First Class

Trip Start Nov 07, 2012
Trip End Jan 10, 2013

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The alarm went at 3:30 A.M. We have certainly seen much more of New York at night than we could ever have expected. We were down at reception at about 4:20 and in a town car on our way to the airport by 4:30. We had an eventful trip. We had just turned right into 8th avenue, a one-way street, when some lunatic pulled a U-turn and headed straigt for our car. He was heading in the wrong direction! The lunatic narrowly missed our car – only skilful driving by a driver far more awake driver than either of us averted an accident. We proceeded on – our driver managed to convince us that it would be a good idea to travel through one of the tunnels under the river, when he left-turned through  a red light. It was certainly bad luck for him that there happened to be a squad car on duty on just that corner. We were pulled over, and the officer gave him a good talking to. She then asked for his license. It turned out that the license had expired three days earlier! At this, the officer became very stern. She told our driver to wait there while she talked to her Sergeant. We waited. And waited. And Waited. I was having visions of us being kicked out of the car, having to beg the police to call a cab for us so we could get to the airport on time. Fortunately, the Officer came back to tell our driver that he was allowed to drive on – that he would be fined $200 and that he must ensure his license was renewed on Monday. He was pretty unhappy, but he was sensible enough not to argue too much. We took off again, making it to JFK still with plenty of time to spare.  We were checking in electronically to our flight when we were offered the option to upgrade to 'first' class for only $90! We didn’t have to think too hard to accept the offer, and so we ended up in ‘first’ class. Now first class on American Airlines regional  is not quite the same as first class on an International flight. However, it was still a massive improvement on cattle class – including heaps of leg room, real cutlery and crockery to eat food that is provided as part of the fare, flat reclining seats and so on. It was a pleasant opportunity for us to try out a nicer class of flight. It may have spoiled us in cattle class forever. The flight to Orlando was a touch over two hours, meaning we landed in Orlando at around 10 o’clock.  A quick visit to Disney’s Magical Express arranged free transport to Disney World and by 11:30 we were checking in to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We were very fortunate that our room was ready to move into. We changed out of our winter clothing and into summer gear and headed off to the Animal Kingdom to collect our Annual Passes. We had a very pleasant time in the park, wandering around without too much hurry or stress. We did a few rides, sat and animal (and people) watched for a while, saw a couple of shows and had some food. The weather was nice, the crowds were big and the lines long but it was nice to be back here again.  Tea was at Boma, an African inspired buffet. As usual, the food was amongst the most interesting to be had in Disney World.  Finally, a reasonably early night and no early morning  the next day..
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