Finally… the Disney World trip report starts!

Okay, so I’ve been busy for quite a while. Thanksgiving travel to see family, move to a new home, hubby went on an overseas trip, finish moving, Christmas and all it’s travel plans, New Year’s travel, no school snow days…. phew!! I’m tired just typing all that! LOL

But then down to the nitty-gritty fun… planning my Disney trip down to the small details, as I so love to do! 😉 Honestly, I don’t think many people believe me when I tell them there is SO MUCH to do at the Walt Disney World resort, that even after many trips, there are still things I haven’t done that are on my bucket list… such as a campfire sing-along with s’mores and a movie with Chip and Dale at Fort Wilderness Campground. There’s just not enough hours in the day while on a Disney vacation. Ha!

So what did I do while at Disney World?? Well, read on my friends. It’s gonna take several posts to cover it all. Just settle in with your favorite drink and some popcorn, and I’ll give you all the amazing details of my 7 days at the Happiest Place on Earth! 😀

Let’s start with the first morning and check in, shall we? I had driven from VA to FL over two days, so the night before I arrived on Disney property, I checked in to the Baymont Inn and Suites not too far from the gates to Walt Disney World. It was clean and comfortable, but some of the other guests were a bit loud. The bed was super plush and sumptuous! I asked at the front desk where it comes from and the answer I got was, “Somewhere in Mexico. Maybe call the housekeeping  manager when you get home. He will know.” I have still yet to do that, but I’d love one of those beds at home.

On to my home-away-from-home…. Yaaayyyy!

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It was a rainy, nasty day, but that sure couldn’t spoil my excitement. I was checking into the Port Orleans Riverside resort! I had heard so many wonderful things about POR as it’s known to Disney fans. I had booked a Royal Guest Room because the pictures look beautiful and I am mesmerized by the headboard with the twinkling “fireflies” and “fireworks”.

My room wasn’t ready when I checked in early, so I got my resort paperwork, parking pass, and “I’m Celebrating” button (more about that in another post), and headed on my way to Downtown Disney for lunch, shopping, and fun. I’ll be writing more about that later, but let’s fast-forward to the amazing room that I was so lucky to be staying in for the week!

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Finally, I’m here! The “mousekeeper” left me a towel Mickey head on the bed. They are known for such cute towel creatures. But I was more astounded by the beautiful and clean beds and creative theming. They really do think of everything!

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Here’s the vanity in the bathroom area. Two sinks, a great ledge for all your beauty products, a bar to hang clothes with hangers (and a bag for laundry if you don’t want to do it yourself, send it off with Mousekeeping), an iron and ironing table, a safe with key, and a blow-dryer. Sorry I didn’t get closer pictures of all those things listed. I was exhausted and ready to hit the hay. 🙂

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Here is the flat-panel TV with tons of channels, and several devoted to the parks, resorts, must-do fun, and so on. The dresser has three drawers for clothing, and the door conceals a refrigerator. On top is a coffee maker with coffee “pods”. It’s a nice clean system, and features Joffrey’s Coffee if you are familiar with them. I was not, and I’m not really impressed, but it sure beats the Nescafe they had before. Also, as most standard hotel rooms have, there is an ice bucket and cups. For me, the ice machine and soda/snack machines were right around the corner. Off to the right of the dresser is a nice stool for sitting, and off to the left is one of the chairs that goes to the table.

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The seating area. Again, sorry I didn’t get better pictures. My stuff was in the way, but on the table is a note from Tiana of Princess and the Frog fame. She’s welcoming her guests to the new Royal Room and wishes them a happy stay. I have to say, Tiana has nice taste in decorating!

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Just a little picture of the little bathroom. It was functional, but tight. Water flow from the showerhead was nice, and I always love the Mickey-themed toiletries that Mousekeeping leaves. I got a ton of those to take home. More on that in a later post, too!

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Outside my building at night… Parterre Place. It was so beautifully landscaped and serene. I was on the backside of the building facing the grass and a tree line, but it was really quiet. I slept very soundly every night I was there.

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Here is a closer look at the colorful water fountain in the courtyard. It was just as pretty during the day, too.

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Okay, friends! I was tuckered out, as they say in the south. I hit the buttons to start my headboard light-show and drifted off to la-la land, happily anticipating the next day in my escape to the world of magic and imagination.

So tell me… What Disney resorts have you stayed at and recommend to friends? What resort have you not stayed at yet, but are dreaming for one day?

(for the record, I can’t wait to stay at the Boardwalk Inn sometime) 🙂

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