Thursday, October 10, 2019

Day 1: Disney Travel & Arrival

Back in August, we spent a very quick weekend at Walt Disney World and although we were short on time, we had a ton of fun!

Earlier in 2019, we scoured the calendar for a weekend that would work to take a short getaway. I didn't think it was going to happen at first, but I'm so glad everything worked out and fell into place!

We also had several reasons for this trip - the number one reason being that we had some extra DVC points to use! Among other reasons, we also wanted to get Brayden's AP activated and take him to see the new Lightning McQueen Racing Academy (which turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip)! More on that in the next post, though...

We left on a Friday, I worked until noon that day, then we drove to New Orleans to catch a 6 p.m. flight. We knew our Friday would be long but we didn't care - we were going to Disney!!

We arrived at MCO around 9 p.m. and headed straight for Magical Express. Due to the time change, our bodies thought it was technically 8 p.m. and we hadn't eaten dinner yet. Although none of us were starving, we definitely wanted to eat dinner somewhere.

Magical Express was technically a ghost town which meant we were the first one on our bus! This also meant we got to sit for a while....a long while....and wait on the bus to fill up a bit more before taking off. Whomp whomp.

Finally though, we were off! We were also super excited to discover that Old Key West was our first stop! YAY!

Welcome Home! Best feeling in the world!

On our way to Old Key West, we received a text that included our room number. Since this was a new resort to us, (and it's BIG) we were completely lost. After attempting to figure out our way on a map, I asked a cast member at the hospitality house which way we should start walking. She asked if we'd ever stayed there and when we told her no, she asked us to wait. Minutes later (and much to my surprise), a very friendly bellman wearing a navy blue name tag (you know, those extra special ones) pulled up on a golf cart to take us to our room!! Along the way, he also gave us a "tour" of the resort which was super nice. What a special touch!

By this time, it was approaching 10:45 p.m. and we still hadn't eaten dinner. While waiting at the hospitality house earlier, we asked about dinner and they recommended calling out a pizza. Even though we had a long day and yes, I know it was late, we decided to take a bus to Disney Springs for two reason - #1 was to activate Brayden's AP so we wouldn't have to wait in line the following morning at the parks to do so and #2 we saw that Blaze Pizza was open until midnight or 12:30 a.m. and we really wanted to try it!

So, off to Disney Springs we went!

Since it was so late, Disney Springs was rather empty and I loved it! After asking about activating AP's at Guest Services, we were directed to the new ticketing location just down the way. Brayden loved playing on the colored bean bags by the TV in the back corner while we activated his ticket!

Finally, it was time to eat dinner! Jason ordered a pizza for himself and I ordered a pizza for Brayden and I to share. It was SO good, y'all!

I also found out that there's a Blaze pizza about an hour up the road from where I live! What a fun little way to have a piece of Disney at home with you!! I'll definitely visit in the near future!

The best part of all of this is that Brayden took a super late nap on the plane, he slept the entire flight, and he was good to go for the evening! We were shocked and pleasantly surprised to say the least! Yes, we were those parents who had our toddler at Disney Springs at midnight. It's vacation - YOLO!

Have you ever spent a late night at Disney Springs? What's your favorite quick service location at Disney Springs?

Friday, October 4, 2019

Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno

Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney's Boardwalk Resort has been on my list for a while as a "must do". So, when the opportunity arose on our most recent (and super quick) August Disney World trip, I knew I had to snag it!

We were able to book this reservation just a few weeks out from our trip. We also decided to go with an 8 a.m. breakfast time so we would have more time in the parks after breakfast. Our plan worked out great!

Also let's face it - this breakfast wasn't intended to entertain my toddler as he has no clue who any of these characters are (Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Ariel, Prince Eric) was mostly for me. There, I said it. Now that we have that out of the way, let's move on to the fun stuff!

Both Jason and I had trouble deciding on a dish from the menu as they all sounded amazing! I ended up asking our waitress about the menu favorites and she listed the Royale Breakfast as number one (which Jason ended up ordering) and the King Triton's Shipwreck al Forno as number two (which I ended up ordering)!

A frying pan of pastries was also delivered to our table shortly after we sat down. You know, similar to the one Rapunzel hit Flynn Ryder over the head with!

It's the little details that make this breakfast experience so fun!

Flynn Ryder was the first to stop by our table and y'all, he was seriously hilarious and definitely my favorite of the day!

I missed the beginning encounter as I was tending to the toddler, but apparently Jason called him "Eugene". Well, I was drawn into the conversation when I heard him respond with...."Ssssshhhhh! A man's fake reputation is all he has!"After chatting for a few minutes and taking pictures, he knelt down next to my completely un-interested toddler and began talking to him about Pascal and towers and the Snuggly Duckling. The more my toddler ignored him, the more he talked. Y'all, I was laughing so hard I was crying!! He was seriously the best!

Ariel and Rapunzel were fabulous as always!

You see what I mean about un-interested toddler?

Yep. Hot. Mess. Express.

I will give it to him though - he was a pretty good sport during breakfast itself for being so overtired from travel. I'll have to plan these things out better in the future!

Jason's Royale Breakfast included steak, asparagus, and potatoes. All of it was ranked as delicious in his book!

My King Triton Shipwreck al Forno was a calzone with marinara sauce and y' was seriously delicious! I would return here just to eat this dish again! Oh yes, and the Triton was taken away as soon as this photo was snapped. I guess that thing can be seen as dangerous around there!

Brayden's waffles included Flounder and Ariel! So cute!!

Of course he decided to smile for a photo once all of the characters were gone. See what I mean about hot mess express? Toddlers. Gotta love them!

Overall, Jason and I really enjoyed our experience here and agreed we would return for the Bon Voyage breakfast experience at Trattoria al Forno again soon!

Have you ever eaten breakfast at Trattoria al Forno? If so, what were your thoughts on the overall experience?

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