Pre-Disney Euphoria

Okay, that headline is not entirely accurate.

We are t-minus nine hours to lift off and are still packing and straightening. (Who planned a cross country trip leaving at 6:00 am anyway?)

We get up at 3:30 am. Girls will rise at 4:00 am. Cab comes at 4:30 am. We have checked into hotel and flight, with the added bonus that we won’t have to pay for baggage because of my Silver Medallion status! Hooray.

We will arrive in Orlando, via Atlanta in the late afternoon armed with our layers and layers of paperwork.

Disney’s Magical Express. This is the service where Disney takes your luggage directly from the plane and transports it to your hotel room — you never touch it. We have special tags we have to put on our suitcases and they are to “magically” arrive without our assistance. We are somewhat nervous about this. The Magic Express also will effect the transport of our persons,

Dining Confirmation Numbers. Disney has this crazy system where you can make your reservations 180 days in advance of your stay, which people actually do. If you are going to have a party of 7 (as we will since we’re meeting Tom’s parents and his sister there), and you want to eat at a reasonably decent restaurant, you have no chance without a reservation. This certainly complicates things because it means you have to think about your entire park plan so you can be sure to make it to your reserved dining spot.

Walking Maps. For a fee, you can access optimized walking maps of all of Disney World from the crazy folks at Touring Plans. These guys have traversed all of the parks and figured out the best days and hours from which to approach them to minimize waiting times. You can get plans for demographics that range from small kids through to retired folks, or combinations thereof. We selected the tween walking maps and pretty much planned our entire week’s stay months ago just so that we could reserve our dining! We have a printed version in hand and pdf versions on our iPhone and Droid.

Rental Car. We are going to visit the Kennedy Space Center on one of the days, so we have reserved a van that will hopefully carry all 7 of us! Can’t wait to use my superior Droid GPS turn-by-turn driving directions.

We have overpacked (the weather has been crazy cold up until this week), are feeling righteous for cooking a fresh Minestrone soup today, are watering the ficus tree of love, are desperately searching for sun screen, and are making sure we have all of the crazy electronic devices that follow us everywhere now, including requisite chargers and cables.

Wish us luck!

6 Responses to “Pre-Disney Euphoria”

  1. Amber

    My husband and I are finding it funny that we’ve been following you in Argentina from Orlando, and now you’re here! Hope the weather cooperates and you all have a great time!!

  2. futbol

    You know, Ezeiza airport also has a Magical Express program. Baggage handlers take your luggage directly from the plane and transport it to their own homes — you never touch it.

  3. Michele

    Amber! Great to hear from you, and yes, we are in Orlando. The weather has been lovely and clear and crisp — we haven’t minded the cold, well, that is until we were leaving the fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom via open-air boat back to our hotel! We caught the second boat and felt horrible for everyone left behind! Thanks for checking in!

  4. Michele

    futbol!!! You keep writing odes to Argentina like that and we will feel so homesick that we’ll have to move back! I thought your comment so funny, read it to the whole extended family over post-fireworks snack consumption. Hope all is well with you. Tom and I are nigh on our co-reading of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, on your recommendation. Besos!!

  5. futbol

    🙂 you’ll love it. another recommendation: “the mysteries of pittsburgh” by chabon.

  6. Michele

    Okay, it has been added to the list! I can’t keep up with your reading schedule.

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