In this never ending winter, it’s important to remember the happy times…like 2 weeks ago when I was in WDW in 80 degree sunny weather!
This trip was our first trip using our new DVC, annual passes and FastPass+ (I had the Magic Bands for W&D, but because of how the tickets were purchased, I couldn’t use the FastPass+ feature). We were staying at the Boardwalk which I was really excited about because I love that area and I have never stayed there before. It did not disappoint.
So we land in Orlando and find this odd warm bright fiery ball in the sky…I think it’s what they called, the sun. I know they had this at the Aulani when we stayed there, but Disney is now using the new feature where they’ll text you when your room is ready if it’s not at check-in (good job!). We arrived at around 10am and was pleasantly surprised that we did need this feature as our room was ready…yay!
We wander around the Boardwalk and then off to the Magic Kingdom! On our previous trips, because of budget and time, we would only have 1 day in the parks, so this was the first time Doug was going to the Magic Kingdom and my first time checking out the new Fantasyland!
OK, I have to share a quick moment here that well, you can’t make this thing up. We had an “it’s a small world” moment while on line for “It’s a Small World”! We’re waiting on line and then in front of us Doug spots one the camp counselors he works with. Sorry this is just one of those silly crazy random things. But then, moments later (while waiting to take the next picture) Doug bumps into one of his students! 2 random encounters in WDW within minutes.
Let me take a quick moment right here to comment on the Dumbo ride. I cannot remember ever going on this. I’m sure that in the early years I must’ve. But, I LOVE what they did to this ride…and by ride, I mean waiting area. They give you a pager (like at a restaurant) and you wait inside a tent, where if I was 5 years old, I would be in Heaven! The only way they could make that wait better/cooler is if they added a concession stand in there (like one selling beer :P) for the grown-ups.
Sun was setting, it was time to see some nighttime entertainment. Doug has only previously seen Fantasmic…so we were checking out the Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes.
Quick rule of thumb for Magic Kingdom that I learned this day (and when I went back later in the trip)…come after dark and/or 7/8pm! All those lines that were there (60 minutes for Jungle Cruise? Say what?!?! 55 for the Haunted Mansion?!?! Come on!) they’re all gone! After the “shows” we went back to do some of the rides we didn’t get to do during the daytime because of the ridonkulous lines and we just walked right on.
And thus ended our first fun-filled (warm and sunny) day at Disney. Can I go back now?
Probably one of my favorite meals…The Somoan and a glass of Lilikoi at the Kona Cafe in the Polynesian (one of my favorite resorts). I typically don’t make a lot of meal reservations while on Disney trips, but this one is a must.
From the Polynesian, we hopped – well not hopped, the bus took FOREVER- on over to the Expo (which I already wrote about here).
And then one of the major perks of the annual pass holder and staying at the Boardwalk. By the time we were done at the expo and Downtown Disney, it was late afternoon/early evening…why not walk on over to Epcot and start drinking/eating around the world a little?!?!
We actually had gotten the cheese empanadas in Mexico which for the price and speed, was an EXCELLENT decision. They were yummy!
We stuck around for Illuminations (also the first time viewing for Doug) and then walked back to our hotel (man that is nice to do!). We didn’t do too much because we wanted to save most of Epcot for when my sister arrived (which would be late that night). Doug and I were very excited that my sister was joining us on the trip! It’s the first time in years she’s been there, easily the first time in a decade we’ve been there together, plus Doug had someone to “party” with while I tried to go to bed early before the half marathon. Win win.
OK, so not that any of this post is interesting to you, but I like looking at the pictures and thinking of happier warmer times. The remainder of the trip to be continued next time…