Okay, okay, we are back home!!! 10 days, 9 nights later, and FINALLY we are home…
Summary: 1 night at Pop Century, then 8 nights at Wilderness Lodge, Deluxe Dining, Park Hopper Passes, Me (Corey), my wife (Jamie), and our daughter (Ella), and for the first 4 days, my mother (Judy).
Day One, the trip down: We live west of Atlanta and once again we drove down. We had to wait for my daughter to finish her morning tennis camp and off we went. The 4 of us piled into my wife’s little Honda CR-V and left out for Disney at noon. 476 miles and about 8 hours later we arrived in Orlando. One gas stop and our prerequisite Burger King stop and we were there dude! Somehow every year our GPS leads us into the back employee areas of Disney instead of the front gates off of I-4. It is shorter with the GPS but we miss the “magic” of the front entrance. This time was different. We go the majesty of driving in the front gate and I got to hear shouts of glee from my 7 year old daughter and 62 year old mother (she turned 63 on our trip, which I will get to) from the back seat. My mother hadn’t been since I was 12 due to my father being sick for years before he passed away and it was my total pleasure to bring her back this time. Pulling through the gates I had the biggest smile on my face too just knowing we were going to have a great week.
We had made reservations at Pop Century for the first night so we would make the most out of our first few days at Disney. $65 was cheaper than any other hotel around, and hey, it would give us an opportunity to see the Value resorts. We were NOT disappointed, the grounds at Pop Century were amazing. That is the coolest little motel and my daughter absolutely fell in love. We were in building 10, right around the corner from being right in front of the big Mickey phone and seeing that really made our day.
We were all starving, despite the 1400 calories of Burger King Whoppers and decided to head to Downtown Disney to get dinner and show my Mom around. 10 minutes later and we realized I forgot my razor. So, off property we pulled right outside of Downtown Disney and promptly we turned back onto property to only realize that DD was ABSOLUTELY packed. The first three entrances were absolutely full and the 4th car entrance had a long line of cars backed up. By the time we got to the last one, beside La Nouba, we decided to just head on past and see if we could get dinner elsewhere. 5 minutes later on my phone and I found out at 9:20 there was availability at Kona Cafe (my favorite restaurant at my favorite resort) and off we went.
Pulling into the Poly it felt like I was home again. I showed my Mom around and she was absolutely amazed. After I checked us in to wait for a table, I led my Mom down to the beach to show her the castle (she was tickled to see it glowing pink in the dark). I led my Mom around the resort for a bit to show her the sights and listen to the fake crickets and she loved it all. 5 minutes later we were back in the GCH lobby and making our first round through the shops (my Mom is a certifiable over-shopper, more later). It was there we got our first Vinylmations! My Mom bought one, and my little girl got one. Of course you can’t pick exactly what you get but you can trade if you don’t like the one you got. My daughter frowned at her first figure and traded immediately. LOL.
Dinner at the Kona was great, I have some pix and will put them up soon. It was like being home again. By the time dinner was over, we were exhausted and headed back to Pop Century. Going to sleep in that cold room and knowing we were getting up at 7 to head over to the WL, I didn’t know if I could sleep. Boy was I wrong, LOL, I was exhausted.
I will continue with Day 2 soon. It was a great trip, glad to be home guys!