I think I have already mentioned this, but I am a bit of a Disney nerd. My family didn't get to take many vacations, but when I was in middle and high school we took an annual trip to Orlando for as much Disney fun as we could squeeze in, and we REALLY cherished these trips. I took a bit of a hiatus from Disney parks for quite a few years, but I've been making up for lost time -- last week was my 6th trip to the World in two years. Hooray for Annual Passes!
|I like how at Disney you're not an adult, you're just "10 or older"|
So, the highlights....
Loved the hotel!
We've stayed at Disney's Beach Club before, and I think this is my favorite resort on property. I LOVE being in the Epcot area -- it is so nice to be able to stroll over to the World Showcase, and I love being a short walk/boat ride to the Swan and Dolphin Hotels and the Hollywood Studios. The theming of the Beach Club is also great. It is reminicent of a New England seaside resort -- lots of white clapboard, rope trim, sea creature motifs, etc. The rooms are light and bright and just scream "vacation" to me.
Also, you may remember I was considering my workout options in case I felt the need to get some exercise in during my trip. I needn't have worried. Our room was quite a hike from the elevators -- more than 160 steps (I kept losing count). Not so bad in the morning, but sometimes that walk after a long day in the park was brutal. Also, *some* people in my family (everyone but me) got lost in the maze of corridors that led to our room.
I am very happy to say that during this trip, we really got to take advantage of the amazing pool at this resort: Stormalong Bay.
Loved the food!
A trip to Disney isn't complete without some great meals, and this visit was no exception. We had a fantastic first dinner at the Cape May Buffet, right in our hotel. This buffet is meant to be an old fashioned New England Clambake -- I'm not a seafood eater, but I definitely didn't go hungry. Chicken, beef tenderloin, pasta, salads, potatoes, corn on the cob, and at least 100 pieces of cornbread. I really liked the cornbread. We hit a few other favorites, like the Crystal Palace (with hugs from Winnie the Pooh!), Pecos Bill (love the burgers and taco salad), and Sunshine Seasons (definitely a change of pace from typical fast food).
I was also glad to introduce my family to Chefs de France, one of my favorite restaurants in Disney. It is pricey, but the prix fixe menu helps make it a little more reasonable. I went with the chopped salad (too hot for French onion soup, unfortunately), braised short ribs, and creme brule. Heaven!
|I love the quality of light in this restaurant at night, so Parisian! This photo does not help you see that at all.|
Despite the crowds, we managed to hit a lot of parks and a lot of rides during our trip. I won't recreate our plan completely, but most memorable were...
Tower of Terror: my favorite ride, hands down! A good day is when I can ride this about a dozen times. We managed 2 rides this time, but I loved each one.
Buzz Lightyear Space Rangers: I finally beat my brother! He ALWAYS wins, but this time we made a dessert wager. I guess that was the motivation I needed to rally and out-shoot him. 417,000 points! Certainly no major record, but a great score for me (hint: aim at the hands of the big robot on the left-hand side of the first room -- each hit is 100,000 points). And my reward was delicious...
|We drew Dale! Can you guess which one is mine?|
It was a great trip, but I am quite happy to be home. I have a busy summer planned -- marathon training for sure, and perhaps a few other big things in the works. There have been so many things that I've been waiting until "after I get back from vacation" to do, and now I'm ready to get to work!