After staying up late and catching up with my friend (her name is Ros, by the way), we had a lazy morning. We discussed our Magic Bands and what Ros had already done since she arrived two days before me. I was very excited to have a Magic Band and try out the new technology.
While I unpacked, I noticed that I forgot to pack my sneakers. Uh oh!!! Guess a trip to the outlet mall is in order. Hate when that happens but I did need a new pair of “dog walking shoes” so it isn’t a huge tragedy. Off to the Premium Outlet Mall, I go. Woohooo!!!
When I checked in last night it was late so I went ahead and valet parked my car, so I dug out my valet ticket and headed to get my car. I handed the valet cast member my ticket and she told me it was $15.00. I asked her to just charge it to the room but she needed to run something through the system (whatever that means) so I handed her my handy dandy Magic Band since that was activated for charging purposes, among other things – or so I thought but we’ll get to that in another day or so. She said that the valet desk wasn’t set up to accept Magic Bands yet. WHAT?!?!!? You have got to be kidding me. How hard is to put a scanner thing out there?. So I handed the cast member my room card. She said she couldn’t use it since it said it wasn’t allowed charging privileges. (When I checked in the night before, the front desk cast member printed my room card before we put my credit card on file and we didn’t see the need to print another card since I would have the Magic Band to charge purchases with.) (((Sigh))) What to do, what to do??? I know!!! I’ll go old school and pay with cash. Now at this point I am also asking myself why a registered hotel guest is actually being asked to pay for valet parking when it normally is charged to the room automatically but I was still tired so I just went with it. The cast member took my $20 with a look of disbelief and horror She actually said “you want to pay with cash????”. With horror still in her eyes, she said she would call the front desk and have them charge my room. I’m just standing there looking at my $20 bill on the counter wondering what was wrong with cash. When did the world turn into a cashless society? I love the convenience of debit cards and paypal and online banking but cash is still a good thing.
I finally made it to the Premium Outlet Mall only to find that apparently they were giving away free merchandise from the look of it. There were so many cars trying to turn in to the mall that it took me 25 minutes just to get into the parking lot. For a little while, I thought it was Christmas time at the mall but then I remembered it was still October. But have no fear, I was not deterred and remembered my mission And I actually found a pretty good parking place once I made it to the parking garage.
The next stop was the Reebok store where I found that their sale that day was Buy One, Get Another for $19.99. You don’t have to tell me twice about a good deal. I was all over that.
Two pairs of sneakers were found in record time and I was out the door – with socks, also – and on my way to the Character Warehouse store. Woohooo!!! I didn’t find anything fabulous this time but it is still fun to look around. And it soothed my soul just a little since I didn’t get to stop at the Disney outlet in St. Augustine on the drive down.
After a trip to Walmart for a few needed supplies, I was back at the Boardwalk Villas getting ready to head to the Magic Kingdom via Epcot with Ros. We knew it would be crazy busy at Epcot since it was Saturday and it was a holiday weekend but decided to do a little Food & Wine as we made our way to the Monorail to the Magic Kingdom.
To start off our stroll towards the International Gate we got a glass of Sangria from the Boardwalk Pizza walk up window. Just because it is the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, we felt justified in starting our personal festival before we got to Epcot. It was tasty and delightful addition to our walk.
Once we made it into Epcot, it was time for food – we did just drink Sangria on empty stomachs, after all. Off to France we went. The line to the F&W kiosk was crazy busy so we opted for the new and improved Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie for a quick ham and cheese sandwich, of course it sounds so much more sophisticated when you call it a Croissant Jambon Fromage . Ooh la la.
With sufficient nourishment, we made our way to the front of Epcot dodging many Drink Around the Worlders along the way. (It did make me nostalgic to be doing the same thing with my Disney friends though.) There we a lot of cute and creative t-shirts which of course draw attention for Disney Security to follow the drunkards. Amateurs!! The key for a DATW is to have fun but go unnoticed by Disney Security so you don’t get tossed out in case you have one too many.
The monorail was in sight as we exited the park. Literally!! The monorail was just coming over our heads as we exited the park. Our transportation mojo was good today!! We made it up the seemingly endless steep ramp to the monorail station just as the Monorail pulled in to the station. Wooohooo!!! I love the Epcot Monorail. It is right up there with the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover and the Ferry Boats for relaxing rides.
Next stop, the Magic Kingdom.