Eddie and I were up at 4:00am today. We got ourselves ready, loaded the suitcases in the car, then woke up the kids. Claire was bursting with excitement and eager to wake up her brother. By 4:45am we were on the road.
Check-in and security were routine. When we got to our gate, the kids did well with the wait to board. We only had about 20 minutes until boarding so we timed it perfectly! Just enough time for Max to burn off some energy, but not enough time for him to become bored.
We flew Southwest and purchased the Early Bird Check-In option. This allows us to avoid the check-in rush at the 24hr mark and pre-selects us a seating zone. Since it is open seating, Claire and I boarded when it was our zone's turn, while Max and Eddie waited until the end to board (another tactic to ensure the least amount of sitting on the plane as possible for Max).
Before we knew it, we were in the air. The flight went by quickly because both kids were SO well-behaved. Thank goodness for the iPad! Eddie and I were so proud of them.
The Magical Express can sometimes be another venue for misbehaving and chaos, but again, both kids made us proud. We actually had an enjoyable ride to Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House! I can't remember the last time this has happened.
When we arrived, our room wasn't ready, but Eddie and I were hungry so we just grabbed lunch at The Mara. My vegetable flatbread and Eddie's half-chicken dinner were calling to us, as usual. The kids were pretty full from snacking onboard so they played in the kiddie pool while we ate beside them.
By the time we finished lunch, our room was ready. Perfect timing! Now the kids could grab a nap since they had both been up since 4:30am! A beautiful 1-bedroom Value room, as always.
We were even lucky enough to get Savannah view... Again!
So now, both kids are napping, and we're just enjoying being back "home". Next up is dinner at Rainforest Cafe (a 1st night of the trip tradition).
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