Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ethan's First Trip to Walt Disney World: Pop Century Resort

On September 9th we headed to the Nashville Airport to fly to Orlando.  Ethan was good on the plane but he refused to sleep until just before we landed.  Luckily, it was a short flight.  After we landed, we eventually found Disney's Magical Express -- charter buses that take you to your Disney Resort Hotel.  We didn't have to wait at all to get on our bus but once on board, it took about 20 minutes before we left the airport.  There are 2 great things about Disney's Magical Express:  1) You don't have to hire a shuttle or taxi or get a rental car to get to Disney -- the buses are a nice, easy way to get to the resort...for free, and 2) Disney also picks up your luggage and puts your bags in your hotel room for you -- no need to wait at baggage claim (when traveling with kids/babies, this is an awesome feature!).  It was about a 40 minute drive to our hotel.

On the Magical Express bus

We got there just as Grandma and Grandpa Wade were arriving at Disney (they drove from TN) so we checked in, fed the baby, and then planned to head to Downtown Disney for dinner at Wolfgang Puck's Express.  We just missed the bus when we got to the bus stop but the next bus arrived about 10 minutes later...awesome!  It started pouring on the ride over and unfortunately, even though Ethan had a stroller raincover (thank you, Aunt Ashley!) and I had an umbrella, I had left our rain-ponchos in the hotel room.  We hung out in the bus-shelter for a few minutes getting the stroller/rain cover set up and then made a mad dash for the first store we could find...The Christmas store.  We stayed there until the rain slowed and then started looking for a place to eat.

Dinner was OK.  Not bad, but not great either, and after dinner we walked around Downtown Disney.  Cayne loved the Lego store (and the water monster made out of Legos) and I loved the bulk Mr. Potato Head pieces (Disney, Star Wars, Classic...just about anything you could think of).

At Downtown Disney

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