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Anniversary Disney Trip Report – Day 1 – Airport, Bus, Hotel- Oh My!

on April 1, 2013

First off, hi guys, we are back from the trip and almost recovered.  I apologize for keeping you on pins and needles for an extra week.  I just didn’t realize how long it would take to go through over 2000 photos and adjust to a the real world again.  But I am back now and I will try not to overwhelm anyone with all the fun and adventure in this travel report, so I will go slow.

The Disney anniversary vacation was a whirlwind of fun and we ran and ran until we got back on the plane 8 days later. So it may take me a month to give you the full report. Today we will cover the airports, Disney Magical Express and the Art of Animation Hotel.

So let’s start at the beginning…

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The very beginning 3/16/2013, 6am at IHOP before the airport, all ready to hop on that plane!

We had our traditional breakfast with hubby’s mom since she graciously took us to the airport and watched the pup. We took Southwest non-stop to Orlando, that is the way to go!

No transfers and under 3 hours to Disney, also don’t have to pay to check in bags. Just do early bird check in (for additional cost) to ensure seats together.

Preparing for take off

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Early Bird Check- In makes us happy 232323232%7Ffp54432)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8787634;nu0mrj

And weird! Lol 🙂 232323232%7Ffp734 2)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8787734;nu0mrj

Up, up and Away! Looks like wool! 232323232%7Ffp54388)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8787834;nu0mrj

Nope, we are good. No Gremlins out there!232323232%7Ffp5435 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8787 34;nu0mrj

Nearing Orlando!!!232323232%7Ffp54395)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8787;34;nu0mrj

Look! Hubby found treasure! X marks the spot!232323232%7Ffp5435;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8788234;nu0mrj

Should send this one to Southwest for advertising.232323232%7Ffp54384)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8987434;nu0mrj

Apparently we are exhausted after being on the plane! 232323232%7Ffp54353)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8788334;nu0mrj

Truthfully flight was very easy, was about 2 and a half hours, we read Sky mall and watched Up and then, we were there!

Airport

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First sign I saw on the way to Disney Magical Express bus, yay! Fantasyland!232323232%7Ffp54433)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8788534;nu0mrj

Waiting for our first monorail ride of the week to Terminal.232323232%7Ffp54388)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8788634;nu0mrj

View from Monorail, must be too cool for gators this time.

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On our way to Bus, found Ariel

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As part of our package, we opted for the Disney Magical Express, so we wouldn’t have to worry about anything.

Our luggage meets us at hotel later that day (so if you are going to need something before, bring it in your carry-on) and we head to bus stop and boarded a Disney bus and off to the hotel, it is free with any Disney package.

Here is our bus- stop232323232%7Ffp54363)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8788934;nu0mrj

Our Bus232323232%7Ffp54345)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8988234;nu0mrj

look at Mickey!232323232%7Ffp54366)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8788 34;nu0mrj

Us on the bus, can you tell I was excited?!
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Check out these ears! 232323232%7Ffp54435)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2 58434;nu0mrj

We have reached the promise-land!232323232%7Ffp543 5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2 58534;nu0mrjFirst Glimpse of our hotel- it is hard to take pictures out of a moving bus!

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We disembarked and headed straight to check in, we did the online check-in so all was ready to go and even though it was only 12:30, we got a room and was on top floor as requested 🙂

Art of Animation Resort Lobby- Let me just say, this lobby is breath-taking and you can easily spend hours in here looking at all the pictures (I know we did) and the colors really just made my day. There are tons of pictures we took from this lobby but I will go in order of the time we took them.

This is when we checked in, it reminds me of Figment, with the wave of rainbow panels

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Here are some of the beautiful concept sketches for the movies housed in the Art of Animation Resort, they are The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cars and Finding Nemo.232323232%7Ffp543 9)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2 58634;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp734;2)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2(2;934;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp543;;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2 58834;nu0mrj

Off to Find our room232323232%7Ffp734 6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2 58934;nu0mrj

We chose the Little Mermaid room because they are the only ones in this resort that are not suites and seeing how little we actually were in our room, it was a good thing to save that money.

It did take a little strolling to get there, but not the amount of time others had been saying, I would say maybe a 6 minute stroll and if you take different paths, you can shave that time down.

Here is who we saw on the way to our room.

Mine, Mine, Mine!!

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Nemo sea gulls!

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Be prepared to encounter Scar
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Banzai in the Boneyard232323232%7Ffp73497)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(33 4734;nu0mrj

Hakuna Matata
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Mufasa! Ooh! Say it again!232323232%7Ffp73487)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2586734;nu0mrj

And right outside the elevator to our room, an epic battle brews!

Triton and Ursula confront each other

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We were put in the Triton Building (there are only three LM buildings, Ariel, Triton and Ursula)

Inside our room

Our first towel shape, Mickey!232323232%7Ffp54376)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8988634;nu0mrj

Room with curtain separator 232323232%7Ffp73493)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8789334;nu0mrj

Ariel on the shower curtain232323232%7Ffp54399)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8789434;nu0mrj

Ariel’s Grotto is inside the tub, really love this tile232323232%7Ffp7347;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8789534;nu0mrj

Seashell mirror and us!232323232%7Ffp734 5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8789634;nu0mrj

Octopus coat hanger, love him!!232323232%7Ffp54356)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8789734;nu0mrj

Wait, another towel shape! It’s Ariel in a calm shell 🙂 232323232%7Ffp73484)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8789834;nu0mrj

Bed

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The beds are full size, so hubby and I just snuggled in one, but I guess since the rooms are so new, so are the beds. The bed was pretty stiff but served its purpose.

Sebastian and Flounder swimming up the wall232323232%7Ffp734;2)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;8789;34;nu0mrj

Found Eric and Max next to the bed232323232%7Ffp54353)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;878 234;nu0mrj

And there I am, trapped in another mirror, this one has fish!232323232%7Ffp543;;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;878 334;nu0mrj

Awesome clam-shell chairs232323232%7Ffp543 3)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;878 434;nu0mrj

The table has shells and sheet music to “Under the Sea” printed on it. One of my favorite touches232323232%7Ffp54358)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;878 534;nu0mrj

Floor to ceiling, little Mermaid. Even the floor had shells.232323232%7Ffp734;2)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;878 634;nu0mrjOnce we were done marveling at the theming, we got what we needed to travel to the parks and decided we should find somewhere fun for lunch.

We were on the Deluxe Dining plan, which meant we got Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner along with two snacks a day, so we wanted to try it out since our reservations for dinner weren’t until 6pm at Ohana at the Polynesian. We decided with all the great stuff going on at Epcot for the Flower and Garden festival we would go there.

Stay tuned for tomorrow to read about Epcot…

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One response to “Anniversary Disney Trip Report – Day 1 – Airport, Bus, Hotel- Oh My!

  1. Fay Michael says:

    So glad you let us share your vacation and anniversary. Now I can follow along and see all the fun things you and Kris did at Disney World. Looking forward to seven more days of your amazing adventure. love nana

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