From the DIS Welcome Center to Mickey’s World
Our departure day had dawned. When we woke up we were back at Port
Canaveral. And after having a shower we packed up the rest of our
stuff and waited for our breakfast time. A few minutes early, after
having thoroughly checked all the drawers we said goodbye to our
floating home and headed out into the hallway. And who should we run
into than our stateroom host, Oana.
to say we stopped, hugged and had one last fun conversation, before
we really had to leave. Waiting for the elevator took a little
while, but finally we were able to get in and down we went to the
Enchanted Garden. We had brought a final sweets bag for Zan and our
servers, and were surprised not to see Zan when we entered. We knew
the way to our table and sat down and around came the assistant
server and asked for our drinks order. We both had some coffee and
ordered our breakfast. Tom and I had the same breakfast, the
Eggs for the Road,
Scrambled, fried or boiled egg and served with hash browns and your
choice of breakfast meat (grilled sausage, grilled ham and bacon).
Tom had a fried egg on his and I had scrambled eggs. The last day is
always pretty hectic and so we just saw our servers for a very short
time and then it was time to really say goodbye and leave the ship.
We got all our hand luggage and walked upstairs to the atrium and
were shocked. There was a huge line and it moved very slowly. For a
moment we thought about just sitting somewhere until the lines would
get a little shorter, but then we decided to just get in line. It
took quite some time to even leave the Atrium, then down the ramp
and finally we were signed off the ship. We went on the escalator to
pick up our luggage and go through customs.
Thank god they have porters as we had a lot of luggage to pick up.
We all got in line and were actually surprised by how many people
cut in line in front of us, by not walking through the line, but
just cutting under the rope. One of them being one of the “thieves“
who had stayed Concierge. He didn’t even dare look at us, and it was
good that way. We finally made it to the customs officer and were
through quickly and out the door over to the rental car shuttles.
All the lines were short except the Dollar one. This one was LONG
and I was seeing us waiting there for quite some time. The shuttle
was just loading and I was coming to grips with waiting here, when
the driver asked if we were only 2 and once we had confirmed that
we „magically“ made it to the front of the line and after loading
our stuff into the car we were in and off we went. Speak of lucky.
Dollar is quite far down the road and it took a little while to get
there, but since we had gotten on last, we were able to get off
first. I told Tom to get inside and get in line, while I dealt with
the luggage. It took several trips inside the small office to get
everything inside, but finally it was done. Tom was in line. There
were still a couple people in front of him and three people manning
the station, so it should not take too long.Or so we thought.
Turns out the lady who was helping a customer was taking a break and
the other guy would only deal with customers who were returning
cars. That left only one guy renting out the cars. And he took his
sweet time. One of the families ahead of us took around 25 minutes
to get a car assigned and the line had already grown out the door.
After a little more than an hour it was finally our turn. We had
rented a convertible and there had one been sitting right outside
the office, so we were hoping to get that. When we were finally done
and walked outside the car was gone. We were told our car would be
brought to a special parking spot in a few minutes, so we waited.
Turns out that they had to drive it through the car wash and it was
in fact the Mustang that had been sitting outside. Once we had the
key in hand, Tom took the car’s top down and we loaded all our stuff
into the trunk and the rest went on the back seat. And a mere 5
minutes after we had received the keys we were off and heading back
to Walt Disney World. But there was something that I had noticed
that required one more stop. The DIS welcome center. We stopped
outside and quickly thought about heading into the Perfect Gift to
order a gift for our friends Mick and Teresa who would be sailing in
a weeks time, but when we tried the door they were closed. So over
to the next door, the Welcome Center, we went.
This door opened and we were welcomed by two very nice people,
Teresa, a Dreams Unlimited TA and another DU employee who were
preparing gift baskets. We had a short conversation, I signed their
guestbook and out we went again, just to walk right back in.
had forgotten to take their photo, but they both were willing to
have their picture taken and stood right in front of some DIS
merchandise. Photo taken I hopped into the car and we were finally
off. But we could not leave without saying another goodbye to the
Disney DREAM. So, once we had reached the harbour we drove right up
to the DREAM again and slowly drove by, finally saying our goodbyes
until we would be back in February.The DREAM behind us we got on the
motorway and were soon cruising towards Walt Disney World and making
good progress. We arrived at Old Key West shortly after noon and
walked right in to check in.
I had done the online check in and our folder was waiting and yippie
so was our room. We had been granted our request of Old Turtle
Pond Road again and within minutes we were on our way to our villa.
It took us a while to find the correct staircase to walk up to it,
but finally we did and once we had entered we noticed it smelled in
there. It smelled of some product to seal the floor and we decided
to just open the veranda doors and if the smell hadn’t gone away we
would ask to be moved. Tom went to use the toilet and came back to
tell me to call housekeeping as the flush wasn’t working properly.
So I called housekeeping and they told me that someone would be sent
over shortly. In the meantime we had hauled all our stuff upstairs,
the smell was beginning to disappear and I started to unpack. After
half an hour I called housekeeping/maintenance again and asked when
they would be coming by. We were told that it might be another 20
minutes but if we didn’t mind them being in there, we would not have
to wait. Good! So, we got our stuff together and headed down to the
car to do some shopping. And since we were driving toward Kissimmee
anyway, why not start off the last part of the vacation with some
Krispy Kreme. So we drove to the Krispy Kreme shop which to our
delight had the „Hot Now“ sign on.
we went and two minutes later we were the proud owners of a dozen
Glazed Doughnuts, a dozen Doughnut Holes and a Diet Coke to share.
We sat at one of the tables nearby and inhaled some of those fluffy
little puppies for lunch.
Once we were on a sugar high again, we headed back to the car and
drove back to Publix. We bought all the ingredients for our picknick
lunches, some breakfast foods and quite a few things we wanted to
take home. With the trunk full of groceries we headed back to Old
Key West and made one more stop at bell services. We still had to
pick up our Owner’s Locker box. I walked up to bell services to ask
for it, while Tom took the top of the car down. A very friendly
porter brought out our box and after box and tip had changed hands
we were off to our villa again. Once we were in we checked the flush
of the toilet and it was working fine now, there was still a little
smell, but we opened up the veranda doors again and that helped
greatly. Once we had stowed everything in the fridge and the kitchen
cabinets we decided that instead of heading out to lunch we would
enjoy a nice picknick dinner at Old Key West. So I filled the
washing machine and put it on while Tom laid the table and a few
minutes later we were sitting at the table happily munching away.
After dinner we cleaned everything up and after taking a shower we
decided to head over to the Magic Kingdom, which was open late that
night. On the way over I remembered that I actually had a
reservation at the Wave that day, so we decided to hop on the resort
Monorail and stop at the Contemporary to cancel the reservation.
Once that was done we went to check out the new Contemporay Resort
merchandise and have a look up at where we had been staying a few
weeks before. Then we walked downstairs and just over to the Magic
Kingdom. It was Labour Day Weekend and the Magic Kingdom was
absolutely packed. We decided to stroll through the shops on the way
up to the hub, but even the shops were packed. As it was close to
the start of Wishes we stepped out onto Main Street USA and found it
too crowded, so we skipped the whole idea of watching Wishes from
there and instead headed towards Adventureland. When we were right
past Casey’s the fireworks started to go off and stopped and watched
from the sidelines.
It was fun watching it from a totally different viewpoint, but
something was wrong with my camera, as the lighting looked a bit
funny. The castle show was on after Wishes and when that was over
everybody seemed to be heading towards Adventureland. So we decided
to fight the crowds and head in the other direction to Tomorrowland.
As always when the parks are full we were hoping for our favourite
ride not to have too much of a line. But there was! Even the
Peoplemover had a short line, but it moved pretty quickly and soon
we were sitting in our little compartment enjoying the hustle and
bustle of the park from above. And while we were on the ride EMH
started and we were hoping that it would die down the crowds.
But once we got off it did not look like it. So we slowly walked
over to the New Fantasyland construction, which was all walled off,
then over to try Peter Pan, which had a 60 minute wait and It’s a
small world which had a 30 minute late. Thanks, but no thanks on
both. We were sure that the line for the Haunted Mansion would be
too long either, but it only said 20 minutes, so we hopped into that
line and chose the interactive line. It seemed to move quite nicely
and we were soon getting into the holding room before the stretching
room. The loading zone though was a madhouse, especially since they
stopped the ride a few times, without stopping to get more people in
the room. But finally we got onto a doombuggy and off we went.
Soon we had to get off the ride and walked over to Big Thunder
Mountain, but a 75 minute wait did not appeal to us. Same with
Splash Mountain. Okay, why not head over to Pirates of the
Caribbean? We did and found that it had been down for quite a while.
We both had not had a lot of sleep the night before so we were
getting quite tired and it was going towards midnight. When we went
past the Jungle Cruise we decided to just pop down and check the
wait time and it was only 20 minutes. We hopped in line as we both
love to do that ride at night time. You cannot see all the props so
well, but the skippers usually crack a lot more unusual jokes and
not just run through their spiel.
The line moved pretty slowly but after about half an hour we were
seated in one of the boats and went on our expedition. The skipper
was hilarious and even though we had heard some of his jokes before,
he was really doing his job well and we were laughing a lot. Once we
got off the ride we decided not to stay to the end of the Extra
Magic Hours and get back to our car. So we slowly strolled through
the shops, took in the atmosphere on Main Street and finally left
the Magic Kingdom. We made our way back to our car and drove back to
Old Key West. Being that it was Labour Day the parking lot of the
resort was pretty full, but we spotted a space nearby and after
parking the car, headed up to our villa. We were so tired, that
after having a nightcup we both fell into bed.