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Old 06-11-2009, 07:54 PM   #1
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First Trip Report June 4-11 @ The Beach Club

Setting: Family of 5 from North Central Indiana. Mom, Dad, and three princesses. Ages 7,5,3. 7 nights at the Beach Club Resort. Standard View Room. June 4-11, 2009

Travel Arrangements made directly with Disney including Airfare, Magical Express, and Resort Check In on the way home.

ADR's made at Cinderella's Royal Table for dinner, Coral Reef for lunch, Cape May for Breakfast, Crystal Palace for lunch, Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch, Chef Mickey's for Breakfast.

Day 1: Flight left Indianapolis at 3PM. We arrived in Orlando on time and ready to roll. We made our way to they Magical Express where there was no line....none whatsoever! We walked through all the check in points and right on to our bus. We did wait 15 minutes or so for more ME customers to arrive. We soon left with a bus half full. After a short bus ride we were unloading at the Beach Club. There was no line to check in. I walked up gave my name and we had the area of the resort we had requested and were off to our room in a matter of minutes.

I stopped by bell services to get a couple of packages we had waiting...they said they would bring them to us. We walked to our room and three minutes later a knock on the door. The Bellman had our packages and our luggage that may take up to three hours later to arrive. After a quick refresher we were off on Disney Transport to the Magic Kingdom for our ADR with Cinderella. Then it started to rain....no big deal....it is Florida in June. We pulled out our Poncho's bought at Target prior to departure. Plasticed up and entered the park. We had our photo taken in the rain and ponchos on Main Street. We proceeded to the Castle, checked in, walked in, got pics taken with Cinde were escorted to our table. As a dad of three daughters I was more than pleased with the opportunity for my little princesses to meet THE princess of all time. Dinner was excellent from my wife's point of view. She had the prime rib and loved it. I had the lamb and it was slightly above average. Kids all ate....but they didn't care...they were in the castle!!! The show with the fairy godmother and two of the mice was cute and my girls enjoyed it all.....so I did too.

The rain continued through dinner which was awesome because when we were done the park had emptied a bit. We walked on the Carousel and then waited 5 minutes to ride Dumbo. By this time it was more than enough for our first day. Travel, transfer, check in, dinner and a couple of rides. It was 9:15PM and my 5 year old daughter was ready for bed. So home to the Beach Club we went. Where we all slept on the wonderful beds till morn!

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Day 2 Animal Kingdom

Friday June 5, 2009
Day 2

We were up early with the energy of the first full day of our trip to The World. We ate breakfast in the room from the supply of groceries that were delievered from GardenGrocer (would certainly do that again!!!) Milk, Juice, Poptarts and fresh fruit were on the menu. We wanted to get to the park as close to opening as possible and I believe it was around 9:15-20 when the bus arrived in the Animal Kingdom drop off area. We had gotten involved in a stroller swap, which was awesome, and had the stroller in had and rolling.

We went straight to Africa once we entered the park. We stopped along the way for some PhotoPass pics. But once we hit Africa we went to Kilimanjaro Safaris where the standby wait time was 15 minutes so we jumped right on. My kids absolutely loved this ride. The animals were so close, the views were amazing. When the bridge "nearly" fell my girls all screamed! It was hilarious. They loved the ride so much they wanted to ride it again. So I got Fastpasses to ride it again so we could do some other things. Next we went to The Festival of the Lion King to try to catch the next performance. When we got there we had a bit of time until the next show. So we walked over to Camp Minmie-Mickey to meet the crew. They were just opening up. We were the first people of the day to meet Minnie (timing was impeccable!) Minnie and her handler walked out right as we were walking up. We met Minnie, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. The longest wait we had for any of them was 5 minutes. After 30 minutes or so of Camp Minnie-Mickey we went to the Lion King. What a show!! We all loved it! The monkey crew was AWESOME. We sat in the Giraffe section about row 4.

Lunch was next...Flame Tree BBQ..I would eat there again in a heartbeat! (Eat before 11:15 In any of the parks....it saves so much time in line!!)

After that we walked around the Tree, took some pics and found DeVine. I had read about her and when we found her only a couple of other people were there. My kids(and me) were very entertained....to watch her walk, and pose was something to be seen. A very worthy stop in your day at Animal Kingdom. We also did the Maharaja Jungle Trek......I don't really recall if that was before or after DeVine.....it was days and many memories ago...

My girls spent a lot of time looking at animals...talking to cast members. We even tracked a Rhino with a cast member. She was fantastic and my girls are still talking about that experience.

We took the train to the conservation station, got to take a pic with an owl, help a CM measure out food for some of the animals, and generally look around at the things there. This stop was absolutely worth our time as well.

We did the Pagani Exploration Trail. This was great as well. Lots of animals, up close and personal. When we finished with this we hit the Safari with our Fastpass. Our second Safari experience was better than the first. A thunderstorm had rolled through and cooled things off a bit. It was still a sprinkle in the air as we got on our Jeep. As we traveled though the lands the animals had been cooled off and were up and more active than our morning encounter. We actually saw Rhinos running....really running. Even our guide was amazed. We had to stop the jeep so the Running Rhinos had plenty of room to cross the road. It was very cool. We also so Cheetahs up and moving, a pair of horned antelope (no clue on the real name) up and butting each other with their horns. Pretty cool stuff.

After our safari we found a spot to watch the afternoon parade up in the front of the park near the exit. We found a spot on the front row...parked mom and kids and I headed off for some popcorn and drinks. We waited 20 minutes or so until the parade came by. But in the 20 minutes of wait time a CM asked for volunteers to come out and play Pictionary to entertain the crowd before the parade. My eldest was the first one picked to play. I missed all of that waiting in line for popcorn....but my wife said my daughter was eating it all up. After she was done they gave her a certificate for helping.

The Parade....was great! Many of the people came by for high fives and hand shakes from my girls. When the parade was over we hit the busses and went back to the BC for some pool time. Which was well received by my kids and wife!

Dinner: Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club. The best burger I ate while in The World!

Day 2....was outstanding!
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Day 3 EPCOT

We started Day 3 with breakfast in the room. And then headed off very quickly to EPCOT for the day. We also met my mother in law today as well. We all headed over to Soarin' for the first event of the day. Since my youngest daughter is very small and does not meet the 40 inch requirement for many rides my wife took her on the boat ride in The Land...I don't know the name of it. The rest of us rode Soarin' and absolutely loved it. It was incredible. Much more than I could have imagined! The sensation of flying through the air...the wind...the smells.....just amazing! Our standby wait time was only 15 minutes or so. We did grab fastpasses on the way out since the girls wanted to ride again. After Soarin we headed over to The Sea. We did the Little Mermaid ride and Turtle Talk with Crush. The ride was certainly good for the younger kids. Turtle talk was fabulous. The way Crush interacts with the kids and adults in the room was hilarious! We laughed all day about it. And Crushed reminded the kids that they are supposed to say "dude" as much as they can the rest of the day. Parents, he said, your welcome! In his surfer dude voice. I enjoyed Turtle Talk as much as my kids. We also explored The Sea area a bit....checking out the tanks, and coloring at the Kidcot station, which we also did in The Land as well. My girls enjoyed doing all of this.

Probably one of the funnier things that happened was they were having a dolphin viewing in one of the tanks while we were there. The trainer was in the water and we could only see the trainer and the dolphins through a small door on the other side of the tank. They were trying to get the dolphins to enter the smaller tank so we could all get a good look. However, the dolphins were having none of it. They would take a peek in the door and then just swim away. It was really kind of funny. The CM that was inside with us just laughed about it saying things like the dolphins are going to do what they want to do.

After this time we headed to the Coral Reef for our ADR. This place was a favorite of the adults but the kids thought it was just ok. They ate the food and all but our seats were not close to the tanks so the atmosphere was not quite as exciting as it could have been. My wife, her mom, and I certainly enjoyed the food. Mahi Mahi, Tilapia, and steak were our choices and all three were found to be very good.

After lunch we headed back to the BC for some rest and relaxation at the pool. Staying at the BC was a huge benefit for seeing EPCOT. We did not return until dinner time used our fastpasses for Soarin again. And in our entire week at WDW the only meal that I ate that was not good was this one. We walked back through The World Showcase just checking things out. We did ride the Maelstrom (5 minute wait) We finally stopped to eat in America. I don't recall the name of the establishment, which is ok because the food was like a school cafe. It certainly was not grade A....maybe grade E for edible. The restaurant was just to the left of Liberty Hall (while facing it) and faced the main walkway of The World Showcase. Don't go there!

After dinner we went and got a spot on the bridge going back to the International Gateway to watch the fireworks. We waited for 30 minutes or so before the show began. The fireworks were as billed......awesome! The entire family enjoyed the show and the great thing was when the fireworks were over we were back in our room in less than 10 minutes. It was a late night but we thought that would be ok since day 4 would start with ADR for breakfast at Cape May in The Beach Club and a late arrival at Hollywood Studios!
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Sounds like you are all having a great time. Love to read the TR on people that have never been before.

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You can upload the pics to photobucket or similar and copy/paste the image code here. Resize the images to "website/blog" size and go from there! It sounds like you had a great time and can't wait to hear more about your trip!
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Here are my three daughters waiting for the SpectroMagic Parade at Magic Kingdom. Yep, I bought them the Minnie ears...nothing more cute than my girls in Minnie ears!



This is the whole family at Camp Minnie-Mickey. We met all the characters that day in less than 30 minutes!

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From The Boardwalk looking back at The Beach Club


View of The Castle from my flying Dumbo




The family with Minnie
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