Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Walt Disney World-May 2009 - Part 1

By Nick

Over the next several Thursday's I'll be sharing this Walt Disney World trip report from May of 2009 that I wrote for the DVC News Forums.  Any commentary I make will be in italics.

Who: My wife, Barbie, my friends Todd and Meghan, and their baby, our Godson, Flynn who was 16 months old, and me.

Monday, May 18th, 2009

We left Philly airport at 7:05AM and arrived in Orlando at 9:45AM.
The weather was overcast. Got our rental SUV, and as we left the airport it started to pour.
There was a common theme throughout the trip. Soggy.

We drove to Downtown Disney and went straight to Guest Services for our APs (annual passes) and TIW (Tables in Wonderland) card.

Had lunch at Earl of Sandwich. They have an excellent selection for a very reasonable price, and fantastic deserts.

It had stopped raining temporarily, so we walked around DD, and Flynn enjoyed splashing in puddles.

We then drove to a Walmart to pick up some stuff for Flynn, and we got a couple of ponchos.
I wanted umbrellas, but they were sold out!

Arrived at POFQ (Port Orleans French Quarter) around 2:15PM. We were happy to find out
our request for adjoining rooms at been filled, and we went to rooms 2309 (us) and 2310 (them).
It has a very nice courtyard view, and is a short walk to the pool. Barbie and I went for a swim while T, M and F took naps.
Got back to the room around 4 and got ready for dinner at Chef Mickey's.
Drove over to the Contemporary, and got to CMs at 5:20PM.

Good buffet, nothing that really knocked my socks off, but a couple things were very good.
The characters were the fab 5. Flynn was a little taken aback when Donald, the 1st character reached us.

We couldn't get him to touch the characters, but he enjoyed watching them at a distance.
After dinner, we put on ponchos and hopped the monorail to the Magic Kingdom.

As it was still raining slightly, it wasn't very crowded. We walked on POTC (Pirates), the only part which sort of frightened Flynn was the drop. After that he actually started to hum along with the music!

They wanted to ride Small World, which, I confess, we have never ridden. Flynn was awe struck.

Amazingly, even with the crowds so light, Peter Pan still had a 55 minute wait!

We then walked right into Haunted Mansion. Flynn really enjoyed it, and started to dance in his seat to Grim Grinning Ghosts.

As we were walking out, Spectro Magic was just beginning, so we walked over, and were only 3 people away from the curb, and had a fine view, Flynn on his dad's shoulders. By this time it was really barely even spitting, and it was very comfortable temperature wise, especially for the end of May. Flynn really enjoyed the parade. The kid really is terrific.
Must get it from is Godparents.

We decided to skip the fireworks and get Flynn back to the room, as it was already 9:45PM.

Please stop back next week for part 2.

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