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Old 12-18-2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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We ate the World, but did we get to ride Soaring??

Our pre-trippie is located http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1478467
but I will re-cap on who went:

Me: 36, disabled with various medical problems, but look healthy (this is ALWAYS a problem)
DD: 13, loves characters and kiddie rides, worries about me all the time
DM: 57, was born with a club foot, had multiple surgeries, braces, etc... will NOT ride in a wheelchair because she spent most of her childhood in one... celebrating her 30th wedding anniversary in Disney, and this is her first trip there ever!
DF: also 57,wrapped around DD's finger... she can do no wrong and anything she wants is instantly attainable. Has no health issues except some sinus problems and an inability to sleep.
Celebrating his 30 anniversary with his first trip to Disney (a little unwillingly I might add)


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The Flight

We got up at 4:30 AM or should I say I got up at 4:30 AM... (DD got up with enough time to slide into a sweatsuit and throw her hair in a ponytail.)
I checked the suitcase one last time because I was still positive I was forgetting something... I didn't forget a thing actually!

The car I had ordered to take us to the airport was picking up DM and DF at 5:30 and then would be here at 5:40 (DD and I are NOT morning people... she is barely civilized before 10 AM)

We arrived at the airport in plenty of time... I was informed I had been chosen for a special security check (I was not real thrilled about this... I have an implantable device and can not go through metal detectors, so every time I fly, I have to be molested first, always by a woman who says nothing but "Back of my hands, back of my hands, back of my hands" so what else could they do to me? A cavity check?? )

Needless to say, I did NOT run right over to go through security...

DM finally told me I had prolonged it long enough, let's go... (she wanted coffee which was located on the other side of security in Dunkin Donuts)

My security check was the same as it always is... back of the hands and all... and I still got through security before DD, DM and DF.
I was relaxing on a bench when they finished.

We sped off to Dunkin Donuts, where DM and DD got cappucinos... DF and I sat on a bench and waited for them to get through the line ( I don't do lines... and no it is not because I am stuck up, it is because I pass out if I stand still for too long... more about this later)

Then we headed off to find breakfast. The restaurant I always remembered being at JFK was nowhere to be found ( oops I forgot we used to fly Delta Song and now were flying Jet Blue)
So we ate in a sports bar... the eggs were fake, the coffee was... ummm ... not good, but the bacon and potatoes were passable.
DD did not touch her food, she hates to fly and works herself up to hysterics by the time we take off.

The flight itself was pretty uneventful... everyone enjoyed the satellite TV and DM loved tracking the flight.
The four of us sat across row 8... we had drinks and a snack ... the airline snacks were better than the restaurant food!
DD again ate nothing...

I only passed out once during the flight (yes that is unusual for me! The change in altitude also drops my blood pressure)

Once we landed, DD was just about the first person off the plane...



next up... the quest to find Magic Express or as DF likes to call it The Magic Bus
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So far so good, now lets get to the good stuff

What do you mean that security kept saying "back of my hands"????
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lmbo... back of my hands

Because of my implantable device, I can't go through the metal detector, so I have to be patted down ... they always say "back of my hands" because they pat down your sensitive areas (chest, crotch area and butt) with the back of their hands so no one can claim they were molested by security... it still feels invasive, but I guess it is better than having all the settings on my implantable be reset by the metal detector!
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Yay!! My smilie friends are here!!
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The quest for the Magic Bus

OK, so our plane has landed and DD has thrown various people out of her way to get the heck outta there...

The rest of us exit much more calmly (I was groggy)

First we must determine whether we landed on Side A or Side B of MCO...
This starts the first argument of our Disney vacation...

Before you worry... I won

Our Magic Express packet says ME is on the B side... I determine we landed on the A side and must take the "monorail" to the B side... DM disagrees

DD cuts this short and runs into Hudson News to ask them where we are...

We are on the A side... we proceed to "monorail" to get to the B side... DM is shooting me daggers with her eyeballs

DM does not travel well and thinks Magic Express should instantly transfer you from your living room to your hotel room... now that is Magical!

We stand on the "monorail"... but it is a short trip...

Now we proceed to level 1...

There is a HUGE line for ME... DM shoots more daggers at me (Honestly, I have no control over the line )

DM is cranky and does not want to wait in line... but I can not check us both in and DF is looking confuzzled at this point.

Luckily for me, the line moves quickly...

We are directed to the line for the Polynesian... yes, more daggers!

We were the only people in the line!!

This is what DF thinks we are taking to Poly:

We are quickly loaded and find out our ME stops at Wilderness lodge first, then Polynesian then on to Grand Floridian.

I do NOT look at DM...

ME gets moving... DM relaxes (a little)
DF looks bored... I think he was expecting a rock band on the Magic Bus.

Finally we see...



DD and I start jumping around...
(This first Glimpse means NOTHING to DM and DF)

We soon stop at Wilderness Lodge... DM can not get over how beautiful it is ( yay!! maybe she will stop trying to kill me with her eyeballs)



Next stop... POLY!!!!!!!!!!
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First Glimpse of Poly, check-in, room assignment


So not DM has seen Wilderness Lodge and was impressed... DF was impressed too...
Would they also be impressed by Poly??
This was our first view:



They were impressed!!

We get off the Magic Bus ( that still kills me)

and see:


I just LOVE Poly!!!!!

The greeters say "Aloha"
We say "Aloha"

We are staying concierge, so they check our carry-ons and coats (blech)
and get us all in a golf cart for the ride to Hawaii...

We are dropped off right in front of Hawaii. We say "mahalo" to our driver and head in for check in...

One room is ready (we had 2) it is DM and DF's room... We head upstairs to look at it.
We had 2 requests for our room:
1) connecting so we could go back and forth in our jammies
2) third floor so we had a balcony

We got both!!

The view from our rooms:

and what is not to love about THAT????



next up: Walking through Poly, lunch at Kona and surprises in store...
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Surprises at lunch...

Well, DM and DF had their room, DD and I had the concierge lounge:









DD was in love and I was pretty happy myself!! Go orange passionfruit guava juice (especially when Chef Dick mixed it with some sort of alcohol!)



DD got goldfish crackers and juice, I got juice and cappucino (I just couldn't decide, and well I did pay for it, so why bother??)

We grabbed DM and DF from their room... and headed off to Kona cafe for lunch...

The view in the back of the Great Ceremonial House:



and the view upon entering :



DM and DF are just looking around wide eyed... remember this is their first EVER trip to Disney!
I have been 9 times and DD has been 4.
I think they had a hard time equating all this with Mickey Mouse...

We check in at the podium of Kona Cafe and are told the wait will only be a few minutes... (I should hope so, the tables were mostly empty!)

We were called within a few minutes, and the hostess says to DM and DF "Happy Anniversary! How many years are you celebrating?"
Their faces dropped!
(They didn't know that all of our reservations said it was their anniversary, as a matter fact they didn't know that I booked this trip for this particular week so they could have a magical anniversary... I think they thought I forgot it)

Well, they are celebrating 30 years together, and DM was VERY pleased that I remembered, and even more pleased that we were making a big deal out of it!

DD was less than pleased when our server thought we were sisters... and this happens a lot... DH and I have already put away money for the therapy she will undoubtedly need for the agony this causes her in her life

DM and DF are SHOCKED by the amount of food that comes with our meal plan... (we did a premium plan because the extra perks were VERY nice!)

For appetizers we ordered:
3 orders of crab cakes (YUMMY) and 1 order of potstickers (again YUMMY)

For Lunch:
DD ordered a noodle bowl (she liked it but it was sweet and sour sauce and her nerves still hadn't settled down from being forced to fly to Disney)
I had peanut chicken (delicious)
DM had a burger (which she proclaimed very tasty)
and DF had a chicken sandwich (he didn't say anything, but he did finish it)

No one could eat desert, but we did order banana creme brulee to go...

Then DM and DF were presented with:


They couldn't eat much, but they both loved the touch!



up next: does our luggage come? do DD and I ever get a room?
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Great so far. The Poly looks beautiful!!
Poly was incredibly beautiful, and the CMs there were wonderful as were the CMs almost everywhere (well except for that one in Epcot that I will get to later!!!)


Seriously thank you for reading!


I will be Christmas shopping in the morning, but hopefully I will have the next installment up tomorrow afternoon
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