My Honeymoon, May 28th thru June 7
hey. I first want to thank everyone on this board for being helpful, either with tips given to me directly, or with things shared in other threads that helped me make my decisions on where to go and what to do. This was my first trip to WDW without my parents, and my wife's (who will here on out be referred to by her proper name, Crystal) first trip EVER. so needless to say, I was a bit nervous about what she would think of the whole thing. It had always been her dream to go, but her parents never had the money and they preferred to go to the beach anyway. so without further ado, I'll begin my first installment of my trip report.
Day 1. May 28th. Sunday.
The night of our wedding we drove across the bay (Mobile Bay, in Alabama) and stayed in a hotel with a balcony that overlooks the entire delta area. it was beautiful, but we didn't haven enough time there to truly appreciate it. we got there around 4:00am and left at 8:00am the next morning.
we drove to my parents's house and they drove us to the airport in Pensacola, FL. we were going to be using Disney's Magical Express from the airport to the resort and I was super nervous b/c I had no idea how to work that particular brand of magic. we had dinner reservations and a reservation for a special seating for Wishes, so I was also nervous about the flight being delayed and us not making our reservations. how many times can I say nervous? a lot. I was a bundle of nerves that day. very jumpy.
the Magical Express turned out to be very self-explanatory. there were Disney people everywhere who were more than willing to help us out and point us in the right direction. so if there's anyone out there who is apprehensive about using the Magical Express, don't be... you'll figure it out no problem.
the Magical Express (a big bus with a cool paint job) got us to our resort, the Wilderness Lodge, around 3:30pm. in plenty of time for dinner. we went to our room, which was on the first floor and had a great backporch, relaxed a bit, then walked up to meet our reservation for 5:30pm at Artist Point.
I had some sort of Duck for an appetizer, the salmon for my entree, and "coffee two ways" for my dessert. the food was quite tasty. our waitress was a bit on the sarcastic side, which didn't bother me too much, but it bothered Crystal quite a bit. in fact, out of all the restaurants we eventually ate at, I think Artist Point was her least favorite... and only because of the service.
we went down there on the Premium Plan, which is basically just an upgraded Dining Plan. so when we got the bill for well over $100, I just handed over my room key, signed the receipt and we walked out of there! I felt like I had just gotten away with something! it was very nice.
we walked back to our room to see if our luggage had arrived. it had not. the clothes we had with us were not any good for gallavanting (sp?) about the MK, so we decided to have a sit and wait for our bags to show up, which they did.
we changed into some comfy clothes, hit the boat dock and headed over to the MK. Crystal nearly flipped when she saw the castle for the first time. a lifelong dream come true! good times.
when we got there, SpectroMagic was underway and the crowds were quite daunting, as we had just enough time to wiggle through the hordes of people to get to our Wishes seating reservation.
Crystal cried during Wishes. everything just fit her so well. right before we left, she got a job with the Sea Lab here, only weeks after graduating in Marine Biology (she'll be doing research on Oyster Reefs). she got married. she moved to the coast. everything was (and still is) going exceedingly well for her (us). so I think the whole message of "you wishes can come true, etc etc" really hit home for her. I have to admit, I had to choke it back myself. after two years of saving money, and almost 10 years away from WDW, I had finally done it. we were here. there was no denying it.
post-Wishes was extra magic hours in the MK, so we wrangled some bracelets and went into our first attraction, Philharmagic. amazing!!!! Crystal and I both loved it, of course.
after that, we spent the rest of the night (till closing at 2am) running between every ride that was open. I think we got more attractions covered in those 3-4 hours than we did in a whole day at MK later on. Splash Mtn, Big Thunder, Space Mtn, we did em all with time to spare!
we sailed home to the WL and hit the sheets, dog tired from a full day of action and satisfaction.
if you liked this, stay tuned for Day 2 coming asap. sorry I tell so many details, I'll try and keep things more brief from here on out.