We Are Not At Disney =(

by Migdalia Rivera

Let me begin this post by saying, “We are not at Disney.”

Everything that could have went wrong did. My sons’  couldn’t find their last minute items, the taxi got stuck behind an unloading truck in midtown Manhattan, and when I went to print out our tickets, I was told to see the agent. I should have known something was off when I read that, but ever the optimist, I didn’t. I was taken completely by surprise.

The ticket agent told me we could not board our flight. Our seats had been given to someone else. She stated she would try to accommodate us on another flight.

Perhaps a connecting flight?

“Sure”, I stated.

I can’t place you on the same flight. Your sons can go on one flight and you can go on another. You would be going to different states but would meet in Orlando. However, you will have to pay an additional $100 fee per unaccompanied child.

“No”, I said very calmly, “I am not sending my sons on another flight. If they are stuck in another state I won’t be there to help them. We have to go together.”

She checked and checked some more. She could not find any flight with 3 seats for that day. Wait, let me rephrase that. She said she could not find any flight that could accommodate us that was leaving within the next 3 hours. Why 3 hours? It seems they have a freaking rule that states it must be within 3 hours, if not you have to wait and possibly loose the empty seats on a later flight, which we did.

I begged, cried and screamed. I felt like the “The New Adventures of Old Christine” when she lost her mojo!  I couldn’t get anywhere with those people!

In the end, the flight that I was able to secure would have cost me an additional $1,400+, bringing the cost of my sons’ tickets to more than $2,000. It just wasn’t feasible. 

My sons were extremely disappointed so I am trying to make it up to them this weekend. I’m unplugged and we’re acting like NYC tourists. Its not the same as Disney, but they’re making the best of it.

What are you doing this weekend?


Crying Baby Image taken by Maggie Smith / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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1 Louis Pagan October 9, 2010 at 10:05 am

Oh no! I had a ticket mix up w/ my family going to DR this year, and I was afraid of this exact situation.

I spent an 1 1/2 on the phone to rectify and must have checked online to verify 3 x. Fear be stilled my heart when checking at the kiosk there were NO tickets found.

Thankfully, everything turned out fine at the agent terminal.

So, sorry you had to go through this.
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2 Rachel October 9, 2010 at 10:06 am

Ay bendito Miggy! I am so sorry to hear that. I cannot believe the airline could not accomodate such a party, knowing you already paid for the flights to begin with.

Scary how airlines could do that to someone.

There is always a reason and sometimes we just have to let things “be”.

Big abrazos to you and the boys. I know you will get to visit Disney in only a matter of time.

Lots of love,

3 Mariana October 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

Ay, amiga! Un abrazo enorme! I couldn’t believe it when you told me this last night. For what it’s worth, my daughters are just as happy exploring NYC as they were roaming around Walt Disney World. ;)

We WILL make this happen next year.

4 Ms. Latina October 9, 2010 at 10:41 am

@ Louis Pagan: I learned a great lesson through this: ALWAYS GET INSURANCE! My tickets were non-refundable so I lost out. =(

@ Rachel: You are right! As disappointed as I was to miss the Disney event, I have to praise God even in this because He gave me exactly what I needed: rest and time with my sons.

@ Mariana: Asi es Amiga! We’ll make this happen and it will be FANTASTIC!

5 Corrin October 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Oh no! What happens with the rest of your reservations?

My husband and I were supposed to be in Orlando for our annual Disney vacation the first week of October, but we had to cancel since I’m still unemployed.

Maybe we should go out and act like Austin tourists this weekend. :-)

6 Romina Mamá XXI October 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Oh nooo so sorry to hear this!!! Yo tampoco pude ir al evento, y si se siente feo…..así es la vida, hay que saber ponerle buena cara…como dice Mariana, el año que viene será!!!!!
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7 Mitch October 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Welcome to my world. We could not get my son on the plane, he developed a fear of flying all of a sudden and we had to cancel last month. We should start a support group!

8 Yakini October 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Oh Migdalia, bummer! :-( This makes me sad to read. I know how excited both you and the boys were about this trip.

I know you all will get to Disney eventually though, and I’m sure you can still continue to fulfill your duties as a Disney Magical Mom by communicating with the PR people from here and going to local NYC Disney events to get the information.
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9 Sabrina October 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

So sorry that you had to go through that. Being the optimist that you are, I am positive you made the best of the weekend.

The Disney trip was not meant to be…

10 CatSynth October 13, 2010 at 3:49 am

I’m sorry that going to Disney did not work out – and that you had to go through that ordeal.

If it’s any consolation, I think NYC would be a great place to be a tourist, especially if you live there and haven’t experienced it that way very often. :)

11 Victoria October 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I am so sad this happened! I hope you get to go on a MORE PLEASANT TRIP soon!

12 Denisse - Ahorros para Mamá October 17, 2010 at 12:05 am

Migdalia, we missed you :(
We thought about you all along.

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