I got back almost two weeks ago so my “Disney Buzz” is waning - what better way to revive the magic than to write up a trip report for you all. <3
I dropped the kids off at school at 8:30 and called a Lyft to the airport. I was at ORD, through security and at my gate by 9:05. I noticed that there was a flight leaving at 10:05 (my flight was scheduled to depart at 11:25) so I walked over to that gate and put myself on standby. Props to my husband’s intense business travel for giving us Premier1K status so I was pushed up to the top of the list. 5 minutes before the doors were scheduled to close, the gate agent called my name. SUCCESS! I even got an exit row, window seat! The pixie dust was being sprinkled already.
We landed at 1:55pm and I decided to check the Magical Express line before calling myself a Lyft and I got right on a bus headed for Coronado Springs. We left by 2:15 for the resort and were the first stop. Woohoo!!
I dropped my luggage with Bell Services at 2:50pm and, almost at the same time, got a text that my room wasn’t ready yet. I was too excited to sit still so I grabbed my backpack and hopped on the bus to Magic Kingdom.
Have I mentioned, yet, how simple and easy and FUN traveling without my family is? LOL
I arrived at Magic Kingdom and was in the park by 3:30. I couldn’t believe it was just hours earlier that I dropped my kids off at school like any other day.
I had a 4:30 fast pass for Mickey & Minnie so I wandered over to Adventureland and got in line for Pirates because, well why not?! It was starting to sprinkle and the wait time was only 10 minutes. Captain Jack was in the jail cell in the line - I had never seen him there before and he scared me horribly when he got up and started walking. I thought it was an animatronic!
When I left Pirates, there was a Photopass photographer at the ride sign so I stopped because I was documenting the heck out of this trip!
Then I headed back to Main Street for my Mickey & Minnie fast pass. I had bought a tiny travel umbrella on Amazon before I left and I got some good use out of it this first day. It rained pretty steadily from 4-7. The wait for Mickey & Minnie, with a fast pass, was still about 30 minutes. I was surprised. Mickey & Minnie were adorable - I told them that I was there alone and came straight from the airport to see them. They gave me kisses on the cheek and gave me several hugs. Definitely added to the great start I was off to.
Next was a fast pass for Space Mountain and I was hungry so I stopped at Cosmic Ray’s for a kids’ meal of chicken nuggets, fries and a mandarin. I loved the small water bottle and carried that with me for the rest of the evening to refill and keep in my bag (I know how bad that is - and I don’t care. lol). It was the perfect amount of food since I had a couple of specific snacks on my “need to eat” list.
The rain was pretty heavy at this point but I didn’t notice any affect on the crowds (sadly). These folks were in it for the long haul, same as me. lol
I waited in line (!!!) for Peoplemover for about 15 minutes while I waited for my Space Mountain FP. I hadn’t ridden it before - it’s a nice, relaxing way to spend some time. I love the model of Walt’s EPCOT. If only that vision had become reality… I wonder what it would be now.
Space Mountain cracks me up because I always look so intense in the pictures.
After Space Mountain, I went into Fantasyland and got the Peter Pan Float. It was AMAZING. I love lime so it hit the spot.
I sat for a minute and then decided to walk while I finished it. Grabbed a straw and walked over to Enchanted Tiki Room. I love that ride but the music was stuck in my head for the rest of the night.
After that, I walked over to my Haunted Mansion FP. It was getting close to FaceTime with the family time so I made the trip through the ride (the FP line was surprisingly long but I realized I have never gone through the regular queue since we have a wheelchair pass when we bring our son… more on that later) and my husband called as I was leaving the area. I walked to the bridge by Sleepy Hollow and it was the PERFECT spot to watch Once Upon A Time. I let the kids watch with me for a bit and then said good night to them.
After OUAT ended, people were waiting to watch HEA. I was going to hang there too but I noticed a family with two little kids struggling to find a good spot to watch. I told them to take my place at the edge of the bridge and walked back toward Fantasyland. The line for Peter Pan was 25 minutes so I hopped in line and LOVED the queue.
After Peter Pan, even though it was Extra Magic Hours, I decided to call it a night and head back to the resort. I had gotten a text that my room was in Casitas 4 so I headed back to get my luggage and rest for the days ahead.
The smile really says it all - I was at DISNEY WORLD!! My Happy Place!!
I claimed my luggage from bell services (they had been busy so my bag was still sitting at the desk) and made the beautiful 5 minute walk to my room. I was in 4132, right by the quiet pool and spa. It was a great location, a quick 2 minute walk to the bus stop and with a water view (even though the view was the construction of the new restaurant).
Coronado is a beautiful resort. It was the perfect spot for me to relax on my “momcation”. I had originally booked at All Star Movies and am SO glad I “upgraded” myself.
Next up - EPCOT!