Planning your next Disney trip? Well, I have some signs for you. Patience, my friend, the signs will appear .
Where am I?
If you said in front of Pirates, you would be WRONG!
I was at the line for Pirates, not to be confused with actually standing in front of the attraction. Welcome to Presidents Week!
Let’s see where this line stretched…. No, there’s no break, that’s ALL line!
Do you see the ride? Do you see the cast member with the sign? (Look at the blue building) Let’s zoom in so you can get a better look…
Oh! He’s moved because the line is growing & curling around the corner even as I speak!
OK, but maybe the ride had been down, that’s a fluke, right? Sure, go ahead and book your Presidents Week Disney vacation. Did I mention I can get you the castle suite for a steal as long as you have cash? Uh-huh! This is only part of the story. Just around the corner, Pirates had opened an alternate entrance, and that line was rapidly growing.
And here’s what the mass of people looked like from in front of Pirates….
But I am getting ahead of myself! Before we could get to the Magic Kingdom and to Pirates, we had to park the car. (Signs are coming)
At EPCOT. Yep! MK parking was CLOSED! Security blocked the road and redirected traffic. Not even on NYE have I parked at EPCOT to go to MK!
And EPCOT was utilizing every bit of space. It was the best parking spot we’ve ever had!
Do You Believe In Signs?
Barnstormer – 95 min
Small World – 55 min
At 5:00 pm when FastPasses were depleted for Space Mtn & Little Mermaid *120 min wait each
There is no gray area here; the omens are clear. Your Presidents Week packing list should include a script of Valium. There are 51 other weeks in the year. Utilize them. If you are still compelled to tempt fate and come this week, psychotherapy is in order. (Insert legal mumbo-jumbo statement denying any plausible culpability on my part if you persist in traveling at this insane time of year.)
Being an Annual Passholder, I felt free to navigate the
mosh pit Magic Kingdom without the necessity of actually riding anything. Not even these wait times were going to induce me to suffer the torture watch the outdated and corny Country Bear Jamboree.
Between City Hall and Package Pick-up
Over the tunnel as you pass into Main Street
Every good Disney tale has a happy ending, and so does this one. (No, our camera was not returned.) What makes Disney magic is the people, and I had the good fortune to meet one of those very special cast members who made this a day to remember (shhh! Don’t tell my husband I said that! We were celebrating Valentines Day, after all!)
Meet Curlie who has worked at Disney for 40, as in 4 Score, years! In 2 months she will have 24 years of perfect attendance! That is not a typo, it’s 24 years perfect attendance. She’s in housekeeping, and she has her work closet decorated. She takes real pride in her work, and of all her many tasks, enjoys keeping the restrooms clean for guests. She told me she loves to clean, keeps her house *clean* (bet it’s sparkling!), and likes to keep Disney restrooms clean. She still loves Disney after 40 years! See, it never gets old!
First, the men and women who keep the restrooms clean are the unsung heros of Disney. Seriously, that can make or break the day. Second, she is the kind of person I want my kids to look up to and emulate, not celebrities. Here’s a woman who is taking pride in her work, showing real integrity. Third, if we could bottle her work ethic and inject it into our populace, we could accomplish anything. So many of our social and economic problems would be resolved, because people would be more self-sufficient, productive, and determined to overcome obstacles. You don’t get 24 years of perfect attendance without determination, dedication, and commitment!
Curlie’s closet is at the MK restroom by First Aid, so if you are in the area, keep an eye out for her and thank this awesome woman for her hard work. You might get to sneak a peek into the closet if you time it just right. I will be looking for her, just hoping I can introduce my kids to her. (Don’t you just LOVE the Mickey ear buns?) She is every bit as adorable as they are! Meeting her was the highlight of my Disney day!
- Disney during Presidents Week
- Valentines Limited Magic (expected more)
- Pictures with Cinderella’s Coach
- Meeting Curlie, a cast member of 40 years
- Believe in signs and plan accordingly