Flying to America 2014

So I began my trip at 2am on Mondays the 27th of October. We had to ER up early so I could finish packing and coffee before leaving the house at 3:45am to get to the airport by 5am.

Said my goodbyes to my grandfather and my cat and then we were on our way. We got to the airport super early cos surprise! There is no traffic at 4 am. So we decided to have a McDonald’s breakfast a wee waited for check in to open.

Once it opened I went to check my bag and get my boarding passed for my 3 flights of the day. It took a while because she was really interested in what I do and why I was going. I also had a question about luggage that wasn’t easily answered. My question was on my itinerary it said baggage limit: 4 pieces. And that was it no actual information on weight or size also there no helpful information on the help pages. Tash had to ring 2 different places to find out and the answer that came back was it is 4 pieces of 23kgs each!!!! Holy crap that’s a lot of luggage. I checked one bag that weighed a grand total of 16kgs.

After checking we headed up stairs to get coffee and spend my last 2 hours in the gateway lounge. It was really tough leaving my dad but I found it a whole lot easier than last time when my best friends and family were there. Besides I knew I’d be back in April so it’s not like in going forever.

I bought a magazine, a bottle of water and for some money changed in to Australian dollars and some into American, I used the notes in my wallet making the most of my immediate resources. I boarded the plane to Sydney and it was tiny I felt like I had no space in my seat, I was also seated next to a giant man who took up all the room without trying. The flight took 3 hours or so. I think we landed a little late. I then had to go through transfer security where they made me throw out my water. I then spent the next 4 hours wandering through the airport, I found an Asian noodle place for lunch which was delicious and I felt much better after that. But the free Wi-Fi refused to work on my phone which sucked

The plane was late leaving Sydney. It was a 14 hour flight to Dallas, Texas. It was actually a really nice flight I enjoyed the food and the staff were friendly, it was just way to long. Speaking haha of food there was a tonne of it haha with dinner which was a honey chicken salad and fruit bowl I had a Bloody Mary and then a vodka ginger beer. In the middle of the night we got ice cream and sliders. And then scrambled eggs and beans for breakfast. They also had a serve yourself snack station as well.

We arrived late into Dallas, where I had to go through customs, passport control and bag pick up and re check. Then back through security and then find out I was in the wrong terminal all while my flight was boarding. After running through the airport for half an hour I finally get to the desk to discover my flight has already left and I had been rebooked on to a 7pm flight. So I spent 4 hours in Dallas, sitting in TGI Fridays drinking cocktails till I felt better about life.

This last flight was killer. I was so over flying g and being cramped in tiny planes. Luckily this flight was only three hours but it seemed to drag on forever. Once I got to Orlando I picked up my bag and wound my way to the Disney ground transportation and caught a Disney magical express to pop century.

Once I arrived at Pop I discovered once again the frustration of knowing how to do that persons job better than them but not being able to. So I went up to my room and met my roommate. Larissa 50 years Old Russian from Australia. She will be in merchandise on board the Dream.

And so ended my long Monday I left New Zealand at 8 am on the 27th and arrived 35 hours later I arrived in Orlando Florida 10pm on the 27th of October.

 

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Flights, Flights, Flights

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So I finally got my flight details and my sign on paper work!

I now know for sure when I am arriving in Orlando!!!!

However before we all celebrate and throw our sassy hats in the air, I have some details about my flights you may all be interested in.

The Dream Flights:

October 27th

2am – wake up, breakfast, finish packing, freak-out. ETC.

4am – Leave for the airport, cue dad complaining about it being “the middle of the night” and “do you really have to leave?”

5:15am – check in for my first of many flights in one 24 hours period

8:15am – depart Auckland City for Sydney

Spend 3 hours on a plane

9:45am – Arrive in Sydney

Spend 4.5 hours at Sydney airport

2:25pm – depart Sydney for Dallas, Texas.

Spend 18 hours on a plane

1:45pm arrive in Dallas, Texas

(At this point I would like to note that it will still be the 27th of October)

3:25pm – depart Dallas for my final destination of the day ORLANDO, FLORIDA!

7:00pm – arrive in Orlando, be sick of planes. B excited for friends and Disney!!

7:30pm – catch a bus to Walt Disney World pop century resort!!!

8:30pm – meet roommate! Hope like hell my friends love me and are coming to visit, also txt mum and dad let them know I’m alive!!!

October 28th

As far as I am aware I should have this day off (Food and wine any one???)

October 29th

Contract signing and schedule review

October 30th

Disney Cruise Line traditions and training

October 31st

4:30am – roll outta bed and check hotel room for items that belong to self

5:00am – get on the bus for the Dream.

(Side note if you miss this bus you have to get yourself to the port at your own cost)

11am – begin living the Dream!!!

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So now there are only 9 DAYS TO GO. I have to get my A in G quick fast.

To Do List:

  • Buy black flats (Sunday!!!!!)
  • Buy white socks
  • Get my hair cut and coloured ……….. Professionally (Tuesday!!!)
  • Pack my bags
  • Get my “original medical papers” back from the doctors
  • Have a margarita filled leaving dinner!!!!!!! (Friday!!!)

I’ll put up a packing list for you guys soonish….. Once I’ve finished deciding what I’m actually taking!