Walt Disney World Vacation Trip Report - Day 1

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be writing my first trip report about Walt Disney World from October 13th-19th. I brought back many pictures and a lot of memories that I'd like to share.

My wonderful girlfriend Melissa and I went on the trip together and had a fantastic time. Here we are on the Magical Express.

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We probably had the best bus driver. He was super friendly and had an amazing accent. I took a video because I loved it so much.

So on we went to the Wilderness Lodge. I was so excited to get there because it has been 9 years since I was last in Disney. We finally get there to check in and was bummed because there was no way we would be able to use Magic Bands. Wilderness Lodge started testing the bands the following day after our arrival so there was no way of getting them. Oh well! Onto our room!

We have a studio room booked in the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge. My girlfriends parents are DVC members so we were able to use some of their points. Thank you! As we are heading to our room, we find out there is so far from everything else in the hotel. I couldn't believe how long the hallway was. It just kept going and going. Finally we get to our room and first thing I do is capture a quick video of the layout.

One problem with the room though, there is a musty urinate smell...

We decide to grab food because we are starving at this point so we head to the Roaring Fork to get a meal. I end up getting a pulled pork sandwich with zucchini salad.

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After we eat we head back to the room and we honestly couldn't take the smell so we had to call the front desk to complain. Within minutes they gave us a new room! Thank goodness because it ended up being really close to the main lobby, Merchantile and the buses! So close to everything so I'm glad there was a smell that allowed us to change rooms. A little less walking to do. 

Anyways, after we unpacked we wanted to head straight to the Magic Kingdom. By the time we were leaving for the park, it was around 5 or 6.

I took some photos of the WL on the way out to the boat.

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Finally the boat has arrive and we are on our way to the Magic Kingdom

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It was so surreal stepping into the Magic Kingdom after so long. I still couldn't believe that I made it. On our way in, we decided to grab a couple photos.

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The Halloween Decorations were so cool!

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We asked a couple of woman to take our photo in return we would do the same for them. I couldn't tell ya how many times this occurred during out trip. Don't be afraid to ask others to help you out with a photo if there aren't any photopass people around.

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On our way to Adventureland we stumbled around a photopass photographer and asked him to take our picture. By the way, none of the photos you see will be from Photopass cameras. Everything was taken on my Canon T3i.

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We made our way to Adventureland and decided that Pirates of the Caribbean had to be our first ride.

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I haven't seen it with the added Jack Sparrow animatronics. I thought the additions were pretty cool for the updated ride. It was good to see Disney updated a lot of their older rides.

After that we headed over to Frontierland to see what the wait times for Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad were like. They were still pretty long at that point so we decided to grab a Fastpass for BTMR. I would much rather wait in the queue for Splash Mountain than BTMR. The line tends to be much hotter and uncomfortable in the BTMR queue.

After grabbing the Fastpasses, we continued on through Frontierland and headed for the Haunted Mansion.

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I noticed that added a few new things especially the hitchhiking ghosts at the end. They did a cool animation and switched the heads of my girlfriend and I! Thought that was awesome.

We kept making our way towards New Fantasyland because we had Be Our Guest dinner reservations at 9:15. Neither of us have been to New Fantasyland and thought they did an amazing job capturing each tower and castle from the classic Disney films. Well and Tangled, of course.

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The hanging lanterns by the restrooms were awesome. Made me feel like I was in a fantasy movie.

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We decided to check out the Little Mermaid dark ride.

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To be honest, I was a little disappointed and thought the attraction was pretty lame. I felt they relied too much video animation and had mediocre animatronics. Probably one of my least favorite things from the whole trip. Sorry Disney, you could have done better.

By the time we were done with that, it was just about time to eat at Be Our Guest!

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I tried getting a reservation way in advance but had no such luck. I would check every now and then to see if anything opened up. Finally one day in September a spot was open! If you haven't had any luck, I suggest to keep trying because you never know. I also talked with some people throughout the trip and they said they were able to get a table at the last minute for a late meal. Guess people don't want those late reservations. More for us!

It was so beautiful inside. We were met by two Minotaurs holding up part of the castle.

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We then entered into the beautiful as our hostess gave us a tour of the restaurant. The attention to detail was simply stunning.

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There was a nice little rose napkin folded onto of our plates. Later in the night after dinner, we stumbled across a cast member folding rose napkins. We asked him if he could show us how its done and I couldn't believe how simple it actually is.

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As our appetizer we ordered Assorted Cured Meats and Sausages served with Cornichons, Pickled Onions, and a Toasted Baguette. It had a lot of interesting meats that I've never tried before but I loved them all. My girlfriend... not so much ha.

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For Dinner I ordered Braised Pork that is slow cooked for eight hours with mushrooms, onions, carrots and bacon served with Mashed Potatoes and green beans. The meat seriously melted as I cut my fork into it. It was some of the most tender meat I have ever eaten. So delicious!

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Melissa tried the Layered Ratatouille that had Oven-baked Zucchini, Eggplant, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Caramelized Onions sliced and layered on Quinoa served with a Bell Pepper Sauce. That was amazing as well.

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We met a a couple of nice women from the Netherlands who were sitting next to us. They were on their last day of their trip that began 13 days earlier. They gave us some great Food & Wine Festival tips. We asked them to take our picture and in return we would take theirs. They happily agreed.

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After finishing our meal, we decided to skip dessert and head on out. But before you leave, you have a chance to meet the Beast! My girlfriend asked where Belle was and he told us that she was off reading somewhere. He was a hoot.

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Now before I left on the trip, I told myself that I would get a selfie pic with every single character I had to chance to me. It definitely made it a lot more fun to meet the characters. So here is my first selfie with Beast.

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After meeting Beast, we decided to explore the restaurant a little bit. In another dining area, it has the torn picture of the beast and the enchanted rose. Both really cool to see.

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When we were heading out, I almost completely forgotten about the beautiful stain glass window of Beauty and the Beast. I want one in my house.

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After a wonderful meal at Be Our Guest, we moved our way back over to Frontierland to Ride BTMR and Splash Mountain. I'm not even sure how we were able to handle it but we kept our food down ha. We went on BTMR first.

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We then headed to Splash Mountain which leads to an interesting story.

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As we descend down the final drop, our boat comes to a sudden halt at the bottom! Melissa and I are in the back and I immediately am afraid that the next boat will ram into us. Thankfully that didn't happen, phew!

 

We were sitting there for probably like 15 minutes. A guy came to our rescue but had to wait for someone else to get us out of the boat. I guess for safety precautions, they have to have two cast members. We had to walk along side the rest of the ride and eventually the cast members lead us into a back stage area. Two other cast members were handing out fast passes for any ride! Score! They expired in 2 days so we had time to use them.

It was after 11 by this point and we decided to head back to the hotel. Magic Kingdom was open until 3am that night but there was no way we could do that ha.

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 We couldn't help by get ice cream on the way out. It was the homemade ice cream parlor on Main Street but I can't remember the name. I forgot to take pictures of the desserts. Sorry...

Well that wraps it up for Day 1 in Disney and that wasn't even a full day. I can't wait to share more with you guys. Coming up on Day 2 is Animal Kingdom and the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!