Dec 15, 2009

A Four-Hour Tour (That Never Happened)

For months we have been planning a Keys to the Kingdom tour at Disney with Dan and Nicki. We've talked about it. We've emailed each other about it. Reagan has read everything he could find online about it. We had MANY questions in mind to which we were just dying to know the answers. (How many people are employed at the Disney property in Orlando? Where do they all park? Where does all the trash go?) Nicki even hired a sitter for us for the day.

Our reservations were for 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. The sitter arrived at Nicki and Dan's early Monday morning and we FLEW to Orlando. (Actually, Dan was driving. "Flew" is a figure of speech that means he drove REALLY fast. Just clearing that up.)

Anyway, we got there and parked at 9:00 a.m. We RAN to the monorail to ride to the Magic Kingdom. People were staring. Dan even got in trouble from one of the cast members because he was doing his Forest Gump run. However, the monorail was not running, because there was so much fog.

Plan B: We hopped on a bus to get there. We arrived at Magic Kingdom and again, RAN to the gates. Once we were inside, we went to the site where our Keys tour was to begin.

And here's where the story turns funny. (Not really.) Our tour reservations weren't for 9:30. The reservations were for 9:00 a.m. We were 35 minutes late. And there was no way they could fit us in for the rest of the day.

Let me just say, when people talk about taking lemons and making lemonade, they were talking about us. While we were all a little disappointed (ok, Reagan was A LOT disappointed), we still had a great time. I think we all laughed more that day than we have in a very long time. I know Nicki and I both had to stop at more than one point and lean up against something to keep from falling over with laughter. And the parks were not that crowded, so we got to enjoy the bigger, more mature rides, more than once, without much wait.

I wanted a picture with Reagan at the top of Astro Orbiter. For some reason, when a camera is near, Dan feels he MUST be part of the photo.

This is what you do between rides when you don't have two toddlers to chase around. You pull out your iPhone and check line wait times. You check your email. You change your Facebook status. Oh, and sip on a Diet Coke.

We rode Space Mountain TWICE without standing in line for more than 10 minutes. That is unheard of. And of course, we had to have a photo in front of the castle.

I told you Dan had to be in EVERY picture.

We left Magic Kingdom and went to Hollywood Studios. First, we rode Tower of Terror. Again, twice. We walked right up to the beginning of the ride with no wait time. Rode it. Got off. Walked back around and rode AGAIN with no wait time.

After Tower of Terror we rode the Rockin' Roller Coaster. Again twice. Again no wait.

It turned out to be a great, FUNNY, tiring day. I was so tired that I took a quick little nap on the way home.

And since we didn't get to take our Keys tour, I guess we'll just HAVE to visit them again so we can re-schedule that.

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Courtney said...

Sounds like a fun day!

Beth Ann said...

I did a semester in the WDW College Program at Magic Kingdom. There is a huge parking lot a couple of miles away from MK that the cast members park in and take a bus to the park.

Did the tour include a tour of the tunnels? Those fascinate me...almost like a whole another town down there!

Ashlee McCrary said...

My friend's sister used to work at Disneyworld...I believe in the old MGM park? Anyways, she said they have like tunnels underneath the entire park like a basement. I think I heard that right? And that's where they put on costumes, take out trash, & like clock in/out for their shifts. Dont quote me on this tho. It was 5 yrs ago we discussed this. lol