2008 WDW Trip - Day 6 of 11
- From: DataBass <rpbass@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 19:58:01 -0700
Friday, January 11, 2008
Me, Bob, 53 yo. Lives in Phoenix, AZ and has been going to WDW
since the Big Four-Oh (1994).
DVC Member since 1997.
Staying at Old Key West Resort in a 1-bedroom from
6-16 Jan 2008.
Got up around 8 and putzed and most importantly, I got online, checked my mail but more importantly still, sent an email to my wife with an attached picture (with captions to make it a birthday card) of the "Feisty Fairy" card I picked up. I am trying to ensure that even if the physical card does not make it today, that she will get the e-version of the card.
My plan is to head for Epcot and hit all the places with picture/email taking equipment and send additional Happy Birthday emails. First, Spaceship Earth with a couple minute wait. Then to the Electric Umbrella for lunch. I ate outside since it is such a nice day, but I did bring my rain jacket since the weather-liers said by 3PM there would be showers and lightning with more throughout the evening. At the 1:45 fountain show, I felt a bit of mist but for the 2PM show, the wind had changed to out of the south and other folks were getting sprayed. At 2:15, there were some more clouds moving in but nothing to get worried about.
I made a "Happy Birthday Tina" sign on a napkin (such planning...) and brought it with me. First I went to Innoventions West and to the IBM exhibit for the first email. Next was to Imagination and Imageworks and after a wait for an empty kiosk, another picture and email. Last was to Mission: Space where I did 2 emails. First, I was abducted by the alien robot (no sign), then "We have a problem" with the sign. In the alien abduction video, my head was rotated around to match the head position of the lady being abducted in the original cartoon. This reminded me of how on America's Funniest Home Videos, they put Tom Bergeron's (sp?) head on a sent-in video. With luck, Tina will have gotten the postcard of Tink today.
Saw a cute t-shirt coming out of Mission: Space that went "Who are all these kids and why are they calling me 'Dad'?". I'm going to modify this for my "button" collection into "Who are all these minions and why are they calling me 'Master'?". It's 3:42 and there are some more clouds but they are still boring.
On to Test Track and was given one of the lanyards with the timer card to they can test the time to get through the line. This was for the single-rider line. The CM hardly waited for the information video to start before he opened the doors to get us into the final line for the cars. On this ride, we hit 64.8 MPH. At the top of the Infra-Red (IR) camera section immediately after the high-speed run, we had to come to a full halt, mostly because of all the cars that were stopped in front of us. While we were waiting, I put up a couple fingers behind the head of the person in the front row to make it look she's got horns and then put my fists up on either side of her head for MM hears. Based on the laughter, the folks in the front row got a kick out of it.
I hope not too many folks got their high-speed run cut short because of the pileup here...
It's 4:15 and time for a walk arould the world to kill time until the 5:55 dinner at Yachtsman's Steakhouse (YSH). Just before Germany, going CW, I sat down for a moment and a foreign gent came up with his grandson(?), said "Hello...Bob" and the grandson came up and twirled my prop. Twas a nice moment. Also, I got my picture taken by one of the PhotoPass Photographers. He loved the hat. We had a nice talk for a while about WDW and how he and his wife even come here for vacation and how, while the pay isn't great, the interaction with the guests *is* great. He talked about the magic here and how you could give a sticker to a crying child and they would stop crying. But try the same thing at your local WalMart and the parents might wonder if you were a child predator. It's been nice having the 1-on-1 talks with the couple CMs this trip and learning that some of them really enjoy what they're doing.
Walked to the DVC Beach Club Villas to see what they look like. The lobby area isn't as fancy as the other DVC locations I've stayed at or visited. Never the less, I'd still like to stay here once to see what it's like. Gonna head to YSH and check in early.
Well, isn't this a fine how do you do? Just found out that Ricardo isn't working tonight but will tomorrow. So I got set up for an 8:45PM reservation tomorrow. This is much later than I like for dinner, but, oh well. So, since I'm right here, I'll try Cape May for dindin. After I checked in, I had a perhaps, 2 minute wait, if that long. Had a nice dinner. Gavin, my waiter, said there was tilapia (a type of fish) out so I was looking forward to that. We have it at home once in a while and I like it. Alas, it was tempura coated and deep fried instead of something like a pan fry or poach. Still, it was good.
Later at the Adventurers Club, it looks like the CM who was playing Samantha a couple days ago is now playing Pamelia Perkins. I haven't seen the CMs who were playing Otis Wren nor Graves.
Got a call from home so I hid in the Treasure Room for a little more quiet. My wife was looking for a spare key so she could unlock my "Club" on my car so she could move it. I suggested a couple places but the key couldn't be found. She said she'd call AAA tomorrow and have a tow truck move the car from where it is, in front of a neighbor's garage door, to a normal parking spot. Sorta lost the mood for the club so I went back to the room and got to bed around 1AM.
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