Let’s try this again! - Part 2
The flight was mainly
uneventful and about two hours before we were supposed to land
we were served dinner.
Again it was a choice
between chicken or pasta and again we both chose the chicken
dish, which was
Grilled Chicken Breast with
Barbecue Sauce accompanied by Pumpkin Stew and Sweet Corn Mash
and Fruit Salad with dried Lingonberries for dessert.
We had made up about an
hour of flight-time and were approaching the Florida Coast and
were happy to be able to get out of the plane soon, when the
captain came on again, telling us that we were redirected as
there was a thunderstorm approaching the airport.
So we went all the way down
to Lake Okeechobee.
We went all around it and
back up to Orlando and when we finally had made it there we had
lost all the time we had made up.
The plane finally landed
more than two hours late and while rolling to the gate we were
told that we might be stuck on the plane for another hour as the
immigration hall was full.
Can you see a trend here?
But at least this delay did
not go through as we were directed to our gate and within five
minutes the doors opened and First and Business Class passengers
started to get off.
Soon it was our turn and we
hotfooted it over to immigration where the lines were ever so
long and it took us another hour to go through, even though we
had a very nice officer, who even spoke German. Good thing when
immigration takes that long is that your luggage has already
been delivered by then. So we went around the belt and collected
all four pieces we had checked in, left through customs and
stopped right before we hit the elevator to pack one of our
carry-ons into our half empty suitcase and off we went.
We hauled all our luggage
down to the rental car counters, walked over to Hertz, preparing
ourselves as every company had a long line and finally got to
ours, where we were surprised by each and every station being
manned and it was our turn within a few minutes.
We had a voucher and
everything possible had been paid for, so it only took us about
5 minutes and we were told to pick any car we wanted in a
Now, I hadn`t noticed that
we were way off from where we needed to go and once we got
outside the humidity hit both of us and our steps slowed down
and it took us a bit to make it across the street and up the
escalator and over to our row. Tom went ahead to check out the
cars while I slowly crawled over, pulling two of our four pieces
When I finally made it
there, Tom had narrowed it down to two cars and we finally
agreed on a blue Hyundai.
All of our luggage fit into
the trunk and only our carry-ons had to go on the back seat. Tom
fixed the GPS and adjusted his seat and then we finally left the
airport. It was now way past 9 o’clock and it had been a long
It took us about half an
hour to finally drive underneath that welcoming Walt Disney
World Arch and on to our first resort, Bay Lake Tower. Once we
made it to the Magic Kingdom parking area, we missed some of the
signs and went into the Magic Kingdom parking lot instead of
taking the new road to the resorts. S
o we wasted another 10
minutes going around the parking lot and back to where we had
been supposed to go.
We made it to the resort at
20 past 10. There was a parking space close by the entrance,
which was lucky, so we just took a suitcase each and the
carry-ons and headed inside. Since we were a day late we had
been assigned a room the day before, so we knew which one it
was, the only thing missing were magic bands.
So we headed to the front
desk, found a Cast Member and she was quick to check us in and
go get our magic bands. I told her that there should be a second
set, our annual passholder ones and she promised to bring those
back as well. When she finally came back, she only had the
regular set as the passholder ones were nowhere to be found.
They tried to order us new ones but we never received them
during our trip. Once we were checked in, we headed to our room
and as I had suspected our
standard view room on floor 3 had both, a water and a theme park
By now we only had little
time left to head over to the Contemporary and get a few nibbles,
so we parked our luggage in the room and headed over to the
Contemporary where we did a little shopping for some drinks,
Tortilla Chips, some salsa and a cupcake from the Contempo Café.
And while I returned to the room with our shopping, Tom went to
the car to pick up the rest of our stuff and bring it back to
our room. Finally we had arrived. It was past 11pm when we
finally sat down, had a drink and snacked on
some chips and salsa and
the cupcake. We finally
went to bed shortly after midnight.