January 2009. . . Calling all Snowbirds ~ Part V

Discussion in 'Countdowns and Live Reports' started by Momof2Disneyboys, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. trixiequilts

    trixiequilts DIS Veteran

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    I'm back :sad: and having a hard time readjusting. Life at Disney is so much easier than life at home. Cold weather stinks! When DD7 saw the snow on the ground as we were landing, she asked if we could ask the pilot to turn the plane around! :rotfl2:

    I, too, was very surprised by the crowd levels...way more people than I ever expected during a "slow" time.

    We had our share of sickness during our vacation. Both girls had a little bit of a cold, I got horribly sick (walking around World Showcase with a fever is no fun, by the way), and now DH is horribly sick. I feel loads better, but I'm sure I have a sinus infection now.

    How many people want to move to Florida now???
     
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  3. laurainsem

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    LOL, my sister kept saying that the whole last day! It was so hard to leave Florida, knowing I was heading back to non-Disney reality and the cold.

    We found the crowds manageable and with TGM we walked on to almost every ride! The only times we felt overwhelmed were when we did Spectro, Wishes, and Fantasmic.

    The trip was wonderful and sadly I was hit hard with reality hours after I got off the plane. I was told it was only snowing in my neck of the woods and that freezing rain wasn't supposed to hit till early the next morning.

    A couple miles from my exit on the turnpike I started noticing freezing rain starting. Five minutes later, I hit ice, did two 360's and ran headfirst into the barrier. My car landed perpendicular, blocking the entire left lane. Thankfully, no cars were coming at that moment and I was only going around 40 miles an hour. I'm fine but incredibly sore and dizzy; i'm waiting to hear from my doctor about an appointment for tomorrow. My car is missing the front bumper, headlights, and who knows what else. It was smoking when I got out and I heard a belt or two was found on the road along with other pieces of my car. I'm waiting to hear back if the car is salvageable or not.

    Even with all that, i'm so thankful for all the wonderful memories we made on this trip. I'm thankful i'm okay and no one else was hurt. It may also be a real blessing as i've been thinking about getting a new car anyways. I really don't have the money but the car was having troubles even before the accident!

    Lesson learned: always check the weather back home before leaving Florida!
     
  4. trixiequilts

    trixiequilts DIS Veteran

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    Oh my! I'm so glad you're okay! But how scary and traumatic for you. A very rude awakening to the real world indeed. Yikes.
     
  5. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

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    I'm so glad you saw me at DHS and said something! We were one of the many running to TSM too! Good thing we did because that was the only time we got to ride it.

    Sorry you didn't have a better time and you were sick.
     
  6. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

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    Oh my I'm glad you are okay. What a way to end your vacation.

    Glad you had a nice trip!
     
  7. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

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    Welcome back Trixie! :goodvibes Glad you had a great trip. I wish the crowds would have been lower for your first trip to WDW.

    We had such a nice time with you and your family!
     
  8. snykymom

    snykymom Still tagless after all these years

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    Sending good wishes to all of you who are sick. :grouphug: It's so hard to be sick during or just after vacation!

    Oh, my! Thank G-d that you're OK. You can get another :car:, but there's only one you!
     
  9. Dancegrl624

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    Hey again everyone!!! We did DHS today and it wasn't really crowded at all. Jan is WAY less crowded than the summer, so this trip has been awesome. We didn't stay for Fantasmic :sad2: because it rained this afternoon/evening and just wouldn't let up. So, we left sometime after 5pm. We did TSMM right when the park opened. I grabbed fastpasses first (return time of 10-11am) and we waited about 20 min. This ride rocks!!!!! When we passed through Pixar Place around 12:30/1pm all the fastpasses for the day were gone. Glad we rode it twice in the am!!! We bumped into Sheree and her family again and took a picture with each other and our girls! Yea! :cool1: Well, off to bed. We're not doing any parks tomorrow (our last day) but we're heading over to DTD to do some shopping.

    P.S. We met Kim (NorthernDisneyGirl) and her family yesterday at CP. So, I met 3 other Snowbirds on this trip. :cheer2:
     
  10. pamouselover

    pamouselover “Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbo

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    :thumbsup2 EVERYDAY DH AND I TALKED ABOUT MOVING TO FLORDIA.
    It use to be just I who talked about it. It comes up in everything we say now. :flower3:

    WELCOME HOME SNOWBIRDS! Who has those tissues!
     
  11. mana_liz

    mana_liz Mouseketeer

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    Wow, can't believe your waits...the longest line we waited in was for Tinkerbell's autograph - 60 minutes. Then I waited 30 minutes for Thunder Mountain Railroad and a 50 minute wait for Rock 'n Rollercoaster Thursday morning. Sunday night I had a complete boat to myself at Pirates. Also had no problems finding spots for fireworks and the parades.
     
  12. mana_liz

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    We did HS Monday also...we accomplished alot during the 2 Fantasmic shows...got the ride TSM 2x, TofT 3 times, RnC 3x. With the show and late night we did a lot...we saw the show Thursday night.
     
  13. Kazooie01

    Kazooie01 "The way to get started is to quit talking and beg

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    That's pretty similar to our time at WDW as well. Although it seems like there were two different experiences for everyone.

    We had no wait over 10 minutes the whole trip (with the strategic use of Fast Passes). Rode Toy Story 3 times, did the popular rides early in the day or later at night, caught a few shows during the busy part of the day, found EMH as a great time to hit rides multiple times, and lucked out with very manageable crowds each day at the parks. It was absolutely the slowest January we had been at in the last three years.

    On the other hand, there seems to be a bunch of Snow Birds that found it very crowded with long wait times and unfortunately they also ran in to very rude tour groups as well. Thats a major bummer!

    I don't know.:confused3

    But hey, at least we were all at Disney!!!!:thumbsup2
     
  14. debbieandroo

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    I'm so glad you're okay! Reality shouldn't be that harsh, should it??? :grouphug:

    Again, I did think it was pretty crowded, especially Friday and Saturday. That being said, our longest wait was roughly 30 min for Soarin' - it was at the end of an evening EMH and no fastpasses were left. While we got FPs as often as possible, we only used them for Space Mountain on Sunday night. [We wound up giving some away - we just didn't have time to ride anything more than once].

    Has anyone else had Disney dreams since coming back? Last night I dreamed about Big Thunder and Haunted Mansion [can't remember the details but I think I was trying to scale Big Thunder???]. Thankfully, I woke up just before I injured my klutzy self. The past two nights I've had Disney dreams. Mama Snowbird, what does this mean? :confused3 That I need to go back???
     
  15. Momof2Disneyboys

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    Yes, absolutely you at least need to start planning your next trip! :thumbsup2 :rotfl:
     
  16. crzyred

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    Morning everyone.

    Wow, all this talk of crowds is amazing. When I was there, the only time it was "busy" was during marathon weekend. But even then it wasn't really that busy.

    Our whole trip we never had a wait that was more than 30 minutes :confused3 .

    Well I'm off to face this cold day...:sad2:
     
  17. jenjolt

    jenjolt Loves All Things Disney!

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    I think it was hit and miss for a lot of us!! Some days I had no waits...other days it just seemed crowded and then it was time for me to hop somewhere else!!

    Either way I had a great time...and now I have some trips in the works that I'm planning and having a great time with LOL
     
  18. MelXThree

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    Hi everybody! I am back and finally have time to post! My boys got sick the day we got back so - busy, busy!

    Sorry Shelly I didn't make it to the CBR meet but I dropped my gift card in the laundry room that night and this lady picked it up (right in front of me) and kept it...so I had to go to Downtown Disney to cancel it :scared: I just wanted to cancel it before she got to use it! I didn't get back to the hotel until 12:30am :sad1:

    As for crowds...I thought it was super busy as well...but we didn't wait more than 15mins for a ride. We used fastpass, baby swap, and early mornings to get stuff done! We also missed a ton - but that's what happens when you have small kids too!

    I am glad that everyone had good trips!!
     
  19. Momof2Disneyboys

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    Welcome back!

    I can't believe someone stole your gift card right in front of you. :sad2:

    How did you like CBR? Where was your room?

    I am doing a report on it here ~ http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2074555

    Hope the kids are feeling better!
     
  20. sarbah77

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    I'm glad that you seem okay. Perhaps not perfect, but okay! And I'm glad you had a great trip!!

    See, in 2005, we went the same week. Place was much MUCH busier (with the exception of restaurants!) the whole week, no matter where we were. However, in 2005, we never waited for anything. There were also no tour groups. If a wait said 20, you could expect 10 minutes, not 60+

    I'm mostly disappointed in how poorly managed the advertised waits were! Otherwise, I've been there when it's more crowded and worse weather!
     
  21. distherapy

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    Hey all - So sorry about the sicknesses and car accident. Yowza... Laura - so glad you're okay!!!

    We're getting settled back at home - just started my trip report - would love if someone would share how to make the hyperlink for the trip report in my siggie...

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2075477
     

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