After insisting that everyone get an early night last night Stacey woke up at 3:30am ready for the day, this was a smidge early considering we didn’t fly until 11:20 and the hotel didn’t start serving breakfast until 7:00. Still that didn’t deter her from waking me up at 4:30, I think the excitement got to her! We all got ready and went for breakfast at 7:30 and ate far too much, so much so that Leila had to go back to the room to use the toilet…. reassuringly she did wash her hands afterwards. We made the short walk from our hotel to the airport and went through security without a hitch apart from me leaving my belt on and having to do an extra stage of security as a result, always one eh? Through to the departure lounge we bought Jacob a WWE magazine and Leila a book from WH Smith and I treated myself to some moisturiser from Boots, moisturiser that was £6.49 no less. Half hour later we were called to gate 53 and we were on our way with minimal fuss and almost zero queuing or standing around waiting for seats, a good start to the holiday in my book.
Now, any of you that know Jacob are aware of his worries about anything he hasn’t done previously, despite the fact that he has been on several planes previously he (in fairness to him) cant remember them and was extremely worried that we were all going to die, the fact that you’re reading this confirms that we didn’t and he actually enjoyed the whole experience as he soon realised that he could watch whatever he wanted on the built in TV as well as play his Nintendo DS until it ran out of battery and use his phone without anyone telling him to come off if it, he watched Independence Day twice and Moana, Leila watched Moana whilst Stacey and I both watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which was better than we thought it would be. Only two black marks against the flight, the first being as I was sorting out putting everyones belongings back in the overhead storage Leila’s bag fell down without me knowing, the first I knew of it was the women sat next to Florence shouting at me as it had hit her on the head, I apologised and checked she was OK and then Stacey did the same on my behalf a couple of times more! The other faux pas was that as we were leaving the plane Florence was looking a bit peaky and proceeded to throw up in the aisle, we reported this incident to the cabin crew who seemed relatively unbothered, the people behind us on the other hand went the long way round to get off the plane!
Despite the fact that we managed to land an hour earlier than scheduled the queue to get through security was ridiculous, we were in it for over an hour which felt like more like 3 hours when you have a 2 year old with you. At one point their whole computer system went down and the staff were just stood around chatting and smiling at each other which managed to infuriate me only further, guess we were paying for not queuing in England. Once through security we collected our luggage and the buggy and followed the signs for the “Disney Magical Express” which is a bus that takes you from the airport to the resort.
We boarded the Magical Express and the driver came over the speaker to tell us the order of drop offs of which there were four, unsurprisingly we were 4th! Driving through Orlando and seeing all the signs for Disney World was exciting and when Florence saw a billboard with Buzz Lightyear on it she could barely contain herself. We dropped off the guests at the other three hotels and then we were finally at Port Orleans Riverside Resort. We checked in with a lovely lady on reception who was the most American person I’ve ever met and referred to the family as y’all on at least five occasions which was brilliant. We collected our magic bands and then went to find our room. We are in room 1755 which is on the 2nd floor (1st floor in England) and did a bit of unpacking and room investigation….. I of course had a shower, standard. I also of course cant find the £6.49 brand new moisturiser I bought at the airport….. standard.
Once everyone was changed we decided to seek out some food, Jacob and I had a burger whilst the girls had nuggets, perfect start to the American lifestyle. As part of our package we got unlimited refill drinks so we grabbed those and filled up on milk for the girls, coffee for me and cherry coke for Jacob. A quick jaunt to the gift shop to pick up three autograph books for the kids and then back to 1755 for some well earned sleep, the time was only 8pm locally but that was 1am back home and considering what time Stacey woke me up I was shattered. The kids fell asleep within 2 minutes of laying down and Stacey and I were not far behind. We’ve got breakfast with Chef Mickey at 7:40 before a full day at Magic Kingdom tomorrow so we need to be up early again.