My parents and I arrived today for the most magical time of the year! Our last trip was Oct 2019 so we have some catching up to do and what better time to do it than Christmas?!
We flew in from PVD arriving ~2:30pm and literally as soon as they announced you could use your phone again, my dad got a call from the guy picking us up saying “I see you’ve landed” Not creepy at all. We used Orlando Transportation (I think? I can’t remember for sure but it had Orlando in the name) and other than the driver repeatedly sharing his mask thoughts with us, the service was good. We stopped at Publix on our way to pickup a few things and walked out looking like we have a potassium deficiency.
Shortly thereafter we arrived at the Swan Reserve! We booked this hotel in June or July and then watched as the opening got further and further delayed to the point that I didn’t know if it would open it time but luckily it did! Tomorrow they’re celebrating their one month of being open.
We had already received our room ready notifications so that was nice and check-in was easy. The rooms are super nice with a rainfall shower (with a foot rest!!), touchscreen thermostat, and two free water bottles daily!
We have two standard view rooms but mine faces the pool/ToT in the distance and my parents have a view of the Swan/Dolphin/Epcot on the opposite side.
We were starving at this point and eventually heading to DHS so we tried to do a walk up at Big River Grille but it was an hour wait (it was 5pm) so we skipped that and joined the waitlist for Ale & Compass instead. It said 10 mins but we got a text after 2 mins and proceeded to get 5 more texts by the time we actually made it over there! We had never been and it definitely hit the spot. My mom was so excited that the vegetables on her flatbread came from LwtL
After eating, we took the boat to DHS and arrived at about 7pm so we had 2 hours to kill before closing. We went first to MMRR which is new to all of us. I was a bit worried at first because neither the standby or LL lines were moving but after about 10 mins we really started moving and were off the ride after 45 mins of joining the line. We all loved it!
Then, we headed over to Galaxy’s Edge for two more new-to-me rides. My dad and I rode MFSR as engineers which was fun (I know nothing about SW so I have no idea how we did!) and then we all rode ROTR. My parents rode this in DLR but this was a first for me! We got in line at 8:33pm and were off the ride by 9:10pm so not bad at all! By that point the park was closed, but a pretty successful night knocking out 3 new rides!
We took the boat back and showed up to a turn down service! And now off to