Just got back last night from a wonderful visit to WDW. The group included my friend Traci (we grew up down the street from
each other) and her 2 daughters: Bella turned 8 five days before the trip and Emma is 10, 2 months shy of 11. First trip for all three.
The girls are home schooled which made the scheduling easy. I don't have any kids and this was my first time planning/going on
a trip with youngsters. I highly recommend it! Their excitement is contagious and I had my first character meals. It helped that
the girls are truly loving and kind with each other and others. Not one squabble or bad attitude all week (can't say the same in
just an hour or so around my oldest niece/nephew) The girls were a great age to enjoy the characters and try all the rides.
Sunday, Nov 13 Partly cloudy, hi 80, low 57
Traci didn't tell the girls until breakfast that morning. They thought they were getting ready for church. She videotaped
it on her camera so I got to see the excitement/disbelief. Emma first thought she was going just for the day and then was
thrilled to hear that we'd be there for 6 days/5 nights even though it meant leaving dad/dog/cat behind for so long.
I flew from Baltimore on a Southwest flight which stopped in Nashville (their city) before continuing to Orlando.
I had only met Emma when she was about 2 and had never met Bella, but the girls are very sweet, outgoing, and friendly,
so we got along great from the start. I'm already missing being in demand for ride buddy and having one or both of them
hold my hand(s) as we walk.
Arrived in Orlando earlier than our 2:05 arrival - we actually had our bags at 2:05 and then had the long walk to the other side of
the terminal to catch the Magical Express to the French Quarter. The bus was loading just as we walked to the end of the line
so no wait!
French Quarter is lovely. I've stayed at Grand Floridian, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Coronado Springs and it was without doubt
my favorite. So laid back and pretty yet casual. We were in building 5 right across from the hot tub which was a perfect spot to
get to the pool, the hot tub, the buses, and the food court. Wonderfully quiet (my May GF trip had a yelling/threatening to divorce
couple next door one night and a party with the door propped open group another night). We had the traditional Micky earred towel
creation on one of the beds upon arrival.
After checking into our room it was pool time. Brenda is right, these kids could not get enough pool time - I had us scheduled for
5 days in a row but even so an hour or even two before our break I'd start hearing... when are we going to the pool? and later, can
we go to the pool/hot tub tonight? The slide may be the shortest of the moderates but it's actually quite fun - I went down a lot
with the girls. They liked the water features as well. After the pool we sat in the hot tub for a few minutes. Also a big hit.
Once in line we caught the 2nd boat to Downtown Disney (only a few minutes more wait). The girls loved all the birds we saw
along the way. Dinner was at Earl of Sandwich. I wish we had one here in Baltimore. We got chips instead of dessert - on the free
regular dining plan. Afterwards we looked at the pin store and visited the Lego Store and looked at the Lego creations. The girls
put together mini Lego people in the back 'creation' area and then disassembled them. Finished with Goofy's Candy Co where the
three of them had their own custom chocolate dunked/topping coated/chocolate drizzled creations made. I was waiting for a
Starring Rolls cupcake the next day. There was no line for the boat back to the French Quarter.
Finished unpacking and then the girls went with me to pick up the groceries left by Garden Grocer. So glad we got the 24 pack
bottle of Aquafina. Got to bed early in preparation for Hollywood Studios rope drop. I brought my own pillow. I've heard
complaints about the beds but I thought it extremely comfortable. Traci told her husband she wanted to take it home. No one
complained about the pillows. Happy they have queens as the girls had one bed and Traci and I were sharing the other. The digital
thermostat worked great and kept the room comfy cool.