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Leaving PA

While Wayne was at work on the 25th, I spent the day finishing up packing and cleaning the house so it would be nice when we got home.  I set up text message posting and voice posting to LJ. 

We went to Steve's house so he could have some time with the boys before we left for a week.  We all went to dinner at TGI Fridays and hung out for awhile before we went off to our hotel near the airport for the night.  I knew something was going to be off when we passed the airport and were nowhere near the exit for the hotel.  It actually was right next to Widener University so why it was the Philadelphia Airport Days Inn, I'll never know.  The room was big.  I'll give it that.  It wasn't the cleanest and the beds were HORRIBLE.  A few times over the course of the night we were roused from sleep by the fire engines pulling out of the fire station across the street. 

Up at 6 on Friday morning to leave the hotel at 7.  We left our car parked right out front and took the shuttle to the airport.  We checked in using a skycap service because we had too many bags to manage ourselves.  Two of our bags were overweight.  One by 4 pounds, the other by 8.  It was a $25 fee per bag.  Then I remembered I packed an extra duffle bag in case our souvenir shopping left us with too little space.  So I pulled out all of our shoes and some jeans to make the bags fit the weight requirements.  As we were headed toward security ther skycap reminded us they work for tips and while I would normally find that incredibly annoying, since he saved us $50, I tipped him.  Well. 

I highly recommend that anyone traveling with kids keep carry-on bags to a minimum.  We struggled to get through security and it was difficult.  Business travelers seemed annoyed with us and were in a big hurry.  Wayne and I just did our best to gather all of our stuff and the kids, re-shoe everyone, pull the stroller off the belts and get moving.  I was thrilled to see a little playground there for the kids to play in while we waited to board. 

On the plane, I sat with Joey and Wayne sat across the aisle from us with Andy.  We put Andy's headphones on and he watched Cars with no problems.  Joey started out okay, watching Nemo, but toward the end of the flight he wouldn't stay in his seat.  We tried magnadoodle and coloring too but he was tired and when Joey gets tired, Joey gets manic.  About 15 minutes before the end of the flight, he fell asleep.

We got off the plane and went right to the Disney Magical Express counter to get a bus to our resort.  We didn't even have to pick up our luggage!!  I think that's so awesome.  They sent us these yellow luggage tags before the trip and the staff at the airport pulls all those bags off and they seperately go to the resort and are delivered right to your room!  We only waited for a few minutes before loading onto a really nice bus where we saw a video about the parks and relaxed on our way to the resort. 

When we got there our room wasn't ready, so we went to the food court and ate.  I had an incredible parmesan-crusted chicken breast with a salad and Wayne has a cheesesteak wrap.  We walked around the resort and took pictures.  The kids played in a small playground.  It was so sunny and warm-- a really nice break from the grays of PA in the winter! 

We went to our room and unpacked.  The boys napped.  When Maria arrived we set out to Epcot because they were having extra magic hours.  Maria ate with us at the Electric Umbrella where we all had burgers and fries.  Maria left to meet a friend and the four of us went on the new Nemo ride at The Seas.  We saw Turtle Talk with Crush and went on the new (and incredibly disappointing) Journey into the Imagination.  It used to be one of my favorite rides at all of Disney and now it sort of sucks.  In Kodak's Imageworks Andy took a green screen photo where they added Lightning and Mater in later.  He loves it! 

We also walked all the way around the World Showcase before heading back to the hotel. 



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Feb. 4th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Feb. 4th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)

Feb. 5th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
Oh you didn't take all 4 kids? Where were Lexi & Nathan, with their mom then?

$25 per bag?! That's insane!!! What did you do with all the stuff you took out to make it fit?

Hope there's lots more recaps & pics! Sounds nice so far :)

Feb. 13th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Amy wouldn't let us take Lexi and Nathan, and honestly, we couldn't have managed all 4. We had Maria to help us with Andy and Joey and we needed her. So, we'll plan another trip- probably next January- for Lexi and Nathan.

No kidding, $25 per bag! I had packed an extra empty duffel bag into one of the suitcases in case we needed extra room coming home for souvenirs, so I pulled it out and put all of our shoes in it, since shoes tend to be heavy. It worked out fine because we purchased four plane tickets and had only 4 bags to check. We were allowed 4 more--they just couldn't weigh more than 50 pounds!
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