Jambo! –Welcome Home: Our first DVC trip.
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Me –Holly 45; DH –Ted, 47; DS –Josh, 10
You can read my PTR here: ...
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Sunday, April 15, 2012. Actually our story begins on Saturday, April 14 at 9:00pm when we went to bed. Well, some of us went to bed. One of us was up all night long. All. Night. Long. If you guessed that it was Josh, then you must have read my PTR . I heard him several times. Open the door. Close the door. Go to the bathroom. Open the door. Close the door. The alarm was set to go off at 3:00am (and my clock is set a little fast so it was probably 2:50 or so.) His door flew open as soon as he heard the alarm and he said, “Is it time to get up now?” Thankfully he didn’t once come in to tell me that he couldn’t sleep. I did manage to sneak in a few hours. When I woke up, Ted was in the spare room. Maybe I was snoring a bit .
We showered and got ready quickly. The car was loaded and we were ready to go by 3:30am. The airport is only about 45 minutes from our house so we really didn’t need to leave yet, but we were ready so we did. We stopped once at an all-night convenience store with a Dunkin Donuts attached. Unfortunately, DD was closed. Josh fell asleep on the way to the airport .
I’m glad we left early. We were near the beginning of the luggage check-in line. It didn’t open until 5:00am, but the line got really long before it opened. Out the door of the terminal long! We checked our bags and were off thru security. There we averted near tragedy when Josh discovered that I had dropped my driver’s license on the way to the x-ray scanners . Thanks, Josh !
We got behind a couple of ladies who weren’t that familiar with airport security. The first lady went thru the scanners and then called to her traveling companion, “Okay, so you can pass me my shoes now.” Um, no, that’s not how it works . Her traveling companion then proceeded to take off her shoes and left the shoes sitting on the floor by the x-ray machine and headed thru the scanner . I told the screener that the lady had left her shoes there on the floor. He rolled his eyes and I offered to put them on the belt. “That’s the second one this morning,” he said. I’m guessing that the first was her friend. I don’t know how they thought they were going to get their shoes back. Their party was also stopped for additional screening. They had been pulled aside and the TSA agents were going thru their bags. I'm guessing that maybe they hadn't read the "allowable carry-on" info and had jumbo liquids in their bags or something.
Ted picked up DD (Dunkin Donuts coffee for those not in the New England area) in the terminal while I waited at the gate with all the bags. Soon we were boarding. We were in Boarding group B (5, 6, and 7) even though I had checked in exactly 24 hours ahead of time. I figure many people must have bought EBCI. A ton of people boarded with Family boarding and then we got to board. Now, here’s a pet peeve of mine. I wholeheartedly support families with young children getting to board between A and B so they are pretty much assured seats together. But when a group of 6 adults and several older “children” (teens) all board with one toddler…….I think that is abusing things a little bit. They can’t all sit together any ways. Jeeze .
Okay, rant over. I wasn’t too worried about getting seats together. If we did that was good, but I wasn’t going to worry about it too much. As long as one of us was sitting with/near Josh it would be fine. We did end up getting a row together at the back of the plane (second to the last row). Our flight took off on time (Love Southwest!). Ted and Josh dozed a bit during the flight and I took the opportunity to start this TR . I thought about paying for WiFi –but I figured that I might try to catch a few zzzz’s myself.
We ended up being ahead of schedule. A funny incident happened as we were preparing to land. The Captain announced our decent and just then we hit an air bubble and had a jolt! The four year old in the row behind us excitedly yelled, “We’re going down!!!” ( I think he was just excited to be in Florida. I don’t’ think he thought we would crash.) We all had a good laugh about the coincidence. The best news is that we did land safely and we were almost half an hour early! We were scheduled to land at 9:15am. We landed at 8:45am. I love Southwest!
Up Next: DME and AKL -Jambo. Will we have a savannah view?
I'm excited to read your TR! We are planning a trip next April around the same time and will be staying at AKV-Jambo as well. We are planning on Club level and my 11-month window is in a few days. It will be our first trip on our points to our home resort. We did two trips to DLR on our points but haven't been to WDW yet!