Rather than starting where I left off, I'm going to blog about our most recent trip and maybe work my way back from there...
Back in May Jet Blue announced they were starting a new route between SLC and Orlando, Florida. At the time we were able to get our flights for about $200 per person, which we thought was a great price for us to get the family to Disney World. Flights at that price were going fast so we had to decide quickly whether or not we wanted to do it.
The only downside was that the flight from SLC to Orlando is a red-eye flight that left at midnight. We put the girls to bed like usual (they didn't even know we were flying anywhere), and we woke them up just before 10:30 to catch our flight on time. They were tired, but they were all able to sleep on the airplane once we got into the air.
Alison and I both had a tough time getting any sleep, but that was the price to pay.
We had booked a room at Disney's Polynesian Resort, which is just across the lake from the Magic Kingdom (on the monorail line). If you stay at a Disney resort, Disney World offers free transportation from the airport to the resort, including picking up and delivering our checked baggage later in the day. It was really slick. We arrived in Orlando at 6:00 AM and had the bus all to ourselves. We were also glad that we were able to get checked into our hotel room that early.
We also purchased the Disney Dining Plan which allowed for each of us to have 1 sit down meal, 1 quick-service meal and 1 snack per night of our stay. Our first meal was a breakfast at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort. We walked over to the restaurant from our room, it was a little chilly and the fog breaking off the lake was beautiful.
At 1900 Park Fare.
We had a lot of characters stop by our table while we were eating, including the Mad Hatter, Tigger, Winnie the Pooh, Alice and Mary Poppins.
The food was decent, it was served buffet style. We especially liked their strawberry soup.
After breakfast, we rode the monorail from the Floridian to the Transportation Center, then from the Transportation Center to Epcot.
Our first stop at Epcot was (drumroll please), to see more characters!
This time we saw Goofy, Mickey and Minnie:
After the characters we went on a few rides including the Finding Nemo ride and the Chevrolet Test Track ride.
We went on the ride in the Epcot ball where we got stuck for 15-20 minutes. I passed the time by talking silhouette shots of Alison.
After eating some snack, we took the monorail back to our hotel to catch a nap.
Nobody wanted to wake up after about an hour and a half, but we had places to go and princesses to see.
We took the monorail back to Epcot and then started to make our way around the World Showcase.
First stop was for Ada to get a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower of France.
While in France we stopped to see Belle.
I was really excited to see Belle.
And Donald in Mexico, of course.
We had a dinner reservation at the Garden Grill. This is another character dining meal, this time served family style. The restaurant slowly rotated around a large diorama of different landscapes.
We saw Mickey (for the 3rd time today), Chip, Dale and Pluto.
We finished the night by taking the monorail back to our hotel room and reading a Christmas book.
We all slept well that night.