Monday, December 27, 2010

Disney World 2010 - Day One - Getting there

For Christmas this year, Brandon's parents gave the whole family a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. We have been looking forward to this for a very long time and were very excited to go. We left Friday, December 17. Zander was supposed to have school that day, but since our flight was supposed to leave at 11:30, we didn't have him go that day. So, he missed out on his little Christmas concert and party.
However, as the day progressed, we realized that maybe he should have gone to school for part of the day anyway. It would have been better than spending the day at the airport.
We woke up to FOG that morning - something that's rather rare for Phoenix. And apparently, we weren't the only ones to have it. Most of the West Coast was covered in fog too, so many of the flights were delayed - including ours.
We got to the airport a little after 9am. When we checked in, we were told that they couldn't print our boarding passes, and we would have to check in at the gate to get them. Strange...
We made it to the gate and found out why. Our flight was overbooked and they were trying to move people around so that we would be able to sit together. Nice. Were were scheduled to be on the same flight as Brandon's sister and her family, but his parents were taking a later flight. Not only was our flight overbooked, but it was about an hour and a half late because of the fog.
The airline worker finally figured out that they were overbooked by 4 seats and offered an incentive to anyone who was willing to take the next flight. Since Brandon happened to be right there when the announcement was made, and his parents were on the next flight anyway, we decided to take it. They gave us back the price of our tickets - plus $300 per person - in flight vouchers. We thought it was a pretty good deal. Especially since we were thinking of taking a trip to visit my family next summer.
So, we got our tickets for the next flight, which was supposed to leave at 2:40.
It didn't. It was after 4 when we finally boarded the plane. The kids - and the rest of us - did not enjoy sitting in the airport almost all day.
One nice thing was that Santa was visiting the airport that day. The kids got to have thier picture taken with him for free. Ainzlee didn't want to sit with him when Zander and Ady did - she was scared. But, with a bribe of a candy cane - he convinced her.

We were scheduled to have a layover in St. Louis. A very short one. As it turned out, with our new flight time, the plane we were scheduled to be on there would leave before were got there. We talked to the airline, and they made some calls. Somehow, they got approval for our pilot to fly pretty much as fast as the plane would go, and they had the other plane wait for us in St. Louis. We sat at the very front of the plane and RAN to the other one. We didn't really get to sit together, but we were happy that we didn't have to spend the night in St. Louis.
We arrived in Orlando just before midnight. After getting our bags and rental cars and finding our way, we arrived at our timeshare at about 1:30am. Needless to say, we were VERY tired and ready for bed.

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