Hello, my fellow liners! I’ve learned so much from you all and we had such an awesome experience on our last trip, that I wanted to share out.
A little background:
Our first family trip to WDW was June 2017. It was supposed to be the BIG once in a life time trip, but we got hooked. This is our fourth trip in two years. DD3 and DD5 have no idea of lucky they are!
We bought annual passes in September when we went to for DD5’s birthday. We knew we would be back in Florida for a wedding June and I wanted to tag on a Disney trip, so it was worth it. I also knew that we wanted to try the Deluxe Dining Plan. It was ridiculously hot when we went in September, so I wanted to make us slow down and eat TS meals. Our kids are still little and the cost of characters meals is high, so we always seem to do well on the dining plan. More thoughts on that later.
Our original plan was to stay at POFQ, but when summer AP discounts came out, I could book AKL-Jambo for $10 more a night. We had never stayed at a deluxe before, so we happily made the switch!
We flew out on June 14. I had a one night stay booked at the Yacht Club with an AP discount. We were spending the next week at New Smyrna Beach for a wedding, but I thought it would be nice to do one night at Disney with my Mom who wasn’t joining us at Disney later in the trip. I also wanted the opportunity to check out Stormalong Bay.
As we were sitting at the airport waiting for our flight, which got delayed several times, I noticed that while I didn’t have a room ready text, the room charges were showing a Club Level Room with a Water View. I also had anytime FPs showing up in my account. I couldn’t figure out where they came from. It was a grand mystery, but I was hoping that we had somehow been upgraded.
After all of the delays, picking up our luggage, and installing car seats in the rental car, we arrived at Yacht Club about 9:45 PM. I was bummed that it was going to be too late for the kids to swim, but I was trying to just go with the flow. At check in, the CM announced that we were the “Family of the Day” and had been upgraded to a Club Level Water View room. Ya’ll, I’ve always wanted to stay Club Level, but I don’t think I could ever stomach the cost. I was SO excited. It’s also where the extra FP, which we couldn’t use because it was so late, came from. The CM offered to move them to the next day for us, but we didn’t have any park plans since we wanted to experience Stormalong Bay.
The CM kindly walked us to our room and showed us where the lounge and the concierge were. We got the rest of the luggage from the car, checked out the lounge and ate a few treats. Fireworks started going off while we were in the lounge, and my girls loved sitting on the balcony watching them. It gave me all of the Disney feels. They seriously know how to keep us coming back.
We ordered a pizza since it was now 11:00 and we hadn’t had any dinner. I don’t know how in-room dining generally is at the Yacht Club, but this pizza was burned. It tasted fine, but it wasn’t anything special.
That night about 1:00AM DD5 woke up crying saying her tooth hurt her. She has six-year molars coming in, so I thought that was the problem. I walked down to the check in desk and asked about medicine. They had a book with common pain killers in it I could select from and I could buy Advil right there. So thankful! The Club Level Concierge helped us call around to dentists in the morning because we were starting to wonder if the issue was a crown instead of new teeth. She found us a place, but our dentist at home advised us against going and told me to watch out for swelling on her face or a bubble near her gum. We took his advice and went to play at Stormalong Bay. This tooth though! It was the big wrench in our trip, but we’ll come back to that later.
We had a little breakfast at the lounge, and then went on to Stormalong Bay. Stormalong Bay is amazing! The kids loved the sand and it was so calm. Our last stay was at a value and the pool was insane. I don’t know if it was because it was early morning or if the pools at deluxes are generally calmer, but it was a lovely experience. I would love to stay here again with dedicated pool time. I think those cabanas are calling my name.
After a couple hours at the pool, we headed over to Trattoria al Forno for a late brunch. We hadn’t been to Trattoria since June 2017. The food is still solid and the character interaction is great, but I was sad to see that the fruit or yogurt before the entree is gone. I think my mom and I would book it just for the pastries. I could eat those Rapunzel suns all day long. DD5 was happy for a steak.
DD5 was dressed like Ariel and DD3 like Rapunzel. DD3 is never too sure about characters, but DD5 eats it up. Ariel gave her so much attention. She was over the moon! Her face says it all!
Now, we were off to New Smyrna for a week for DD5 for fulfill her flower girls duties!