This definitely hasn’t been the ideal beginning of our trip….we left Seattle at about 9 pm on Tuesday night - we got through the airport ok, though security lines were long and it’s always hectic with the kids. Our flight was originally delayed but then ended up being on time which was good. We were on the plane by 11:20 or so, and arrived in Atlanta at 7:30. The kids slept the whole flight and I tried- but didn’t. They were both asleep on me so by the end of the flight I was exhausted and uncomfortable. Luckily our flight in Atlanta was the next gate over, so no running through the airport to catch our connecting flight. We boarded at 8:30, and arrived in Florida at 10:30am.
When we got to Florida, we noticed camera crews in the airport and herds of people. There was a Harry Potter plane that had just landed and rumors were the cast was on it arriving for opening day of Wizarding World of Harry Potter on the 18th @ Universal Studios. Because I was tired, and just wanted to get out of there, we didn’t hang around. (much to the dismay of the kids).
We hit up Starbucks, and headed to the main terminal to find the Disney Express busses to take us to the hotel. We are staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort- a moderate resort according to their classifications. Our room wasn’t ready yet so I decided to tackle the problem that had arisen the night before- replacing my phone. It has been dying slowly but crashed completely at SeaTac airport.
I grabbed a taxi after checking in and embarked on a nightmare of getting lost, and long lines in the tmobile store. It was awful considering how tired I was. With new phone in hand, we headed back to the resort. By this time it was close to 2 pm. We had food in the big food court, and got hydrated (it was 100 degrees at this point). We took a walk around the resort, which was simply beautiful. Beaches, hammocks and an awesome pool and kids play area. It is themed to look like Caribbean villages. The resort is so big you need to take an internal bus to get around- it would take nearly 30 minutes to walk from our room to the front desk.
We got checked in at 3, and called down to bell services to get our bags brought up and realized Piper’s luggage was missing…we had it shipped down (a luggage company that is insured, and they ship fed ex) last week so I was not foreseeing problems…but her suitcase was missing leaving only her dress, a nightgown and a swimsuit on her back. Not ideal!
After many phone calls they assured me they would find it but most likely not before we have to leave for our cruise Fri morning. However I was authorized to spend what I needed to replace the items in the meantime to make sure she has things for the cruise and I will get reimbursed.
We planned to go out for dinner but by this point I was too tired, so we ordered pizza in. Both kids crashed by 8 pm which made me think we were adjusted to the time zone already.
The next morning we all got up between 9:30 and 10- so late for us!
We had a good morning spent at the Downtown Disney area- but it was SO hot (about 95 degrees). We walked around at the outdoor Lego imagination center, and the big World of Disney Store. Piper bought a baby Simba animal, and Aidan got a small lego set.
We had lunch and the kids played in the fountains and then we headed to the big toy store. They have many stations there with unlimited toys for a certain price. Piper spent the rest of her money on a fill a box with My Little Pony things (all Disney outfits, etc) and Aidan made a build your own Light Saber.
We headed back to the hotel because it started thundering, and right when we got here it started pouring. So odd considering it’s in the high 80’s right now.
We waited until the rain tapered off a bit before heading out to Target to replace all of Piper's clothes. We took a taxi each way but it was pretty close by so not too big of a deal. We went over to the food court in the hotel for a quick dinner and then a walk back to our room. It was so pretty at dusk! The kids even saw a bunny hopping around the resort by our room. After a bit we crashed for the night- tomorrow was the cruise!!