Travel dates:Feb.28-March 7
Travel method:Avis Jeep Cherokee Rental-(missed our mini van due to blizzard)
Accommodations:Standard Courtyard (semi water view) main floor Room 1581
Ages Represented in Group:Mike-41-,Me-Kathy-42-DD-Alexis-14.Michael age 3Disney Resort Experience Represented in Group:We have been Beach Club fanatics from the start due to our love of the proximity to Epcot and DHS. Our love of the theming and food and all around activity makes it a favorite. This trip we did some exploring of other resorts and have a few new favorites as you will read later on.
Comments:The week was awesome for crowds but we did get unseasonably cold temps a few days. All in all an awesome trip and one of our best ones yet. We tried new things and finally made it to some attractions we never got to ride before. Enjoyable and memorable!
Cast of characters:Mike-driver and the one responsible for introducing me to WDW in 1999 that caused my need to be with the mouse. Me-Kathy-Planner,researcher complete and utter Dis lover. DD-Alexis-Goofy and nothing but Goofy. DS-Michael-Already an experienced diser this being trip 3 for him..oh yeah-future Power Ranger after this trip as well.
Now shall we get started!
February 28 Arrival Day
Our trip down from NY was rather smooth sailing. We actually left NY with 2 feet of snow on the ground after getting hit with a blizzard the day prior to our departure. With nothing stopping us we headed to Avis a day early for our rental and unfortunately we had to opt for a smaller vehicle (Jeep Cherokee) than the mini van we had reserved earlier as it was not going to be available until the next day. It was a tight ride with all the luggage,dvds,toys,food...well you get my drift. We drove 15 hours and got a room. After a night in Jacksonville we hit the road for our destination-Disneys Beach Club Resort!
After a quick stop at Walmart for a cheapo stroller we were entering the magical Walt Disney World sign...oh the feeling! We arrived at the Beach Club at approximately 1230pm and at check in they actually gave me a room choice when I got there and opted for main floor Room 1581-awesome location! Close to the lobby and quiet pool with a courtyard/side water view and patio. Perfect and the new room decor is fab! We had planned to head to MK and we were on the bus at 138pm! With the Castle in sight and our stomachs jumping we were on the magic soil and running lolol! DS has been wanting to ride Buzz Lightyear and we made it a priority to ride Buzz first and we walked on the ride and got fp for later.I must say I am rather good at winning this one every time and not to pat myself on the back or anything but.... We came off the ride and Buzz was signing autographs so we jumped on it and got some great pics as well. We were starved and had to have a turkey leg so we stopped for the ever famous legs in future world and man the first few bites are heavenly and then you get closer to the bone and start saying to yourself what have I done?? . My arteries are just getting back to normal now lol. A nice TTA ride always works after a meal so around we went. This is a all time favorite ride for me as it gives you time to soak it all in. Then we checked Space Mountain which had a 45 min wait which is not bad at all but we wanted to get a few rides in before our dinner at Chef Mickeys so ended up walking on-Snow White,Small World, Peter Pan (love the pixie dusting when you load) and Haunted Mansion..ran to Pirates and 5 minute wait Awesome!!! By this time I was like uh oh we better go our ressie was 625 at Chef Mickeys and it was 540 and I was new to monorail travel for dinner so we jetted over to the monorail and cruised over and made it right on time.This was a first time for us to eat here and I must say you all were right on with your reviews. Awesome character interaction and the food well...mediocre (sp) It was ok..of course we purchased the photo so I thing we dropped about $200.00 there..worth it hhmm..I will review it. After I overdosed on shrimp we headed back on the monorail just as the fireworks began..it was freeeeezing! The wind and cold were horrible. DH ended up buying sweatshirts on main street so we could bear it. We rode Grand Prix Racers after the fireworks and could only browse shops a bit before we decided to head back as it was just cold. Well early adr with Goofy so we were off to bed..bus was waiting!