We got into Orlando withtout mishap right on time. Got to DME and spent a bit of time in line and the bus but nothing horrible like the 'horror stories' by unhappy guests I've read online. Personally I think there are people who just think Disney should drop everything the treat them above others. This has been incredibly evident the last two days and while it's not ruining the magic too much for us it's certainly annoying. Everyone paid the price of admission, so suck it up princess.
Sad thing is - it's never the kids, it is the PARENT(s) that are whiney and beggy and pouty. Go figure.
Anyway we got into Coronado Springs about the time I figured we would. Played phone tag with the rents and judy while on the bus, and then we checked in. I love that there were NO LINES at check in. Met a really nice CM named Austin who checked us in. By this point ERin and I were pretty slap happy, and anyone that knows Erin knows what that means. I think she had him totally flustered because he kept forgetting what he was doing and half of the information was not talked out. That and Erin has people thinking I know everything about the parks/resort - which I don't! LOL
Anyway I asked for a bday button and then Erin asked if she could have one too... so she's stealing my thunder this week. She keeps lying and saying her bday is the 17th... she never says JANUARY = but it is implied. The bad girl. Still, she loves the attention, so it's good, I guess. Ha ha!
Anyway we were given a room in the Cabanas, not my first choice, but I'll take it. So far it's worked out pretty well. We went to the hotel room and flopped our stuff down, deplaned, and then headed over to the Pepper Market for some dinner. Grabbed some food and then sat down by the lake to eat. Then we walked around the resort so that Erin could get aquainted with the place and we could calm down. It did the trick and we came back to teh room. We unpacked and set up our room so that it looked spiffy.
Sleep came easily and we'd planned to get up at 8am so that Erin could get to her pedicure by 9, but we both popped up at 7:30. Erin was SO STOKED for not just her pedi but for Chef Mickey's. We haven't really been hit by by the jet lag bug, yet. Which is a good thing.
Erin went out to her pedi and had a great time. She got a chocolate mud put on her feet and then after all of that had her toenails painted purple. No Mickey ears, but her toes look fab. I met her over there about an hour later, and as she was finishing up I chatted with the lady doing the pedi. She found out I was from Alaska and asked how Sarah [Palin] was doing and we all gushed about the wonderful Governor! It's been so cool, I've run into so many people who are in LOVE with my Governor. EAT THAT MSM (...and John McCain)!
Anyway after that we both realized we forgot half of what we needed to we hoofed it back to the room, got stuff (and then went back again because I forgot something else) and then headed to our bus stop (Stop 4) and caught the bus to the Magic Kingdom. From there we took the Monorail and got to Chef Mickey's in plenty of time (though we thought we'd be late!), Erin was......... spazzing. And when I say that I'm not talking the norm. I'm talking Erin like I have NEVER experienced. It's no wonder her dad just laughed whenever we talked about going to Disney. He knew I had no idea what I was getting into!
Erin brought her Chef Mickey hat and wore it and basically was on cloud nine. She was like the five year old kids running around. Before we got seated we got to watch some of the action, and then Mickey went to take a small break and I told Erin that he wasn't coming back and she did a double take. Her facial expression was PRICE.LESS!
We were seated and then the magic just kept coming. Not only did the characters have fantastic interaction, Erin bounced, but we had a view of the Magic Kingdom. Top it off with the fact that we were both given bday cupcakes and it was just the perfect way to start the trip.
After that we headed to teh Magic Kingdom and didn't touch a single fastpass. I LOVE coming in the off season. We did a lot zooming from attraction to attraction but it was good. Rode Thunder Mt., pouted a tad about Splash Mt., said hi to Captain Jack. It was good times. WE got our pics taken with several characters and all in all it was enjoyable.
Our first attraction, though, upon entering was none other than......... FIRST AID! Erin forgot her ankle brace in Montana and so she went in there and got an ace bandage. So far, though, no other injuries! KNOCK ON WOOD!
We watched SpectroMagic across from the Sleepy Hollow snack shop. Then we got our sillouettes done - they are awesome! - and watched Wishes from there for a bit, but you couldn't see much so we made our way over to the hub and got some semi decent views. We'll park our keesters in a better spot next time.
Came home, I uploaded our photos onto facebook (have a few more to add) and then got our photopass stuff all figured out as well. If I can figure out how to put a link to our photopass photos I will because they are awesome. Erin is hysterical. I am so boring next to her.
Anyway we stayed up way too late and 7am came way too early (ok so *I* stayed up late. Erin was smarter than me - for once!) and we ended up being late to Donald's but not too bad. Had a great meal - food was way better than at Chef Mickey's and we had the GREATEST SERVER in all of WDW. Luis was so much fun! He's like the Spanish male version of Erin so they hit it off REALLY WELL. It was hysterical watching them interact.
After that we hit the parks. I kid you not - everything was pretty much just step on the flipping ride. We didn't wait more than 10 minutes for a ride or attraction. I tackled Everest again, and got dizzy... again. But then Erin went on it again by herself. It's her new favorite ride!
We also went a little character happy. Yay for photopass! I'm looking at them now. Erin's photos are so much better than mine it isn't fair!
The rain started to pour soon after we entered Bug's Life so we headed over to camp Minnie Mickey, got our photos and gave up. Got to the resort around four, soaked to the bone but happy. We've cleaned up and we're going to head to Downtown Disney in a bit. I gotta clean up my desktop first and upload pics.
oh and I almost forgot. When we exited Magic Kingdom last night Erin got on the phone with her dad and we were talking to him and I wasn't paying attention and I ran head on into those posts that are there as you exit. I pulled and Erin. She, of course, laughed incredibly hard and yeah.. so did her dad. The pootards!
ok I better get off before Erin gets mad at me.Edit 1
- here's the photopass link = http://www.disneyphotopass.com/photoshareviewer.aspx?share=382b03ed-a3ce-4430-a237-8db91bcac4f5