Yesterday around 11am, Judi, Elsa, and myself arrived at the Rennaissance Worldgate Hotel in Kissimee. We were informed that our room wasn't ready since check in wasn't until 4pm. No problem, we thought, we just had lunch in the hotel restaurant (with a very accomodating barmaid/waitress/bon vivant) then we'll catch Return of the King at Downtown Disney.
Return of the King was, as many have said and/or intimated, fantastic. Even Judi, who wasn't looking forward to seeing the movie, enjoyed it as much as Elsa and I. Once again, I see the purchase of 6 DVDs in my future, just as I had with the first two flicks.
After the show, we wandered around Downtown looking for a place to eat. When the crab place had a 2 hour waiting list, we decided it was time to call for our cab to get back.
Now, lemme explain the cab situation. This hotel has a deal with a local transport company to take people to various places for a set fee. The hotel gets some of the money, the transport people the other money. And sometimes it works out cheaper than a real taxi. So we'd paid our "downpayment" for our trip there and back again. Only when our driver said he'd be there to pick us up in front of the McDonald's clock tower (spooky, I know), he wasn't. So we opted on a real cab. What with traffic as it was, the cost was more than we'd've had to pay with the original travel service. Alas, one learns often at the expense of, well, expense.
So we finally get to the hotel to find out there's been an "explosion." Thankfully, not an Orange Alert explosion, but a waterpipe bursting and ruining 3 floors. And so those of us who checked in late got screwed, er, got sent to the Marriott World Something, one humongous hotel with very soft beds, but $10 T1 connection and $15 and HOUR wireless. That sucked. (But the beds were nice). Of course, it took them over 35 minutes to get a transport over to take us *to* the Marriott.
This morning, we called our proper hotel about whether they can take us or not. They said yes and to take a cab and they'd reimburse us. Hmmm, I still have yet to see my $16 back.
So we got here and once again, were shooed aside. (And they had the biggest problem finding my name in the computer. Um, we prepaid, you lousy sons of... well... You know.) But we got a free breakfast today and tokens for a free breakfast tomorrow, so that pacified us, some. (My first time having cream of wheat - not too shabby. Very good for the alaying of trina's frayed nerves.)
While Judi and Elsa talked at the breakfast table, I went back to the desk and this time finally got us a room. Yay! We're on the 3rd floor with a view overlooking the fountains and parking lot. Not too shabby. Alas, no T1 line connection in the room! So I didn't need to bring my laptop. Bugger. I wish they'd update their website. The *only* reason I bothered with the laptop was because it said T1 connections in the room. There's Wireless, instead. Elsa & Judi have wireless NICs. I, alas, do not. So I'm typing this on Judi's computer while she listens to my Christmas present (coincidentally, from her) on the Bend It Like Beckham soundtrack on my computer.
We've heard from Steph that she's here in Orlando and slowly making her way to the hotel. And when she arrives, hopefully we can go to the Disney campus!