Lou's Surprise WDW Trip - A quick trip report from WDW
Here's a quick "mini" trip report from my first day in WDW!
(I'm still here, so not much time to write! So much to do, so little time...)
DAY ONE – JUNE 21
OK, so try getting two kids up at 4 a.m., get them and yourselves dressed and to the airport for your 8 a.m. flight. No, really... try it. It's fun! Actually, I take that back - my kids were suprisingly happy, especially Marion, knowing she was going to "Disney World!!!"
So fast forward to when we actually arrived at WDW. We were set to stay at the Boardwalk Villas. However, when we checked in, the Cast Member said otherwise. Long story short – we were upgraded to a Concierge-level Cottage SUITE at the Inn!! This charming, romantic "room" is actually two floors, with a living room, bathroom and kitchen on the first, and a bedroom, huge shower and pool-like tub on the second. But the best is the entrance – Each of these 15 suites looks like a little house, with a white-picket fence, birdhouse mailbox, garden path… WOW!!!
We grabbed some "quick" lunch at the ESPN Club. I put quick in quotation marks since we had to wait almost 50 minutes for a chicken sandwich, burger and hot dog That's alright – I'm still stoked about the upgrade!
Since our room hadn't been ready yet, we finally were able to get in. My only little hiccup was, sadly, the smell. It appears that the Guests before us either didn't see the 500 No Smoking signs, or just had no respect for them or whomever was to follow them. The smell was literally overpowering, especially for non-smokers (with kids). I must say, though, that Mousekeeping came right over, sprayed, and when we returned later in the evening, it was almost gone entirely, and at the very least, bearable.
Later. we went to Epcot. My Annual Pass expired about 40 days ago, so I had to get a new one. $440 down the tubes, but worth it IMHO. Hot as it was that day, we still went to Journey Into Your Imagination with Figment (PLEASE change that attraction, John!), and went to the Seas. The "line" (i.e. mob of people) for Turtle Talk with Crush was about 1:40, so we looked at some of the little tanks, went to observation deck, and just let the kids enjoy the fish a bit. I was disappointed at the condition of the pavilion a bit, but magic takes time, and I'm looking forward to the Clam Strips.. I mean… Clammobiles.
We hit Ellen's Energy Adventure, and since it had been a LOooooooooooooong day, we weren't going to make the Biergarten at 7:30. We grabbed some chick strips (surpringlysurprisingly very good) at the Electric Umbrella, and headed back "home."
After giving the kids baths, I headed over to the Innkeepers Club to check out what the Concierge Level really afforded Guests. Located on the 4th floor of the Inn, this room, with Guest-key access only and a Cast Member at the door, was a large, high-ceiling, living room type space with couches, tables and chairs, a TV, and CM Concierge Desk. I went at around 8:40 p.m., so there were desserts, cordials, coffee and sodas. The CMs were very attentive, always asking what, if anything, they could do for me. I took advantage and made a dining reservation for the next day. At 9, I joined the other Guests out on the balcony to watch the "top" of Illuminations, anchored by a view of France's Eiffel Tower.
It was getting late, though, and it was a 15-hour day on 3 hours of sleep (let's not get into my server issues just in time for the Mouse Tour announcement, OK?) LOL
So, that's my quick-and-dirty "live" review and trip report from WDW! I'll try and get some photos up ASAP. I have to go anwser a ton of emails, and maybe sneak over to the Innkeeper's again for a little snack. :)
I'll TRY and keep up with this daily, but can't make any promises. So far, it's been great, though! Wish you were all here!!