Well, we’re back and settled from our awesome President’s week trip. We had the best time despite the business! It was our first time staying offsite and I have to say that though I did like having the extra space, I missed just hopping on the bus/boat and getting dropped at the front of the park. Getting from the parking lot to park entrance was a bit of a pain at times!
On this trip was me, DH, DD(8), DD(4 - almost 5), as well as my sister, brother in law, niece (7) and nephew (5). This is our third trip to WDW in three years, but my sister’s family hasn’t been since my niece was a baby. I was in charge of all the planning (yay!) and I was anxious to make sure everyone had a good time!
Day 1 - Sunday: Epcot, Crowd Level 10!
We had a bit of a stressful start this first morning. I had a PPO reservation for GG at 8:00 and we also had to activate our Canadian Resident tickets. We got there plenty early and were first at bag check, so I thought we’d be able to activate our tickets with plenty of time, but they didn’t let us through the bag check line until a little after 7:45. By the time we got to Guest Services and got our tickets activated, it was after 8:00.
We got to GG around 8:10 and had to wait for a few minutes to be seated so this breakfast was a little more rushed than I’d hoped. That said, the food was delicious and the characters were lots of fun.
We finished up and headed down to Soarin’ at about 8:50 and they were already letting the breakfast crowd in. Everyone loved the ride! After Soarin’, we met Joy and Sadness with about a five minute wait and then headed to the Seas for our Nemo and Crush FPPs.
DD(8) got called on at Crush and DH and I had to identify ourselves as her parents and answer some questions. I thought it was fun, but DH (who’s a bit shy) was embarrassed. We also explored the Seas a bit and checked out the manatees.
By this time, it was around 11:30 and the plan was to head to the WS for lunch and then our FEA FP, but the kids were starting to fade (yes, already!!). It was hot and we had had a late arrival the night before after a long day of traveling, so we decided to head back to the house to hang out and swim. But first, we enjoyed our first Mickey bar!