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travelling stories?

I was just wondering if anyone has any stories about lost luggage, bad airlines, bad service, good service, weird stuff, etc. while trying to get to Disney?

We are not sure we will get to go in 2 weeks - our airline is having union problems, wildcat strikes, etc., and it has me totally stressed. And of course they are not allowing us to cancel our flights and book with someone else - we can do that, but then we lose the entire amount we paid for our fares.

Maybe hearing some good stories, funny stories, or situations that were so much worse than what we are dealing with would cheer me up.

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Last flight to the world there were four crying babies on our flight the whole way. BRUTAL! Could not wait to get off that flight.

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You must have had a massive headache!

Our last trip to WDW ('98) we had a family of 6 throwing up a few rows behind us. We spent the whole time with our T-shirts pulled up over our noses. But, we didn't get sick too, so it was all good in the end. I felt so sorry for them. They had tried to rebook their flight, and the airline wouldn't let them.

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It wouldn't have been so bad if they were in the same area but in different parts all around me in full surround sound mode. The weird thing about it was that once one started it set off all the others.

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ONE baby crying non-stop is brutal - 4 might be considered torture!

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Bang head on folding tray. lol eek

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@ finngirl! Hope your flight gets worked out. Airlines do suck at times.

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Not a Disney trip, but I have a travel story. I travel home for Christmas every year. I never had any issues with my flights until 2010. A blizzard hit New England the day I was scheduled to fly back. I got a call from US Airways the morning of my flight letting me know the flight was canceled and to call for another flight. I called and I was already booked on the flight the next day. I originally had a non-stop flight. On the new flight, I had to change planes in Washington DC. On the way to the airport, I got a call that the flight was delayed. No big deal, the delay wasn't enough to cause me to miss the connection. I get to the airport and the flight was delayed further. Finally it got to the point where I was going to miss my connection. My options were to get on stand by flight the next day with no guarantee or fly to DC, spend the night and have a seat on the a flight the next day. I went with option #2 and since the flight out of DC wasn't until later in the afternoon, I did some site seeing.

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So what could have been really stressful turned out to have a silver lining! Smart you for taking the opportunity to sight-see instead of worrying.

I don't care if we get stranded in Orlando for a couple of days at the end of our trip, I just want to get there! I'm trying to be more laid back about this, but my type A personality is getting in the way!

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I hope my flight tomorrow morning is uneventful. clapping

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When we flew back from Orlando last May and we arrived at our home airport, i decided to check my voicemail. Delta had left a message stating that my bag had been lost and I needed to fill out a report. So we headed to that location. Good news, they took us into the back room and there was my suitcase! It was totally quicker than it would have been to wait for it come through on the carousel!

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Wait... you WANT to hear travel horror stories?? That's gotta be a first for that request. Hmm, well we have Hotel Havoc for 100, Flight Frustration for 200, ID Issues for 300, Train Troubles for 400 and Currency/Culture Crisis for 500. wink What would you like to hear?

Or... you could just go with, things happen when you travel and it's all about how you deal with it (or not) that can make or break your trip.

If you travel enough, you are bound to encounter issues. Not all my travel "fun" has been Disney related, but some has. I think the key is to NOT dwell too much on what could go wrong, just make sure you're ready to deal with whatever may.

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On our drive back from Disney by the time we reached Kentucky my husband couldn't take it anymore he needed sleep. Unfortunately every time we stopped for a hotel it was booked solid. Finally we stopped in a little place called Dry Ridge. We were assured that yes they had a room and would I be paying cash. I said no credit and the guy reluctently took my info gave me the key and we headed to the room. I put the card in the door, opened it, turned on the light and to my utter horror there was a large hairy man and other people asleep in the beds. I muttered sorry and OMG and we hightailed it to the lobby. The clerk offered us another room but we wanted to get the heck out of there and quickly!!! Everytime we are in Kentucky something weird or wacky happens to us. A beautiful state but man we get weird vibes when travelling through there.

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Well, not just horror stories. There must be some really sweet things that have happened too? Or just plain funny? I'm usually pretty good about going with the flow once we actually get going - I mean, we aren't even doing ADR's because DH doesn't want to have to be anywhere at any particular time! And I'm actually good with that!

My stress right now is the fear we won't actually get going! Once we are in Toronto, we could grab a flight with another airline probably - lots of American companies fly out of there too. But we have to get there first from London, and if there's a wildcat strike again, there won't be time to rearrange things a day or two in advance. The pilots have done it, and so have the ground maintenance people in the past few weeks. If we get stranded in Orlando, that would actually be a bonus in my view! More vacation time. biggrin

Nikamel - that is so funny and creepy at the same time. That's a first - I've been given rooms that weren't cleaned yet, but never one with someone IN it. Hightailing it out of there was the thing to do.

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One time I arrived in Orlando and was waiting for my bag to come around the carousel...and waiting...and waiting...and then no more bags were coming...Delta had lost my bag.

Turns out it somehow got put on another plane...even though I was flying nonstop from Raleigh, NC to Orlando. Since I was staying at my friend's apartment, Delta had to deliver the bag to the apartment. Unfortunately, they didn't deliver it until 2AM when I had arrived in Orlando at 10am. I couldn't do anything that day in my sweatpants, but everything was ok in the end.

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nikamel wrote:
On our drive back from Disney by the time we reached Kentucky my husband couldn't take it anymore he needed sleep. Unfortunately every time we stopped for a hotel it was booked solid. Finally we stopped in a little place called Dry Ridge. We were assured that yes they had a room and would I be paying cash. I said no credit and the guy reluctently took my info gave me the key and we headed to the room. I put the card in the door, opened it, turned on the light and to my utter horror there was a large hairy man and other people asleep in the beds. I muttered sorry and OMG and we hightailed it to the lobby. The clerk offered us another room but we wanted to get the heck out of there and quickly!!! Everytime we are in Kentucky something weird or wacky happens to us. A beautiful state but man we get weird vibes when travelling through there.

OMG my husband and I stayed at the super 8 in Dry Ridge last year in the same situation!!! 11 at night, we NEEDED sleep; and that place was AWFUL!! There was a hole in the floor under the window, no faceplate over the outlet behind our pillows, an outlet adapter behind the tv with like 8 cords coming out of it, and when I got up to use the bathroom in the morning I flipped on the light and watched the bugs run!!! We left at 6 am....

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When you travel, stuff always happens! This isn't a Disney travel memory, but it is one I simply cannot forget!
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I was traveling to NYC from Philly on the train. That part was awesome - but I lost a cap from a molar. Eating some trail mix. Lost a whole day running down an emergency dentist.

So, when we were sitting in the St Vincent clinic, crazy town erupted. We literally made ourselves small, slid into a corner behind a tall artificial tree, and watched the ranting, raving, interpretive dance and yoga floor show. Even the security guard kept his distance for a while. The contestants proved to be harmless, but it was every stereotyped NYC looney-tunes nightmare ever depicted on TV or in the movies.

Then when I finally got called in, the entire Staff was a bit . . . Un-plugged, too. They sang pop songs while fixing my tooth, and spoke to each other using dialogue from a couple of movies.

I am gonna guess that this would NEVER happen at WDW . . .

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Jessi5989 wrote:
One time I arrived in Orlando and was waiting for my bag to come around the carousel...and waiting...and waiting...and then no more bags were coming...Delta had lost my bag.

Turns out it somehow got put on another plane...even though I was flying nonstop from Raleigh, NC to Orlando. Since I was staying at my friend's apartment, Delta had to deliver the bag to the apartment. Unfortunately, they didn't deliver it until 2AM when I had arrived in Orlando at 10am. I couldn't do anything that day in my sweatpants, but everything was ok in the end.

We have friends that took a cruise 2 years ago, and decided not to burden themselves with a lot of carry-on stuff. So they checked almost everything, and yup, you guessed it, their luggage didn't arrive with them. They were 5 days into the cruise before it finally caught up with them. Needless to say they ALWAYS have a carry-on now! laugh

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When you travel, stuff always happens! This isn't a Disney travel memory, but it is one I simply cannot forget!
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I was traveling to NYC from Philly on the train. That part was awesome - but I lost a cap from a molar. Eating some trail mix. Lost a whole day running down an emergency dentist.

So, when we were sitting in the St Vincent clinic, crazy town erupted. We literally made ourselves small, slid into a corner behind a tall artificial tree, and watched the ranting, raving, interpretive dance and yoga floor show. Even the security guard kept his distance for a while. The contestants proved to be harmless, but it was every stereotyped NYC looney-tunes nightmare ever depicted on TV or in the movies.

Then when I finally got called in, the entire Staff was a bit . . . Un-plugged, too. They sang pop songs while fixing my tooth, and spoke to each other using dialogue from a couple of movies.

I am gonna guess that this would NEVER happen at WDW . . .

I'm thinking I live a very BORING life - stuff like that never happens to me! It probably freaked you out at the time, but I bet you laugh about it all the time now.

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The essence of airline travel can be summed up here:

A man checks in at LAX for his flight to WDW. He tells the lady behind the counter (pointing to his luggage), I'd like that bag to go to Orlando with me, I'd like that bag to go to New York, and I'd like that bag to disappear for a few days and then resurface right here.

The perplexed woman looks at him and says, "Sir, we can't do that."

"Why not," the man asks, without missing a beat, "you did it last year and I didn't even ask you to."

laugh Sad eek May it never happen to you crossfingers.

Travel Lesson: Always pack a clean pair of underwear, any required medications, ID, money, hotel documents, and anything you absolutely MUST have in your carry-on bag.

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nikamel wrote:
On our drive back from Disney by the time we reached Kentucky my husband couldn't take it anymore he needed sleep. Unfortunately every time we stopped for a hotel it was booked solid. Finally we stopped in a little place called Dry Ridge. We were assured that yes they had a room and would I be paying cash. I said no credit and the guy reluctently took my info gave me the key and we headed to the room. I put the card in the door, opened it, turned on the light and to my utter horror there was a large hairy man and other people asleep in the beds. I muttered sorry and OMG and we hightailed it to the lobby. The clerk offered us another room but we wanted to get the heck out of there and quickly!!! Everytime we are in Kentucky something weird or wacky happens to us. A beautiful state but man we get weird vibes when travelling through there.

OMG my husband and I stayed at the super 8 in Dry Ridge last year in the same situation!!! 11 at night, we NEEDED sleep; and that place was AWFUL!! There was a hole in the floor under the window, no faceplate over the outlet behind our pillows, an outlet adapter behind the tv with like 8 cords coming out of it, and when I got up to use the bathroom in the morning I flipped on the light and watched the bugs run!!! We left at 6 am....

It wasn't the super 8 we were at but OMG same little town yikes!!!! We have vowed never again to stop anywhere to sleep or eat unless it is in our vehicle or out of our cooler. I really think Disney has spoiled us in what we expect with hotels and dining

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Disney Dreams wrote:
The essence of airline travel can be summed up here:

A man checks in at LAX for his flight to WDW. He tells the lady behind the counter (pointing to his luggage), I'd like that bag to go to Orlando with me, I'd like that bag to go to New York, and I'd like that bag to disappear for a few days and then resurface right here.

The perplexed woman looks at him and says, "Sir, we can't do that."

"Why not," the man asks, without missing a beat, "you did it last year and I didn't even ask you to."

laugh Sad eek May it never happen to you crossfingers.

Travel Lesson: Always pack a clean pair of underwear, any required medications, ID, money, hotel documents, and anything you absolutely MUST have in your carry-on bag.

- Dreams

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That's my rule too. We were in Halifax 2 years ago, and we met a lady there for a convention. She had been wearing the same clothes for 4 days, since United sent her luggage to Hawaii, and it didn't want to come back. She said she would have rather sent herself to Hawaii, and have her luggage go to Halifax! laugh

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Wow.. im surprised my wife hasn't replied to this yet, so I guess I will! Got two stories for ya!

First one happened 2 trips ago I believe. We got on the Magic Express bus to head back home, and halfway to the airport we realize we forgot our sons book bag. It had almost everything he had bought at Disney in it! So I get on my iPhone 4 (So glad I had an iPhone 4 at this time because I don't think I would had found the number as quickly as I did) and I find the number for AKL and I talk to them, and they didn't find it! I was like... seriously... we JUST left, it HAS to be there. They told me they would keep an eye out for it, and they would give me a call. To say the least... we got worried...... that was our sons trip for the most part in that bag! So our trip home was a pretty sad one. Had a super sad boy, and parents who felt bad for forgetting to check to see if he had it on him. Well... the next day my phone rings and its AKL. They said they were still looking for it. I hung up, and just couldn't tell anyone... an hour later... the phone rings again... AKL... we have found your boys bag! We are packing it up and shipping it to you free and should have it by mid week! We got it a couple days later and had a very happy boy!

The second story isn't as cool...

Last trip we were unpacking and found out we had a bag missing. It had mostly Jess's stuff in it, like HER GLASSES! Luckily we called the front desk and they actually tracked it down and said they would have it to us at like 6am the next day. So no worries... lol! Told ya the second story wasn't too much... ha!

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What a great response from AKL. Most hotels would just say "too bad - your fault for not checking". They went above and beyond to make sure your son's trip wasn't ruined. awesome

The second story may not be "exciting" in your view, but if you've ever had your luggage NEVER turn up, to have it reappear in such a short time is a miracle! We haven't permanently lost luggage (yet!), but have friends who have, and it was a horrible experience for them. For this trip, we are going carry-on only, just to make sure we don't have those worries.

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I want to thank everyone for sharing their stories. We leave 2 weeks tomorrow. clapping Our worries about Air Canada striking are still there, but we are trying to be optimistic that we will have no problems flying out. While we wait (the hardest part of the past month!), it has been fun to hear about all the experiences, good and bad.

I can't wait to get this trip underway! Tonight they are predicting snow here, which is just crazy. Two weeks ago, we were walking around in flip flops and shorts. Bring on the sunshine. yay

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Ollie wrote:
When you travel, stuff always happens! This isn't a Disney travel memory, but it is one I simply cannot forget!
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I was traveling to NYC from Philly on the train. That part was awesome - but I lost a cap from a molar. Eating some trail mix. Lost a whole day running down an emergency dentist.

So, when we were sitting in the St Vincent clinic, crazy town erupted. We literally made ourselves small, slid into a corner behind a tall artificial tree, and watched the ranting, raving, interpretive dance and yoga floor show. Even the security guard kept his distance for a while. The contestants proved to be harmless, but it was every stereotyped NYC looney-tunes nightmare ever depicted on TV or in the movies.

Then when I finally got called in, the entire Staff was a bit . . . Un-plugged, too. They sang pop songs while fixing my tooth, and spoke to each other using dialogue from a couple of movies.

I am gonna guess that this would NEVER happen at WDW . . .

finngirl wrote:
I'm thinking I live a very BORING life - stuff like that never happens to me! It probably freaked you out at the time, but I bet you laugh about it all the time now.

At the moment, all I could do is look for a way out. But AFTER it was all over, all I could do is laugh. I still laugh when I think about the loud and rats-butt crazy show a couple of guys put on.

It's Local Color! laugh

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Last time I went down to Disney we drove.
On the way there our car broke down in Atlanta in the middle of a summer day. On the giant highway. During rush hour.
And then the hotel we were supposed to stay at that night had mold on the ceiling and the toilet was clogged. So we went up to the front desk to ask for a plunger cause there wasn't one in the room and the girl says "I need my manager to get that and he isn't here right now." We went to the La Quinta across the road and stayed there instead.
The only problem we had on the way home was that the car kept having issues. But by that point we at least knew how to deal with it...

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Freya wrote:
Last time I went down to Disney we drove.
On the way there our car broke down in Atlanta in the middle of a summer day. On the giant highway. During rush hour.
And then the hotel we were supposed to stay at that night had mold on the ceiling and the toilet was clogged. So we went up to the front desk to ask for a plunger cause there wasn't one in the room and the girl says "I need my manager to get that and he isn't here right now." We went to the La Quinta across the road and stayed there instead.
The only problem we had on the way home was that the car kept having issues. But by that point we at least knew how to deal with it...

Wow - that's probably one of the worst places to breakdown. My parents used to drive down to Florida every winter from London (yes, they were those annoying Canadian snowbirds!), and my dad used to dread going through Atlanta. They used to plan getting through there like it was a military campaign. laugh And this was a guy who'd driven all through L.A., etc. without worrying.

You know you've checked into the wrong hotel when you need a manager to get a toilet plunger! And the fact that you NEED a plunger is your cue to check right back out again. I'm glad you got home safely at least. That's one of the reasons I hesitate to drive to DW - long drive, and the thought of the car breaking down makes me break into a cold sweat.

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