Disney Trip Report: Day 1

The day of vacation finally arrived. We were set to depart March 16 of 2010. We went to the airport, checked in, got on our Southwest flight and began the long journey to Florida.

Orlando International Airport

Disney's Magical Express

We disembarked our plane and immediately saw signs telling us where to find Disney’s Magical Express. Instead of waiting for our bags and finding transportation ourselves, we were able to just head to Disney’s own special area of the airport. We had our free bus tickets scanned, they told us which line to head to based on our resort, and we walked down the line. Almost instantly a bus pulled up for us. We hopped aboard and after everyone was loaded on, the bus began to drop people off at their resorts. We were about the fourth or fifth stop and it took some time but it wasn’t a bad experience. They have a video for you to watch and start getting excited about and the driver points out interesting sights.

So what about the luggage? That’s part of the Disney magic. When you get your confirmation information in the mail from Disney, they include special luggage tags to attach to all your belongings. When you head to your resort, your luggage will still be being unloaded from the plane. All Disney luggage gets separated and the tag gets scanned and tells them which resort you’ll be staying at. You can check into your resort and head to the parks and when you return, like magic your luggage will be in the room waiting for you. After 10 PM and before 5 AM, flights don’t automatically transfer this luggage so double check flight times before skipping the luggage carousal.

Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

Once we were dropped off at the hotel, we began checking in. There was no one else in line so it was super easy. When checking in, they give you your room assignment and your Key to the World card. This card is magic too. It is the key to your hotel room. It contains all your ticketing information and is scanned when you enter a park. If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, it’s how they pay for your meal. If you want a Fast Pass for a ride, you scan this card. Each card has your name and length of stay printed on it so you don’t want to lose it. When we checked in, we also opted to have our Key to the World card linked to our credit card. This meant we could buy souvenirs around the park or pay for extras not included in the dining plan without ever breaking out our actual credit cards. It was an issue of convenience and we found it very handy.

After checking in, we decided to put our carry-on luggage in our room. Our room assignment was room 7562. This was in building 7B or a Rancho. Our room ended up being a handicapped accessible room with a single king bed right by the fourth bus stop. We checked out the room a little (I’ll feature the resort and all it’s features next week) and headed out to the bus stop. We were hungry for food and fun.

Magic Kingdom

Tomorrowland Speedway v4

Personal Photo

When we got to Disney, we immediately headed to Columbia Harbour House to use our first counter service meal. I’ll be doing a big Disney food post Monday so I’ll feature what we ate then. We got nice and full though. We were a bit too stuffed to go on a crazy ride so we walked over to Mickey’s PhilharMagic. It’s a 4D theater with a performance that gets you in the Disney spirit. If you’re unsure of what 4D is, it’s basically a 3D movie with interactive elements. They’re a popular thing around Disney and they are all worth seeing.

Once our food was settled, we hit up a few more rides. We rode on Tomorrowland Speedway and The Haunted Mansion. By this point it was getting later in the day and we had evening plans. We decided to ride the complimentary bus back to our resort and get ready for our fun evening. Our bags were waiting for is in our hotel room, just like magic.

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney v3

Personal Photo

We had a big evening planned for our first night. We were to eat our first table service meal and catch a show. Our dinner was at Wolfgang Puck Cafe and it was so good and filling. After our big meal, we walked around for a bit and explored the shops in and around Downtown Disney’s West Side. We were killing time until our big show at Cirque du Soleil La Nouba. It was a great show, with acrobatics and music, tricks and storytelling. It was a great way to end our first day at Disney. After the show, we caught a ride back to the hotel and worked on getting a good night’s sleep.


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