One night in August of 2008, my family stayed up to watch the Olympics. I was falling asleep on the couch, but wouldn’t go to bed since it was my favorite sport, gymnastics, showing. Looking back, I should have suspected something when my mom kept whispering to my aunt in hushed tones. When I finally went to bed, I found a Disney luggage tag under my pillow. Attached was a note from Mickey: “See you soon!”
Come to find out, my family left for Disney World the following day. My mom had been able to find a really good deal on airfare and hotel prices. Apparently, vacation destinations have a hard time filling up their hotels when school starts. Our family stayed at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, concierge level.
When we arrived at the Orlando airport, we went down to catch a bus to take us to the Disney property. Disney offers a great airport transportation service. They will pick up your luggage at the airport and drop you off in front of your hotel. If you choose to go in the parks right away, your luggage will be waiting for you in your room upon your return. The Boardwalk Resort was amazing. Every little detail of the hotel made the experience seem all the more real. The only drawback was that our room was on the fifth floor at the very end of the hall. With only one set of elevators in the entire hotel, our walk just to get to our room was a challenge. Regardless of the hike it took to get to our room, I wouldn’t change a thing. After all, by the end of the trip, I was in excellent shape.
My absolute favorite thing about going to Disney World was the food. When I think of amusement park food, I think of hotdogs and hamburgers; but at Disney World, they have everything. My family enjoyed food like salads, grilled sandwiches, even sushi. One thing my family invested in that I would recommend to anybody wanting to go to Disney World is the meal plan. Disney offers several meal plans so families have options to choose the best meal plan for them. The meal plan will pay for itself. We ate so well, and that would have cost us big bucks had we not had the meal plan.
Our trip was awesome. The first couple of days were bright and sunny; then came Hurricane Fay. The hurricane didn’t come close enough to the parks to warrant shutting them down and evacuating, but the end of our trip was very, very wet. Even though we wore rain slickers the entire time, it was a blessing in disguise: the locals didn’t want to go to an amusement park in the rain, so the lines were relatively short.
When we left the hotel on the shuttle to the airport, I didn’t want to leave. I had too much fun riding all the roller coasters and eating all the delicious food. The best part about Disney World is that there is something there for everybody. My brother didn’t ride a single roller coaster, but was always busy doing other things like meeting characters or touring the animation studios. We flew back home and relaxed for the 24 hours before we had to go back to school. This was my favorite family vacation so far.
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