WDW Trip Report: Days 1 & 2Walt Disney World: We spend 10 days at Disney and the beach. Here's a report on how days 1 and 2 went. Our arrival and the first day at Epcot.
From Don NealDAY 1 - Saturday (5/29)
Posted June 8, 2010 at 7:51 AM
We were able to get great deals on direct flights this year from Indy to ORL on Southwest. $50 a person cheaper than last year's layover in Charlotte flights. The only downfall was a 7:30 takeoff. 5 am was going to come awful early for my wife and three kids (10, 8, 6). We decided to stay the night at the Wyndham hotel by the airport who offered 14 days of free parking and a free shuttle to the airport to get an extra half hour of sleep. It only cost us $10 more than 10 days of airport parking and we ran no risk of getting caught in traffic.
We landed in ORL and were on our way by 10:45 from the airport. We stopped by Firehouse Subs for lunch by the Florida Mall on Orange Blossom Trail. Firehouse is one of my wife's favorites so the vacation was already a great one for her. :) We got checked into our condo by noon and then went to the store for breakfast, drinks, and snack supplies for our 10 day visit. After putting the groceries away and unpacking we had a chance to finally relax by the pool. We decided to visit the Polynesian Resort for dinner, see review below. We got back to the condo and got everyone in bed. Epcot awaited in the morning!
Kona (Polynesian Resort)
Ellen's Energy Adventure
Grand Fiesta Tour/Mexico
Reflections of China
Impressions de France
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From Anthony MurphySounds good!
Posted June 8, 2010 at 10:07 AM
Yeah, you need to try the Orange Mission. Its quite unique from anything else you experienced, but as far as I know, is the basic same plot of the Green Mission.
Its too bad you missed O Canada or Impressions, but China, by far, is my favorite.
Malestrom is supposed to talk about the more thrilling side of Norway. The trolls used to scare me silly when I was younger. I guess its classic EPCOT cheese!
Why did you go to Outback? One rule that I like to follow when down there is not to go to any chains that I can go to at home. Its too bad you didn't eat more at EPCOT, which, in my opinion, has the best overall food of any theme park.
From Don NealGreat question about Outback Anthony. That is typically our rule as well. But unfortunately Indianapolis has more chains than Orlando so aside from the resort and theme park restaurants there isn't much we don't have around here.
Posted June 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM
As for eating at Epcot, I agree that their dining options are probably the best of any of the parks. Unfortunately they were either more money than we wanted to spend on those days (we already had some other options planned for later in the week) or offered items too unique and different for my family's taste. I am up for anything but the rest of them are pretty picky.
Outback was chosen because it literally is on the corner down the street from where we stayed. :P
From James RaoAwesome, Don! Love the way you decided to navigate through Epcot (Test Track side one day, Soarin' side another day) - genius! I wonder who gave you that idea... =)
Posted June 8, 2010 at 2:34 PM
Did you make time to ride Sum of All Thrills or go on at least one Kim Possible adventure?
And, for future reference, when you are at Epcot, EAT EAT EAT!!! That amazing park is all about the food!
Can't wait for more!
From Anthony MurphyYeah, it was good trip report and I love to hear from people.
Posted June 8, 2010 at 9:34 PM
Did you happen to see the new Pizza place in Italy? I haven't really heard much about it!
But yeah, EPCOT food is on the pricier side which is a good ad for the meal plan (I know you couldn't).
From Don NealYes sir Mr. Rao...the Epcot plan was inspired by yours no doubt about it. :)
Posted June 9, 2010 at 7:21 AM
I promise to budget in more Epcot dining next time! :)
I didn't see the new Italian place, Italy was packed for some dancing show so we skipped it. You couldn't even get in the plaza.
We wanted to do both Kim Possible and Sum of All Thrills and moved them from the first day to our second day but never got back around to them. I'll explain that one in the day 5 & 6 report. It was for a good reason. :)
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