Monday, October 5, 2009

Disney 2009 - Day 1

We were up early this morning. We had to finish the last few packing chores and be at Jesse’s by 8:30a. I was surprised to see deTag already there when we pulled in. He had to come through the nasty Atlanta traffic so he left extra early just to make sure he made it in time.

Jesse had been kind enough to run by Chick-fil-a earlier that morning and pick everyone up some chicken biscuits for breakfast.

Once we were through with our breakfast, Jesse, Darrell and deTag started getting the Thule on top of the Denali and loading everything up. Not long after we started working with the luggage, Steve and Liz arrived. We packed the last few items, got everyone situated and were ready to go. We were officially hit the road at 9:30am.

The trip down was not as drawn out as I had feared. We actually arrived at Disney a little before 5pm. We checked in at the All-Star Music resort, grabbed a luggage cart and were able to get all the luggage in one go. We had requested a room half-way between the Lobby/Food Court and the back of the resort. Instead we were at the very back of the resort – Building 5 in the ‘Country Fair’ section. It made for a longer walk but there was absolutely no noise, especially pool noise. It offered its own privacy and by the end of the week, we were thankful for the location. We had three rooms in s a row. My and Darrell’s room was adjoined with Jesse and deTag’s room with Steve and Liz on the other side of us. Once the luggage was taken to each room, we began to settle in and unpack. This means different things to different people as you can see…

Around 7pm, Zach came over to the resort to visit and escort us to our California Grill reservation. He arrived the most awesome little gift bags with hand=drawn pumpkin faces! Each bag contained a bottle of water, park maps & schedules, snacks, a WDW pen and a Star Wars toy. I ended up with Chewbacca and deTag got Vader – we swapped.

After some visiting, it was time for to get ready and head to dinner at the California Grill in the Contemporary hotel. Zach accompanied us on the bus to the Magic Kingdom and on the monorail over to the Contemporary.

The California Grill was amazing! The food was superb and the view it offered for the fireworks was fantastic. The timing worked out well. We were seated, served drinks and appetizers before Hallowishes. When the fireworks began, we all stepped out on the Observation deck to watch. After the show, our waiter served our dinner and then desert. It was all amazing. I think I am forever spoiled for watching the fireworks show in the Magic Kingdom.

After dinner, we walked from the Contemporary back over to the bus stops for the resorts. We returned to our rooms and prepped for the next big day in the World.

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