We got to Florida late in the afternoon. We were able to bypass the baggage claim and head straight to our hotel, courtesy of Disney's Magical Express. We stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort, one of Disney's best. The little cowboys were thrilled with the Nemo/beach theme in the rooms and the pool that was just feet from the doors to our rooms.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Disney: Day 1
On the morning of New Year's Eve, we were up early, packed and ready to travel! A friend arranged for transportation to the airport, and we were thrilled to meet our driver, Steve. He showed up at my house in a big (brand new) van, wearing an even bigger smile. What a great way to start our trip!
At the airport, the boys showed a healthy fear of the dreaded Security. No one was patted down or even delayed, so we made it to the terminal with plenty of time to spare. While the rest of us took turns entertaining the boys, Dad served as the Keeper of the Stuff.
On our way to Florida!
After we dumped our things, we grabbed a bite to eat in the hotel's marketplace cafe and then caught a shuttle bus to the Magic Kingdom. It didn't take long to realize that we weren't the only people who thought it would be great to spend New Year's Eve in the MK! It was crowded. But the atmosphere was so fun--like one huge party! People were clapping, blowing noise makers, and celebrating everywhere we went. We rode a few family favorites, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Baby's first real roller coaster--he loved it!!!), Pirates of the Caribbean, and Aladdin's Magic Carpets before we finally called it a day and headed back for some much-needed rest.