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Trip Report For The LAST Time In Forever - September 2021 TR

Welcome! Hopefully you followed along with my PTR here, but if not - I will go into the full introductions!

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Who: Me (of course)! Annie. Mainer and mom to be, along with my husband Ian (the dad to be)!

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When: September 24th - October 2nd, 2021

Where: Pop Century Resort (first time! also, Ian's first time not at a deluxe...)

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Why: WHY NOT? But actually.. for our babymoon 😍

I am going to jump right into Day 1, because I have 20 minutes of work left to kill time so.. LET'S GO!!



Day 1: September 24th

The start of this trip was a bit... rough. Our pup, Gus, was sick the entire week before we left. I mean, mess of the house and carpet every time we had to leave him to go to work kind of sick. Poor Gus and poor us. I had him at the vet up until the day before we left where he finally started showing improvement. The guy has a delicate stomach, what can I say?! I also felt better knowing my parents were the ones caring for him while we were gone.

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We woke up at 3 AM on Friday the 24th (yuck) to get picked up by my mom to head to the airport in Boston. We always put our Magic Bands on first thing in the morning to start the trip off on a good note!

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We live in Maine, but typically find much better and cheaper flights out of Boston (which is only about an hour and a half away). Before long my mom had her car loaded up with our suitcases and we were on our way!

We had an uneventful ride to the airport. Our flight was scheduled to board at 7 AM and we pulled up at 530..............

Only to then receive a text that our flight was completely cancelled, we couldn't rebook online or on the JetBlue app, and to see an agent at the airport. UM. OKAY? My mom and Ian were both telling me not to panic (read: don't cry) but I was struggling.

My mom dropped us off with promises that she would come back for us if need be, and off we went inside... To the longest line I've seen at Logan Airport in YEARS. There was no option but to stand in the customer service line and wait to be assisted. Apparently there was a physical plane issue. As we were standing in line, Ian and I discovered that there was only one JetBlue flight to MCO remaining for the day and there were only a handful of seats. We couldn't find anything on United, Delta, American or even Spirit. I was freaking out. We had Boo Bash tickets for that evening that we were SO looking forward to. How were we going to make it?!

Well.. as I stood there hyperventilating in my mask and trying to stay calm for this growing baby in my belly, Ian had found ONE flight on Frontier for 10 AM that would get us to MCO in time. It was PRICEY. There was no telling what refund we would get from JetBlue. But he wanted us to make it and have the best babymoon and vacation together. So he bit the bullet. I wanted to cry. I love this guy so much. If this is how he spoils me, our daughter is a goner!!!!

Naturally, I have no photos of this time period. After an hour or so we made it to the desk, they told us we had been rebooked for the earliest next flight on JetBlue... 4 PM the next day. NO THANKS. We requested a refund and they told us it would only be given in airline credit. Whatever. My brother is getting married next October, I'm sure we will use it.

Time to navigate to the complete opposite side of the airport to Frontier..

And by that I mean the international terminal because Frontier doesn't actually have it's own area at Logan.

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A rough start, but thank goodness this guy keeps a cool head and focuses on what he can control (I could learn a thing or two)

Nearly everyone in our line waiting for the Frontier desk had switched from the cancelled JetBlue flight and had intentions of making it to Disney that day. We were all sharing our grievances and feeling grateful for this flight. We eventually made it through the baggage steps, security and found the gate. Only to find the plane was delayed an hour. AHHHHHHH.

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Just sitting there wondering if this babymoon would EVER happen.

Side note: a man traveling alone with his baby asked if I could watch his son for a second while he went to the bathroom. He was gone for probably 25 minutes. I told Ian that if he ever flies alone with baby girl I would LOSE MY MIND if he did this. I get that it is so difficult to travel alone with children, but there are family restrooms and handicap stalls in the airport I've seen them myself...

After what felt like eternity, we finally boarded around 11 AM. After being awake since 3 AM. Time to squeeze into the tiny folding chairs that make up Frontier flights.

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Tight squeeze for a fluffy guy and a pregnant gal, but we were just happy to be boarded and on our way. Besides feeling SO squished, we survived the flight. I made sure to get up and move a couple times over the course of the 3 hours as well.

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Just before 3 PM we made it to MCO! A quick fonorail ride and we started seeing signs that we were home

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To be continued...
 

MickeyCB

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If this is how he spoils me, our daughter is a goner!!!!
I always said it was amazing how a 6 foot guy could be wrapped around my daughters pinky! 🤣 Those daddy's are the best!(And it doesn't stop). My daughter and her husband just bought a house in Sacramento, we live in Pittsburgh, and are going out to help them move and get settled. My husband says to me today, "you know I'll be buying her some tools, right"?😊
We requested a refund and they told us it would only be given in airline credit.
Didn't there used to be some rules regarding airlines causing you to get somewhere greater than 2-4 hours or something? I think I would fight this one.
Following and excited to hear about your trip.
 

RememberWhen

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Following along!
I also thought that if an airline just canceled your flight you were entitled to a refund. But maybe not? I couldn’t quite figure it out on JetBlues website.
 

Back!Elbow!Shoulders!

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Side note: a man traveling alone with his baby asked if I could watch his son for a second while he went to the bathroom. He was gone for probably 25 minutes. I told Ian that if he ever flies alone with baby girl I would LOSE MY MIND if he did this. I get that it is so difficult to travel alone with children, but there are family restrooms and handicap stalls in the airport I've seen them myself...

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On the actual plane I would understand but not at the airport.

Hope your doggo is feeling better now. That’s extra tough to leave them when they aren’t well.
 

Songbird76

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Can the airline do that? Cancel a flight and NOT refund it? It sounds kind of fishy to me....I'm sure they TRY to get people to settle for credit, but I have to wonder how legal that is. Just like there was a law passed in 2016 that says they HAVE to seat children under 13 next to a parent or guardian, and they can not charge you extra for it. The guidelines haven't actually been written up and it's a bit vague with wording, but the law was passed. Airlines still try to get around it because most people don't know it's a law, but if you push it, they should accommodate you. I would think that canceling a flight would entitle you to a refund. I'd check on that.

I'm glad you were able to get a different flight, even if it was cramped and delayed.
 

akneeconnors

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Original Poster
Woo hoo! I am never first! Sorry about your flight issues. I am a travel agent and from what you have said, I think you are owed a refund from Jet Blue. I am going to message you with more info, :)
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and thank you for the advice!!
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So excited
Welcome!!
Wow...rough start to a vacation. Ian rocked it with the Frontier decision though! I totally would've had a small (or medium) sized panic attack if that happened to me with having a flight being cancelled, and I don't have the pregnancy hormone issues. :oops:
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It was nice to be able to blame the hormones but I just know I would've panicked regardless 😆
I always said it was amazing how a 6 foot guy could be wrapped around my daughters pinky! 🤣 Those daddy's are the best!(And it doesn't stop). My daughter and her husband just bought a house in Sacramento, we live in Pittsburgh, and are going out to help them move and get settled. My husband says to me today, "you know I'll be buying her some tools, right"?😊

Didn't there used to be some rules regarding airlines causing you to get somewhere greater than 2-4 hours or something? I think I would fight this one.
Following and excited to hear about your trip.
love it!! that's how my own dad is too!
You could have driven there quicker than that!!!

And I am here!
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that's what we said!! "how about we just drive?!"
Following along!
I also thought that if an airline just canceled your flight you were entitled to a refund. But maybe not? I couldn’t quite figure it out on JetBlues website.
Welcome!
Feeling stressed just reading about the start of you travel!
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I promise it gets LESS stressful!
Sorry you had a stressful start, I hope it gets better!
MUCH better!
I hope that this is the only stressful story of your trip! (And Ian’s cool as a cucumber attitude in the situation rocks - it’s always good to have a companion who can talk us out of panicking 😊)
Seriously, ONE of us needed to remain calm haha
I am here. Sorry to hear about the rough start to your trip!
Welcome!!
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On the actual plane I would understand but not at the airport.

Hope your doggo is feeling better now. That’s extra tough to leave them when they aren’t well.
RIGHT?!
Can the airline do that? Cancel a flight and NOT refund it? It sounds kind of fishy to me....I'm sure they TRY to get people to settle for credit, but I have to wonder how legal that is. Just like there was a law passed in 2016 that says they HAVE to seat children under 13 next to a parent or guardian, and they can not charge you extra for it. The guidelines haven't actually been written up and it's a bit vague with wording, but the law was passed. Airlines still try to get around it because most people don't know it's a law, but if you push it, they should accommodate you. I would think that canceling a flight would entitle you to a refund. I'd check on that.

I'm glad you were able to get a different flight, even if it was cramped and delayed.
Better a cramped flight than none at all for sure!
Wow! Rough start to the trip! Hopefully, it's all uphill from there! Can't wait to hear all about it!!
Welcome!!
You had me holding my breath. Not a way you want to start your babymoon! Kudos to Ian for making it happen!
The best quick thinker!
rough start - but - it was a start to a vacation at WDW !

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Thanks for following along!!
 

akneeconnors

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Original Poster
Day 1 continued... (Friday, September 24th)

We finally made it to MCO! After a lengthy wait for our luggage, we were headed toward the Magical Express.

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We entered the Pop line and quickly boarded a mostly empty bus

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I was very grateful to be on the bus and under an air vent because I was HOT. A pregnant Mainer in the September heat.. rough.

We settled in for a quick ride, and soon we were entering the bubble!

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We stopped at AoA first and dropped a couple passengers before reaching Pop! Right before we pulled up we received our room ready text. We were to be on the third floor in the 50s building, which I was pretty happy about.

We headed right to the room!

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Room photos!

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Despite Ian only having stayed at deluxe resorts thus far, he was pleased with the room.

Here was our view:


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It was around 4 PM, and we were planning to head to MK for Boo Bash around 6 PM. We knew we needed some sort of food fuel to keep us going, so I put in a mobile order for Everything Pop and we headed that way.

We don't drink coffee, but we ARE big soda drinkers so rapid refill mugs are always on the agenda

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