Just got back from another WDW trip with our lovely OL (or, as we call it, the "Escape Kit").
We're really good at packing light and staying within carry on size limits, because we hate having to wait at the baggage carousel when we get to where we're going. We're also completely fed up with giving the airlines perfectly good bags, only to find zippers broken, front pouches ripped off, and roller handles crushed to the point that they won't pull out. We won't even go into the black hole that is Chicago O'Hare, where we've had baggage go missing fully half the times we've checked luggage through there.
So, you can imagine our frustration when the airline forced us to check our carry on bags through two flights to our final destination last night. Either the airplane was not built to accomodate storing a carry on bag for each person and/or the people who got on ahead of us were carrying...let's see...full-sized suitcases...more than three bags for one person...shall I go on?
Since we were in the dreaded Zone 3, the storage bins were completely full by the time we got on the plane. Along with the other two clothes bags, off to the baggage handling gorillas went the bag carrying our autographed commemorative plates from the Dining with an Imagineer experience we've been trying to book for the past couple of years.
The good news is that the bags came through in one piece and the plates survived, but I was a wreck for those two flights wondering what was going to happen with those plates.
Long story short (or, maybe not too short), we ordered a second locker this morning. On our next trip, we're going to pack five changes of clothes and spare shoes for everyone and leave them with John and his wonderful crew. After that, we'll carry a light backpack each for travel docs, electronics, and any souvenirs we might bring back home, and THAT'S IT! No more carousels, no more gorillas, no more lugging even small carry ons up stairs, one less bag each to worry about through airport security...bottom line, no more stress.
Thank you, John! I can't wait to start travelling like I just lived there!