I'm pooped. There is simply no better way to say it.
We began the day by getting up at 3am for our 6am flight which was not without drama. Of course, it's not often that my family travels without some sort of flight drama. Flight issue aside, we arrive at the airport and Hubs realizes he's left his monstrosity of a camera carry-it-all backpack AT HOME.
Knowing that we were going to have a delayed flight, assuming that we were going to have a delayed flight, Hubs jumps back in the car and heads home to retrieve the camera and video camera. Half way there, he realizes he placed his keys (which he always has on him) in his backpack, thus, he has no way of getting in the house once he gets there. He proceeds anyway and attempts several different avenues, but the house is locked tight. With the clock ticking ferociously and seats now on our original flight, Hubs heads back to the airport with 15 minutes to boarding. Ham, mom and I board the plane. Dad is waiting at the gate to hold the plan and my brother is waiting outside security with Hubs' ticket. Let me just say, major prayers were involved that Hubs would actually make the flight. I had no idea I would need a blood pressure reducing cocktail prior to flying. He made it, they all made it and we were off to Orlando.
We actually decided to go through a AAA travel agent for our trip and we signed up for the magic shuttle service from the airport. Let me tell you...it's an A+ service. For an organizationally obsessed mom, this was heaven. They handled our luggage, we didn't even have to get it from baggage claim. In fact, we just checked in and headed straight to the park and when we returned, our luggage was in our room. That's magic y'all, that's magic. Forget Mickey...this already made it a dreamcation.
We decided to spend our half day at Disney Hollywood Studios. The Toy Story ride Ham really wanted to go on had a 160 minute wait when we arrived and when we left the park several hours later it had only shrunk to a 150 hour wait. Yikes. Sadly, we didn't make it on that ride. Maybe we can go back another time. We did however manage to meet Buzz Lightyear and Woody, Handy Manny, two of the Little Einsteins, watch the Playhouse Disney show and the Muppets 3D show, eat at Toy Story's Pizza Planet and take photos with Mater and Lightening McQueen. Not to shabby for a short day.
Ham had a great time. We all enjoyed the Christmas lights and holiday festivities still abounding. I've only ever been to Disney parks in the summer, so this is a nice change up. We are staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and its awesome. There are literally animals right outside our room; zebras and giraffes to name a few. I'm happy to report that Hubs is sufficiently recovering from camera withdrawal and wifey lecturing following the near plane miss...all in all, the trip is going well.
Tomorrow we are heading to Magic Kingdom and mommy (mua) can't wait.
Love to all of you!