Hi All! I am so happy to share my trip report with you and I hope you find it useful and enjoyable!!
We began planning this trip back in February or March of this year. It was going to be a fairly big trip for our family of 4 and we were excited to go to the Disney of the East. Being from California we've been to Disneyland numerous times and were excited to be going to an even bigger land to enjoy all things magical.
We shared with friends that we were going to WDW in November and they decided to come down from Ohio and meet us there. Oooh, even more to be excited about! Yippie! Let the countdown begin. It was a long wait....but we finally arrived....
on November 15th! Our flight (Frontier Airlines, which I highly recommend) left Sacramento at 6:15 am and we arrived in Orlando at 4:05 pm, right on time. We were so thankful to not have to get our luggage and we headed straight for the Magical Express. I admit that I expected to see more signs pointing us in the right direction, but we eventually found it.
We waited about 5 minutes to load the bus and about 15-20 more before it finally departed. We were staying at Port Orleans Riverside so we were stop 4 on the bus. It was fun to see Key West, Saratoga Springs, PO French Quarter on the way to POR.
Once we arrived at POR we checked in with no wait. I had wanted to be in Alligator Bayou, but instead we were in the mansion. It was fine, but the rooms in the bayou looked more our style. Since we were meeting friends and had asked to be located near one another I didn't want to insist on being in the Bayou. Truth was it wasn't all that important, I was just happy to be here!
We chose the POR because it really seemed suited to our personalities. We love camping and the outdoors and the Sasagoula River setting really appealed to me. Plus it was in our price range. I was not the least bit disappointed in this resort. I thought it was gorgeous and we had a great stay. My only disappointment was that not once did we get a towel animal during our 8 night stay. We left several tips for the mousecleaners and not once did we get any towel animals or anything.
After checking in and checking out the room we headed to Downtown Disney. We were wanting to eat at Bongo's Walk-Up cafe. We headed down to the boat dock and waited about 5 minutes for the next boat. It took about 20 minutes total to get over to DD and it was fairly cold that evening. We decided we'd take the bus home!
We got to DD and headed over to Bongo's. We didn't have reservations and had just planned to hit the walk up window. We figured it would be fast and delicious. We were wrong. The service was absolutely horrendous. We hoped that every night wouldn't be the same. It was also quite slow. They just did not seem to have their act together. The sandwiches were very mediocre. We have had better.
We walked around and did some shopping but the kids were fading fast so we headed for the bus stop to head to our new home.
Once back in the room we plotted out day 2 and watched The Top Seven Must Sees at Walt Disney World on tv. Little did I know that I would be watching this show daily for the next several days. We ended up quoting Stacy quite frequently on this trip. It became quite the joke and I think I'll have to send the youtube video of her to our friends in a few days just to remind them. Haha!
Stay tuned for Day 2!