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Old 12-24-2013, 12:23 PM   #16
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Old 01-11-2014, 03:28 PM   #17
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Ok so, the mods may move this to the trip report forum instead if they so wish.

I will attempt to do a report, it's been a while.
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Old 01-11-2014, 03:48 PM   #18
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Day One: The Cone of Shame, yes shame I say!

I start at the beginning I suppose.

Day one is titled, "The Cone of Shame."

It is rumored that I am a Disney Travel Specialist. I am not sure that is true. I mean seriously, would a Disney travel specialist fail to get her family to the airport on time? NEVAH. Right?

And yet this is my sad tale of woe, and whoa!

I drove feverishly through the night to get to the OKC airport on time. I ALMOST succeeded. Got to the ticket counter and waited as patiently as I could for our turn at the kiosk to check our bags. Yay, it was finally our turn!

Typed in my reservation code, retrieved the reservation, then told it how many bags per person. Suddenly the screen went blank on me. Blank, nothing, black, nada.

WTFreak?

Started over, nada. This is when Mr. SurlySupervisor came over, motioned at the screen, then informed me that we were too late. "Yeah, I know we are cutting it close, but got here as soon as we could." AKA, "bite me" in my head. He turns to the ticket agent and says, "rebook them" and walks away.

Sidenote: really, really, glad that I booked this through Southwest and not through Airtran. Don't get me started on that hostile takeover. It's been a mess for my some of my clients.


Ticketing agent looks confused and says that although she thought that we would be able to make it to the gate, she can't supersede her supervisor.

So, she verifies that I did indeed book this through Southwest, and proceeds to find us an alternate flight. Finally, she manages to book us on a flight to Denver, that connects to another flight going to Orlando. We only have about 3 hours to wait. Yeah, 3 hours.

We settle in at our gate, and I have a good long time to fume at myself.

Sidenote: This airport has the weirdest bathroom stalls. First off, the seats have automatic plastic wrap machines on them so they look like they are wearing a condom. That was actually a little reassuring. Until I sat down, yeah not comfy. Worse than that, the seat and the paper dispenser were mere inches apart. Any adult person would have to sit at an angle on this toilet in order to still have knees. I started to take a picture of this from directly above the dispenser, but then I would have to explain why I was posting pictures of a bathroom toilet, and I just didn't want to have to go there. Suffice to say, when observed from this vantage point there is exactly a horizontal half-inch from where the edge of the toilet ring ends, and the end of the edge of the dispenser. The vertical space is sufficient if you are a toddler, but anyone else will need to remove their knee caps. So this is the story of the time that I wished that I could pee like a dog, whilst wearing the cone of shame..


Mercifully, we finally get to board the plane. We have B boarding group, so I was hoping that we might be able to sit close to one another. Nope, not a one of us. I stuck the kids next to the least creepy-looking persons that I could find, and Crashdad and I took what was left. It was an uncomfortable flight to Denver.

The kids and I made it out of the plane well ahead of hubby, and located our new gate. It was a couple of gates away from the arrival gate. The problem was that this flight was already starting to board passengers and I have all of the boarding passes. As we frantically try to spot Crashdad and wave him over, they call our boarding group. Awesome, not. I took the kids to the podium and we waited there for hubby. As soon as we saw him, we waved him over and joined the now "C" group in boarding. You guessed it, not a prayer of seats together.

So, I get the kids situated and see an exit row seat that is vacant. Took the seat and stowed my stuff. This was at least a bit more comfortable than the first flight. Crashdad also managed to find an exit row seat on the other side. He was sitting between two some 20-somethings and he was telling me what sharp kids they were after the flight. One of them worked, or interned, as an EMT for Disney and told him a hilarious story about a man that called them from the Grand Floridian because he got a paper cut on his finger.



We arrived at Disney a full 5 hours behind schedule.




I leave you with this pathetic image, more later.
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Old 01-11-2014, 03:57 PM   #19
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Oh no! That is not a good way to start a trip! Hope it gets better from here!

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Aw, don't beat yourself too bad.
In always say, plan and God laughs.
Good to see you back.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:30 PM   #21
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Oh no! What a sad start for a Disney Planner! Seriously, you made it to your destination all in one piece and you are at DISNEY! So all is right with the World! I hope everything goes well from here on out!
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:18 PM   #22
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:27 PM   #23
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Ok, so where was I? Oh yes, cone of shame....

We are 5 hours behind schedule. So what does that mean? First off, it meant that we missed our first FP+'s at Epcot. I wasn't entirely sure that we were going to use them in the first place. I had intended to leave arrival day sort of loose. We could go to Epcot, or we could go explore AoA. Well, none of that was going to happen now. As it was, we would have enough time to check-in and then regroup in time to make our first ADR at 'Ohana. As delighted as I was that we were going to be able to make our ADR, I would have much preferred that we could have changed out of our travel clothes first. But I am getting ahead of myself a bit.

As you may remember, there were some old pics from our first Christmas trip that I wanted to try to recreate. Some of those pics were from the very first night of that trip. With things happening the way they were, that wasn't very likely to happen. Also because Wall-e was already starting to show signs of illness, more on that to come.

However, we were able to recreate one of the photos that I had planned for arrival day.

Exhibit A 2006:



And 2013:



So, having arrived at Pop, we went to our room which overlooked the Hippy Dippy, and dumped some of our carry-ons. Here is what awaited us:



We headed down to Everything Pop:



We then boarded the bus to MK, and were off to 'Ohana. We actually checked in a bit early, which I shouldn't have done if we wanted to see Wishes from the the restaurant, but we were pretty wiped out so it was just as well. We waited a very short time in the lounge area. In fact, I headed over to the dump shop to buy a bottle of water to use in my cpap machine, and by the time I came back the buzzer was going off.

See how tired Wall-e already looks in this picture. He's drinking hot tea btw, which is a sure sign that he doesn't feel well:



Poor kiddo was sickly for much of the trip.

More Ohana:


The runner came over with a skewer of shrimp, and said "You want 10, right?!" I laughed and said yes, thinking that he was kidding. He wasn't!

I ate a lot of shrimp that night.

Minnie got up and helped the little kids in the coconut races, but Wall-e just stayed quietly in his seat, poor guy. It was a great meal as usual, but it was time to call it a night. Had things gone better, we would have headed over to the GF for more picture recreating, but it was not to be. We hit the monorail back to MK, and were on a Pop bus in short order.

Side note: we had great bus service up until the last couple of days. Otherwise we hardly waited at all for buses, and we got to ride on a couple of the news ones too.


Back in our room and the day washed off of us, we settled in for our first Disney sleep...

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Old 01-13-2014, 07:50 PM   #24
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:32 PM   #26
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What is it with the Dis eating posts?

Anyway, Steph, I clicked on the TR thread by chance tonight and there you were, right on top. I had no idea, but so happy to have found it! I remember your last trip (really, that long ago?) and looking forward to this one.

Everyone, Steph made my avatar

We have something else in common, my son is in the military too, a captain in the Air Force in frozen Montana, LOL.

Looking forward to the next chapter.

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Sorry I missed the start of this. I'm way behind everywhere with work, no internet for a few days, etc.

Not a good start to the trip, I see. Sorry you didn't get to Epoct, but glad that you didn't miss your ADR.

Sorry Wall-E wasn't feeling well. Never fun to be sick on vacation.
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No worries, I have been sick and then the rest of the family fell like dominoes. Haven't had a chance to update, but will soon! Thanks for hanging in there!
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