|Yesterday, 01:40 PM||#1|
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Mar 2014
One Day Animal Kingdom Adventure
It was a super last minute trip, I got Discovery Days (3-day)tickets on Tuesday (3/10) because after lots of stalking I got DD & I early breakfast Askerhaus ressies in June. It was only supposed to be a one day girls trip to EP, but I couldn't pass up that deal!
Now of course A&E are supposed to be leaving EP for MK before June and all that work to get into EP early may not matter, but...I'm supposed to be telling you about AK!
So, I call DCousin-in-law who has a Weekday pass and a 2yr old DD to tell her I need to plan 2 more WDW day trips. Turns out she was planning a trip for Thurs 3/13! I was totally in! DD and I had never been to AK
The Girls My DD4- RR & Her DD2- MM:
We planned to get there at 9am , which we thought was opening. It isn't. They open at 8. As a PH she was allowed to use FP+ before we left, but because I'm not a PH I had to do my selections at the park & she wasn't allowed to link me to hers ahead of time. Oh, well! We planned to FP Mickey & Minnie M&G, The Kilimanjaro Safari Ride & The Nemo Show. We also made lunch reservations at Rain Forest Cafe.
We were able to leave 20min earlier than we planned (Which was awesome considering the park opened earlier than we thought). The girls did great in the car . I think it helped that it was still dark when we left and that they had breakfast to distract them.
We arrived at AK at 7:55! Go Moms! We had to unload my wheelchair, DCiL's stroller, the bags and the girls so even though we made great time and had excellent parking we got to Will Call shortly after opening. I had to activate my tickets and she needed her renewed AP.
No problems...or so we thought! I handed DD my card and she held it to the mickey head while I pressed my finger on the plate, No green light. CM says try again. Still no. Try the other card, please. Ok, no go on that one either!
So, she gives RR a Timon & Pumba safety tip card (which thrilled her beyond reason) and another CM comes to talk to me. He takes both cards and then reports "This one has no ticket attached and this one...expired." Um, WHAT?!? I informed him they were newly purchased and had been activated moments ago a few feet from where we stood. He looked confused. I was getting anxious about our FP+ selections and poor DCiL & MM are just standing just inside the park waiting and wondering what happened.
Now another CM joins the confused gentleman. He catches her up and they instruct me to wait where I am and disappear into the ticket booth. Cue, my internal panic , but I kept it together by singing along with Disney music while RR danced around & asked me to read her safety tip card 1 million times.
When they come back they hand me my confirmation printout and both cards and assure me "I'm all set." I asked what happened and was told that although FL Resident tickets appear as tickets on MDE and their computers they are only exist as certificates until Residency is verified, it's an extra step in the activation process. I was relieved to hear both that it was fixed and that it wasn't my fault. So just verify when you go to WC for your FL resident tickets that not all CM are aware of the extra step.
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|Yesterday, 03:56 PM||#2|
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Mar 2014
Part Two: Uphill to fun
So, we were FINALLY inside AK! When I asked the nearest CM where to go for FP+ his directions were "Um, go straight up the hill and then then to your left at the top"
I had a sinking feeling about this. Here we are with one mom pushing a toddler stroller & one mom in a wheelchair w/a kid in her lap facing a BIG hill to get into the park. It might take some Disney magic
All the obsessing over my checklist had yielded water bottles, snacks, spare clothes, a towel, a fully charged camera with an empty memory card, sunscreen, mouse ears...and so on. I even remembered the hand pump for my tires just in case (you only get to a theme park & realize your wheelchair has TWO flat tires once in a lifetime ), but what I forgot was my wheelchair gloves. Most of you will have NO IDEA what that means. You see, having been lucky enough to have an adult with hands free to give me a push all of my past WDW visits it never mattered, but today I was going to push that chair a few miles and that little bump of a bone where your wrist turns into your thumb is going to rub on the tire as it rotates. Causing tiny friction burns, darn it. Nothing to do but suck it up, there was a hill to be climbed and FP+'s to be obtained! ONWARD! (Knight on Horseback Emoticon/Superhero here)
As, we started up this monster hill of a bridge all I could do was laugh! Adrenaline was helping, but man is that sucker steep! I was hoping I wouldn't lose my grip and mow anyone down as I rolled backwards out of the park.
Everyone talks about Disney Magic and the CM's but not once but several that day (not every time, but a few) a guest insisted on giving me a push up that stupid thing. Thank you, kind people!
Fass Pass Time!
Next, we had...gosh...a minute or so wait to get to the FP+ kiosk. The CM there took my cards and linked our party together right away. Then when DCiL selected our 3 FPs one conflicted with our Lunch Ressie so the CM changed our M&G with Mickey & Minnie and we got the first window starting at 9:05!!
We made a quick potty stop first. That's when DCiL told me about the Baby Centers! Who knew? Clean, quiet places with changing tables and a companion bathroom. We used it later, as for now we were in a super rush after the long car ride. (insert emoticon doing the potty dance here).
Camera test! (I thought the hand washing instructions were funny and as it turns out this is the only picture of me all day)
RR & MM are HUGE Minnie Mouse fans. Getting to see her right away was a really big deal for them. We probably could have gone home after that (not that we would).
Waiting our turn (two families ahead of us, like 5min) Note: The Timon & Pumbaa safety cards sticking out of her pocket ever so slightly.
Here we go!
RR: Was Minnie happy?
Me: You mean was she happy you came to see her?
Me: She was thrilled. She was so glad you came, honey.
RR: Oh, good I want to make Minnie happy.
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