OK! This is my first trip report so bear with me! I didn’t take notes so I’ll be recalling it all from memory! Here goes…
Dates: September 23-October 1, 2006
Cast: Me, Melissa
Saturday September 23–
Loaded up our truck and headed over to pick up DMIL and DFIL, who
only live about 10 minutes down the road. Load up their luggage and we head on down to Hampton Inn in Newark. We check into the hotel and park our truck and make sure the parking tag is on it for the week. Then it’s off to sleep since we’ll be up early Sunday!
Sunday September 24–
After an extremely restless night of sleep we wake up at 5 and get ready to head over to the airport. DH and DFIL take our overnight bags and put them back in our truck and take out our luggage. In the meantime DMIL and I check out and wait for 5:30 shuttle, which already happened to be there. Driver then asked how many there were of us, I said 5 and he said he only had room for 4 and the next shuttle would be leaving at 6… So we wheeled our luggage around and waited for the next shuttle. It came and we were lucky enough to be the only passengers. It took us directly to the “A” terminal for our 8:05 flight on JetBlue. He took our luggage out and almost immediately a representative from JetBlue asked if we were flying with them and we said yes and he then took our luggage and checked it for us, outside!!! It was great!! Then we headed off to the Security checkpoint. No Lines!! We went right thru and over to our gate to wait for our flight! Once the boarding annoucement was made we got onto the plane and settled into our seats…no delays at newark that day and we departed almost exactly at 8:05. Nice smooth flight – Relaxing and DD was an angel!! I wouldn’t have even known she was there! And just a side note… I JetBlue! The seats were leather and so comfortable. And Dunkin Donuts coffee is served and delicious snacks!
We arrived at MCO with no delays and almost a 1/2 hr earlier than scheduled…so early in fact that our arriving gate still had a plane in it! So we sat on the plane for 10 minutes while the departing claim finished up and headed out to the runway. We just about ran off the plane and headed down to DME to check in! When we saw that line I immediately panicked! DH and DFIL stood in line and waited to check us in. It only took them about 15 minutes to get thru and we were off to CBR!
CBR was our first stop. We jumped off the bus and went into the Custom house to check in. To our surprise our room was already ready! We upgraded our tickets to the waterpark fun and more option and had our ADR’s printed out, which I highly recommend! It even had directions to the restaurants on there!
From the Custom House we had to take the internal bus (CBR was HUGE, which we would see as a downfall in the days to come) to our “Island”. We were in Jamaica 44. Our room was 4455 and DMIL and DFIL was 4456. We had a view of the lake and pool! The grounds at CBR were gorgeous! One problem we encountered the first day were the “Love” Bugs!!! EWWWW!! There were so many of them! All over!
We got into our rooms and put down some of our stuff, relaxed for a few minutes before heading out to the Studios. Here are some pics our our room and CBR.