Let’s start by saying I suck and took almost no pictures today. Wasn’t feeling it. Dunno why, probably something to do with the lack of enthusiasm that wasn’t there at the start.
In fact, the first picture taken was the one in @OBNurseNH’s thread (which I can’t link here cause I’m only on my phone and it’s a pain, so look it up y’self).
I did take notes though. Wanna see a stream of consciousness that looks like a cracked out monkey? Of course you do.
Woke up at 1 am to zippidy do dah.
Got ready and about 2-2:15 leave the house. I know I have plenty of time, but I am not looking forward to the airport experience. It’s not that I hate flying, I don’t like waiting.
Get to the airport parking and things are going a little confusing. I prepaid, but my ticket isn’t registering as it has in the past. Per the employees, it’s never worked. I’m now worried I’ll have to pay again.
Turns out I was using an old card on my phone to try and get it to work, and I didn’t realize. So now I’m stuck using paper ticket that they gave me. We’ll see.
Driver a bit rude about it. Not interested in helping with bags. No tip.
Get to airport and I really like the SW Automated terminals for getting your pass and checking your bag. Very convenient and I’m checked and through security by 3:35(arrived at around 3:20)
Walk around a bit, sadly nothing is open except some overpriced restaurants. Already had a bagel and coffee this morning, so I’m good.
Finally go sit and wait. Class trip shows up. Looks like a senior trip based on the matching T-shirts. Very glad I’m boarding before that horde. Has to be 50 of them. Not a magicband among them. They all take up positions around the line-up area though. I have a hard time believing they all have preboarding. But then they might be registered as a special case. Ugh; I hope not. I’d hate to think I bought a preboard and this group gets priority.
Flight departs at 6:25… way too late in my opinion but it was the earliest I could get. Starting to see dawn break Before I’m even on the plane.
Passed the time by reading forums and planning my World Showcase food. Looks like I’ll only be spending around $60-$70 total. Rather surprised.
It’s cold here in philly, so I’m wearing jeans. A quick look at the weather reveals this is gonna be bad as it hits 90 or better today. My shorts are in my suitcase. Hopefully it won’t be all that long before I can access them.
Turns out they didn’t, but i ended up getting researched for some reason. Which caused a delay and I ended up with a seat next to the engine. But it’s still a window seat, so I’m good.
Flight leaves on time. All the kids have calmed down now that we’re in the air.
Landed around 8:30, and got onto the me with little difficulty.
To my surprise, I’m the 2nd stop. Wl was first. Contemporary we 3rd and poly 4th.
Pulled up to blt at 9:48. Annnd were off!!
Immediately went to confectionary. Got a Mickey cookie. I swear he said 9.48.
Walked out to dapper dans.
Headed over to people mover I’m a full hour ahead schedule
Hit everything on my list until after 2pm and it’s only 12:43. Skipped space mountain as my eyes aren’t seeing the star projections.
Got a sweet cream pretzel from lunching pad. I like. But not $7 like. Good amfor a snack credit though.
Rough out here in long pants and heavy pack. No word on room yet.
Since I’m ahead of schedule, I decided to do tiki room at 12:43. Seated at 12:54. I figure after this it’ll be a straight shot over to the poly for my kona lunch at 2.
Sat almost immediately, couldn’t decide so I went with pot stickers and the recommended cheddar crisp burger. Very good, but very filling. I couldn’t win. Left about a 1/4 the burger. I am sad.
After that, decided to check in on forums and saw @obnursenh was in MK so I figured I should meet up.
Getting to the monorail, cast members decide to test out the worst dad jokes based on Star Wars on me. Cute, but I didn’t know how to respond, so it was awkward.
Got on monorail and into MK and met up with @obnursenh and family. Couldn’t have been a nicer group. Though clearly the kids were like “wtf is this guy?”
Watched festival of fantasy parade with them. And watched it. And watched it. And watched it come to a complete halt in front of us. From what I gathered after, one of the floats crashed or had someone crash in front of them. When I reached the front of the castle there was cleanup going on and the area was keeping everyone clear.
After that, I decided to hit up 7dmt, but before I did, I got a text that my room was ready. Woo hoo. Close to what I wanted.
Did 7dmt, fun, as always.
Then headed over to hotel to shed gear. Now free of 3-ton backpack and long pants, I went back to MK to do pirates.
After pirates, dole whip float. Then people mover.
By then it was dinner time.
Eating a plaza restaurant. I remember from the last time mom ordered a huge salad. I think that’s a good idea.
Semi right. Not that huge, which was good as I wasn’t starving, but heavy on the vinaigrette (and even heavier on the vinegar). No shakes (learned my lesson).
Took forever to create a salad though so I ended up eating/watching the beginnings of HEA. They don’t pipe the music into the restaurant. It’s weird seeing some of the projections and fireworks with zero audio context. Diners next to me made the same comment.
After finishing up, Left and got ice cream at plaza parlor. Hea still was going so it was in and out… and then a struggle to figure out where to sit.
Sat in the “runoff” area where the impending crowds will go.
Ice cream is go— holy crap Tink flew! I didn’t think she would with the wind.
No idea what it was about that, but suddenly goosebump central and good mood kicks into high gear. We’re in Disney.
After hea, I immediately realize this is a bad place to be and find a spot between the confectionary and the hat store and finish my ice cream as the mass exodus commences.
Kinda giggling that I’m not that mess. I look at my plans for the day and see I’ve hit everything, just shy of haunted mansion and the carousel (for mom.)
Finish up and start to head toward HM after a few minutes.
Whoops, crowds aren’t done. Swimming upstream and it sucks. Eventually make it and it’s walk on to HM.
Get done and come out to a teenager crying. She was terrified in there. Wow. I feel bad for her.
Next up, carousel. Final ride of the night. Fitting.
After carousel walked around until kiss goodnight plays.
It plays and Day is officially complete. Back to the hotel.
Annnd people taking up entire walkway. This is just rude. :eyeroll:
Get back to room. Dark. Ew. No electric water pageant. No park lights.
Turn on light and OOO strawberries! Yusss!
Eat them on balcony.