Okay, here goes, Day 1.
Day one, like always, I added a day on the front end so we can drive down and enjoy a nice afternoon not going to the parks, enjoying a nice meal, and just trying a new hotel. This is our 3rd year doing it and we got a great deal on Boardwalk Villas on Travelocity.com.
1st off, we walked in BWV and fell in love with the place. The lobby was great, the theming is impeccable, and my daughter had the biggest grin on her face as she sat on the big sofa right in the lobby. We checked in, checked out our room, which was a loooong walk but had a nice view of the “river” between the Swan and Dolphin and our room and then had to go for a ride around the resorts.
We had a quick ride, then pulled into self parking to head back up to the hotel. My daughter gets out of the car and stands with my wife for 3 minutes right in the sun while I ran back to get my wife’s phone she left in the car. Soon as I got back to my daughter, she looks up with these sad eyes and says “Daddy, my stomach hurts”. We start walking up the sidewalk and 13 seconds later she is out cold on the sidewalk and limp as a noodle as my wife is running up the sidewalk screaming at the top of her lungs for people to help us. Yes, she went insane, and it was understandable.
20 minutes later the EMTs have deduced she is heavily dehydrated and the 97 degree weather is bad for dehydration. Apparently despite the several drinks we bought and opened for our daughter on the way down, water included, she drank NONE of them and the evidence was right there in the back seat of our car with full bottles of drinks everywhere. She was a bit excited and decided to not drink anything. Well, the EMTs gave us a plan and we followed it. We were not to go to the parks until at least 3pm the next day. Okay, there goes our first MK day, but no biggie, this is a 9 day trip.
So, we go check in the room and force a bottle of water in her, then make her rest for a while so we could shower up and find dinner. We had ADRs for Raglan Road but I changed them to Kouzzina. Just as it started raining, we headed down and had a great meal at Kouzzina.
Rating for Kouzzina on a 1-10 scale: I would give it a strong 7, where a 7 is somewhere I would seek out again. However, it was a bit different than what we are accustomed to with greek food. It seems almost everything had cinnamon in it. The olives and olive oil are great, the wine was good, and the service was stupendous. We loved the atmosphere, but it is a NOISY place. We would certainly come to Kouzzina again, to give it a better try with less stress on our minds, but we liked our first experience.
To finish off our evening, as it had heavily cooled off, we walked into Epcot in the rain with our new 3 umbrellas and watched Illuminations which was great as always. They actually had the little area in front of France open they always use for Magical Gatherings and we had a great view. Afterward we walked back to try ice cream at Beaches and Cream and truly loved the 3 resorts.
We will DEFINITELY stay here in the future.
The only negatives we can think of? Our room was a long walk from the lobby. We were right beside the “Attic”, and I walked all over the place trying to find a vending machine. I never did, despite the staff trying to help me.
I will write about our checking into Bay Lake Tower in my next post.