Leaving Chatham Square, Grand Floridian & Last Day in DisneyWorld
I can’t remember exactly what time I got up on the 17th, I reckon it was around 9am.
My French roommates had already left when I woke up which was really sad as I didn’t get to say goodbye to them again. Although I did say bye the night before it would have been good to see them one last time before they went.
Maria and I didn’t actually leave the apartment until around 12pm because we were both so unorganised and hadn’t finished packing! Whilst we were still in the apartment someone came and changed the lock on our front door so both of us couldn’t leave the apartment at the same time. I had to wait for Maria to come back from the front desk as she had to ship a lot of her things home because she didn’t have room in her suitcase.
Once she got back, we said goodbye to our apartment and headed to the front of the complex to hand in our apartment keys and also our housing ID’s. It was so sad!
We then got a taxi and headed off to the Grand Floridian where we were staying for my last night (the other girls were staying for longer). We got there and it was like heaven. It’s the most expensive Disney resort but with our cast member discount between the 5 of us, we all only had to pay $62 which works out to be £38.. £38 for one night in the most expensive Disney resort on my last night.. amaaaazing!
This is the lobby when you walk into the main building :)
Panoramic view of our room! Tv, two double beds and a balcony on the right hand side.
This is the sink area bit then theres the bathroom directly opposite it! The wallpaper is so cool, it’s all the classic Disney characters!
The view from our balcony at night :)
Anyway moving on from pictures of our fancy hotel! We got into our room and chilled for a while then went to get lunch at the cafe in the resort. We went back to the room (I think) then had a look around the shops in the resort. I finally got to try on a princess dress which was aged 13-14 and it was too big haha, was so funny!
After shopping we went back to the room again to chill out! The four girls I was sharing with had dinner booked at Akershaus which I had already done, so they left in the evening to do that and I stayed in the room and did a few Skype calls.
I said I would meet them at Hollywood Studios and we would all watch Fantasmic together. I arrived at around 10pm and the showing was at 10:30. They were running late from their dinner so I decided just to head in and try and get the best seats that I could. Since it was my last night I didn’t want to hang around for them and get crappy seats!
So I went in and got seats right in the middle near the front of the stage. I almost cried watching it and I’m so glad I went to see that instead of Wishes for my last night since I had seen Wishes so many times already.
I took quite a few videos of the show so I’ll have to get round to uploading them at some point :)
I met up with the girls after the show was over then we got the bus to Magic Kingdom since we had our room keys for extra magic hours!
We got into Magic Kingdom and I still had my Mickey balloon from the other night. I said that I was going to give it away to someone as a final magical moment but wasn’t too sure how I was going to pick someone to give it to. Then this girl and her dad come up to me and say “Excuse me, but where did you get your balloon from?” I was like OH. MY. GOD. it was fate that I was going to give it to her! So I told them that they sell them on Main Street during the day but they stop selling them after the park closes at the regular time, however they could have my balloon as I was going home tomorrow and couldn’t take it with me. I felt so good about myself and the little girl was so chuffed :)
We went up to Fantasyland and said a few final goodbyes to some people we worked with and then tried to pull the sword out of the stone.. even though we knew how it worked and it wouldn’t come out.. we still felt the need to do it!
We then headed back down Main Street and I had my final picture taken in front of the castle. I almost cried!
We then got the boat back to our hotel and went back to our room and went to bed not long afterwards as we were all pretty tired.
In the morning we ordered breakfast in bed where we got a little pastry tray with orange juice and tea which was adorable!
The butter even had Mickey Mouse faces on it.. how adorable!
After breakfast we decided to go down to the pool before it started raining as it was horrible weather but we got down just as they were closing it off! So we didn’t get to use the pool.. just get our picture in front of it with the horrid grey clouds in the background!
I then got dressed and Shaun came round to say goodbye to me! We went to the cute little soap shop in the resort and I bought some fancy little soaps and bath salts which were really sweet. Then I rushed back to my room, packed up all my stuff, said my goodbyes then got in a taxi to the airport. (Extremely emotional times!)
It was so depressing driving through the Walt Disney World sign for the final time..
I definitely teared up when we were driving away!
I got to the airport, checked in and then had a wander around the shops. Somehow I found myself in the Universal store and ended up buying more Harry Potter stuff!
Also went into the Disney Store and there was this sign above the door as you walk out..
I smiled to myself and got a bit teary again when I read it.. hopefully I will be back again soon!
I then sat myself down in front of this giant Disney World sign before going through security and into the departures lounge.
I got myself a Starbucks then sat on my laptop before getting on the plane.
It was a completely surreal experience getting on the plane and actually leaving Orlando.. it felt like I had just arrived!
Before I knew it I was in London waiting for my next flight back to Aberdeen.
When I got to Aberdeen my bestie was there waiting to pick me up and she brought me some presents! The first thing was a flask of BRITISH TEA. How exciting!! The next thing was a WKD since I had been unable to drink for 3 months haha, then the other thing was a giant 1kg bar of Dairy Milk since I had been deprived of British chocolate too!
I was so happy to be home but I was gutted to leave. Was amazing to see my friends and family again and I just hope that I manage to do well enough in my next interview to be back again next summer.
See ya real soon Disney World (hopefully) :)