My mother surprised us with a last minute request to go to WDW for the weekend, her treat. Who am I to argue with that?
So off we headed in the mini van, we decided to stay at a new hotel, still determined to find an offsite location at an affordable price, yet close to the magic.
This time around we picked the Best Western a Downtown Disney Resort.
Looked good from the outside.
A contemporary look fit the hotel very nicely, so far so good!
A swan in the bathroom made out of towels! Very nice!
The 10th floor view room was nice, even though we couldn't see Disney.
I would say for the money, we got a great hotel, the service wasn't that great. No one was overly rude but we had to call maintenance because our air conditioner made this sound like someone constantly honking a horn and the internet was less than reliable. However, they were very accommodating in regards to fixing said issues so this definitely goes in the Summer Family "if we can't get a room on Disney property" yes book.
Saturday morning C and I headed to Magic Kingdom, am I the only one that takes a photo of the row we are parked in. Lost the car once, I said never again.
We caught the ferry boat, "Look Mom! It's the Polynesian!"
The double decker bus was out, we rarely get there right after open so this was a great site to see for me.
Heading down Main Street we ran into these two lovely ladies. They were very interactive with everyone, very good job.
Since C and I hadn't eaten breakfast yet, I took a chance and Crystal Palace squeezed us in! Thank you CP!
Pooh was really good and was great at communicating what he was trying to tell C and spent lots more time that I would have imagined at our table. Was great meal overall, but then CP never disappoints me when we go.
With food in our bellys we decided to take a cruise, Jungle Cruise that is..
Sadly I do not have a photo of our skipper, she was probably the best I have ever had on this attraction. She really put herself out there and even using the same old jokes, delivered them differently than I am used to and even I was laughing.
I did however, get lots of photos and I finally managed to snap this wonderful shot, of the backside of water.
Afterwards, we headed to Pirates, on the way C saw this and made her own attempt at "acting" dead. hehe
As we were walking up to the line I noticed both sides were open and yet no one was taking the right side?? So C and I walked in and took the right path, the CM not stopping us at all and we walked....and walked... right onto the ride.
No line and the best part, WE GOT OUR OWN BOAT!!
I have to tell you, we got a lot of dirty looks getting in that boat.
If a camera flashes and no one is around to see it, did it really happen? Why yes, yes it did.
After pirates, C wanted to ride Goofy, so we headed to the Adventureland Train Station to catch a ride around the park.
So, this is the first time I tried using the movie feature on my camera. I sat in front of C and held the camera on my shoulder pointed backwards and I captured this.
She cracks me up but then again I'm biased.
The next thing C wanted to do was go swimming, so I called my mother who was hanging out at the hotel and she said she was going to go swimming anyway and offered to take C while I have some fun alone.
Little did I know that Figment and Cmash were both in the park already.
While I didn't get my alone time, I had a great time with some friends.
Unfortunately I have very few photos of my evening, as it rained most of it. I do however have my favorite photo of the trip, they really need to bring out more villains, they are so cool.
For those that don't know, these characters are really rare! I am hoping they make them a standard occurrence.
Now onward to Day 2 and Animal Kingdom!!