Checking out is without a doubt the worst part of any holiday. We had mostly packed up the night before, so after our Cape May Café breakfast we just had a few things to fit into our bags before calling bell services to come and collect everything to store for us until our Disney's Magical Express collection time.
We had a 5:30pm flight and Disney's Magical Express was scheduled for 2:15pm, giving us just over 3 hours to kill between checking out and getting picked up. We had requested a late checkout in the hopes of giving LJ one last nap in the crib but we soon discovered that late check out isn't a possibility with the villas. If you're in a non-DVC resort and request a late check out Disney are normally fairly accommodating and will extend your check out time free of charge if they don't need your room for an incoming guest.
In an effort to kill some time we walked over the Epcot and wandered over to the Seas with Nemo and Friends. We'd hoped to see a showing of Turtle Talk with Crush but there were too many people about so we passed. It was turning out to be an extremely hot and we just weren't feeling it, so we ended up returning to the BoardWalk in hopes of finding some air conditioning. We grabbed a couple of last minute things from the gift store and then just lounged around in the comfy lobby chairs while LJ napped in his stroller (thank goodness).
Because our flight number was a domestic flight number, Disney scheduled our pick up time for 3 hours before departure. However, once we arrived at MCO we encountered a nightmare security line. Even when LJ started losing it (after over half an hour in line), nobody offered to help us get through the queue a little quicker. It was excruciatingly slow and I believe they were having pretty much everyone complete a full body scan which I guess was part of the problem. We had planned to grab a bite to eat once we were through security but that didn't come to pass since we had absolutely no time. Next time I am going to request a pick up 4 hours in advance. Taking pick ups at other resorts into consideration, check in time, security time etc. I would prefer to wait for an hour comfortably stress free on the other side of security than in the lobby of the hotel and be rushed at the airport. I don't really remember it ever being this bad before, so maybe it was the time we were flying, who knows? I'm interested to see what it's like on my upcoming trip and if this day was just an anomaly.
That's pretty much it, no photos or excitement on this day, just a see you later and we'll be back real soon! Having another trip in the planning is the only way I have found to quickly and effectively overcome the post Disney blues. Bringing LJ along for his first visit made this trip a very special one and we are looking forward to experiencing the magic of Disney with him as he grows. Lots of people make mention of the fact that he won't remember the trip, so why take him? That's true, he won't remember it, but we will. Seeing his face when he recognised Mickey Mouse (we had watched lots of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in preparation) was the most magical moment of any of our trips!