Who: Me, My parents, and my younger brother Andrew
What: Spring Break at WDW!!!
When: April 7-15, 2006
Where we stayed: The Villas at Disney’s WL
We’re back from another awesome trip to the world, even though it seems like we just left. We were at WDW the week before Easter, and it was definitely a busy place to be. All the planning I got so much help with really paid off. I wrote everything we did down in my little Cinderella notebook I bought at Downtown Disney. We weren’t able to do everything, but since we’ve seen and done a lot before, we skipped anything with a long line that we weren’t able to Fast Pass. That way, we still got to do all the things that we really wanted to. We also got to celebrate my birthday over our trip. :happy: We had such a fun time.
FRIDAY, APRIL 7th
I started off the day with my favorite strawberry-banana smoothie from Caribou Coffee. :wub: Then it was back home to finish packing for our flight to Orlando that was leaving Minneapolis at 1:30pm. Our plane ride went pretty smooth, and we touched down in Orlando around 6’o’clock. It was so nice to feel that hot, sticky Florida air and see some green outside after a long Minnesota winter. I felt like we were on vacation as soon as we got on the shuttle to go over to the main terminal. I think those shuttles are the same ones that have been there since we first started coming to WDW and they smell like it, but hey, they’re part of being on vacation. :happy: :happy:
We picked up our rental car and drove over to the Florida Mall to have supper at the California Pizza Kitchen. Their bbq chicken pizza is the best! We wouldn’t be checking-in at the WL until the next day so we were staying at a Holiday Inn Express that night close to the mall. Mom and I would’ve liked to shop for a while at the stores, but Dad and Andrew were ready to get to the hotel. We had booked a standard room for the night, but when we got there we found out that they had actually given us a one-bedroom suite with two bathrooms! It worked out great for the four of us. Andrew and I stayed up to watch AFV before going to sleep on those big fluffy beds.
SATURDAY, APRIL 8th
It wasn’t hard to sleep in the next morning. For some reason, we’re always really tired the day after we fly. It’s sort of like jet-lag except Florida is only an hour ahead of Minnesota. Once I did wake-up, I was too excited to go back to sleep. I pulled back those block-all-daylight curtains the have in hotel rooms to see a beautiful sunny morning complete with palm trees. We made our way downstairs to the lobby around 10am for breakfast. I had a gooey cinnamon roll and took my orange juice out to sit by the pool.
After checking-out of our hotel, we decided to shop for a while at the Premium outlet mall and head over to the WL to see if we could check-in there a little early. It wasn’t long before we were coming up the road by the Gaylord Palms and I could see the sign for WDW. As we pulled up Timberline Drive by the lodge, I felt like we were coming back to our home away from home. Walking into the lobby and staring up at that cavernous log cieling is something that I’ll never stop being amazed by. We made sure to tell the cast member when we checked-in that we would be celebrating my birthday, but I never got anything special in our room like balloons or a card. Oh well. Our room ended up being at the end of the longest hallway in the world, just like it always is.
We spent the afternoon out by the pool befor heading over to one of our favorite restaurants, Logan’s, for supper. All of us chowed down on the rolls and peanuts (you can throw the shells on the floor) before our food came. I had my fried chicken salad. It tasted even better than usual. After a run to Publix for groceries, we came back to the WL and sat out on the beach by Bay Lake. It was so peaceful just sitting under the stars drinking hot coccoa in our mugs. We got to see the water parade float by too. It’s kind of a tradition that we sit on the beach and watch it our first night.
SUNDAY, APRIL 9th
A relaxing day by the pool. Andrew and I went swimming all morning. Some ducks came for a swim too, but I think they were eyeing our food. After the sun came out we took a walk through the woods over to Ft. Wilderness. It was so calm and peaceful away from all the people. I stopped by the barn to say hi to the horses that pull the cars on Main Street at MK. It’s funny to see them getting hosed down in the gate outside. Dad and Andrew took the boat back to WL, but Mom and I decided to take the sand path along the lake. It was very nice, and I could see the Contemporary and Space Mountain across the water. We’ll have to walk there again.
Around four in the afternoon, we drove over to Downtown Disney and ate supper at the McDonald’s. I bought a really cute t-shirt from the Disney store to wear on my birthday. It was so crowded in all the shops we didn’t stay for long. Before going back to our resort, we got coffee and a cookie at the new Coco Moka Cafe in the Virgin MegaStore (very tasty). We capped off the night with a swim in the pool before going to bed early. Our plan was to get to MK when it opened tomorrow at 7am, but I was just too excited to fall asleep! :happy:
Coming up: My Birthday! and our marathon day in the parks