Note: this is really long, so I will post six times (one pre-arrival and one for each day!)
Even though this is late (more than three months after the fact), I thought some of you might enjoy my recap of my trip to Disney World. We were in the Kingdom November 4th-8th.
The trip was four nights, five days with four adults. After reading lots of reviews and checking the prices, we decided to stay at Port Orleans-Riverside. We really enjoy it; the rooms were clean, ok size for us. We particularly liked the themed pool (with the adult-sized slide! That we ride several times) and the pool-side bar. The food court was blah, but I was not expecting amazing food either.
Before departing: I was the master planner, so I had picked park days in function of crowds, then pick meals in each park based on availabilities.
We purchased a 5-day, 1-day par park ticket. Because we had never been to DW before, we thought that one park a day would be sufficient and when we would be done, we could go back to the swimming pool and enjoy our resort. I think that that was a great choice; we opened the parks almost everyday and enjoyed each one at a time, but we never felt like we were bored or wanted to go to another park. We were looking into finding a few ways for saving money and that was one of them.
Day -1: Departures and shopping
My sister flew in early on Friday. They were staying at the Wyndham for a few days before meeting us at the Port Orleans Riverside resort. My sister ended up staying there because she joined our trip a little late. POR was full for that weekend, so she booked that hotel. She liked staying offside but she said that she would much rather stay on resort next time, because the shuttles were way more convenient and the atmosphere nicer. Because she arrived before her reservation, she had to go to Disney Springs to activate her ticket. It took TWO trips to get them activated, but she was able to. I then booked all the FASTPASSES they were missing. She also went to TJ ($10 Lyft ride) and grabbed snacks, sandwich material, yogurt, breakfast. That was one of my favorite things we did. Personally, I think breakfast always sucks at Disney (or is VERY expensive). Having those things saved us money, but even more importantly a lot of time. Every night, we would prepare sandwiches and snacks for the next day and pack them. In the morning, we would grab them and eat them while waiting for the park to open.
We were on the red eye from LA to MCO. We landed around 5:30am. I was a little worried about having to wait very long to get to the resort, but I was wrong. We knew we would not have our room just yet, so left our suitcases to be picked up by Disney and walked straight to the Magical Express. I loved the whole experience! We waited 10 minutes while sitting on the bus and one more person got on. We then took off! We were in our resort in 30minutes. When we got there, we gave our suitcases to bell services, changed, grab a quick breakfast in the food court and then headed our way for our first park!