the disney portion part 1

We left West Palm Beach at 6:25 or so (on the dot who am I kidding) and drove directly to our resort, Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. A kind cast member delivered balloons to the kids after sharing the bad news that Anna and Elsa were already on a four hour wait and Fastpass+ was not an option. Not until July. An Elsa balloon no less. Shockingly, our room was available (8 hours before check-in time) so we were able to unload the cars and settle a bit. And by settle I mean pee and go to the nearest bus stop. We stayed in a two-bedroom villa and it was deemed good. 

Magic Kingdom was on the agenda and wow - it was crowded. I hate crowds. In fact I've never seen MK so crowded. I was deeply, deeply upset by it. I wish the Fastpasses were how they used to be because only having three in a day was such a shame. Most rides were 35-40 minutes and for the Flying Carpets? So not doing that, sorry L. The good news is that in the future you shall be able to get more than three in a day so... at least there's that.

Attractions/characters we did get to do/see:
Tinkerbell & Rosetta
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Space Mountain
It's a Small World
Pirates of the Caribbean
Carousel of Progress (my dad's favorite so it's always a must see)
Tomorrowland People Mover (first timer and it wasn't half bad! You even got to go inside Space Mountain!)
Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor
Walt Disney World Railroad (also a first timer and David was oh so psyched about it)
Haunted Mansion

First time seeing Disney's "CHUGGA CHUGGA":

All the above followed by dinner at Tony's Town Square Restaurant which was very tasty and yet I neglected to take photos of the food because I was just that absorbed into getting it into my belly.  Bread dipped in olive oil. Check. Chicken Parm. Check. Tiramisu. Check. 

We left right after dinner because the kids were d-o-n-e with a capital D. To bed. To bed we said. 

Up next? Epcot.