Monday, June 30, 2008

We Went to Disney World!

Saturday morning, June 21, at 8:35 the family boarded the plane for Orlando via Dallas. Mrs. Driller, myself, our daughter, her husband, and the four members of the grandcrew. It was the first plane trip for the two youngest and they made the most of it.

De plane, de plane!!

We arrived in Orlando about 3:00 local time. It was raining, which is normal central Florida weather this time of year. By the time we got to the resort, the rain had quit, the humidity had set in, but it was cooler. After we got checked in, we headed to Downtown Disney. We had made arrangements with Disney to pick up our luggage at the airport and deliver it directly to the resort, great service! Our hotel was only a few blocks from DD. We stayed in a two bedroom condo at Saratoga Springs Resort on Disney property. This is the most convenient way to visit Disney World. All of your transportation is provided via bus or monorail. At Downtown Disney we purchased the first round of souvenirs. I got a baseball cap that chronicled the history of Mickey Mouse. The cap would be my constant companion the remainder of the week. Although we had purchased a Disney Deluxe Meal Plan, we had dinner at Rain Forest Cafe that evening. The food was excellent and the grand crew enjoyed the atmosphere.

My New Hats!

After dinner we wandered through a few more shops before heading home. I began to collect a few Disney pins. This is something that I resisted five years ago, but what can I say, this is probably our last trip to see Mickey and friends so I spent a little more money on silly stuff than I might have otherwise.

My Mickey Pins

Once that our shopping was completed , it was time to walk back to the resort and bring a close to day one at Walt Disney World. Stay tuned, tomorrow we're going to Hollywood Studios. It's Star Wars week-end! You don't want to miss it.

Note: In additon to all of the shops, Downtown Disney has plenty of food and entertainment. There is Rain Forest Cafe, Planet Hollywood, Wolfgang Puck, Raglan Road (Irish Pub & Grill), Fulton's Crab House, Cirque Du Soliel, Disney Quest (video gamer's Nirvanah), House of Blues, and a 24 screen cinema among the line-up. You're sure to find something to entertain you.
As always, just click on any photo to enlarge and see the details. You might want to do that for the pins.


DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

Okay, this sounds great... more than great, fantastic! ...and I'm glad you spoiled everyone including yourself!

...and now, despite it being an early morning, reading the words, "Raglan Road (Irish Pub & Grill)", has put an extreme craving in my head for either bangers and mash or a good chunk of sheppard's pie!

DrillerAA said...

Matthew, both were available, but I settled for a 10 oz. ribeye..mmmmm good.

Amy, aka ABB said...

Don't stop - I want to hear more!

Sandee said...

How fun. I'd love to go. I'm now hungry for that ribeye you just mentioned too. Have a great day. :)

Travis Erwin said...

I'm waiting for the post about the fishing.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

I am also a pin collector...OOOO a old ski cap with all the pins!

Dave said...

I'm so jealous you were there for Star Wars weekend.

Glad to hear you guys had a great time.

Travis Cody said...

They have a Downtown Disney at Disneyland too. It bridges the gap between Disneyland and California Adventure.

You can spend a whole day just exploring all the shops, activities, and restaurants there!