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Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Dave!Today went pretty much as planned. Seattle to Detroit, Detroit to Orlando, then Disney's (not so) Magical (not so) Express to Walt Disney World. Easy.

Yesterday? Not so much. Horizon Air cut the two most important connecting flights for Wenatchee travelers, which means an overnight stay in Seattle... coming and going. They've since realized they were dumbasses and will reinstate the early departure and late return flights, but not until January 5th. In the meanwhile, I have a 6:45pm flight the night before.

At first, everything was fine. There was an announcement that the inbound plane was on time and would be arriving in 20 minutes. But it never came. I checked the flight data on my iPhone and saw that the flight was showing up over Moses Lake, an hour away in the wrong direction. I just assumed it's a mistake, then went back to my magazine.

Ten minutes pass.

Still no plane, still no announcement.

iPhone still shows the plane in Moses Lake.

After another ten minutes, nothing has changed, so I get up to find out what the heck is going on.

And the announcement finally comes. The plane had to make an emergency landing in Moses Lake. The passengers will be bussed to Wenatchee, and all remaining flights for the day have been cancelled.

Apparently, there were serious mechanical difficulties, and they wanted to wait to make an announcement after they knew if the plane had crashed or not. Which is very considerate for the people waiting to meet inbound passengers, but a big waste of time for those waiting to fly out.

So now I have to drive over the mountain passes in the fog and rain. At night.

Which wasn't even the worst part, because I made it to my Seattle airport hotel without incident.

The worst part was waking up to find that the entire hotel had no running water.

Sucks to be me.

But I'm at Walt Disney World now. All safe and sound.

And waiting for my luggage to "magically" arrive from the "express" which apparently takes three hours.


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  1. Sarah says:

    You put up with so much shit Dave.

    But I’m glad you got there safe and sound. (well sound-ish I suppose)

  2. Disney has often proved that they are not always as “magical” as they try to appear. Maybe they’ll send Tinkerbell to your room to…cough…. make you feel better. Now THAT would be magical.

  3. You can call me, 'Sir' says:

    You are a woe magnet, Dave. There is no other explanation. Between the shitty vegi-burgers, the nut-related allergies leading to death’s doorstep, the ass pain of inadequate air travel, and the string of super-heinous hotel decisions you seem to be both the scratching post AND the litter box for God’s cat.

  4. Crail00 says:

    Och, laddie, chill oot !! Just kidding.

    I’d have been climbing the walls and never come down.

    To paraphrase Shakespeare, “All’s well that ends well; or did it?”

  5. A Lewis says:

    oh boy, I hope that your bad days, poor schedules, cancellations, and the rest of it “does not reflect on my ability to do good hair.” (Steel Magnolias). Bad airline..bad airline!

  6. Finn says:

    Time to reboot, darlin’. You’re in the happiest place on earth! GET HAPPY DAMMIT.

  7. sizzle says:

    You could write a very entertaining book about your travel mishaps. It’d be like a tell all about the travel industry!

    Eat a Mickey Mouse head shaped waffle/pancake for me.

  8. Mitchell says:

    You should just stay in Seattle next time! Sorry about the mess, The SeaTac airport/area sucks as it is. Hope it isn’t so bad on the way back 🙁 What hotel did you stay at? There is only a couple in that area that I would stay at…

  9. ajooja says:

    Yeah, the Magical Express is horrible. I hope my boss doesn’t force us to do it next time.

  10. “w00t!” indeed! Glad you made it safe and sound. You are always so calm about the airline fuck-ups. I would probably be bald and in a padded cell.

  11. Lexxie says:


    that sucks

    which hotel were you at?
    that woulda pissed me off 🙁

  12. TWINKIE says:

    NO RUNNING WATER? What the hell? Are you in Walt Disney World, Orlando or Walt Disney World,Africa?

  13. ChillyWilly says:

    You have the worst luck with flights… normally, it’s screaming kids touching everything with two day old grape jelly on their hands.

    But no running water at a hotel? that tops the list, IMO.

  14. Whitenoise says:

    Flying sucks. There’s just no getting around that fact…

  15. that plane thing would have turned me around and i would have headed back to bed. fuck traveling after that kind of omen!

    (hope this isn’t all work and no play. you deserve a little fun right about now.)

  16. Poppy says:

    Which is very considerate for the people waiting to meet inbound passengers, but a big waste of time for those waiting to fly out.

    OTHER way around, Dave… ohmygoodness. Compassion!

  17. yellojkt says:

    Yikes. I couldn’t endure a morning without a shower and I would pity whoever had to sit next to me on the plane.

    I’ve never flown into Disney, so I will heed your warning about the crappiness of the Magic Express.

  18. kapgar says:

    Do you use an iPhone app to track airplane progress or is it a Web site?

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