Saturday was a super busy today! Elly and I both paid for the special meet and greet Saturday morning at Epcot. Because I was with Elly, we had to choose the later time slot lol
Our time slot was 10am-11am. I wanted to get there a little earlier because we had our park tickets in will call and I was worried they might close off the lines early.
Of course, that didn’t go as planned! We got home so late the night before, plus with the 2 hour time difference, it was slow moving the next day. Mi am a morning person so I had no problem getting up early. My after showering and getting Elly up, I walked over to the Old Key West quick service to get some kids’ egg breakfast plate.
Still, we didn’t get out until after 9:30. Min was really stressing out about it because I was going to be pissed if we showed up too late and missed the event!
As I waited for the bus, I checked the Alumni Facebook group and immediately saw Marcie’s post about there being issues with the event and how she was going to refund the $10 fee for it!
I was SO worried because it sounded like the whole event had been canceled!
And then when I saw which characters were there, I was REALLY stressing!
But Elly and I agreed to just show up and hope for the best.
We got to Epcot, picked up our park tickets, and then tried to figure out where the Odyssey was. Lol
Of course, we didn’t bother to stop to ask any cast members – no way they’d give us correct directions! Haha. But it turns out we knew the building, if not the name. It’s the giant empty building next to Test Track and Mexico. We love going there because the bathrooms are always clean and empty!
When we got there, we didn’t have our Alumni Event lanyard and weren’t wearing our bands to indicate that we paid for this event. Luckily we brought all the wrist bands and quickly showed the lady.
She informed us that there were two character lines – Jack, Sally, and Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas and also Dug, Russel, and Carl from Up! Yes!!!
Elly and I got to meet Mr. Fredrickson when we extended our program in 2014. I was totally surprised when I got home and saw on Facebook, that I literally met them on the same day, just two years later! So cool!
We walked into the room and it looked pretty crowded. We immediately located and warmed the free food. Entire buffet tables filled with Mickey rice crispy treats and then all the ice creams : Mickey premium bars, Mickey ice cream bars, the fruit bars. Yay! And there were really nice party drink containers filled with yummy juice, iced tea, and water.
Right away, I ran into my friend Steven. We actually did our program together at Dak, I was at Discovery Island and he was at Strollers. We never met or ran into each other, but we had a lot of mutual friends since a lot of Strollers people were deployed to the Island. Once I got accepted for the Summer Alumni program in Strollers, I friended him to ask him tons of questions about Strollers! He was always so nice so I was glad we ran into each other to finally meet in person.
As I was perusing the food, I heard my name and saw my Strollers friend Kelsey in line for the Up characters! Elly and I got in line with her and started catching up.
Apparently there was a huge snafu with the Homecoming Transportation. As in it never showed up for the 9am people. Who still hadn’t arrived by the time we got there after 10am. No only that, but the food had run out and people were really pissed out it. A lot of people posted in the group that they had gotten through the line for the NBC characters and then tried to get in line for the other set, and the event staff kicked them out of the event! I guess I can understand the thinking behind it because there were still people coming home hadn’t met any characters and the characters were only there for two hours.
As we were waiting in line, a couple really nice girls in front of us and behind us recognized us and talked to us about how much they like and appreciate our blog! It always surprises me and makes me feel so great when people are so nice! We talked with them the entire way through the line and even became friends on Instagram!
We finally got to the front of the Up line and I was so impressed with the setting! It was framed with giant multicolored balloons and it even had Kevin, peeking out from behind some trees.
I hugged Dug and Russel and shook Mr. fredrickson’s hand. So funny.
After we got out of that line, I got up some courage to talk to Marcie! I saw her a bunch yesterday, but I didn’t realize it was THE Marcie running the Alumni Facebook group!
I went up to say hello and to tell her how much I appreciated everything she’s done for the Alumni and how great the event has been!
In the middle of talking to her, I hear my name screamed really loud! I look around and saw my friend Kelsey had gotten into the NBC line! I figured, it was so late, the lines were closed. But the attendants totally let us go! There were like two people in front of us so we met them really fast!
Jack was so great, he said my ears were so sparkly, they should put me on top of a Christmas tree! He also appreciated my orange wristband because it looked like a jack o lantern!
I also hugged Oogie and it was so fun.
I never saw NBC before. I have been to several Halloween parties and my favorite part of Hallowishes is when Oogie is talking. It gives me chills! So it was pretty cool meeting them!
I couldn’t believe how perfect the event was! From our point of view, there were no issues! Despite my griping to Elly, it was actually really great that we were so late. The event was secretly extended to accommodate the later arrivals, but I think a lot of people just didn’t show up when they read the posts on Facebook. We left at around 10:45.
If you didn’t have a park ticket, you were escorted out of the park by event staff. But we were free to explore! The first thing we did was go to the former Captain EO venue to watch the Shorts. It shows 3 shorts in 3D and it was really cool! We didn’t realize that the entire seating area moves too. So like when something heavy falls in the screen, we all thumped too. It was so hard to tell which short was our favorite – they were all amazing!
We didn’t even have time for the World Showcase, and before we knew it, it was the afternoon! We had planned to go home to change before the big event at DAK. So we split off from Ricky and Kelsey and promised to meet up later that night.