Orlando Trip – Part 3

 

Warning : Long post ahead…. I kept up my promise. This is the last post in this series..

Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here 

30 Aug – We started the day by visiting  Epcot.  This theme park was divided into two sections Future World and World Showcase. The one Adi enjoyed the most was the Character Spot where she met, hugged, greeted, got autograph and took pictures with all of her favorite characters like Daisy, Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald duck,  Goofy and Max that too all at one spot… It was a good start for the day. Other than this we rode attractions like Spaceship Earth , Soarin and Test Track.  If you happen to visit Epcot don’t miss the rides Soarin and Test Track.  I liked them. By this time it was around noon. We decided to skip World Showcase section and drove to Blizzard beach water park.  I begged and touched the father daughter duo’s feet to board them into a family white-water raft ride. After that they spent rest of the time happily at kiddie pool and wave pool where as I gave up begging these guys and ventured out to try body slide rides, toboggan rides and double dippers on my own. Water parks close at 6pm so we headed back to resort after 6pm, took some rest and returned to Epcot around 8pm to see its night time mesmerizing fireworks. The parks and resort were hardly ten minutes away by drive so it was pretty easy to hop provided you rent a car.  Returned back to resort around 10pm, played in arcade till 11pm (we would have played for more time but arcade closes at 11 😦 ) and called it a day…

31 Aug – Today the plan was to visit Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon water park and Disney downtown.  Phew the whole trip was running,running, running and more running around. Kilimanjaro Safari experience was awesome. A Giraffe was blocking our way for a while :). Adi got a chance to touch and brush goats at affection section, then we watched jungle parade at 3pm and swiftly drove to Typhoon lagoon water park. Unfortunately it was raining on that day with thunderstorms and the water rides were closed temporarily every now and then.. The worst that happened to me was I waited in line for 30 odd minutes and when it was my turn and I was all set to slide down the ride assistant told me that ride is closed and I had to step out !!!!!!!!!! I don’t have to talk about my luck do I? M and Adi didn’t have any issues as they were again happy with the kiddie pool. We left the water park after they closed at 6pm and drove to Downtown Disney for the evening.. Adi again played at a game arcade till she was bored and then we returned to resort earlier than other days, had dinner at resort cafe and hit the sack..

1 Sep – The last day of the trip. We revisited Magic Kingdom, greeted princesses Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, played our favorite rides again and drove to Blizzard beach in the afternoon. At this water park rides were closed due to weather (I hated these thunderstorms) and reopened almost after one hour. Had a relaxing time till 6pm and drove off to the resort to have dinner. Now comes the “pramadham” (superb) ending…

The return flight’s scheduled departure time was 9:30pm. Till 7:45pm we were at the resort. I seriously don’t understand till date on what made us to be so lethargic.. We left the resort at 7:45pm, took an exit on the way to fill gas and reached airport rental car return center at 8:30pm.  Dumped packed all small stuffs and last minute items into check-in baggage, rearranged some items in hand luggages and reached ticket counter at 8:50pm. Ahh there was no line (how can there be a line at 8:50 for a 9:30 flight?) but the lady at the counter was even more lethargic and after 5 mins we found that check-in baggage weighed 60 pounds. blamed our wet clothes and again all reshuffling happened till 9:05pm. She finally handed over the boarding pass to us at 9:10 and asked us to try our luck. We climbed sorry took elevator to 5th floor (but believe me it had the same mental effect as climbing I mean with the last minute tensions), rushed to security check-in, pleaded everyone in line one by one to let us step forward, boarded a shuttle and reached gate 5 at 9:25 (infact a minute earlier) all this with both of us dragging two hand luggages each and Adi in half sleepy state. did we get into the flight? what do you think?

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No we didn’t. They just closed the boarding and we saw the flight through glass window all set to leave.  The very first experience of missing a flight.  Poor little girl was frightened to the most. The next available option was to take the flight next day morning with additional fee that too 1 of us at 8am flight to EWR airport and other two at 8:30am flight to JFK airport. Our check-in baggage was already transported to the flight we were supposed to board.  We were redirected to a different counter and the lady at that counter said she will give us confirmed tickets for the 8/8:30 flights and place us on stand-by for a 6 am JFK flight. She said there are chances to get 3 seats in 6 am flight and some would miss early morning flight like us expect the fact that we missed it at not-so-early-or-not-so-late-hours. It was already 10:30 pm by the time we sorted out all this and we decided to stay back at the airport itself. Adi was sitting on a chair with a paavam face all this time hugging her new friend Mrs. Penguin. I was able to very easily read the fear in her face. Her fear was later  shown out as questions she asked “mommy are we safe?”, “If daddy decides to come alone will he be okay?” “what if he misses that flight again?” “will one of you guys hug me pleasee?”, “will you be with me always mommy?”.. We settled on one corner, I called my office to inform that I will be late to work the next day, M started his work and calls right away with the free WiFi at airport.  Adi slept on the carpeted floor with her backpack as pillow and I sat next to her patting her until she went into deep sleep.. It was okay except for the brimming lights and a loud announcement every 5 mins reminding that Orlando International Airport is a non-smoking airport and they appreciate our co-operation. Who would need this message at midnight? Both of us didn’t sleep a bit and we were at the gate at 4:45am for the 6am flight.  There were few standbys already waiting before us 😦 .. Again the pleading continued M pleaded to his best and I was praying on the other side. Our prayers were finally answered at 5:50 am after everyone boarded the flight. We got 3 seats at last row and the next minute we were sitting at the seats. who would miss again? Reached JFK airport around 9:30 am, took a taxi and reached home around 11 am. M and Adi stayed back home and I got refreshed and reached office around noon at the right time for lunch… Later the day M went to EWR airport to collect our check-in baggage.

So, how was the ending? wouldn’t you call this as a Navarasa trip ?

What did we do on the long weekend that followed? We slept, slept, slept and slept more….

If you are reading this thanks a lot for tolerating this series.. thanks again.. you are freed now 🙂

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14 thoughts on “Orlando Trip – Part 3

  1. Oh no! on the missed flight. And awww for Adi being scared. These things happen sometimes.

    But you guys had a fun trip and Adi will remember that for years to come where as the missed flight will become something to laugh about soon. 🙂

    Love the pictures as always 🙂

  2. We should ideally thank you, Ani! For such a nice series.

    I think the missed flight experience will be cherished for long! 🙂 The ending was really ‘pramadham’!

    And a big ‘wow’ at the pictures! 🙂

    • you say this as nice? you are super duper nice S&S…
      we will never ever miss a flight again.. 😦 I was so sad to make Adi experience this.. She was horrified to the core and the moment we stepped inside our home she said “thank god we are safe..”.. It was a great relief..

  3. That sure was a fun trip! The missing the flight is a part of the adventure and I am glad you made it back safe. Poor Adi – it must have been horrifying for her!
    So did you want a vacation post vacation?

    • I would wish for a relaxing vacation where i can just eat and sleep with nature around.. may be a laptop and a book and an iTouch.. too much is it?…
      this one was action packed..

    • it was indeed a roller coaster trip and thanks for the comments LF.. It made me re-read the posts and brought back so many memories.. the best thing I love about blog 🙂

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