Paula (me) age 40
David (DH) age 47
Reade (DS#1) age 15
Dominic (DS#2) age 10
We overlapped 5 days of our vacation with friends.
We planned on leaving Friday night, July 9 at midnight. I spent the day packing and straightening the house. DH decided to go to bed around 6:30 to get a few hours sleep. I didn’t have to worry about that, as I sleep in the car—that’s about all I do!! I told him DS’s and I would have the van packed up by around 10:00, so DH said to wake him up around 10:30 and we’d leave then! To get our van ready, we take out the middle seats put in our tv/vcr combo and the boys take their X-Box, games, and movies to keep themselves occupied. We also borrowed a friend’s car top carrier. We put all of our suitcases up there. In the van, we also use a plug in cooler for drinks and food on the trip. We can then use that in our room and not have to pay for a refrigerator! Everything was done so I got a shower around 10, and when I was done, DH was up. We watched the end of a ball game and left around 10:45. When we got about 10 minutes from home, I realized I forgot all of DH’s medicine. We discovered last year that he has gout-(2 days before we left)-and takes medicine for it everyday so he doesn’t get any flare-ups. He also takes Celebrex to help the joints. So, needless to say, we turned around and came back for the medicine. Then we left for the second time around 11:10pm. I was asleep within 20 minutes and dozed off and on most of the night! We stopped around 4:30am for gas(28:00) and I took over driving. The boys napped most of the night as well. Everyone was napping while I drove and I pulled over around 6:45 at a Cracker Barrel in NC for breakfast. (Believe it or not, I was having trouble staying awake after only 2 hours of driving!) While waiting for our breakfast, we decided that we probably wouldn’t have too much trouble driving all the way to Orlando!! We figured we would still wait until a little further down the road to decide for sure. We left there around 7:30am, bellies full and wallet $31.99 lighter. DH took over at the wheel again, and I promptly shut my eyes again! We stopped around 11:30am for gas (only $10.00 as we were told it was cheaper further south!). We drove on through the afternoon until we arrived in Georgia. We stopped at a rest stop for lunch. Well, DH and DS’s had lunch, and I got on the phone to see if we could get a room for the night. We decided that we didn’t want to drive around from hotel to hotel looking for a room off-site, so we decided we’d try to get a room onsite for the night. After waiting quite a while, we were finally offered a room at the All-Star Sports for $78.00 for the night! ( used my rewards dollars.) I didn’t opt for a preferred room, as we were only going to be there for 1 night. We arrived at Grandstand Hall to check in at 5:07pm, almost exactly 18 hours from the time we left home! We were thrilled to be there! Check-in took about 10 minutes ( actually had to tell the CM that he never gave me any room keys, though!) We were assigned to the Hoops Hotel 3, which was as far away from the main building as could be! If I were ever to stay there again, I would certainly pay the extra $10.00 per night for a preferred room! We quickly unloaded what we needed from the van. I had our bathing suits and a change of clothes packed separately, so we only needed that bag and the bag of toiletries. We changed into our suits and hit the pool. We also ate in the End Zone Food Court. We had a cheeseburger, chicken Caesar salad, turkey dinner, tossed salad, cheesecake, Powerade, 2 waters, a soda and a chocolate milk, for a total of $41.15. (I used my rewards dollars.) We called DH’s cousin who lives in Kissimmee and works at the Wyndham Palace at Downtown Disney. We were meeting him Sunday morning. We decided on meeting at 10:00 outside the Earl of Sandwich. DH asked if we wanted to go to a park since we had AP’s, but we figured a good night’s sleep was in order. At sometime during the evening, we decided that driving straight through worked wonderfully and we’d do it again in a minute. I think the fact that we left at night and spent so much of the night sleeping made it much more bearable! We were in bed by 9:30 with plans to get up and check-out early. We figured we’d get to POR early to check-in, and then go meet our cousin. I thought that the earlier we checked in, the better chance we might have at getting Building 14, which we really wanted! I did send a fax on Wednesday afternoon to the room assigner.
Up next...Do we get the coveted Building 14?
Total spent for the trip down : $189.14