My Disney-obsessed bff and I were in WDW from 6/10-6/14. It was so hot and so humid but we had so much fun!
Background: We booked this trip 43 days out through MVT so we could cancel if needed. The trip was dependent on me getting a new job which was likely, but not guaranteed, so we needed an out just in case. It wasn’t official until about 2 weeks out when I signed my offer letter! I had my last day at my old job on Friday and we were on our way on Monday. The best way to quit
Monday, 6/10: We booked our flights about 2 weeks before so we didn’t have much of a choice of airlines/flights so we flew Spirit. We’ve flown them twice before and on one trip it was fine and the other it wasn’t so we weren’t particularly excited, but it was under $250pp roundtrip including bags and seat selection whereas other flights were at least that one way, so it was worth taking a chance. We scheduled a Lyft to pick us up Monday morning at 5:50am (yay for Monday morning traffic) to take us to Logan. My friend (DF) has been to Disney ~20 times and this was her first time flying to Florida! We got to the airport on time and the flight left as scheduled. I got to say goodbye and see ya never to my old office as we took off
If you’ve never flown Spirit, this is the comical size of the tray tables (sent this to my family, using my drink for size reference):
We landed a little early (~11:20am) and went to pickup our bags. We were using DME but wanted to take our bags with us as we didn’t want to wait for them once we arrived at Pop (and you can’t pack much in your Spirit personal item!!). We made it to the DME desk and ended up behind a couple who had no idea what hotel they were staying at The CM found their reservation after looking it up and said “ok, you’re at Pop Century?” crickets “Pop Century?” Nada. “You’re staying at Pop Century?” “…oh, Pop Century? Yes.” We had switched lines at that point and ended up right in front of them in the line for Pop. We waited about 15 mins before boarding and while standing there, we placed our Prime Now order. As we were getting on the bus, there were a couple people in front of us getting on and we were giving our bags to the driver to put underneath. The woman of the aforementioned couple walked right in front of everyone with no regard to the line to give her bags to the driver. Driver asks which hotel they’re staying at, they don’t know There were only two options, Pop and AoA. After he asked a few times they figured it out.
Pop was the second stop and we arrived at 12:30pm. We had done online checkin and didn’t have our room yet so we dropped our bags with bell services so we could go to the food court while we waited. The CM at bell services said they would bring our bags to our room once it was ready and if they weren’t there when we got there, we could call and have them brought to us. We went and ate then walked around a bit while constantly checking if we had gotten our room. We got it at 1:30, so an hour after we arrived. It was 4437, the exact room we requested!
This was our first time at Pop so we were going off of what we had read online, what looked close to the main building, and the TP room finder to pick a room. The room was perfect for us! It was on the 4th floor (we didn’t want anyone above us), was a quick walk to the buses/food court, and was at the end of the hallway so we only had neighbors on one side.
We liked the look of the renovated rooms and I love that there was no carpet- that can gross me out. Since we were continuously checking for our room, we knew it had just been made ready before we arrived so we weren’t expecting our bags right away and hung out in the room for a while (in the AC!)
Our original plan for the day was to use our bonus ticket from MVT to go to BB for an hour or two that afternoon then go to Trader Sam’s at night. DF really wanted the ice cream sundae served in a pail that’s only at the water parks and that was literally our main reason for wanting to go. You know what they say about best laid plans…
Around 2:15 it starts down pouring, so we know we weren’t getting our bags anytime soon. We decide we’ll wait it out but still want to try to go to BB for at least a little while (it was open til 5). It had stopped raining after maybe half an hour and at 3:30, DF calls about our bags since we still hadn’t gotten them. CM says they can’t deliver them since there’s lightning in the area but as soon as they’re cleared they have someone to deliver them. So we wait some more. Around 4:30, we decide to walk around the resort more since it was sunny again and we had nothing else to do. At this point BB was obviously not happening, but we decided we’d go to Disney Springs for dinner then Trader Sam’s. We were back in our room at 5:15 and still no bags, so I called because we wanted to know if we could pick them up ourselves (which we would’ve done hours ago if the CM didn’t tell us they would be delivered) or if they were actually being delivered. The CM I spoke to was very nice and said they were being delivered then and she also said they had our Prime Now order that we could either get ourselves or have it delivered for $6. We didn’t want to risk waiting for that or pay so we went to go get it.
We got to bell services, said what we were picking up and what time it had been delivered and had a very un-Disney-like encounter with the CMs there. They were trying to call down to wherever the orders are kept to make sure ours was actually there before they went to get it, which is understandable. They were using their cell phones to do it though which we thought was a little odd. Then, the original girl who was helping us ran off with someone else to go to Checkers (we were there for the whole convo about who was getting who chicken bites) and left us with someone else but she didn’t tell them what was going on. So then they were trying to call but kept getting put on hold so we stood there for 20 mins (in the lovely humidity) while they waited and kept getting hung up on. Finally someone went to get it and after another 10 mins we had it. When we got back to our room (it was now after 6) our bags were finally there!! We scrapped the Disney Springs idea and went straight to the Poly for dinner.
At 7 we were in like for the bus to MK to then take the monorail to the Poly. We ate at Capt Cooks and I had the pulled pork nachos which were delicious.
We then walked around a bit (DF had never been here before) before going to Trader Sam’s. We arrived at about 8:20 and had no wait to get in! Neither of us had been before and we were both looking forward to it. There were two seats open at a table with another couple so we sat right away. We were ID’d at the door since it was after 8 and then were ID’d again by our waiter so they were extra sure we were over 21 DF really wanted the shrunken head souvenir cup but the CM said they were all out of all of the souvenir ones She still got the Shrunken Zombie Head and I had the Krakatoa Punch.
Afterwards, DF got a dole whip (her first one!!) and we watched some of HEA (which I had never seen) before calling a Lyft back to Pop. We had an interesting convo with our driver about how he only drives in Disney and how he was doing black car service before Lyft/Uber so he knows the area really well. We were laughing because when he pulled up to the gate, the CM working was named Henry so our driver rolled down the window and just said “Henry, they’re good” and he waved us through
Whew that was long! Next up is AK and Epcot…