Day 1, or “Crying. It’s a Good Thing”
We woke up in New Jersey at 4:45 a.m. and it was our usual 19 degrees here… kids LOVE to be out in 19-degree weather in the dark!?! But they were mollified when our limo pulled up – a huge white stretch with dancing blue lights inside! In NJ, you check in at the curb, and so we were getting colder by the minute.
Cut to our landing at Orlando , where we were greeted by 80 degrees, palms trees and that super-cool monorail that takes you to your bags! I usually start crying about the time I see the monorail, and this time was no exception.
We got to our hotel, Vistana Resort, which refused to let us into a room before 1 p.m., so we drove to the Gooding’s grocery store for our obligatory loaf of Rainbow-colored bread, and we ate at a tropical restaurant called Pebbles, which was a nice way to start the trip. Good fruity cocktails and a nice flatbread pizza!
Once Vistana finally parted with keys to a room, we could finally get over to WDW… Cried again when we saw the welcome gates and all those purple street signs. By now, I am sweating bullets about how crowded WDW will be at 2 p.m. as we valet park the rental at Boardwalk.
What is it about Boardwalk that is so incredible? Man, I love that place. By now, we are running for the International Gateway entrance, no doubt trying to beat ANYBODY to any line, anywhere.
But guess what? The park was empty! We rode Test Track, Mission Space and Spaceship Earth (which DH finally admitted was his favorite place to nap!) before moseying over to check out the new Club Cool, which is lovely. I was very sad that they took away my favorite soda, which was Lychee Mello. But all the rest are still there, including Beverly for the many of you who love it so much!
Dinner was at Tempura Kiku, which is the little sushi bar outside the Teppanyaki restaurant. It is so good, especially the yellowtail and tuna! When we came out, the torches were lit, and I teared up again. By now, DH is likely pretending to be with other people who aren’t crying all the time.
We practically crawled back to the Boardwalk and drove home (too bad we couldn’t fork over the huge dollars to stay in the BW Villas!) and fell asleep after a perfect first day!