This trip report is for my family: Me, DH, DS7 & DS4. It was the first time to ever to WDW for DH and both kiddos. We stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge Wednesday May 29 – Tuesday June 4th. I have been pretty active on Touring Plans since November 2018 and learned SO MUCH from all of you. It definitely paid off because our Touring Plans worked like a charm, so THANK YOU!
Extras that I discuss and review that some may be interested in: Early Morning Magic- Fantasyland, Early Morning Magic- Toy Story Land, Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party, Memory Maker, Dining Plan & CLEAR (which is essentially airport security Fast Pass)
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We flew Southwest from Houston, TX to Orlando, FL on a 7 AM flight. I signed my family up for CLEAR, which you sign up for before your trip. It allows you to skip some of the security line (you still do scans/shoes off, etc) but it did cut our wait time in line down quite a bit. Do a quick google search for a free 3 month trial. It was FREE for our trip and worked great. I recommend. We landed and found our way to the Magical Express and the bus was already waiting for us. The bus left 5 minutes after we boarded (yay!) and our resort was the first stop (wow!) It was 11 AM and we were WAY ahead of schedule. That will be a common theme for our trip. We looked around AKL, saw some zebras, picked up the stroller we rented from Orlando Strollers at bell services, then headed to Disney Springs for our 2:45 T-Rex Café reservation. It was only noon. We were hungry. So, I bumped our reservation to a few days ahead, then cancelled it (to avoid the $10 per person fee) and used our Landry’s card to get in right away. We waited about 5 minutes for our table since we had the Landry’s card. MAN it was hot & sweaty. Service wasn’t great and the food was just okay. But the kids loved the dinosaurs! As we rode the bus back to AKL, we got a text that our room was ready. I had requested room 3226 via the TP Room Fax Request. Our given room was 5122. Not even close, but maybe it would be a great surprise! We arrived to room 5122: right next to the lobby elevator and the balcony was a solid wall because it “overlooked” the front entrance of the resort. It also had bunk beds (I requested 2 queens). I hate to complain, but thought the bunk beds might be an “upgrade” that other people may want, so I headed to the front desk to request a room with 2 queen beds, hoping I wouldn’t sound like a squeaky wheel. We ended up with room 4255 which overlooked the Kudu trail savannah (we booked a standard view room and this is a standard view room, but it caught enough savannah to see a some animals!) It was also one of the refurbished rooms with nice flooring and a great stand-up glass shower. We were happy! This room was 100 times better than our original room. Our Garden Grocer Order arrived and that process was easy and efficient. We swam at the pool for an hour or so (not as impressed with the pool as I had thought I would be…) and then headed to bed pretty early. Pictures of our room and view below.