Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Back from the People Trap!

We are back from The People Trap created by a Mouse - aka Disney World!!

This was one of the best Disney trips we have ever taken, and that says a lot considering we have gone almost yearly since 2009.  I never thought we would be 'those people' who are big on Disney vacations, but somehow we are.  The kids love it so much and I really like going there, too.

Airfare has gotten ridiculously expensive from New Orleans to Orlando, so we opted to drive this time.  It's about a 12 hour drive.  The kids skipped school on Friday, 2/24 (shhhh) and we drove a little more than half way to Tallahassee, FL for the night.  Saturday we finished our journey and arrived in Orlando a few hours before check in at our condo.  We hit the Super Target for groceries and wasted time in the Dollar Tree before going to Windsor Hills to check in.  Windsor Hills is our usual resort to stay in as it is a short 10 minute drive from Disney and is much easier on the wallet!  Our 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo was less than a value hotel room at Disney.  I'd also rather drive 10 minutes, pay $20 to park, then catch the monorail or ferry rather than stand in line for an hour to get on a Disney bus.

Sunday was our first Magic Kingdom day!!  That morning was a half marathon race, and luckily it seemed many people were occupied with that as MK was empty. We got there prior to park opening mainly to see the new welcome show on the castle stage.  I am really, really sad to see the train station welcome show end.  The new show was cute, but it lacks the magic of the train station show.  Sigh.  Anyway, it was a beautiful Florida day and it wasn't really busy until after lunch when the race people started to arrive. We rode almost everything we wanted to do that first day with very little wait.

Monday we had an early breakfast at Chef Mickey's, which is a favorite of ours.  The buffet is great and you can't go to Disney and not meet the fab five - Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy.  After breakfast we went to Epcot and the plan was to stay until closing to see Illuminations.  Epcot was slammed and it was starting to get hotter outside.  I managed to snag Fast Passes for the new Frozen ride, which was a disaster.  There are two small drops, which scared the bejesus out of Veronica.  She screamed and screamed, right in my ear.  Ow.  It took her a while to calm down so we walked the entire World Showcase until it was time to get a spot for the fireworks.  I actually laid down on the cement for a while because I was so tired.  It was a long, long day!!

To be continued........
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