection, your Honour!"

Coming back into Canada is so much easier. Last time, we chorused "we're home!" and the woman just waved us through without even asking for I.D...

papertraveller
08-18-2011, 06:50 PM
Earlier this morning my family and I started our trip to Walt Disney World and this morning we got to the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit just before 6:20 AM and there was no wait, which was surprising because I thought Sunday would be a busier day to cross. As for clearing US Customs we basically got all the questions we assumed we would like what do we all do for a living, how much $ we are taking into the US and etc. Although we weren't expecting this question. After saying our destination was Disney World the agent then asked what time our flight was, because he assumed we were flying out of Detroit when we are actually driving down I-75. If your wondering right now I am posting this from Lexington, Kentucky.

Have a great drive. We are heading down shortly, and can't wait. We'll see you in the CR gift shop! (that is DD's home away from home!)

As for the border, our last couple of crossings were pretty easy. One at Sarnia was crazy for the lineup, but straight forward. The last one through the Windsor Tunnel had little lineup, we were asked where we were staying, how long for the visit, whether we had any gifts for anyone. Haven't been asked about cash for a long time. But usually when we're saying we're headed for Florida and Disney, we get a friendly wave through.