Lala, David, Michael, and I decided to go on our first Disney cruise in May 2014, but of course, you can never do “just a cruise”. We ended up adding 2 nights prior to our actual cruise date - one night for a travel cushion and another night since flights were cheap enough the day before make up the difference.
We left on a Saturday with bells on our toes and a Disney song in our hearts. After arriving at MCO, I was thrilled to use our magic bands for the first time. I was skipping to the cast member to board the Magical Express when he motioned to the round Mickey icon to touch my band - I about fell over! Green glowing Mickey head meant go, so we hopped on the bus on the way to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. As this was our first time at this resort, we were quite overwhelmed by the size. Initially, Michael and David said they would walk to our room while Lala and I waited on the shuttle. Our driver chuckle and said, “They’ll be back.” Sure enough, they came jogging back to us to ride along as they had underestimated the length of the walk ahead in the dark.
We had a short and sweet stay at Caribbean Beach Resort. With only one night there, we did our best to see everything we could! We mailed coconuts home as post cards, ate pizza, and walked as much of the resort as possible.
Up bright and early the next morning, Lala and I wanted to show Michael and David the BoardWalk for the first time. We walked to the closest bus stop and rode to Hollywood Studios. We made a short stop outside the gates to make sure our Magic Bands with Memory Maker were working!
We then took a boat over to Disney’s BoardWalk; it was a beautiful day to wander! Breakfast at the BoardWalk Bakery was incredible. For the next hour we browsed the gift shops and visited the show suite for Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas. To get to our next resort Bay Lake Tower, we walked to the Beach Club and waited on the bus to the Magic Kingdom.
Sadly our suite was not ready when we arrived at Bay Lake Tower, so we freshened up and headed to our lunch at Fulton’s Crab House. A quick bus ride to Downtown Disney, and we arrived just in time for our lunch reservation. We browsed the shops after lunch, but due to the heat and crowds it wasn’t long until we headed back to Bay Lake Tower.
Dinner that night was at the always magnificent California Grill. The food, ambiance, and view cannot be beaten.
We were up early again the next morning to pack up and wait on the Magic Express bus to Port Canaveral. The real adventure was about to begin.