Sunday September 16, 2018
The day was finally here. We have been planning this trip for 2 years. 2 YEARS! To say that I was excited it the largest understatement. I was giddy with excitement. Our flight left at 6:30 am from Burlington and we were in Florida by noon. Cannot. Handle. The. Excitement.
We landed at the airport and headed down to wait for our magical express. This was Jake’s first time to Disney and staying at a Disney hotel so he was amazed at the ease of not having to deal with our luggage or transportation to our resort. It really is the best thing.
We got to our hotel around 1 and change and headed to meet up with my parents at their hotel. We stayed with them for a while and then my mom offered for me to join her for a massage since my dad is sunburnt and can’t partake. Obviously I was not about to turn down a free massage. So, mom and I got a mother-daughter massage and Jake and my dad went to the bar and had drinks. It was fantastic.
My cousins from California arrived around 7 and we hung out at the Polynesian Resort before dinner at O’hana.
OMG. Dinner at O’hana was so effing good. Jake describes it as:
“It’s like having a dump truck of food brought to your table that is relentless…but tastes amazing. They just don’t stop. If there is only one person that is still hungry, they bring an entire platter of food. It’s insane.”
Oh, and he LOVED the chicken wings. Like LOVED THEM.
Monday September 17, 2018
This was our first day at the parks. Jake and I got up super early to get to Animal Kingdom for rope drop…and it was extra magic hours so reallyy super early. We got to the park around 7:30 and headed straight for Pandora.
Oh. My. God. Disney did it again. Pandora is amazing. This was the first time I had ever seen it. Pandora opened a few months after my college program and I had intentionally ignored everything that I could so that I could experience it properly. Trust me when I say this, it did not disappoint. Flight of Passage is the best attraction I have ever been on in my life. EVER. It was so cool and realistic. If you get the chance, please do not skip out on this one. It is worth the wait.
We then went to meet up with my brother, sister-in-law, and cousin Alicia at Mount Everest before breakfast. We rode that a couple times and then, since it was so dang hot, we decided to ride Kali River Rapids. Bad life choice for me. I got soaked. And then I had to sit through breakfast in wet clothes. Thankfully, I packed a change of clothes in my bag for the day, otherwise, we would have been leaving realllly early.
We walked around for a bit and I got to see a few old friends from my college program days which was so nice. We took a break around 1 and headed back to the resort for a much needed break.
We came back around 5:30 to ride the safari before dinner. Jake was like a kid in a candy shop.
“I liked how close we were to the animals and how cool it was to see them that close to the truck.” – Jake
Dinner was at Tiffin’s and most of us were not too impressed. It was good but not my favorite. I think that dessert was my favorite part of the meal.
Part two coming soon………..