I was well aware that there was now way I would be able to keep up with a live trip report, so I didn’t even attempt one. I learned so much from recent trip reports and thanks to this forum and chat, questions asked and answered, Liner knowledge, we had an absolutely fantastic trip.
Quick trip summary:
Family of 6: including me, DH, DS12, DD10 and DD’s 7 (twins), Rescheduled from planned May 2020. 7 day Park hopper + water parks. I had never previously considered going to Disney during Spring break, but this worked out to be the best time. We have been fortunate to have had in person school this year so taking the kids out of school didn’t sit well, and I think there is so much pent up demand for travel/Disney and non-Disney that the sooner the better.
Our original May 2020 booking was for 4 nights in an AoA Nemo suite and 3 nights in a 2 bedroom Villa at Kidani through David’s. I decided to use our 3 night Kidani credit from David’s to book 4 nights/2 rooms at Pop in a preferred pool view room, and also booked 2 rooms at Coronado Springs for 4 nights using the Spring Disney deal, but later booked the CSR portion using a Hotwire hot rate (thanks @JTT!), so I bumped up our trip from 8 days/7 nights to 9 days/8 nights for the same cost, or less.
I was a little concerned prior to the trip about getting connecting rooms at CSR and Pop, but there was no issue at all. Got connecting rooms at both resorts as if it were a given considering we are a single family under one address.
Day1: Friday 3/19 Travel day/resort day @CSR
Day 2: Saturday 3/20 AK RD, CSR pool/rest, Hop to HS for TSL and walk GE
Dat 3: Sunday 3/21 MK RD, Lunch @LTT, CSR pool/rest, Hop to Epcot
Day4: Monday 3/22 HS RD, trying for RoR, AKL exploring and lunch at Sanaa, Hop to AK and back to CSR for relaxing evening
Day 5: Tuesday 3/23 bag pickup for transfer to Pop and head to Blizzard Beach! Dinner at BnC and skyliner to Pop!
Day 6: Wednesday 3/24 RD Epcot with lunch at San Angel Inn, afternoon pool at Pop and Hop to MK evening for dinner with 3 DD’s at BOG while DH and DS12 go to go kart arena.
Day 7: Thursday 3/25 RD HS with lunch at Sci Fi, pool/rest, hop to Epcot
Day 8: Friday 3/26 RD MK, pool/rest, hop to HS evening
Day 9: Saturday 3/27 RD AK, then swim/lunch at Pop until tragical express pickup in the afternoon
Because I wanted to maximize our time, I booked a super early flight leaving Dayton, OH at 6:15am, transfer in PHL and landed MCO 11:40, got on DME to CSR with maybe a 15 minute wait at that time of day and arrived at CSR at 1:15pm.
Our rooms were not ready yet. Because our flight was so early, I didn’t have my coffee, we had a quick layover in PHL but had to book it to the gate to make out connecting flight. With no beverage service on the plane, I did’t still have a chance to get coffee and ended up with a caffeine headache and not feeling so great. When we got to CSR, I just wanted to drop our bags and go hang out at El Mercado, but the CM at the desk offered to look for available rooms so I was grateful for that.
I had requested Cabanas but two connecting rooms in Ranchos were available immediately (6B 7344/7343) so we took it. At that point I was so happy to have some place to go change and lie down for a few minutes. Turns our Ranchos is lovely! It’s peaceful, beautiful and although furthest from the lobby, the bus situation turned out better than it would have been at cabanas (see day 4: HS), and an easy walk to the Dig site pool.
We got hydrated, caffeinated, changed and headed to the Dig site pool for a relaxing afternoon. DH headed to the lobby to pick up our Amazon Fresh order. The dig site pool was at capacity when we arrived, but we only had to wait about 5 minuted before we were escorted to our very own table. This was actually preferable than competing for a table on our own. One of my pet peeve’s at resort pools/beaches/cruises is when people stake their claim on seating by leaving their stuff and then disappear.
The pool is beautiful, the slide is fun and the hot tub is huge! We ordered lunch/dinner from Siesta’s and spent the rest of the afternoon there. Later that evening we explored this lovely resort, rested by the hammocks on the beach and got settled in.
We were excited for out first park day bright and early the next day: Animal Kingdom!
Will post about Day 2 tomorrow!