We had been planning for our Disney vacation for so long, most of our passes/tickets were bought WAAAY ahead. Including our plane tickets, which we booked about 9 months ago.
Seemed like a good idea at the time… we had our choice of flight times and seats, so we picked a mid-day flight and three seats together including a window seat for Little J, since it was his first time on a plane.
Then the economy took a nosedive and Midwest Airlines began cutting back flights. Every few weeks, we would get a call from Midwest informing us that our flight had been cancelled and we had been re-booked, please call for details. At one point in October, I think the only people who called for a week were Midwest and those robo-calls from the politicians.
Anyway, we arrive for our flight last Sunday to discover we were now booked in the very last row of the plane – the one with no window, the one with no room since the seats don’t recline, the one next to the bathrooms – ick!
Little J had a few moments of tears over the no window situation, but cheered up when I pulled out a new Backyardigans game for his Leapster. What a trooper.
We arrived in Orlando, picked up our rented car, and headed off to have some lunch. Once we had eaten, we decided to go check in at our resort. We punched it into the GPS we had brought with no match found. I then tried the address – still no match.
How hard could it be to find, we wondered – it’s on Disney property, we’ll just drive to Disney and then ask around. Haha. Three different people gave us three different sets of directions. After an hour plus of driving in circles, we found a gas station with a map. Thank you local Hess station!
We checked in at the resort and headed up to our “villa”. We were very pleasantly surprised at our accommodations. The place was roomy and had everything we could possibly need. We stocked up on some groceries and called it an early night.
Monday we headed out to the Magic Kingdom. Little J was beside himself with excitement and was incredibly impressed with the castle. We spent the day meeting characters, getting our bearings, and riding the more pre-school type rides. We ended by having dinner at the Crystal Palace with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet. Little J fell asleep before his head even hit the pillow. It was “A Magical Day”! (more tomorrow)