File this under over-the-top-adventures – literally. We’re staying at one of our favorites places at Disney World and our suite is on the top/19th floor. From our balcony, we can see Epcot theme park where each evening they do a great fireworks and laser show. It hasn’t changed much in 20-30 years but it’s still cool and classic.
The problem is, we can see the giant orb that welcome visitors to Epcot but the fireworks are in the back of the park – just out of sight. So we walked the entire 19th floor looking for windows to see if we could catch a unique, rare view of the show. The windows by the elevator have a spectacular view of the lake and resort (see my last photo) but no Epcot. So we walk the floor to the other side where we’ve never really walked in our 6-7 stays here.
Oh – stairs but no windows. The stairs lead down of course, but they also lead up. Hmm. Of course there are no windows up there but we walked up anyway and found a door to the roof – apparently unlocked. THAT’S not safe.
We walked out and not quite trusting the precarious situation, I called back and told them to double-check the door before closing and locking us up there. Also joked that IF we were locked out, that at least our cell phone connection would be good up there to call maintenance. They checked the door and assured me we were good. And for sure, the Epcot fireworks were in pretty decent view. Not perfect but how would you complain to the manager that the roof views are impeded by “unnecessary impediments” like lighting rods.
So we darted back to the door, did a head count and then I closed the door. Hmm, it didn’t quite close well so I pulled again – “click”. And as I turned the handle to realize the door was now latched AND locked, I threw out a quick “whew” that Julie didn’t pull it that hard and then made a quick mental note – of COURSE high-rise roof doors are going to lock when you close them.
And now, we’ve done our civic duty for the week and secured the resort’s rooftop. Now among my typical security duties as Dad, when we travel I will now always think to check doors to the roof. Who doesn’t do that?