|The boy clearly thinks this is the happiest place on earth! And yes, the girl is wearing a KC Royals shirt. Ohh the abuse!|
As previously stated, we decided as a family, in lieu of Christmas and birthday presents this year, we would just go on vacation to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. The company I worked for offered great airline discounts for Southwest so I booked for round trip tickets. I was also able to purchase discount tickets to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure! Eat your heart out full price ticket vendors. On top of my bargains, a close family friend allowed us to book her Timeshare resort for a fraction of the price of any other lodging options. This was shaping up to be the BEST vacation ever! There was one catch with the airline; we had to fly standby.
I did heavy research on flying standby before booking the tickets and talked to co-workers who had flown this way. I heard all positive reviews! We purposely picked the last week in September knowing that air traffic would be down due to school being back in session. The only travelers we had to compete with were business flyers. We followed all the rules. We meticulously packed all liquids in 3oz containers, we arrived an hour early to go through security and we even followed the ridiculous business casual dress code only to find out the flight was completely full. You.have.got.to.be.kidding. There had never, in the history of its opening, ever been a completely full flight (that I'm aware of anyway) out of Branson Regional airport. EVER. Yet today, there was. The associate working the boarding counter informed us that she could get one of us to Dallas, but the rest would have to wait until the next day. Um, thanks, but no thanks. The only reason for a full flight that I could think of is "One Hit Wonder Day." There was no other explanation.
Hellbent on getting to Orlando and not ruining our vacation, we decided to drive. We rushed home, grabbed the Garmin, some pillows and changed into appropriate road trip clothing and headed out. We stopped in Troy, AL at 1 a.m. and paid $135 for 5 hours of sleep. What a bargain. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, we headed out at 6 a.m. only to find that we could have stayed five miles down the road at Americas Best Inn for $54. Par for the course at this point!
After about 15 hours total in the car, the backseat looked like this:
|Here we are being all touristy. What you don't see is the lady I cropped out that had red on from head to toe. She looked like a giant tomato.|
|First ride: the trolley! Oh the excitement on the boy's face.|
|Ralph & Vanellope|
|We found the Delorean!|
|Buzz Saw falls at Islands of Adventure. Girl child loved this ride but was terrified of the Monorail at Magic Kingdom??|
|Eat my shorts children!|
|We came, we saw Mickey, we conquered, we went home. |