I’m officially putting off the transcript until I’m at least back in Washington. I feel bad, but between being sick and having a really long day tomorrow and having two episodes (one of which is an hour and a half long) released tonight, I just don’t think I have it in me to do it tonight. Instead I’m just going to go to bed I think and hope that I haven’t made too many people angry.
I decided that since I’m staying up late transcribing (once the episode comes out, which should be in a few minutes), I may as well go next door to the All Star Sports Resort and get myself a pizza (which takes two meal credits, so now I’m down to 7 meals and 7 snacks).
I didn’t expect it to take over an hour.
But others had it worse — during the 45-minute wait in line, they took pasta off the menu entirely. People who had waited for over a half an hour got out of line to get in the burger line instead (which stinks for them, because they still actually had pasta when I got to the front of the line, though they were close to running out — and I heard someone at the burger station say that they were out of cheese for the burgers).
But now I’ve got pizza to transcribe with. And the baseball 1-game Wild Card playoff that I figured I’d missed the end of is still going, tied 7-7 in the eleventh inning (it was 7-3 Oakland in the 7th inning when I left, but apparently Kansas City isn’t ready to give up on their first postseason appearance in 29 years yet).
Oh, also my mom gave me some of her medication that her doctor gave her after she had polyps removed from her nose. It stops the mucus from forming/building up and it works wonders. That may make my last day and a half here much nicer than it otherwise would have been (it hasn’t cured me or anything, but it’s a vast improvement over how I felt/how many kleenex I was going through a couple of hours ago).
Today’s pics are uploading now (there are only five today since I didn’t do much, so it won’t take long). The pic of the pool is hazy because I had just left the 68º room and walked there in 80+º weather so the camera lens apparently fogged up. Oh well. Maybe I’ll try to get the Three Caballeros tomorrow.
i’m honestly one of those people that are just there like yeah i have friends and people talk to me but i’m nobody’s favorite person and nobody looks forward to talking to me everyday or anything and it sucks
I could buy 60, but not 90. My video of the attraction is just 53 seconds long, including the lift hill. It may have a 90 second cycle time (from dispatching a train until the next time the same train is dispatched), but the ride itself is definitely not that long.
All three of us in my room are sick now (I can’t take all the credit — stepdad got it first and has sounded awful for the past several nights). Apparently they got caught in a downpour at Magic Kingdom last night after I’d left (if it was the same as the downpour that fell at the hotel last night, it was still nothing like the one at Hollywood Studios a couple nights ago).
But last night I stuffed a towel into my shoes and it mostly dried them off, so I can wear them again! Much more comfortable than flip-flops. But today’s an off day so no park for me — I’ll just find some cool place to eat or something and generally probably stick fairly close so I can actually rest once housekeeping is done. Tomorrow Epcot is open until 11:00 with the Extra Magic Hours, so we’ll be finishing off the trip with a bang (and maybe a collapse when my legs give out)!
I can’t believe we have to go home in two days. I’m exhausted, but being exhausted here is better than being bored at home.
OK, today’s pics are on flickr and I’m off to bed. Magic Kingdom tomorrow, then rest on Tuesday, then closing it out with Epcot on Wednesday before flying back west on Thursday and going home on Friday.
This trip has both flown by and felt like it’s lasted for a long time all at once, somehow. I’m not ready to go home, but I’m very much ready to sleep in my bed all day (or maybe fore two days) when I get there.
Naturally, my mom didn’t reply to answer my questions. Neither did my sister when I emailed her.
But I think I’m supposed to go here.
I sure hope I’m right — if not, I’m going to be missing out on a heck of an experience and I’m gonna be sad. I’d better get going so I can get there in time (assuming it’s at 9:00 — my mom mentioned something about 8:00 earlier but the fireworks aren’t until 10:00 so I really hope it’s 9:00 — I may not be there by 8:00). Looks like my best bet is a bus to Hollywood Studios and then a boat from there to the lighthouse in the map above.
I came back to the room about an hour ago to meet with the family so we can do our Illuminations cruise tonight and I just now got an email from my mom telling me to just meet them there (“if I get the email” — not sure what the plan was if I didn’t fire up the laptop). The only trouble is that I don’t know where ”there” is (all I know is that it’s at the Yacht and Beach Club Resort, but not where at the Yacht and Beach Club) or what time the boat leaves.
Hope she answers soon — if I’m taking buses, I have to go to a theme park or Downtown Disney and then catch another bus from there to the hotel, and that can take a while. I’ve got time right now, but not if they wait too long to answer. If they haven’t answered in ten minutes I’d better go so I get there with time to find where I’m supposed to be.
Last night’s photos never uploaded (I left the computer on for it to finish, but Disney’s internet sucked and I lost the connection) so I’m trying to re-upload them now. Then I’ll try uploading today’s pics.
Today was better than yesterday once I finally stopped fuming about yesterday’s Guest Relations fiasco.
That fucker also took away my Maelstrom FastPass for our last day here, and changed the times of the other FastPasses. And he gave all of us in the group different FastPass times for the attractions that he apparently arbitrarily decided to give us.
I’ve sent my sis an email asking for this guy’s name (I wasn’t even in there when he decided to take away all my FastPasses and replace them with totally different things). If he’s working on Monday, I’m going to lay the fuck into him inside City Hall. And if he’s not working, I’m going to lay the fuck into his boss. Hell, his boss is most likely going to hear me either way.
OK, I’m back to the parks tomorrow so I should probably get off tumblr and go to bed. Fairly short day in Animal Kingdom (they close at 6:00pm again), so at least I get to warm back up before getting into the longer hours at other parks. I used to cover tons of ground each day working at Disneyland. I wore a pedometer for a while because I was curious — my average was about 13 miles a day if I was mobile, like a front-of-house lead covering the whole park, or 4-5 miles if I was just walking back and forth at a single location (like a churro cart, where I was constantly taking two steps to my left to make churros and two steps to the right to take orders). But I’m older than I was, and I’m also out of practice. But I’m feeling like I’m “over the hump” as far as the pain goes, as my muscles are getting the hang of it again.
Anyway, that’s it for me today. Goodnight, tumblr.
8:52am is when housekeeping came knocking today. But at least today they gave a time for when they would come back so I know how long I have to get out of the room (just long enough to grab a shower and get dressed). Then I have to decide what I’m going to do while they’re in here. I may explore a bit, or I may grab a book and try to find a bench in the shade and just rest my weary legs.
I told my parents that if I don’t run into them before tonight, I’ll know where to meet them for the fireworks cruise by the posting that the WDW website says will be in the Contemporary Resort’s lobby saying where to meet. They’ve already headed out to get Tonga Toast at Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian (Tonga Toast is basically French Toast made with sourdough and stuffed with bananas — sounds really good, actually, but I don’t know if I’m motivated to rush over in the morning to get it). I’m thinking I’ll head there before the fireworks tonight to try them out for dinner — the pulled pork nachos on their menu sound pretty good.
Rain in the forecast for this afternoon/evening, so I guess I’ll be schlepping my mini umbrella along with me (if I’d known how small it was before I bought it I may have decided to either skip it or hold out for a larger one…I feel like I’m using an umbrella made for a toddler, and no matter where I hold it, part of me is still getting wet). Anyway, I’d better get ready and get out of here or I’ll end up rambling and get caught off guard by Housekeeping 2: This Time We Brought Towels (hopefully they do, anyway).
Got all my pics uploaded, which is good because at this rate I may not have room on my computer for the pics and videos still to come. At least if I have to delete them from the hard drive before I go home to make room, I can still access them.
It was good to spend a little time on tumblr tonight, even though most of what I did was some catching up (but I didn’t get to everyone). Still not sure what the plan is for tomorrow — sleeping in probably won’t be on the table (housekeeping knocks somewhere between 9:00 and 10:00am, and when they switched the hotel locks to use MagicBands instead of key cards they apparently forgot to include a way to signal “Do Not Disturb” — but yesterday Housekeeping didn’t come in at all because when they came at about 9:30 and I said I’d be gone within an hour and they never came back and my parents were pissed and blamed me so that means I have to be up and out so they can come make the beds). So I’m not sure how much I’ll be on, but I’m looking forward to hopefully not doing much at all (like when housekeeping comes maybe I can wander around for an hour and then come back and just relax until we leave for the fireworks).
So even though it’s fairly early, I think I’d better take a couple sleeping pills and call it a night.
-You become emotionally attached. -You can’t hug them whenever you want to which is something you often forget. -You find people who don’t judge you. At all. -You have to learn time zones. That’s a real bummer. -You find people who love you for you. -You sometimes cry because you just love them so much and get super emotional when you realize they are thousands of miles away from you.
It’s been a little over a year since I’ve started this blog, and it’s jumped all over the place, from just a few pictures to a few facts, and now looking into some WDW history, and so far it’s been a blast! I’ve reached an important milestone…
In honor and appreciation of all of you who’ve made this happen, I’m having my first giveaway! The prize will be a Disney pin out of my collection. I’ll choose the pin, however if you win and you have a favorite character or something I’ll see what I can do ;)
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I just got a new job, so depending on how things go, there might even be a bonus prize other than the pin!
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Giveaway will end on September 30 at midnight EST!
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I’m adding my photos here. I’ll be putting them in albums by days for now. I’ve got the first day (which consists of all of five photos) uploaded, and will be uploading more as the night goes on (possibly taking a break to go get dinner at some point — it’s almost 8:00 and I haven’t eaten since around 1:00).
As I mentioned in the earlier post, these are unedited and unsorted (other than by day). I renamed the files of day 1 since there were only five, but for the rest I’m just going to leave the generic file name the camera gave them.
OK, I just went down to get a drink refill and as long as I was in the main building, I stopped by the concierge desk and asked about the fireworks cruise situation, and things are looking very good indeed — the park is closing early for a Halloween party, and at first the guy helping me didn’t know if they did the cruises for that party’s fireworks, but then the guy next to him said that he’d personally been on one of them for that show.
So as long as the date isn’t mixed up (which I don’t think it is), then I get to see an even bigger than usual fireworks show — they shoot up from all around the park for this one, so it should look pretty spectacular from the Seven Seas Lagoon!
(Also the boat holds up to 60 people so we may not be the only ones on board)
Also, to @jennygreenteethswamp: I should probably figure out a place to just upload all of the photos as I go for those who want to see them (instead of posting hundreds or even thousands of photos here) — they’d be unedited and unsorted for now, but I should see if flickr or someone has a bulk upload tool (if not I can always fall back on Google Drive). Videos may have to wait until I’m home, though — the internet hasn’t been terrible since that first night, but it’s also not exceedingly fast and uploading them to YouTube would take a while. I also don’t have a cell phone to “verify” my account at get the ability to upload long videos there. I may see if Vimeo will let me post longer ones when I get home.
ehhh that sounds more like a glitch with the fp+ system in parks than the website itself. (website has it’s own set of issues) unless the entire system was having issues today (i’m off today so I have no idea if it was or not)
We (well, a groovy Guest Relations cast member who was at the Tomorrowland FP+ kiosks) figured out the problem today after there were more FastPass problems. More on that (as well as the day in general) under the cut:
I’ve decided I’m not going to stay up until the video uploads — I’ll just let it run overnight and turn off the computer tomorrow morning. Still going to caption it before I make it public anyway.
I just changed my 9:20am FastPass for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to 10:15am — it’s 1:30am now and I may want that extra hour of sleep. Plus, with Extra Magic Hours for Disney hotel guests, the park is open until 1:00am, so it’s gonna be a LONG day. But I also anticipate it being an awesome day (and I don’t anticipate awesome days very often, so that’s saying something).
Sadly I don’t get to use a cell phone in the parks — I think Sptepdad never forgave me for getting his wet on Splash Mountain at Disneyland last year (I got more drenched than I’ve ever gotten on it and there was no dry pocket that it could have been in). So for those hoping to meet up, sadly the only way to reach me is tumblr (or email, for those who have it — if you don’t have that and want it let me know and I’ll provide it as long as you’re not a stranger to me).
But now I’m off to bed. The energy from the dinner I had 4½ hours ago is leaving and I need my beauty sleep (more than most).