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Old 05-16-2010, 07:58 AM   #46
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UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!!

WOOOTTTT!!! Can't wait!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:06 PM   #49
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:10 PM   #50
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Arrival!!!!

Day 1, Saturday May 1

I had finished my pre-trip jobs the night before which left me just the basics for Saturday morning (packing final toiletries, last minute house chores, etc). Of course I had lots of excitement which made getting up and finishing the jobs easy!! We left home about 8:30 which was when I had said I wanted to leave. Greg then decided he needed to stop at the gas station for drinks then swing by a garage sale for…well, I really have no clue! Luckily whatever he had seen in their ad wasn’t there or not something he wanted I guess because he was back in the car in mere minutes.

Finally he turned the car toward Des Moines and we were off! The trip was easy as usual and we arrived in plenty of time to check in and of course visit the gift shop (for some reason, the kids HAD to stop here). The boys were starting to say they were hungry so Greg used breakfast as a reason to leave. After quite a few hugs and kisses, and a few tears, we said goodbye. I breezed through security, grabbed a couple bottles of Diet Pepsi (those of you who followed my PTR know how critical this step was!!) and a bad cup of coffee and headed toward my gate.

By now it was about 10:30 and my flight was scheduled to take off at 11:05. Like lots of small airports, they basically run a flight from MCO to DSM, refuel and turn around and fly back. Well, at 10:45, there was still no sign of the incoming flight…I knew we would not be departing on time!

I sat and chatted with the people around me and met my new friend Corry



It’s easy to see why I picked him to chat with…he was headed to our happy place too and very excited! Turns out he and his parents sat across the aisle from me on the plane and they were also on the same flights coming home so I spent a lot of time talking with him. It was fun being entertained by someone else’s kid for a change!

Finally this sight appeared



And the passengers started to get off. This next part I found odd…these guys started to come off the plane



This is the least blurry of the pictures so maybe you can’t tell but the plane was full of the Iowa Barnstormers players (our semi-pro football team) First, I was surprised they have to fly a public plane (even our college teams fly private) and second, I wondered HOW these guys fit into those tiny seats!!

Regardless, we were soon loaded on the plane (about 25 minutes late) and headed out. The first part of the flight was easy and clear then after awhile the view turned to this



(confession, being the science geek I am, I took this picture to show the change in color of the atmosphere as you move up ) But it also shows the thick blanket of clouds below us! I didn’t think a lot of it until we started to hit turbulence. I wouldn’t call myself a frequent flyer but have flown a number of times, some quite long distances, and have only gotten sick on 1 flight, a much smaller plane than I was on this day. OH BOY…my inner ear condition started to kick in and the vertigo began! I had some Dramamine in my bag in the overhead compartment but couldn’t get to it. Corry’s mom came to my rescue by reaching into her bag and finding just what I needed!

The stewardess (is this still the proper term?) was telling us that the flight from MCO to DSM was one of the worst she had ever been on and was far more turbulent than what we were experiencing at that time. Later of course after hearing about the storms in Tennessee I realized what exactly we were flying over. Watching the news the next day was much to reminiscent of our 2008 trip when we watched in horror the devastating flooding going on not far from our own homes in Iowa.

About 45 minutes before arrival, the clouds once again cleared and after landing, this lovely sight appeared



Aaaaahhhhhhhhh! Palm trees, sunshine and the fake monorail! I quickly ran off the plane and onto said monorail



I was on side B and easily found the escalators down to level 1. As I approached the ME desk, I was ushered to a podium where I checked in and was pointed to the correct line containing only 6 or 8 people. I was a bit worried looking at other lines with dozens of people in them that I had maybe just missed a bus but it was less than 5 minutes before I was escorted outside. Given our 15 minute late arrival, I was thrilled at what great time I was making!!



Within minutes, our driver



(your guess is as good as mine on that one!) had us on the road watching a lovely video



I must say, I know it was only 20 minutes or so but I was about busting with excitement and it seemed much longer before we finally saw this wonderful sign



Then not long at all before our first stop, my home for the next 8 nights



Now this is a sight that makes you worry some…I never heard anything about what might have happened



I had done online check-in and had noted on my ressie my room requests and despite the note on my check-in packet, I was informed my room was in Ranchos 6B. I was not thrilled with this and asked if there were any options in other sections but was told that due to a conference going on, the other sections were full. The young man who checked me in was not very good but he did do one nice thing by letting me know that there would be a lot of check-outs the following day if I wanted to return in the morning and request a move.

I took the long hike around the lake to my room which I finally found in the maze of building 6B (I tell you, I never did figure out where I was!). When I arrived I quickly took off my jeans and sneakers and changed into shorts and sandals to head out but first took a few pictures of the room while it still looked nice.







The rooms at CSR are SO beautiful! But I wasn’t interested in the room…I was starving and wanted to GO!! I swung through the dig site pool looking for Michelle and her Mom but didn’t find them. After another stop in El Centro to get my gift card not given to me by the first CM and checking on dinner ADR’s at the concierge desk, I hoped on a bus and the time was now



And was headed here



I stopped only for a moment to say hello



But this was not my destination…I was actually on my way here

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Old 05-16-2010, 02:55 PM   #51
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Ick, feeling yucky on a plane is the worst.

I have no patience for the Magical Express bus rides. I love that they have the transportation but I just want to get THERE. I have zero patience.

Your room is beautiful. Good idea taking the pictures before the room got messy, I do that too.
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Old 05-16-2010, 03:35 PM   #52
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Excellent update. One day I will only have Coronado Springs as the only resort I haven't stayed at and will be forced to stay there until then I will visit it through your pictures and talk about the fact I do not want to stay there and have another run in with Maria Consuela!
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Old 05-16-2010, 03:39 PM   #53
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Nice update, Katie. Four months until we're back in those wonderful rooms at the CSR. I hope it was nothing serious with the fire department/ambulance there. We've never done ME (we always rent a car), so it was neat seeing the photo of the "welcome" they show.
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Love your pictures! I don't know why I don't ever take pictures at the airport, I love that little monorail!
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Old 05-16-2010, 03:45 PM   #55
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Wonderful Update Katie!!!

You are right the rooms at CSR are beautiful!! I hope I get a better CM though when I check into POR in the fall, I MUST have a Mansion room LOL!!!!

OH THE MAGIC KINGDOM...hmmmm...someone was headed to the Contemporary......LOL!

Can't wait for more!
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Old 05-16-2010, 04:16 PM   #56
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I am enjoying your trip report so far!!

I will be working at Blizzard Beach...I am very excitied about it. ok now enough procrastinating and back to packing...i am moving next Sunday!!!

Looke forward to more of your trip report!!
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:12 PM   #57
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Great update. I'm sorry the plane ride was so tough. But nothing like a view of the fake monorail to make one feel better!

Can't wait to see what you did in the MK on your first evening!
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:26 PM   #58
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Always itching to get going when we get there too! Can't wait to see where you ate at the Contemporary!
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:32 PM   #59
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Ugggg, sorry your flight was less than magical feeling ill on a plane is the worst!

Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your night. I know where your going..........
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:36 PM   #60
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I'm new to your TR too. MeMom sent me over as I am currently considering a girls' only trip. I cannot wait to read more! Dramamine is my best friend.
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