I’ve been lurking in here for several months and since I love reading trip reports, I’ve decided to write one for my trip.
This is my 3rd trip to Disney. I went once when I was 13 with a friend and her parents, staying at a campsite in their motor home. They used something to the UG and I remember running through ques at the end of the night to go on splash and big thunder. My last trip was 3 years ago, in early December. DH and I took our girls, then ages 5 & 10 and my parents. DD10 had been saving money for years to go to Disney. We kept the trip a secret until we were in the airport. They were shocked and it was a fantastic week.
Around 5 months ago I found a conference in my specialty (I work in healthcare) hosted at the Contemporary and made a spur of the moment decision that I wanted to go! As a bonus, it was in March and I live in Maine so escaping the snow was perfect. And a bigger bonus, work paid for my flight and the hotel stay. We left the kids home for this trip, trying to keep costs down and didn’t want them to miss school. We didn’t tell them where we were going, aside from a conference in Florida (spoiler alert, they were not impressed when they found out we’re at Disney).
Day 1- the longest day ever.
We had a 5:30 am flight scheduled. The day before i got out of work early at 5, (9 hour shift instead of 12!) finished packing and got ready to go. We left the kids with my mom and drove 2 hours south with the dogs to my brother in laws house, he was watching them for the weekend. Went to bed at 9 and were up and ready to go at 1:30 am, headed south to the airport. Another 2 hour drive and we arrived to rope drop at Logan!
DH left his leatherman on his belt and didn’t notice until we got to security. He did the same thing last time we flew, but then we were in Portland and was able to run it back to the car. Not so easy in Boston and he ended up losing it. After a nice, boring flight we were at MCO by 9. The wait for DME was only 15 min and we were at the Contemporary by 10:30. We had brunch at the Contempo Cafe, which was good.
DH was surprised when the monorail came through the building. He doesn’t do planning, and doesn’t listen if I try to tell him about it, so I just leave everything as a surprise for him. It’s just easier that way .
The plan was to nap before DAH MK, but the room wasn’t ready. We had time to kill, so we enjoyed the beach, sun and heat (it was -10 f at home when we left) and rode the loop on the monorail. At 2 I got another text saying the room wasn’t ready, so we took a nap by the pool. By 3:30 i still didn’t get a room ready text. Checked at the desk and found out it’s been ready since 2, but my MDE and magic bands weren’t linked correctly. Not sure how that affected a room text but oh well. They ‘fixed’ it, but DHs band didn’t unlock the door and I later had to get him a different MB. We were in a garden room. It had a lovely view of the parking lot.
The bed was comfortable and there was plenty of room for the two of us.
We had dinner reservations at Grand Floridian Cafe at 5:20, the cafe sandwich was amazing, didnt take a pic though.
After dinner we were off to DAH MK! We arrived around 6:45 and got right in. I didn’t have a plan for the park, which felt weird, but it was nice to walk around and look at everything. First was Monsters laugh floor, where DH was put on screen as a mustache model . Next was people mover, which we missed on our last trip. Lines for everything were still long, so we enjoyed the sights, then FaceTimed our kids (8&13) to check in. The castle was in the background and they were not happy when the figured out where we were! They decided they weren’t talking to us, but came around with the promise of a present. We watched HEA from the side of the castle
Next was Barnstormer, which was a bad idea. With all the bumps and being crammed into the seat, DHs back popped and it flared up his back pain. We went back to Tomorrowland and rode BLSRS, then wandered towards the other side of the park. The line for SDMT was 60 min and PP was 40 min so we passed those and went on HM. After a Mickey bar and some water we rode pirates, then BTMRR which was a 20 min wait. Skipped Splash since it was chilly and I didn’t want to walk around wet, so we found some popcorn and walked back toward SDMT, rode the carousel in the way. PP line was still long so we skipped it again. SDMT was 25 min or so around 10:30pm. By then DH could barely walk, but I wanted to ride space mountain so he sat in Tomorrowland and I rode, it was walk on by then. We made our way out of the park around 11:15.
Took the monorail bus back to the resort, and while we were waiting watched 2 guests have an absolute meltdown on a poor CM. I can’t imagine ever making a scene like that. On a side note, I saw another guy making a scene in the hotel, he was given anytime fast passes for not fitting on FOP and didn’t use them properly (they were used instead of his scheduled ones because he tried to ride outside the return time), and he demanded multiple fast passes for his group of 18. That’s a lot of pixie dust.
Anyway, we made it back to the resort around midnight and went to bed.
That felt really long, sorry everyone. Day 2 coming soon.