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Trip Reports & Member Reviews Discuss Hurricane Francis and my vacation in the Vacation Planning forums; Hi Everyone!!! Just got back from the castle last night and figured i better post a report. We were in the world from August 29 - Sept 7, we had ...
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    Hurricane Francis and my vacation

    Hi Everyone!!! Just got back from the castle last night and figured i better post a report.

    We were in the world from August 29 - Sept 7, we had to add two more days on because of hurricane francis. We arrived in Orlando at 12pm and got to POP Century Hotel at 2pm and got into our room right aways which was in the '70's building room 6109 on the ground floor. Walking to our room we notices a nice stingray corvette which i wanted to take with me but it would not move. They have a nice splash area for the kids right in front of the car.

    After unpacking and looking at all the literature they gave us at check in we headed over to Olivia's which is over at Old Key West for dinner, we had the conch chowder, stuffed shrimp and crab cake appetizers which were very good. Onto Epcot to watch American Vibe at the American pavilion at their last performance, then watched illuminations and rode test track.

    Day Two Magic Kingdom: As we went in we were going to go right through the castle but that was blocked off for Cinderella's show so we waited 10 minutes and watched it. Then on to Mickeys Philharmagic which i totally liked alot. We then made our way through all the rides in fantasyland, then went to Mickey's toontown to see the big cheese but could not find him. Then onto tommorowland were we rode space moutain, buzz lightyears space ranger spin, then onto the ride in the sky (can't think of the name). After we finished that we went to the AAA lounge located in tommorowland and had a free soft drink the was included in our package. By the that time is was 3pm and the parade was about to begin. After the parade we went back to the resort and swam and came back to the magic kingdom for the fireworks which were beutiful.

    Day 3: We went to Typhoon Lagoon from 10-3 came back to the resort to get ready for Mickeys backyard BBQ which i would totally recommend because it was so much fun. On the way back they did not do the water parade because of lighting in the area.

    Day 4: MGM Studios were we did rockin roller coaster, tower of terror, beauty and the beast show, the great movie ride, star tours, indiana jones. We then had dinner at the prime time cafe. On this day MGM closed at 6 so we didn't see fantasmic.

    Day 5: Epcot we did all the things in innoventions like the baseball swing analysis, ride a bike in the rose bowl parade. Headed over to Mission:Space and Test Track. We never had to use fast pass at any of the parks because there was never a line for anything.

    Day 6: Animal Kingdom headed to dinosaur which was cool. then went on primeaval whirl (an got disneyer than what we already are) Went to see Tarzan Rocks!, then headed over to the safaris. When we got back to our resort we had to go to the food court and get non perishable goods because hurrican francis was on its way and the food court was closing early.

    Day 7: We had to stay in our rooms from 6pm friday to 5:30pm saturday because of the hurricane. All of the parks were closed on saturday and sunday and so was orlando airport. So we had to add on two days to our trip because the airport didn't open until late monday with no flights going to buffalo. When i added the two days the person at the front desk was so friendly that since we couldn't use our park passes on saturday she gave us some from monday if the parks opened (if they didn't the passes were good until 2024)

    Day 8: no parks open at all what a long rainy day at the resorts

    Day 9: Magic Kingdom to do lou's favorite Frontierland and liberty square and the shows that we missed.

    It was fun but glad to be home right now, got picked on at work this morning that i brought the rain with me.

    Have a great day!!!!

    Kellie

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    Forgot to add that none of the fast pass lines were kiosks were never open. The longest wait we had was 15 minutes at the indy cars in the magic kingdom

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    Great post/report. Sounds like you had a great time even with Frances messing things up. Did you have to pay full price for the extra 2 days, or did you get a discount?

    Did you travel off property? If so, how has the damage on 192? Where a lot of places closed/damaged? Anything else you can add will be appreciated.
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    They only charged us $55 a night staying at pop century because all the other hotels were booked on property. They have a fall promo going on so they gave us that rate.

    No we didn't travel off property because we did not rent a car at all and my aunt lives about a hour a away in tampa but couldn't come over because there were driving bands.

    Universal and Seaworld were both closed all weekend. Just alot of down trees and signs. Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Typhoon Lagoon and Disney Marketplace were the only things that opened on monday. Animal Kingdom and MGM were closed, didn't hear if anything was damaged there.

    I will be getting my pictures back on friday so i will be posting them then. They had alot of cute jiminey pins at pintraders store at disney marketplace

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    GREAT report, Kellie, especially in light of Frances!! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see the pictures!!
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    Thanks for the additional info. Will check out the JC pins when I'm there. I wish they weren't so expensive. I can remember the first few Disney pins many years ago, but now there are thousands it seems. I will have to get my small collection in order. I have them all over the house in drawers and cabinets.
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    Glad to hear things went well Kellie. Hope you didn't go to stir crazy in the room

    JC, I think I posted it in one of the other (many) hurricane threads. There was additional damage on 192, but most from Charley has not even been cleaned up when Frances hit. It will be a while before things are back to looking decent.

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    Kellie,
    Glad you had a great trip in spite of the circumstances.

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    we did get a little stir crazy staying in the room was glad to get out at 530pm on saturday even though we just went to the arcade

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    I'm so glad that you had a great time. Can't wait to see your pics...

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    sounds like you had a good time in spite of Frances!! Good for you and great report- glad you made it Back to Buffalo.......and western NY ....just in time for.......Fall and then.... ( nevermind - dont want to depress you!)

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    just have to start dreaming of another disney type of vacation thats all

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