A Jolly Holiday with Masseys: THE TRIP REPORT - WDW Dec2019

pkondz

. . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
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vamassey1

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Aw, so sorry to hear she's sick. I agree, whenever they go anywhere with new germs - starting in preschool :rotfl2: My oldest did a semester abroad in England, got the flu while there, and couldn't figure out what meds to buy/take - everything had different names. He was looking for Tylenol and Halls cough drops :). Hope she's feeling better very soon!
Oh no your poor son. I think she's on the mend but has also been putting in lots of hours.

Best part is the rumor is they can stay in the park after there ride but just can't make fast passes. She and her room mates are all registered for Wednesday morning.

Well... yeah.

I'd take you up on that too!
And she did.
 

vamassey1

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We're Here!

Our flight was suppose to arrive at 8:35 am but I think it was closer to 8:45. Right before they called us to line up I had planned to use the ladies room one more time, but missed my chance. I wasn't too worried about it. I could always use the restroom on the plane. I don't like to do this but I will if I have no other choice. Well since JP was sleeping with his head in my lap and the fasten seat belts wasn't turned off I did not use the potty in the sky. I was soooo ready to get off the plane and find a ladies room. It also didn't help that it was still drizzling when we landed.

When I flew with Michelle & Jimmy in 2018 the stroller was waiting for us as we exited the plane so I was expecting the same thing again, but guess what? No stroller. We weren't the only adults waiting for a stroller so it was a little crowded. I finally hit my limit and couldn't wait any longer. Dennis offered to wait for the stroller and meet me right outside after I made my stop. As I was exiting I asked the attendant if I could come back in after I used the restroom since we were still waiting for the stroller. She was very nice and said that was fine. When I returned from the bathroom they were still waiting. This was not a good sign. You know how it is, when you you get to Orlando and you just want to hurry and get inside the bubble, when you just want to say you're HOME.

While we were waiting I set my bag down and JP's backpack. I should not have done that. I guess it was due to the rain but the carpet was wet so the bottom of our bags got wet. Luckily it was just the bottom and did eventually dry. Finally we got the stroller and made our way to the fake monorail. JP was such a big boy. He shimmied out of the stroller so he could stand up and hold on to a bar like the rest of us.

It was now time to grab our bags and head to the Magical Express check in. Southwest comes in on Concourse B so we had to head down to pick up our bags. We each had flown with 2 bags. As you know Disney only sends you tags for 1 bag per person. I did call to update our returning flight number as ask for 4 more tags. They updated the flight information but I never received the extra tags so that meant we had to claim 4 bags and haul them to Magical Express. Once again the bags were delayed coming off the plane. Luckily we were right by a restroom. While Dennis and Danielle waited for the bags I took JP in the clean him up and change his clothes. After we finished that he had time for a snack and to get restless. I'm pretty sure our bags were some of the last bags to come off the plane. Once we had them gathered up it was back up and across to Concourse A and back down to Magical Express check in. We passed the big beautiful Christmas tree on our way.

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Doesn't it look lovely surrounded by palm trees?

As we approached ME check in you could see the crowd. This is was what greeted us.
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I can honestly say I have never seen a line like this. Have you? Although it was long it did move and was conveniently located by another set of bathrooms. Danielle had time to slip in the restrooms and be out in time to check in. The photo above was taken @ 9:44 am.

This was taken @ 10:12 am.
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Not too bad.

JP loved being on the bus. He was so excited. We sent this selfie to Michelle & Jimmy.

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He is actually the one hitting the photo button, he's much better at it than me.

This bus was only going to POP so we had no stops. Things were looking up.

Danielle was given the responsibility of JP while we tried to get the bags together. About this time I got a text saying our room wasn't ready.
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Can you see Dennis patiently waiting for our bags?
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Right about the time we had the bags all wrangled and were preparing to store them I got the text that the room was ready! We had a preferred room and I had requested the 60s section near the splash pad on the bottom floor, but that wasn't what we got. We ended up in building 1 in the 50s on the top floor which was right next to where we were. It wasn't what I wanted but it ended up being an ok location.

This was Dennis and Danielle's first time staying in the remodeled rooms. I really like the changes to the room as far as space and storage but I have to agree with Dennis that it doesn't feel as "Disney" as it use to feel. I tool some quick pictures before we destroyed the room.
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When we checked out the bathroom one of my fears was realized...no tub. It was a room with only a shower. This did not help when it came time to bath JP. I know I could have gone to the desk and requested another room but I was too lazy and at this point we just wanted to get some food.

Continued in next post.
 
  • vamassey1

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    We're Here continued...

    I think this was JP's favorite part of the room. He loves pushing buttons. Luckily he never got the combination right.

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    We gathered what we needed and headed to the food court for some much needed food. This was our views from our room. I think Pop need to trim the trees a little.
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    Since we had a stroller we had to use the elevator as we came and went. We passed Lady on every trip and always said goodbye and hello.
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    Here's Dennis getting irritated with me taking so many pictures.
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    Dennis & Danielle jumped in the burger line to get us eats. We grabbed our refillable mugs and headed to the back near some TVs.
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    What a cutie!
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    JP ate a few fries but didn't want to sit still, he was ready to play. We passed back by our room as they were delivering our luggage from the plane. We dropped off our mugs and headed to our first park.

    Up next DHS. Bus or Skyliner?
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
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    Our flight was suppose to arrive at 8:35 am but I think it was closer to 8:45.
    Not bad.
    Well since JP was sleeping with his head in my lap and the fasten seat belts wasn't turned off I did not use the potty in the sky. I was soooo ready to get off the plane and find a ladies room
    Were you doing the pee pee dance?
    It also didn't help that it was still drizzling when we landed.
    wait...

    What exactly was drizzling!?!?!?!?!? :eek:
    As I was exiting I asked the attendant if I could come back in after I used the restroom since we were still waiting for the stroller. She was very nice and said that was fine.
    Really! I'm surprised. I thought once off the jetway, there was no returning.
    You know how it is, when you you get to Orlando and you just want to hurry and get inside the bubble, when you just want to say you're HOME.
    ::yes::
    While we were waiting I set my bag down and JP's backpack. I should not have done that. I guess it was due to the rain but the carpet was wet so the bottom of our bags got wet.
    Oh, no. At least it dried, though. Any contents get wet?
    JP was such a big boy. He shimmied out of the stroller so he could stand up and hold on to a bar like the rest of us.
    :)
    Magical Express check in. Southwest comes in on Concourse B so we had to head down to pick up our bags.
    ::yes::
    It's like a walk of shame, isn't it?
    They updated the flight information but I never received the extra tags so that meant we had to claim 4 bags and haul them to Magical Express.
    I thought you could send your bags through DME even without tags? You just had to show them your baggage slips. I could be wrong, having never done that.
    As we approached ME check in you could see the crowd. This is was what greeted us.
    Holy crap! NO I've never seen it even close to that bad!
    The photo above was taken @ 9:44 am.

    This was taken @ 10:12 am.
    Considering the crowd... that's pretty darned good!
    He is actually the one hitting the photo button, he's much better at it than me.
    :laughing:
    Can you see Dennis patiently waiting for our bags?
    ::yes::
    Right about the time we had the bags all wrangled and were preparing to store them I got the text that the room was ready!
    Score! Good timing.
    We ended up in building 1 in the 50s on the top floor
    Ugh.... I never wait for the elevator, and then grow to hate those stairs. I too ask for ground floor.
    No carpet!
    When we checked out the bathroom one of my fears was realized...no tub. It was a room with only a shower.
    Oh, no... I'd want a tub, too!
    Luckily he never got the combination right.
    Lucky for you!
    We passed Lady on every trip and always said goodbye and hello.
    :goodvibes
    Here's Dennis getting irritated with me taking so many pictures.
    :laughing:
    Dennis & Danielle jumped in the burger line to get us eats.
    How were the burgers at Pop? I've never tried one. Been afraid to, actually.
    Up next DHS. Bus or Skyliner?
    I would hope Skyliner! I heard they cut down on the busses to DHS/Epcot.
     

    vamassey1

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    Were you doing the pee pee dance?
    :yay: I was!

    wait...

    What exactly was drizzling!?!?!?!?!? :eek:
    :rotfl:

    The rain coming from the sky.

    Really! I'm surprised. I thought once off the jetway, there was no returning.
    So did I but she was very understanding.

    Oh, no. At least it dried, though. Any contents get wet?
    No, luckily.

    ::yes::
    It's like a walk of shame, isn't it?
    Yes it is. I feel like I'm coming from the wrong side of the tracks.

    I thought you could send your bags through DME even without tags? You just had to show them your baggage slips. I could be wrong, having never done that.
    I've never tried this so I don't know.

    Holy crap! NO I've never seen it even close to that bad!
    Me either.

    Considering the crowd... that's pretty darned good!
    Yes it was.

    Score! Good timing.
    Perfect timing.

    Ugh.... I never wait for the elevator, and then grow to hate those stairs. I too ask for ground floor.
    The stairs are faster than the elevator especially when you're on the top floor.

    No carpet!
    None.

    Oh, no... I'd want a tub, too!
    JP wanted a tub too.

    How were the burgers at Pop? I've never tried one. Been afraid to, actually.
    It was ok, typical Disney burger and fries.

    I would hope Skyliner! I heard they cut down on the busses to DHS/Epcot.
    This was right before they cut down on the buses.
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
    Joined
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    :laughing:
    The rain coming from the sky.
    Phew!
    I've never tried this so I don't know.
    Makes two of us. We should try it.


    You first.
    The stairs are faster than the elevator especially when you're on the top floor.
    But at the end of a very long park day...
    It was ok, typical Disney burger and fries.
    Okay... So, in a pinch, it'll do.
    This was right before they cut down on the buses.
    Ah.
    Still... I'm hoping Skyliner.
     
  • afwdwfan

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    You know how it is, when you you get to Orlando and you just want to hurry and get inside the bubble, when you just want to say you're HOME.
    ::yes:: So of course you have to wait an inordinate amount of time for the stroller.
    I'm pretty sure our bags were some of the last bags to come off the plane.
    Sounds about right...
    As we approached ME check in you could see the crowd. This is was what greeted us.
    Yikes!
    The photo above was taken @ 9:44 am.

    This was taken @ 10:12 am.
    Ok, clearly they were prepared to handle the influx. For the size of the crowd in front of you, that doesn't seem too bad at all.
    He is actually the one hitting the photo button, he's much better at it than me.
    Kids and technology...
    I really like the changes to the room as far as space and storage but I have to agree with Dennis that it doesn't feel as "Disney" as it use to feel.
    ::yes:: The all white look does have a bit of a sterile feel to it.
    Up next DHS. Bus or Skyliner?
    Well, I mean Skyliner seems like the easy choice as long as it was running.
     

    amazingact21

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    Aw man, of course the stroller and bags took forever to arrive! So hard to be patient when you know how close you are to Disney property.

    I didn't realize some of the new Pop rooms didn't have tubs. I can imagine how interesting that made a toddler's bathtime...
     

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