Tuesday, November 8, 2011

We Pursued & We Found Lots of Disney Magic This Past Week in Walt Disney World

It is hard to believe that after a year of planning, our one week Walt Disney World vacation has already come and gone. We had a few bumps in the road, but overall, it was an amazing trip.  We tried several things for the very first time, we continued some favorite family traditions and created a lot of magical memories.  I will be sharing all my reviews and stories with you, but decided for today to start with the day before our trip.  That may sound odd, but you will see by the end why I decided to start our trip report there.

Travelling to Walt Disney World in October is one of our favorite times of year.  I love the fall decorations as you walk down Main Street, U.S.A. and being from New Hampshire, it is one time of the year that we do not have to worry about being snowed in.  Well, at least, most years.  This year was completely different.  Friday, two days before our flight to Orlando, we started taking the weather reports seriously.  They had been predicting snow all week, but honestly, no one in this house actually thought it would happen.  As the week progressed, the snow totals became higher and higher. Friday afternoon, my dad made the suggestion that we at least get hotel rooms near the airport Saturday night, so that we wouldn't have to drive in the snow Sunday morning.  Pierre and I agreed this would be a great idea and booked our room. The snow was originally predicted to begin at 7pm Saturday.  This was perfect for us because our Saturday schedule was full.  Hayley had a birthday party to attend, and Joey had his last flag football game of the season.  We decided that when Joey's game ended at 4, we would all go home, pack up my parents' van and make our way to the hotel in Manchester, which is over an hour away.

By the time we reached Concord (45 minutes away) the roads were terrible.  So much for a 7pm start time.  It wasn't even five and the roads were sheer ice.  The driving was terrible.  Luckily, my dad is a retired State Trooper, so he is a great driver in any condition.  He has had a lot of practice.  After a very long ride, we safely arrived at our hotel.  At this point, between the first snow of the season and the fact that we were going to Walt Disney World, the kids were pretty much wild, though in a good way.  As the four adults were worrying about our flight being canceled, the three kids were chattering away about making a snowman and what they wanted to do first in Disney.

We all settled in and had the kids in bed by 8:30.  At 9:30, the power went out.  Both Pierre and I began to worry a little more than we already had about flights being cancelled.  Apparently this hotel had no generator, because no power also meant no heat.  I was in and out of sleep all night.  At 4:41, the power came back on. I grabbed my phone, checked our flight status, which still read "On Time."  I was relieved but still knew that may not be accurate in a few hours for our 10:45 flight.  At 5:12, we heard a large cracking sound and a branch from a tree just outside the hotel came down and the power went out again.  Any relief I felt prior to that was gone.  I am sure you can probably guess, I did not go back to sleep.  Luckily, in less than an hour, the power was back on and our flight was still listed as "On Time."  Apparently, the falling branch and the power going out at the same time was just a coincidence! Thank goodness!

We were all up early and ready to go.  Since the flight prior to ours was cancelled, we decided to get to the airport as soon as we could.  The hotel was just about a mile drive from the airport parking garage and made it there without an issue.

Tomorrow I will share with you the new airport security rules that were implemented within the last two weeks in regards to children under 12.  Moms who travel with little ones will rejoice, as I did, when I saw how much easier getting through security was this trip compared to the one I wrote about in my previous article T.S.A. or S.T.R.E.S.S. 

Well, I am happy to be back, and the wheels are already turning for when our next Walt Disney World vacation will be!! I can't wait to share with you all our Disney experiences from this week.  By the way, according to the reports I read, this storm broke snow records that were established 140 years ago.  We were very lucky we decided to head south to the airport.  Some towns north of us ended up with over 30 inches of snow and some places even were without power for days!  I am going to just say that it was Disney magic at work that got us to the airport safely and on a flight that left on time.  That is always a great way to start a vacation.


Disney on Wheels said...

I messaged Beth to see if she had heard from you. I was so worried your flight was going to be canceled! I was so exited when she let me know you guys had made it to WDW. I'm glad you had a great trip. I can't wait to hear more!

Kelly said...

I feel your pain as Chicago native. We also always worry about our trips getting canceled as Ohare always cancels flights even in the summer. I am so happy that you were able to get out of there. I cannot wait to hear more about your trip. Hugs!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Thanks, Kelly & Melissa! It was definitely a stressful start to the vacation, but it certainly worked out. I was happy that I did not have to go trick or treating with the kids in the snow. The weather was much better in Disney for that! LOL!

Diane said...

I was wondering about your flight so glad you guys made it and it wasnt cancelled. It was truly a mess here, We had record snow here in NY, we got 1 ft. unheard of for us. Power was knocked out for 5 days for us but because of Irene we had a generator now, It gave us partial power, but no internet, tv or phone. crazy week ;-)

Ariel Snow said...

Living in NH as well, and knowing you were headed to Disney, I was wondering how the snow was in the lower part of the state. I am glad everything went well and you guys got your flight!:)

Ariel Snow said...

PS..So you guys flew from Manchester then? That is the airport I always take when I travel to Disney World. Small and easy to get around. I have only flew from Boston twice to WDW and Disneyland:)

Heidi said...

We've left PA during many a January snowstorm to get to Disney. Actually, my first trip to Disney was interesting . . . we hit snow in the Carolina states where they don't have anything to clear the roads. We traveled through TWO states of bumpy, snowy roads before we finally found a hotel room (very late at night) in GA. Crazy!

I'm so glad that, despite the crazy weather, you made it out ok and on time!