Well ladies and gentlemen, here it is, our family's trip report for our WDW Trip during TS Alberto. I will be posting one day of our trip each day, so be sure to come back!
DF- An extremely overworked father who almost never has time to spend with his kids. Needed this vacation very badly, but really didn’t like the idea of Disney as a relaxing vacation. Age-43
DM- Our mother. Does everything for our family: a.k.a. the standard mother plus a whole lot more! Loves doing planning for our vacations, so our Disney trips are always very well choreographed from arrival in the world to our last moments in Orlando. Age-41
Me- The high school sophomore who stresses over school excessively. I have loved Disney for as long as I can remember. This being our fourth trip to WDW and our first trip during the high summer season, I could not wait for it. I am the Disney fanatic in our family so I pushed for this trip the most. Male, age 16.
DS- The typical teenage daughter/sister. She believes she is always right, fights with my mother constantly, and is in love with Zac Efron. (spelling?) Age-13
Day One-Departure/Epcot (Future World)
We live in Chicago, so driving would mean a 24 commitment one way, and DF could barely take enough time off as it was, so we decided to fly down to Orlando. We flew Ted, the discount airline branched off of United. If any of you have ever flown through or have to use Chicago/O’Hare, you know how large the airport is and how long it can take to get through security and check-in. We had to get up at 4:30 A.M. in order to be ready to take the limo to the airport. Now, DS usually doesn’t get up until after 10 A.M., so getting her up at 4:30 was no easy task, nor a pleasant one. And on top of it all, she had just come back from a basketball overnight camp and was sick with a bad sinus infection/cold. Once inside the airport, we checked our one bag that wasn’t going on the airplane. Yes, we only had two bags for a week in the summer at Disney. Those space bags that you can vacuum all the air out of are really a lifesaver. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 6:55 A.M., and it left ten minutes early. Not bad, considering we where at O’Hare and our last trip we where delayed on the tarmac for an hour. The flight down was quite pleasant, although a little bumpy once we got near Florida due to Alberto. Yes, the tropical storm Alberto was heading straight for Florida during our trip. We where scared that the storm could wreck our vacation, but luckily, due to some good planning on DM part, it didn’t. We landed 30 minutes early in Orlando to some light rain showers. Great, it is already raining and Alberto hasn’t come close to making landfall yet. We grabbed our luggage and headed out to get our rental car. We joined the National Emerald Club, which is a service provided by the National car rental company that allows people to pick a car out of a row and just drive away. That means no waiting at the car counter for hours waiting for someone to give you the car that you ordered. You also don’t have to pick up the keys in the garage, they are already in the door ready for you. The Emerald Aisle had about 50 cars waiting for us, ranging from small compacts to minivans to crossovers. We would have chosen a Sebring Convertible, but due to the imminent rain, we chose a Pontiac G6. The car was very nice and being able to drive right out of the garage was well worth the small one-time membership fee needed to join the Emerald Club.
As we drove toward the WDW resort, the rain started to lighten up. We decided to hop over to Epcot after checking in at Port Orleans Riverside. We parked our car at POR and went to check-in. By the time we where done, the rain had become falling much faster than before and suddenly we didn’t want to go to a park during downpours. We decided to drive over to the Disney-created planned community of Celebration and drive around there. The community was very nice, although I happened to fall asleep during most of it. That what you get when you wake me up at 4:30. After driving around for about 30 minutes, the rain lightened up again, and we decided to tough it out and head for Epcot. We got into the park and it seemed to be very empty due to the rain. We headed over to the Land Pavilion to ride Living with the Land and Soarin’. When we walked into the Pavilion, we realized where the crowds where; inside the Land Pavilion. Soarin’ had a 90 minute wait and Living with the Land had a 50 minute wait. Wow. We decided to wait for Soarin’ because we had never ridden it and it was supposed to be a great ride. The wait ended up being 70 minutes instead of 90. When we got to the loading station, we where placed in section B row 1. For all of you that have not ridden Soarin’, there are the large arms in the theater, sections A, B, and C. Each of these sections has three rows, 1, 2, and 3. We rode Soarin’ a total of 4 times in our trip. The first time where in the middle section, B, and the first row (the best place to be in the entire theater.) The ride was amazing and breathtaking. Afterwards, we rode Living with the Land because the wait had dropped down to 30 minutes. DS really didn’t want to ride the “most boring ride in all of Disney World,” but she did anyway. The greenhouses in the ride where cool as always, and I have always liked seeing all the fish in the fish farming area. After we where done, we grabbed a snack in the newly refurbished food court in the land, now called Seasons. I shared a mini Key lime pie with DM, DS had a Butterfinger brownie, and DF had a Tollhouse cookie. I looked outside and saw that the rain had let up again. We headed over to Spaceship Earth, which had no wait and rode it. Now, if you ask me, that is probably more boring than Living with the Land, but DS rode it with no complaints. Afterwards, we headed over to Test Track and jumped in the Single Rider line. The wait was only ten minutes from entering the queue to boarding our car. Of course, we where all separated, but the Stand-By line was 50 minutes long. I love cars, and love that ride. By the end of Test Track, we where all tired and ready to head home to Port Orleans.
So that’s our first day. Bear in mind that this is my very first trip report, so it might now be the best. Tomorrow, Day Two- The Disney MGM Studios.