We have been back from our 3rd Disney World vacation for a few weeks now and I’m seriously experiencing the Disney blues lately. Of all the trips we’ve done, this one was the most action-packed! Our first two trips included four-and-a-half park days and this one had EIGHT! Yes, eight. The difference? We flew down this time instead of drove, so we didn’t lose an entire day (or two) driving down and back. Instead, our travel days were also park days. I’ll explain how that worked in this post! Another difference in this trip compared to our last two: park hopper tickets. This was our first time park hopping! I’ll also explain how that went for us.
Also, we got a LOT of Fast Passes on this trip. I’ll show which ones we reserved at 60 days out but I won’t list every single one we got because I honestly forgot already. But we rarely stood in lines.
Before I get into the day to day schedule and how everything went, I want to review the hotel we stayed in on property. In 2015, we stayed off-site (read about that here). In 2017, we stayed at Art of Animation in the Little Mermaid rooms (read about that here). This year, we stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter. Several of my friends have been waiting to see what I think of it compared to the last resort, so here we go!
Port Orleans French Quarter
This resort… oh, this resort. We absolutely fell in love! Everything about it was wonderful. The grounds are quiet and it has a romantic feel to it, even with kids running around. The pool area is surrounded by trees and it almost adds a layer of soundproofing, so even though we were close to the pool, we rarely heard the parties that lasted late into the night.
We stayed in building 5, which was the perfect spot! It was central to everything: the food, the buses, the pool, the front desk. Nothing was too far of a walk. This was critical at the end of the night when we were exhausted and dragging ourselves from the bus stop to the room. We were on the 3rd floor so we did have stairs to take, but regardless, it was wonderful.
Somehow we ended up with an accessible room, which means we had access to a larger bathroom. I assume we were put in there because the resort was sold out over Memorial Day weekend and not enough accessibility requests came in, otherwise we would have gladly given it up for someone who needed it. But since we were never asked, we were happy to take the blessing of the extra space.
Disney World Day-to-Day
The Night Before We Left: Because this was a Disney vacation, we kicked off our trip by seeing the movie Aladdin in the theater and spending the night in a hotel across from our home airport. This was our key to success and I am so glad we did this! I won’t give a movie review, but I am excited that the release timed so perfectly with our trip.[Read more…]