I’ve Done the Unthinkable- A Selfie Stick Confession

no_selfie_sticksLong before the selfie stick ban at Walt Disney World parks, I was having a hate/hate a little less relationship with selfie sticks. The thing is, seeing people walk around using selfie sticks annoys me. Yeah, it’s a personal problem. But at the same time I totally see the usefulness of these contraptions. Let’s face it, even with the selfie mode on our smartphones, it can be tough to get the perfect group selfie or desired solo selfie with just an arms length reach.

But during my past 2 visits to Disney World, I encountered selfie stick users who were mad with power and were using their sticks with reckless abandon. In February, one of the offenders was in line somewhere behind me for Rock N’ Roller Coaster. When the group of us was let into the studio for the ride pre-show, I saw her phone floating around in front of several of my fellow guests’ faces while she giggled and squealed with excitement. She had to be asked 3 times by a Cast Member to stop recording in this room as they ask that there is no photography or video recording of Aerosmith during the pre-show. Once we were queued to get onto the coaster, I looked over to find her 2 rows away from me with her selfie stick leading her onto the ride car. Another Cast Member had to come over to tell her that she had to put that thing away for the ride.

Then in March, I encountered a couple at Downtown Disney who was pretty much everywhere that I went and using their selfie stick to take pictures of themselves at each store or restaurant. No big deal…until I realized they were also taking pictures in front of people who they deemed were wearing something ugly or funny looking. Or at least that’s what they did about 4 times when I was passing them. I heard the woman, then the man taking turns saying stuff like “Oh! Get us with that man wearing the sandals with socks!” Then they took a selfie with the man in the background. At the Lego Store, they were taking selfies with the Lego sculptures then all of a sudden I hear “Wow, look at her hair. Get us with her!” Then, Click, selfie with some random stranger they seem to be making fun of. I eventually backtracked my path to get away from them because they were really annoying me and I also didn’t want to be the target of one of their mean selfies because I’m not trying to start an argument that will end up escalating and getting me kicked out of Disney. I’m not THAT crazy!

At Magic Kingdom on our last day of family vacation another selfie stick bandit was using his stick to record the Festival of Fantasy parade. Again, no big deal, until he worked his way to the front of the crowd (and right next to me) and proceeded to wave that freaking stick around enough to get in the way of several of us. I was most annoyed that he was in some of my video of the parade as I tried getting Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (even though Jiminy Cricket is next to her). Snow is my favorite and as she got close to where I was standing, all I could get was this….

A Selfie Stick Bandit Strikes Again

A Selfie Stick Bandit Strikes Again

Ugh. Dude, you were right in front. Why did you need the selfie stick? Maybe I’m just bitter because his stick was in my entire footage of Snow White as you can see…

Again, I get why people use selfie sticks. But sometimes this use intrudes on people around the user and can be really be a pain in the butt. That’s why what I’m about to say is shocking.

I bought a selfie stick.

Yes. I really did buy a selfie stick.

Me.

Ms. I-Kind-of-Pretty-Much-Hate-Selfie-Sticks-Even-if-They’re-Useful.

I didn’t even plan on buying one but I ran across one and saw how inexpensive it was, and I had just been planning some videos for my YouTube channels and didn’t even realize that a selfie stick was the answer to how I was going to record some of the things I have in mind.

Even if there wasn’t a ban on selfie sticks in Disney Parks, I wouldn’t use it at the parks just because it’s a little too much in crowds like that. But there’s no denying that I am now among the ranks of the selfie stick owners, and all I can do is strive to wave my wand in the least annoying way possible. Wish me luck!

See Ya Real Soon!

My First Disney World Memories

I visited Walt Disney World for the first time in 1986. I was just about 2 months shy of being 12 years old when we went. That very first visit was such an amazing adventure in my mind and it was the start of my life-long love for Disney World.

My mom and her sister had been planning on taking all of us for I don’t know how long. I mean literally, I have no idea how long they planned our trip. I just remember that one day my mom and aunt told everyone that we were going to Disney World. “Everyone” consisted of my mom, dad, my sister, me, my aunt, uncle, and their 3 kids (2 boys and one girl), and my Godmother, who was my aunt’s mother-in-law. The rest of the kids and I ranged in age from 9-15 years old.

Thinking back, I was just kind of like “Oh, that’s nice” about the news of our Disney World trip. I didn’t really know much about it except that it was an amusement park of some kind. Heck, we’d gone to small amusement parks before so this was just a different one that we were going to spend 3 days driving to. Yes, back then the speed limit and the number of us in tow made it take 3 days to drive there from Texas.

We all rode in my aunt and uncle’s Suburban and pulled their 10 person camper/RV. We were going to be staying at the Disney campground…which I didn’t learn the name of until we arrived. Some of the highlights that stood out about our road trip include when we had a blow out and the tread from the tire made a loud sound like a machine gun (or what I thought a machine gun sounded like thanks to TV) and scared the ever living crap out of me. We couldn’t find a campground to stay at that first night and we stopped in Louisiana at a Popeye’s Chicken where I had my first taste of Cajun spicy chicken (because it was late and that’s all they had left) and I loved it! The last highlight of our road trip was me being freaked the heck out at the K.O.A. campground on the second night because the shower room had spiders in all of the shower stalls. I told my mom I didn’t want to shower because of the spiders and she made me shower anyway. I really, really hate spiders. :/

So my very first Disney World experience was arriving at Fort Wilderness Campground. I remember thinking how nice everything looked. We were really close to the comfort station where there were super clean, air conditioned bathrooms and showers (with NO spiders). This was super amazing because we thought we’d have to all use the bathroom and shower in the RV. 10 people sharing one RV bathroom was not going to be fun. During that visit we walked to different areas of the campground and just enjoyed being all together when we were there. I also figured out that Florida had very soft water compared to back home and it took me forever to rinse the shampoo out of my hair.

The trading post (read, gift shop and country store) was where I fell in love with how well Disney themed everything! It was the cutest place and all I remember is that I wanted a stuffed toy of Goofy wearing pioneer clothing complete with a cute racoon skin hat. I didn’t get him though. Instead, both my sister and I got these old looking pioneer guns. I got the pistol and she got the little shot gun. Those things were awesome! They were just toys but were very well made with wood and metal. We thought we were so cool! We kept those things for years!

My favorite memory of the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds is when we went to Chip and Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-Long. Or at least that’s what I think it was called. I remember at first when we got there, there were just a few families with small children. I was telling my sister and my cousins that it was dumb for us to be there because we were all too old for this. But then more people showed up, some without any kids at all, and the sing-a-long began. I smiled from ear to ear the entire time and I was captivated by how fun it was! After it was over, we were waiting to meet Chip and Dale when a Cast Member came over and started talking to the entire family. She turned to all of us kids and asked if we knew how to tell Chip and Dale apart. I glanced over at the chipmunks and for the first time even thought about the fact that I didn’t know who was who. She taught us that Chip has a chocolate chip nose, so we could always tell them apart by their noses. You would have thought she told me some highly guarded government secret. When we got home, I told my friends about this Chip and Dale revelation and they couldn’t have cared less.

Anywho…the majority of my memories from this first trip were from our time at the campsites, but I do have to say that our visit to Magic Kingdom and Epcot are what made me fall in love with Disney World. Our very first time going into the Magic Kingdom, I was just walking around in awe with my mouth hanging open. It was just all too much! I was seeing and hearing so many magical things, and seeing the castle! Back then, the characters just walked around all willy nilly and people just waited in an unorganized form to get pictures and autographs. For some reason, the only ride I remember going on from that trip was the long gone If You Had Wings in Tomorrowland. I know we went on almost every other ride that we could fit in because my aunt had managed to plan enough for us to see a lot. She hustled our little butts all over both of the parks to get in as much as we could while we were there. At Epcot I felt like we’d stepped into the future and I was amazed by World Showcase. Even though I was so tired by the end of our vacation, I didn’t want to leave.

Luckily, my parents fell in love with Disney World too and my sister and I were able to go back almost every single year with them until about 2001. After then, they began to lose interest (and also started having knee issues) and decided that they wouldn’t go anymore. I’m not to that point yet, even though my kids are. Hopefully in the future my kids will be ready to go back and make more memories with me! Until then, I’ll be making memories with some of my friends! I can live with that for now!

See Ya Real Soon!

Is This Real Life?

Ok, so it’s been a little while since I came back home from being stuck at Disney World. Then I went back in March with my kids for our family vacation. I won’t be posting a trip report from that visit but you can check out my YouTube channel to watch the vacation videos from that trip. But since I’m not doing a written trip report, there’s something important that happened that I did not get on video….

A couple of days before we returned from our family vacation, my kids hit me with shocking news.

They want to take a break from going to Disney World…

What the WHAT??!!

What the WHAT??!!

Yeah, so after I pinched myself to see if I was dreaming (a horrible, horrible nightmare) I asked them why. I wanted to know if they have grown to hate Disney World because we’ve gone almost every year of their lives, or if they just want to rip my heart out of my chest and smash it into the ground as payback for my bringing them into the world and loving them more than life itself.

My 17yr old said he still likes Disney World but that we’ve seen everything before and there’s no reason to go every year. Ummm….first of all, we have NOT seen everything. And second of all, I always ask them before vacation every year where they want to go and he tells me Disney World. Whatever.

My 12yr old said he’s tired of doing the rides and that we go 2-3 times every year and he’d rather stay home and play his video games. Correction, we try to go ONCE a year and haven’t even managed that. Plus he also has chosen Disney World each time I ask about vacation. In fact, he was the one who was more anxious to go because we didn’t end up getting to go in December. Again, whatever.

After a few more minutes of discussion about this bombshell they hit me with, they actually asked if we could go home early. Ummm…no. But I told them I would go ahead and allow them to still be my sons and live in my house once we got home. Although disowning them was pretty tempting. How are my own kids gonna tell me they want a break from Disney World? I’m still waiting for them to say it was all a joke…a long, long 3 month joke. :/

I’m chalking it up to their ages…but I’ve agreed to take them somewhere else next year and I’ll make a few short solo trips to Disney. We’ll see if they change their minds around vacation time next year.

See Ya Real Soon!

Stuck at Disney World Part 4

It’s time for the final installment of my Stuck at Disney World trip report! If you missed out on the first 3 parts, you can read them by clicking
HERE for part 1
HERE for part 2
HERE for part 3

Alrighty then…so after visiting and riding a few rides at Epcot and Animal Kingdom, I was ready to try my luck at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Because it was after noon, I knew I needed to get to Toy Story Midway Mania first. The line for that ride just gets longer as the afternoon rolls around.

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The Standby wait time was posted as 55 minutes. I couldn’t even attempt to book a FastPass+ yet, and really, the chances that I was going to get one for this attraction were slim to none. So I waited in line for a little less than an hour. Even riding alone, this was super fun! If I was more patient, I would have gotten back in line to ride it again. When I left Toy Story Mania, I noticed that it had rained while I was inside. Score one for not getting rained on for once! My next target was Rock N’ Roller Coaster.

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This line moved pretty quickly and though I don’t recall what the wait time was posted as, I remember that I was on the ride in about 20 minutes. There’s not a separate Single Rider line at Rock N’ Roller Coaster but you can sometimes get onto the ride quicker when you’re going solo. About the time that I got done here, my friend Kenn messaged me and let me know he was at Hollywood Studios too. So I waited for him to meet me and we got in line for RnR again. :)

Edited to add: My good friend Shari just texted me to mention that there IS a separate, legit single rider line at Rock N’ Roller Coaster. My bad…I have never tried riding this where the line was long enough for them to open it, I guess. During this trip, there was just the Standby and FP+ lines open and once I got past the ride’s pre-show, a CM was directing single riders to the far left into a separate, short line. Thanks for clearing this up Shari! :)

After I rode the coaster with Kenn, we went to get in line at Tower of Terror. This was another long wait. We waited a little over an hour and I was getting grouchy from waiting. Yes, I’m admitting that I was annoyed at waiting. I usually plan well enough that I don’t wait anywhere near an hour for most everything that I want to ride. But since Tower of Terror is one of my favorites, it was still worth the wait!

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Once we were done getting dropped a few times in our elevator car, we decided to go to The Great Movie Ride. I absolutely have no memory of the wait time for this attraction, which leads me to believe it was a relatively short wait. Otherwise, I would have remembered being cranky.

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I was hoping we’d get the Gangster scene, but we got the Cowboy scene. I’ve gotten the Cowboy scene the past several times. But at least it was a cute Cowboy. I would have taken a picture of him but I felt like that was just a little too creepy. :/ After our ride through the movies, Kenn and I got something to eat. We already discussed going to Magic Kingdom, but I was going back to my room first so that I could talk to my kids and rest a bit. I’d wanted to watch Wishes, but it was at 8:00pm and I knew I probably wouldn’t get to Magic Kingdom until around 9:00. So while Kenn headed on to Magic Kingdom, I headed back to All Star Sports.

I stopped for a selfie with Louie in the courtyard near my room.

I stopped for a selfie with Louie in the courtyard near my room.

After a nice little break, I was ready to head to Magic Kingdom to finish up my 4th park in one day. The park was only open until 11pm, so I wanted to ride as many attractions as possible since I was headed home the next morning. I met back up with Kenn and we started out with Pirates of the Caribbean. Then we rode The Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain before heading towards Tomorrowland.

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I know we rode Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and I have a vague memory of riding Space Mountain. I don’t remember for sure if we rode Tomorrowland Transit Authority (a.k.a the People Mover) but I love it so much that I feel like I probably made Kenn ride it before we it was time to leave.

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The park was about to close so we headed towards the entrance/exit so that we could get to the buses. And right as we began to pass Cinderella Castle, the best thing happened… The Kiss Goodnight started!! This was the first time that I ever saw the Kiss Goodnight in person! I’ve always left Magic Kingdom before it was done in an effort to avoid the long lines at the buses and ferry boat. That just made my night! I took video of it but of course no pictures since it would just show the castle. There’s a clip of The Kiss Goodnight in my Stuck at Disney Part 2 video on my YouTube Channel. I’ll eventually post the video of the entire show. Anyway,  Kenn and I said goodbye and went our separate ways and on to our resort bus stops.

Once I got back to my room I packed my bag and got ready for bed. I had to be up at the butt crack of dawn to catch Disney’s Magical Express back to the Orlando airport and finally head home. Getting stuck at Disney World was so fun! It was unexpected but it turned out to be such a great time!

See Ya Real Soon! °O°

First World Disney Problems

Yes, I’m going to post the final installment of my Stuck at Disney World trip report. But first, enjoy this silliness!

Stuck at Disney World Part 3

Well, my extra time being stuck at Disney World is ending quickly! If you missed the first 2 parts of this shindig, you can read them by clicking
HERE for part 1
HERE for part 2

Otherwise, let’s get going!

Tuesday February 24, 2015
So, I was lucky enough to have a park hopper ticket for one more day at the Disney World parks. I got up early and got ready to go to Epcot. I’d already made FastPass+ selections the day before for Animal Kingdom but I wanted to get to Epcot at rope drop to ride a few rides first. I also wanted to be able to visit all four parks in one day but my hopes of riding the attractions I wanted to ride were not very high. I hate waiting in long lines and I knew there might be some long lines if I was going to ride some of the things I like the most.

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In any case, I got going early and got to Epcot for the 9am rope drop . There were quite a few people there but about 5 minutes before opening, the Cast Members at the entrance opened some other entry stations. For some reason the majority of the people in line flat out refused to go to those lines so a bunch of us moved into those spots and I was almost right at the front of the line to get in now! I started chatting with the family in front of me and found out that they were from Texas too. They live in Houston but turns out they have family who lives in Lubbock which is only 13 miles from where I live! It’s a small world, after all. :)

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I usually take several pictures of Spaceship Earth

I usually take several pictures of Spaceship Earth

Anywho…once the park opened, I made my way to the first attraction I wanted to ride…Test Track.

Side note: I don’t love the new version of Test Track. It’s not as entertaining as it used to be, but the outside part at the end is the same and that’s my favorite part. So I still like to ride it each visit.

When I got closer to Test Track it showed a 30 minute wait. I’d hoped it was going to be about 15 minutes but I’ll take what I can get. It actually wasn’t until I got even closer that I remembered that there’s a Single Rider line! Yay! And there was literally no one in the single rider line yet…so I walked right on to the ride in less than 5 minutes. Gotta love that! I didn’t bother exploring the stuff in the lobby after the ride because I wanted to make it over to ride Soarin’. I checked the wait time on the My Disney Experience app and it was only 15 minutes!

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I hustled…or actually hobbled (my blister from the half marathon was hurting already) my way to the Land pavilion and got into the line for Soarin’. I was on it pretty quickly and afterwards I saw that Living With the Land had no one in line. I know a lot of people think Living With the Land is boring, but I still find it interesting, so I walked on to it. Once I finished at the Land pavilion, I tried to decide what to do next. I was doing really well on time, so I planned on checking out Journey Into Imagination with Figment before riding Spaceship Earth.

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Yes. I like Journey into Imagination. And Figment. I liked the Dreamfinder version the best, but I still enjoy the current version. Now that I’ve addressed that unnecessarily, let’s move on with our lives.

Ok, so Journey Into Imagination was a walk on, as usual. So after I was done there I headed for Spaceship Earth which was showing only a 20 minute wait. Once I actually reached the attraction, I was debating whether or not to skip it this time and get something to eat instead. I hadn’t had breakfast yet and I was starting to get a rumbly in my tumbly. Ultimately, I chose to skip Spaceship Earth and head to Animal Kingdom to get something to eat and use my FastPass+ I had for Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safari and Festival of the Lion King.

It was a little before 10am when I headed to the Epcot exit. I decided it would be nice to ride the monorail over to the Ticket and Transportation center and then take a bus to Animal Kingdom. But I remembered that there have been some instances of the monorail breaking down mid-ride and I didn’t want to take the chance that I might get stuck and miss my Expedition Everest FastPass+. So I ended up just taking the bus from Epcot to AK.

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By the time I arrived at Animal Kingdom, it was about 10:30am, and since my FastPass+ wasn’t until 11am I decided to get something to eat first. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m not a foodie. I pretty much stick with your basic counter service choices and since Pizzafari is kind of where my kids always want to eat while we’re at Animal Kingdom, I decided pizza was a good idea! It was a nice, relaxing breakfast and I ended up chatting with the family sitting a couple of tables away. That conversation was mostly about running shoes and cats. I don’t remember how it even got to that, but it did.

After my late breakfast, I had enough time to casually make my way to Expedition Everest.

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My wait once I arrived to Expedition Everest was less than 10 minutes which meant that once I was done I had about an hour to wait for my FastPass+ for Kilimanjaro Safari. I thought about the fact that I’d rather ride a few of the attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios instead so I talked to a Cast Member at a FastPass+ kiosk. I found out that if I cancelled my existing 2 FP+ reservations, I would not be able to make any more the rest of the day. Hmmm. But if I let them expire, then I could try adding FP+ for other rides at DHS later.

I decided to go ahead and head to the bus stop and make my way over to Hollywood Studios. So next time, I’ll be trying my luck at the popular rides there!

See Ya Real Soon! °O°

 

Stuck at Disney World -Part 2

After my return flight home was cancelled near the end of Princess Half Marathon weekend, I found myself having to stay at the Walt Disney Resort 2 extra days! If you missed the first part of my extended trip report, you can check it out by clicking
HERE for part 1

Monday February 23, 2015 (continued)
I walked into the lobby of All Star Sports and found it decorated with lots of balloons. A couple of people who had just finished checking in were carrying balloons away with them so I’m not sure if it was a special event or if the Cast Members were just handing out balloons randomly…but it was pretty festive looking!

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I was helped almost right away and I got checked in quickly but the Cast Member that helped me went above and beyond by calling someone (in housekeeping, maybe?) and finding a room that was ready! That was such a big help and I was so glad that I could go ahead and get settled into my room! So once I received my room assignment, I headed out. I was in Building 4 which is in the Center Court area. Obviously it’s a tennis themed section. Here’s some of my views along the way!

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After the short walk to building 4, I found room number 4328 only to find that my MagicBand would not work to open the door. I double and triple checked the room number on my resort map that I received at the front desk and tried my band about 4 times just to make sure it wasn’t user error. But nope…my MagicBand had lost its magic….

This was the first time that I’ve ever had a problem getting into a room at Disney World. I’ve been lucky enough to not have had a faulty key card, Key to the World Card, or MagicBand up until this moment. So yes, I had to walk back to the lobby to get my MagicBand reprogrammed so that I could get into my room. But really, considering that all I had planned for the day was laundry and resting, I wasn’t too upset.

Once I got my MagicBand situation sorted out, I got into my room! Yay! All of the Disney Value Resort rooms pretty much look the same on the inside (except for slight differences in things like curtain patterns, carpet color, bedding patterns and such) but it had been several years since I’d stayed at Sports. It seemed like it had been remodeled since the last time I’d been there and of course the little mini fridge (or drink cooler…whatever you want to call it…it keeps perishable stuff plenty cold) was one of the newest things since those were added to all of the Values only a few years ago.

I took a few minutes to unpack my toiletries and I changed into my “I Did it!” race shirt because it was the only other clean shirt I had. I wanted to go wash my clothes so that I would have clean clothes for the next 2 mornings and just to have everything clean. I stretched my legs a little again before heading out to find the guest laundry facility.

I ended up going to the laundry room next to the main pool which is called the Surfboard Bay Pool. I got my clothes started in the washer and the posted sign informed me that the wash and dry cycles were 30 minutes each. Originally I planned to just sit and relax near the pool while my clothes were washing, but I’d already figured out that too much sitting down made my legs start getting stiff and sore all over again. So I decided to walk all around the resort while I waited for my clothes to be done. I don’t necessarily encourage anyone to leave their clothes unattended in the laundry room, there have definitely been times that people have had their clothing taken from the washers or dryers, but I didn’t feel too worried about my stuff getting stolen so I went exploring.

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I went to each section of the All Star Sports Resort before I went back to check on my clothes. I still had a couple of minutes to wait once I got back to the laundry room before I could move my stuff over to the dryers. Since I’d already walked around all of the Sports resort and I had another 30 minutes to wait for my clothes to dry, I decided to head over to All Star Music which is right next to Sports.

It was very nostalgic to walk around the Music resort because I stayed here so many times with my family when I was younger. I didn’t get around to all of this resort but I saw enough to make me remember the fun trips and good times with my sister and our parents! :)

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By now I needed to get back to the laundry room at Sports, so I made my way there. When I got back to check on my clothes, most everything was dry but a few things were still damp and I still had some time on the dryers. Once everything was done I got all of my clothes folded and neatly into the mesh bag that I’d received at the end of the half marathon the day before. I walked to Stadium Hall and made a stop at the End Zone food court to grab a few snacks before heading back to my room. I spent the rest of the day watching television, calling my kids and taking a much needed nap before grabbing some dinner.

It was a nice and relaxing day but I was excited that I was going to hit the parks one last time the next day. I already had plans to go to all four parks and since I’d be touring solo I knew it was gonna be easy to do!

See Ya Real Soon! °O°

Race Recap Video #2

Here’s the second race recap video from my weekend at the Princess Half Marathon! °O°

Stuck at Disney World

After all of the posts that it took me to finish the Princess Half Marathon Weekend trip report, I decided to make this part of my report a separately titled trip report. I’m not including any links to the previous parts here, so unfortunately you’ll have to scroll back to the previous post to get links to any parts you missed. Yes, I’m being that lazy. :D

Now, on with the show!
Monday, February 23, 2015.

I should have been picked up by Disney’s Magical Express on this morning to get to the airport and make my journey back home after participating and finishing my first half marathon, but there was an ice storm and my flight back to Texas was cancelled. The first flight that the airline could get me on was scheduled for Wednesday morning. So now, I’m stuck at Disney World for 2 more days.

Oh, darn.

Now that the initial shock of the situation had passed and I was sure that my kids were ok and being taking care of for the extra time that I was away, my excitement was setting in! I was going to have to check out of the room at Coronado Springs by 11am, but that gave me plenty of time to get my stuff packed and get some breakfast with Shari before I had to make my way to All Star Sports.

We took our time getting ready and Shari packed her bags since she was leaving later that day, then we made our way to eat at Pepper Market. I got French toast with eggs and bacon. Mmmmmm….bacon. Sorry, I pretty much never take pictures of my food so I forgot to get a picture before I began eating.

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French Toast, Scrambled Eggs and Bacon from Pepper Market

Before we had breakfast I walked with Shari to the front desk and Bell Services where she got her Magical Express info corrected and dropped her bags off. There were a few hiccups with this process as I recall. Shari overall ended up not being that impressed with Coronado Springs. Her breakfast was even wrong…. I have to say I liked it enough that I ended up booking the vacation with my kids in March here. :)

I’d already talked to a Cast Member at Coronado Springs and learned that the easiest way for me to get moved over to Sports was to just take one of the resort buses over to a park and transfer by bus from there to All Star Sports. The CM told me that I could check my bags with Bell Services and that they would transfer those over to my new room later in the day, but I only had a carry on and my camera bag so she said I was more than welcome to just take those on the bus with me. I decided I was going to take my carry on with me. I planned to check in early and then do my laundry and just sit by the pool or something similar while I waited for my room to be ready. Check in time isn’t until 4pm and I calculated that I’d probably get to All Star Sports around noon.

I said bye to Shari as she headed back to the parks one last time before her flight out later in the day, and then I decided to walk around the resort a bit since I hadn’t really seen the Dig Site Pool area or much else of Coronado Springs while I was there. My legs were feeling better but that stupid blister I got during the race was still slightly problematic.

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It was around 10am when I started walking around the resort. As you can see, it was cloudy but I still thought it was nice. I decided it was time to head back to the room to make sure I had all of my things packed and to just sit for a few minutes before it was time to check out and head to All Star Sports. Instead, I got lost and couldn’t figure out how to get to my room. :/ Coronado Springs is pretty big considering I have only stayed at the Disney Value resorts and I’ve grown accustomed to staying at Pop which is a lot smaller than Coronado.

I was just taking wrong turns every time thinking I was headed towards building 7B…but I’d end up at 7A or somehow turn myself around and end back up near the Dig Site. I’m not usually bad with directions but I couldn’t figure out where I was going wrong. I finally flagged down a resort Cast Member and asked which way to get to 7B, and I finally made it back to the room at about 10:55am. I double checked the room and made sure I had everything and then headed to the bus stop so that I could get to the El Centro bus stop.

I decided I’d just get on the first park bus that showed up, and that ended up being a bus to Magic Kingdom. I got pretty lucky and I didn’t have to wait for the bus from Magic Kingdom to All Star Sports for very long at all. Before I knew it, I was walking into the lobby of All Star Sports! Next time I’ll start with my check in there!

See Ya Real Soon!

Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend- Post Race Bad News…Or Not?

I’m wrapping up the end of my time at the Princess Half Marathon weekend! If you missed any of the previous parts you can read them by clicking
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Well, I did it! I managed to finish my first half marathon and I didn’t get swept! It wasn’t pretty, I made so many mistakes, but I did it and now I was hobbling my way back to the bus that would take me back to Coronado Springs. Shari tried to wait for me to finish (she finished around 45 minutes before me) but they wouldn’t let her hang out near the finish line so she headed back to the room. Unfortunately Cynthia got swept at mile 8 but she was ok with it! She did really well considering this was the first race she’d ever done! She knows she can do a 5k or 10k now, but she was proud of how far she got! I was super proud of her too!

Once I got back to Coronado Springs, it hurt like hell to walk…or sit…or stand back up…or walk… You get the picture. My blister was enormous and I knew it was better not to pop it since we were going to go to Hollywood Studios and have lunch at Sci-Fi Dine In Theater. I changed, stretched a little and we all headed to the bus stop to make our way to the park.

Allow me to confess something…I don’t remember some of the details of what we did while we waited for our reservation at Sci-Fi Dine In. I was hurting so much. It was blatantly obvious by how much I was limping. Between the blister, my sore shins and calves, and my swollen Achilles tendon, I couldn’t help but limp. I wasn’t in the mood to take pictures at this point. I know we rode Star Tours…possibly Toy Story Mania…I know for sure that we met up with my Disney friend Kenn and chatted for a few minutes before our lunch. This was the only picture I took while we were at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as far as I can tell:

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Meet up with my friend Kenn

 

But before we ate, I got a phone call from my mom.

I remember this phone call vividly. I answered thinking my mom was just calling to see how the race went. And although she did ask about the race, her main reason for the call was to let me know she got an email that my flight for the next morning was cancelled due to an ice storm in Dallas. My mom booked my airline tickets for me and used her email address, so they sent the cancellation notice to her. It’s a good thing though, because when we got the Magical Express info at our room that morning the time for my pick up was not listed. I thought that because I’d scheduled Disney’s Magical Express so closely to when my trip was that the info just never got entered or something so I’d decided to figure it out later that evening.

I freaked out for a moment. This was not an ideal situation. My mom was going to have to work from her end to get me on another flight mostly because my phone service at Disney World is always hit or miss and I needed to work on getting a new flight ASAP. She told me she’d call the airline to get my new flight booked. I tried not to worry about it and went to have our meal at Sci-Fi.

I love Sci-Fi Dine in Theater! It’s fun, it looks cool…the food is good in my opinion. But then again, I’m not a foodie and I just ordered a burger and fries… But it was yummy! The fact that I was tired, hurting, and worried about my flight situation made me not have as much fun here this time as I could have. I was ready to go back to our room. Shari and Cynthia weren’t really ready to go back to the room so they did their own thing and I headed back to Coronado Springs.

I’d already contacted my travel agent friends Tina and Don with Destinations With Character and asked them to find me a room at the value resorts just in case I had to spend an extra night at Disney World. By the time I got back to our room, my mom had messaged me to let me know the first flight she could get me on was on Wednesday morning. WHAT???

Crap. I’d only made plans for my kids and for missing work through Monday. Now I had to make arrangements for my mom and dad to help with my kids until Wednesday and I had to leave my job short handed for 2 extra days. I ended up talking to my mom on the phone and she let me know she’d make it work with getting my kids to school and all. I contacted one of my bosses and let her know I was stuck at Disney and wouldn’t be back at work until Thursday. Tina and Don had a room reservation on standby for me and they got me booked quickly and easily once I told them I was stuck at Disney until my flight on Wednesday.

I did some more stretching and decided to try to nap. All I kept thinking about was how I couldn’t believe I was stuck here for 2 extra days. But then I was like “Wait…this really isn’t that bad. I’m stuck. At DISNEY!” My kids are still being taken care of and I had another flight booked. O.M.G. I’m stuck at Disney World! This is the best bad news ever!

I didn’t go back to any of the parks the rest of the day. We all had to get our stuff packed because we all had to leave Coronado Springs the next morning. Cynthia and Shari would be flying home, but I was going to have an extended, and unexpected, stay at the Most Magical Place on Earth!

See Ya Real Soon! °O°