|11-27-2012, 06:26 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2005
A Few Observations from Thanksgiving Week
I was at WDW from Wednesday - Saturday last week, and I had a blast in spite of the high crowd levels. It was not your typical vacation trip, because I was the tour manager for a marching band from Cleveland, OH. I work for a travel company that organizes trips for high school bands and choirs. It's a great job if you have the right sensibility for it!
The downside to traveling with a large group is that the decisions about which park each day, and when to be there, are taken out of your hands by the group's performance and travel schedule. But my attitude is always that I'll enjoy the time I have to explore the parks, even if the schedule is not ideal.
I have quite a few pics to include, but it's not really a trip report, just a few observations. I had not been to WDW for over a year, so it was great to see a few new things (like FLE), and I was also interested to see how the new FP enforcement affected my day. Not so much for work trips, but for family trips, late FP use was a cornerstone of our touring! It was definitely not a big deal.
We departed Cleveland aboard a couple of charter buses at 10:30 Tuesday morning, and we arrived at Rainforest Cafe at AK by about 7 am on Wednesday. We had a group breakfast booked. They always do a good job with these - standard buffet items plus good fresh fruit and their version of Tonga Toast - a french toast casserole that is delicious.
The weather for our entire stay was the best I've ever encountered in Orlando. A little cool in the mornings and quite cool in the evenings, but with a sweatshirt or light jackets those times, the low humidity, beautiful blue skies, and warm afternoon sunshine were ideal!
We were at AK after breakfast from about 8:30 to 12:30. I rode EE and KS and watched FotLK; and I walked around taking pics, one of my favorite things to do. The safari was one of the best I have been on, with many animals out, including two lionesses interacting. A few pics:
Ft. Wilderness Campground '77, Offsite '81, '83, Dixie Landings '97, Shades of Green '00, DL/DCA Offsite '02, Contemporary '03, AKL '04, SoG/HRH '06, PPH, DL/DCA '06, ASMu 2/09, Beach Club 12/09, Numerous trips as a group tour guide (best job ever!), GC DL/DCA 6/12
My June '06 trip report December 09 Beach Club trip report
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