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…
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
Truthfully flight was very easy, was about 2 and a half hours, we read Sky mall and watched Up and then, we were there!
View from Monorail, must be too cool for gators this time.
On our way to Bus, found Ariel
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.
We have reached the promise-land!First Glimpse of our hotel- it is hard to take pictures out of a moving bus!
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
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!!
Nemo sea gulls!
Triton and Ursula confront each other
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!
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.
Floor to ceiling, little Mermaid. Even the floor had shells.Once 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…