I know, I know, I’m a HORRIBLE blogger. We didn’t take pictures at Disney. We didn’t post any “during the experience” information. We simply had a wonderful time visiting the four parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios) plus the “Downtown Disney” shopping extravaganza. We rode bikes, busses, trains, and boats to get around almost 50 square miles of Disney property. Did you know there’s an actual gated community of HOMES that people buy so they can LIVE in Disney?!?!? It makes The Villages look natural! Yes, the rides and shows were fun, but you can read about them on someone else’s blog.
I was really impressed with the “small” details. There were NO LINES at any ladies’ room I used. And I could always find one when I wanted one, within just a few steps. Now THAT’s important! We didn’t see a single piece of litter the whole week. Well, except for that bloody tissue at the foot of the escalator in the Contemporary Resort one evening around 9pm . . . but I’m sure there was a perfectly reasonable bit of drama behind THAT. Every staff member (or in Disney-speak “cast member”) was cheerful, helpful, and sincere. Most we spoke with admitted they even came to the parks on their days off to shop, meet friends at restaurants, and see shows . . . just like a “real” city! Well, except for the cranky old man at the 1st gate into Fort Wilderness who acted like we were potentially illegal immigrants to his domain . . . was I SUPPOSED to know exactly how the check-in procedure worked before I’d ever done it? It was fascinating to see the engineering involved in moving thousands of people in tightly planned ways without them noticing. The place is mind boggling!
There was one incident at the campground where a guest checking out with his 38′ motorcoach cut the corner of his site too close. His site was one of those with a 55-gallon trash can near the front. There was a can every 3 or 4 sites for the convenience of guests, and they were partially buried to prevent being moved by wind or people — or 38′ motorcoaches. The can did NOT move, but it was caved-in and badly scratched . We saw this as we left our site for breakfast around 8:30am. By the time we got back from breakfast around 10am, a brand new trash can was in place and no evidence remained of the damage. Scary efficient!
So, we’re back at our winter home base, ready for family holiday visits, and working part-time at the local flea market for cigar money. We hope you and yours will have a lovely holiday and leave you with our single Disney photo. That’s Donald (according to Disney the original angry bird) and it cost us $14.95 to buy the JPEG (can’t you just hear Donald spluttering!?!?)