I have done reports a while back and then kind of got out of it. I think I am doing this one really to just help myself come to terms with the end of an era. The end of the Annual Pass for my family of 4. To be clear, it isn’t a price increase issue. We are from Western NY, so the pass only make sense when we know we are going to have overlapping trips. This was the case when we started the pass last February and it overlapped a trip we knew we wanted to take this February. We were fortunate to slip in a few other trips during the pass, but it won’t be worth it to renew the pass right now. Anyway, this past week was the big trip that wrapped up our Annual Pass. Here is the start to how that trip went.
Day 1, Saturday Feb 15, The Arrival
We landed at MCO on time around noon and made our way to Magical Express after stopping for a snack to hold us over. There was no room notification yet for our stay at Coronado Springs, but I wasn’t worried.Magical Express was easy, maybe a 10-15 minute wait for a bus, we were the first stop and got to the resort in plenty of time. We stayed at CSR back in May, just before the tower was opening, so I was excited to see the finished product. I was not dissapointed. The Gran Destino Tower was amazing and helped to firmly cement CSR as my favorite resort. To be clear, it doesn’t make it the most likely to stay at necessarily, we can get into that later. Room still wasn’t quite ready, but we walked around for a bit to check out the tower then left our bags with bell services and headed to the Magic Kingdom.
We were arriving at MK just before 3pm. The magic started immediately for us once we walked under the train station. 9 years ago on our first trip as a family, my oldest son (now 13) was chosen by a cast member to start the 3 o’clock parade. It is a memory that has always carried through and we look for Eddie every time we visit. Unfortunately, during the year of our AP, we had not seen him at all. Honestly, I was beginning to worry about the guy. But, as we walked into Town Square, my son said “There he is” and we were almost confused. My wife and I had been wondering if it was really more of something that we were holding onto, or if my son actually liked finding him too. It was great to know that it really was something he still looked forward to. After snapping a photo with our old friend, we got our Sorcerer’s cards and headed straight for Liberty Tree Tavern. We were going to be arriving well ahead of our 3:45 reservation, but figured since everyone was going to be out on the street watching the parade, maybe we would get seated sooner. No such luck. We checked in, but they definitely did not seem to bump us up in the order. The meal and service was great, as always, and it was a great way to start the vacation.
From there we had our Fastpasses for BTMRR, Space Mtn and 7DMT. Those all went off without a hitch and we were able to get a great spot in the hub to watch HEA. Snuck in a ride on Dumbo, and a ride on carpets before getting some dole whip along the way. We headed out just before park closing as we had to get back to get our bags and we knew we had to be up early to get to the 8am opening of DHS if we wanted to get a boarding group.
We got back to CSR and our room was very close to the room request I had sent in through the room finder. (Seriously, that thing has worked like a charm on every trip for us). My request was in the Cabanas section. I had actually requested building 8C near the pool, we got 8B (room 8572), but the end that was closest to the pool. Honestly, it was probably closer to the pool then I had requested and was closer to the bus stop. Our other bag that was coming via Magical Express was waiting in the room for us so we got unpacked and off to sleep.
I will post the rest day by day, but it usually works best to take a little break between the posts.