Happy birthday, Dave!
We started the day dark and early. It was 3:45a.m. when we pulled the kids out of bed and got in the van. We drove across town to David’s and they followed us to Milwaukee’s airport. Neither of the kids fell asleep in the car. We waited to check in while Derek and David went to park and then it was your typical security check. Ugh! Last summer I lost my swiss army knife key chain when we went to the Statue of Liberty and Mom got me a new one for Christmas. Well, guess what…yep, I lost it. So bummed. I love that thing. Mom asked, “Do I have to get you one every year for Christmas?” I think my answer was, “Yes.” The next thing I lost was a jar of peanut butter. Apparently I have been missing something about pb. I didn’t know it was a drink. Yes, apparently it is a liquid and therefore larger than the 3.4oz (or whatever) size allowed in a carry on. Huh? I asked the lady if she was serious. I think her answer was, “Yes.” By the time we got to the gate, we didn’t have too long to wait until boarding. We did preboarding with young children only to find out that our seats were not where they were supposed to be when we selected them online. The nice stewardess lady, Pat, from Midwest/Frontier airlines was less than polite to Beth when we were trying to figure out our seats and they demanded that we were going to pull out on time and blah blah blah. Well, after everyone boarded, there was more than 1 announcement to try to get people to leave the plane since the company had overbooked. We sat there for 1 hour…yes, literally an hour while they tried to figure it all out. Abby and Cade both fell asleep on the plane, but not at the same time, so I had to stay awake. Derek was across the aisle in the middle seat, so I was on my own. We arrived in Orlando a little behind schedule, gathered our bags, and made our way to ground transportation, only to find out that Disney ground transportation leaves from somewhere else. We went back in the airport, up to the 3rd floor, across the airport, back down to the first floor, and into a line. Then we found out that we didn’t have a barcode paper for the bus. Why didn’t Disney send it? Into another line for Dad while the rest of us stepped aside (McDonald’s syle). We finally got what we needed, got on the bus, and got on our way. The Wilderness Lodge would be home for the next 7 nights. We got checked in and it was beautiful. Well, the lobby and David’s room were, anyway, since Dad’s and our room weren’t ready yet. Check in wasn’t until 3 and it was only about 1:45 or so, so no big deal. We got a call that Mom and Dad’s room was ready. Then we went down for Magic Cookie hour at Roaring Forks. Magic Cookie=free sugar cookies with a dish of frosting and sprinkles to decorate with. We still didn’t have our room and it was getting close to time to leave for our dinner reservation. We dug through some bags and got what we needed. We left Wilderness around 3:45, took a boat to the Contemporary Hotel, and then the monorail to The Grand Floridian. Our dinner was at 1900 Park Fare. We were joined by Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, and the ugly step sisters. The step sisters were hilarious. They really played up the part and were entertaining. It was all a bit rushed and I felt like I had to hurry with each character. It wasn’t because of anything they did, but just being our first character meal, I didn’t really know to just slow down and enjoy. It was a little difficult to feel like we could just sit and relax while eating though. It was a lot of up and down and pictures and signing of books, etc.
After dinner, we headed to The Magic Kingdom. It is amazing. Just walking down Main Street with Cinderella’s Castle in front of us…it is magical. Cade was so impressed that he fell asleep. It made it a little difficult to coordinate rides and such. Derek sat out of a few but we just couldn’t see waking him up or trying to hold him while standing in line. After a few rides, Mom, Dad, Derek, the kids and I decided to call it a night. On our way out, Abby just had to have a balloon. I knew it wouldn’t be cheap, but when the lady said $15, I almost choked. It was pretty special, though. It had a Mickey Mouse shaped balloon inside a round balloon and it flashed with red, green, and blue lights. We took the boat back to the hotel and slept.