I’ve vern writing daily blogs of our trip for another group that I’m part off but thought I’d put them here too if they are of interest. Will add them in as I go…
Day 1 - Travel Day
Firstly let me introduce us. There is myself, Emma, who is the planner, my husband iain who does all the stressing and our daughter Neve who is 2. She’s full of beans and also highly allergic (as in anaphylactic) to wheat and allergic to dairy, eggs and peanuts. I say this now as it influences a lot of what we do. Disney world is brilliant for us as we speak to the chef wherever we eat and feel really safe eating there. Sadly this is not the norm but we are used to it
We booked this trip as a bit of a last minute (in Disney terms anyway) idea. The original idea was a trip in September when the crowds would be really low and back again early 2020 with the in laws to see Star Wars. Of course that all changed when it was announced it was opening early (since when was end of August “late fall”???) Wasn’t too impressed as expected the crowds were going to be high. But with the announcement of the Extra Extra Magic Hours we were hoping it’d be ok
Travel day started really early with taxi to Glasgow airport at 6:45. Bags dropped off and delighted that hubby didn’t get the dreaded extra security. Think this is the first time we have been to the states without that. Security was surprisingly quick - we have to carry various medications, epi pens and lots of food for Neve as she can’t eat plane food and usually takes ages for the extra screening but super efficient today. We had booked the Lomond Lounge, was really good. Well worth the money. I have American pancakes for breakfast and 3 belinis. Himself had eggs benidict and 3 cocktails too. We took it in turns to take Neve out to run around. The lounge staff kindly warmed up some of the masses of food I had taken
Boarded Virgin flight on time but was 45 mins late taking off. We were in PE seats in the bubble. Next time I’d make sure we were downstairs to be honest. Food was good, Neve had a fruit platter and sausages and spaghetti I had taken. Must have looked harassed as they kept offering us 2 drinks every time they came round wasn’t going to say no. I’d love to say Neve was perfectly behaved on the plane, but she’s 2 and doesn’t sit still ever. She was pretty good, no meltdowns and didn’t annoy anyone (I don’t think anyway!!)
Landed at 3pm and immigration took about an hour. Was what we were expecting really. Fairly quick getting bags and the pram and across to the magical express. Had to wait about 20 mins for that. Neve crashed out on the bus. I had hoped she’d nap on the plane but no luck there. Whilst queuing for the express checked MDE and saw we had been allocated a room in Jamaica (we are staying at CBR for the first 2 weeks). We had originally requested Jamaica but put in a follow up request for Aruba as had heard that the pool in Jamaica was shut
At check in they re assigned us a room in Aruba, we opted out of Mouse keeping ($130 gift card) and picked up our mugs and a quick serve pulled pork sandwich to share. We have the QSDP and intend on eating all of it! Unpacked and having an early night as Neve is still sound asleep. Really liking the look of the resort (from what I’ve seen so far). The smell in the lobby is lovely, anyone know what it is??? The heat doesn’t seem as intense as previous trips, the guy who took luggage round to the room says the humidity had really dropped?
Plan is animal Kingdom for EEMH tomorrow morning and will see how long we last. Rough idea is to leave at about 1, back for naps (cause neve will either have us awake during the night or super early, she’s a terrible sleeper!) and then Epcot later on to catch Starship who are playing Eat to the Beats. Got safari, navi river and river rapid fast passes. I am a massive fan of touring plans and have them created for our park days. Our family doesn’t do going with the flow. It always leads to arguments and we also have to figure out where we can feed Neve in advance. Plans frequently change mind you but I like to have a good idea what we are doing in advance.
Thanks for reading!