Sunday, January 31, 2010

WDW Trip Report - Day 1

This is my first ever trip report for Walt Disney World. I've read some other ones and mine will most likely be a little different because I'm a guy.

Wednesday - Part 1 - Travel
Jill and I got up when we used to go to bed. I was all showered up by 3am and we were in the car headed towards the airport at about 3:50am which was about 5 minutes later than we wanted to leave originally. Not too shabby. To be honest we had planned to leave at 3:30am because we were expecting freezing rain. Thankfully nature was on our side as was Iowa's snow/ice removal crews. We got to the parking lot at about 4:20am. The rain stopped just long enough for us to get the bags loaded on the shuttle and get to the airport. We took off some of the cold weather gear and checked in.

I was amazed when I saw an actual line to get through screening. This is not typical for our little airport. We grabbed some food at Kracky McGee's (yes that's what the food place is called) then proceeded to our gate for some people watching. Jill stared at this guy wearing a jacket with the president's seal on it. She thought he was sketchy but I pointed out that he has an Admiral's Club membership so he's probably mostly on the level. She worries. We got situated on the plane and were off to Dallas.

It's a short flight but we're considering flying Midwest next time since they offer a direct flight to Orlando now. It would be nice to just get all of the flying out of the way as quickly as possible.

DFW airport was like a sauna. The people watching was top notch though. We had another quiet flight to Orlando. Woo hoo.

Orlando was pretty easy this time. The Disney crowd was almost nonexistent. We got on a bus quickly and they left within minutes. I think we sat on the bus for a good half hour last time before leaving for the resort.

Wednesday - Part 2 - Resort and Animal Kingdom
We were quite pleased to get there as quickly as we did. I checked the room for bed bugs then we hit the food court for a late lunch.

Our first bus experience to Animal Kingdom was pleasant again mostly because everybody had left earlier. We were greeted at Animal Kingdom by the ambiance we love and crap load of Brazilian tour groups that are now apparently always at the parks.

We hit up Expedition Everest which is one of our favorites. I'm glad that Jill and I were fortunate enough to see the Yeti in it's animatronic glory. There was none of that this time. It doesn't move at all now and there is a strobe light that flickers a few times as you roll by. Thankfully Dinosaur still has a bunch of dinosaurs that move about and scare little children. We rode both rides twice.

We rounded out the evening by riding Primeval Whirl and being told to fuck off by a Brazilian teenager. I also bought a hat with a rolled up t-shirt in it. I just wanted the hat. The rubber band was pretty fun though. I shot Jill in the bum and she got mad at me.

Wednesday - Part 3 - Food Court and bedtime
After a good trip opener we headed back to the Pop Century food court to try "Mom's Night Out" which I think is supposed to be like a frozen dinner because mom is out whorin' it up with her bingo friends. We got a crap load of food. I ate all of mine and Jill's cornbread. I paid the price for that meal.

We slept like the dead that night. The first night for us is always rough since we have a really good bed at home. All other beds are akin to a sleeping bag on the floor. We don't get a king bed too often since most rooms we get have two queen beds. We stay in hotels a lot but they're rarely what most would consider to be classy places. As long as the sheets are clean, the AC works, and the water stays hot we're satisfied. Most people would hate a lot of the places we stay. Jill and I get excited when we find a bargain.

Stay tuned for Day 2.


  1. Best part = "We rounded out the evening by riding Primeval Whirl and being told to fuck off by a Brazilian teenager. I also bought a hat with a rolled up t-shirt in it. I just wanted the hat."


  2. HAHA! I love it, Graham! I'm glad you're doing your very first trip report. Wonderful! Glad it's not a ridiculous book like mine.

    Primeval Whirl upsets my stomach and brain function. I probably would have punched the Brazilian teen simply because i'd be so damn irritated from the attraction. haha! Don't kick me while i'm down.

    My husband once bought a bucket hat just for the Animal Kingdom pins on it. He fancied the ridiculousness of it.

  3. The hat Graham liked the most (well, really the only one he liked) was a hat/t-shirt combo. Turns out...the hat I wanted was too. So now we both have new hats and new t-shirts...haha.

    The teens were screaming at us telling us it was one of their birthdays. Over and over. We kept walking...completely ignored them and didn't even make eye contact. Apparently they told us to "fuck off" but I wasn't really listening. Nor did I care. :)