I just returned from my 7 night vacation to Florida. I am planning on doing a trip report, which will include some of the 1,669 photos that I took. I spent 3 days at the Magic Kingdom. One day at Epcot, and one day at Islands of Adventure at Universal. My last day was spent visiting the Atlantic Ocean and walking on the Beach.
I traveled to Florida with my friend Annette, who was excited to see Magic Kingdom, which she calls "Disney". Last time she was at "Disney", she felt she was unable to enjoy herself fully because of the limitations of her handicapped children. So we planned a trip for the two of us. I provided the room, with timeshare points at Wyndham, and she provided the rental car. We both paid all of the other expenses respectively. We also planned to spend time at Universal Orlando, and spend one day at the Beach.
I live in Chicago, and it's only about a 2 hour flight. Our travels to the airport went quite smoothly. The actual flight was quite pleasant. We spent a little bit longer than we liked at the car rental, due to problems with the car's keys and the Cube Car that they wanted to give Annette that she refused to drive. Once Annette finally felt comfortable with the car that she was about to drive, we left the car rental and started driving for our hotel.
We stayed at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort, which is very close to Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, and the Walt Disney World Entrance Sign itself. Throughout our entire trip Annette had trouble finding her way around. We got lost numerous times. Not sure if that was her problem, or the problem of the signs that are provided throughout Disney World. We especially had trouble finding the Bonnet Creek Sign. We soon abandoned the car, and took the Hotel Shuttle. Parking per day at the themeparks is $14 a day. Our shuttle cost was only $10. for the two of us.
Wyndham Creek is a very nice resort, but I will never stay there again, due to the numerous times that we got lost. The Shuttle will never get you to the Themepark for Park Opening either. I have decided a return trip to Disney World, will include a stay in a Disney Hotel for sure. I would definitely rather let Disney do the driving. From the airport, and to the themeparks.
Magic Kingdom is my favorite of the 4 WDW parks, and as you can see, I spent three days there. I enjoyed myself a lot. However, I did learn that I am better off traveling alone, rather than with others. My age has slowed me down, and I was always left behind by both Annette, and my grandson who joined us on our first day there. My grandson was in Florida with his mom who had personal business to attend to at the same time we were there. Some things at Magic Kingdom never change. You do need to get there early at park opening. Learn how to use the Fastpass System, and keep using it throughout the day in order to ride all the rides you want to ride. Reservations for meals are almost a necessity, otherwise food choices are limited. Crowds are always present. I wonder if Magic Kingdom is ever not crowded. It is also a fun option to get out of the Magic Kingdom during the afternoon and have lunch in one of the Monorail Hotels. I did that at the Grand Floridian one day and that was so relaxing.
I have mixed feelings about the New Fantasyland. I will wait until it is totally complete before I pass final judgement. I did get to ride all the rides that I wanted to ride throughout the park, at some time during my three days at Magic Kingdom. Some of those I rode multiple times. I missed riding the Tea Cups, which were not operating. I especially enjoyed Small World. Dumbo is twice terrific, now that there are two, and only if you are smart enough to do it first thing in the morning. Best route is the Train to Fantasyland.
I did like the fastpass choice for the Princess Meet & Greet, and the Mickey Meet & Greet. I felt that the castmembers throughout all of Disney World were very pleasant and helpful. When I travel alone, I always come home with a lot of photos of me in various places. It just does not seem to happen when I have other people with me.
Epcot was great. Just as I remembered. Our trip coincided with the Flower and Garden Festival. We got rained on that day, but we just waited until it stopped, and then we continued on. We took a lot of pictures of the topiaries, but should have taken more pictures of each other. We rode plenty of rides in Future World, and Annette was smiling all the time as she saw World Showcase for the first time. It was her first time ever in Epcot. I always have fun in Epcot, and this time was no exception.
The monorail is still a joy to ride. The Ferry ride to Magic Kingdom is still a glorious way to see the Magic Kingdom for the first time. The TTC Monorail was not operating on the one day of our trip at all.
My feet gave out each day earlier than I wanted, and so I never saw either Wishes or Illuminations. I did stay for the Electrical Parade, and that did not disappoint. I am disappointed that I don't have any night Castle Pictures on my camera, but that is due in part to a family emergency, which caused me to have to leave the Magic Kingdom on the last day I was there.
So to summarize. I had a great time. My motto for vacation is this:. If I don't have fun on vacation, then it's my own fault. I did have fun. Was it perfect? No. Will I go back? Almost definitely. However, I want my next vacation to be different. I will most definitely go alone, stay in a Disney Hotel, splurge on Photopass, stay as long as I can afford, and grin and bear it through the Orlando Airport.
Any questions, for me?