One night? Are we nuts? If you think so, well, click here for our explanation...
Our short trip turned out to be fantastic! (And shorter than we thought...we lost an hour to Daylight Savings!) It was great weather, mid-to-high-80s with low humidity, perfect for park touring! This was our 3rd early Spring visit, and all three visits were very comfortable weather-wise. Crowd levels were amazingly tame, we must have slipped in between the Spring Break and Easter rushes.
Everything we planned for our mini-visit came together quite well. I guess the only "glitch" in the plan was the hour wait at Disney's Magical Express (DME) in the airport. You could say "well, it's still free", but IMO, an hour of my time (especially on a lightning-quick visit to WDW) is worth more than the cost of the Happy Limo Towncar waiting for us would have been. This makes 2 'minor' strikes against DME for us (the first was during our Nov. '05 trip)
Anyway, our first mission was to replace my missing Annual Pass, and since the DME bus went to the Polynesian first, we decided to get off there and walk to the TTC to replace my AP. It felt good to be "welcomed" by one of our favorite resorts, even if we weren't staying there this time. The short walk to the TTC was a great start to our romantic weekend. The woman at the TTC quickly replaced our AP (for free!) and we were on the monorail to loop to the Contemporary for check-in. It was nice to be on the monorail, passing by the MK already...aaah!
Check-in at the Contemporary was quick and friendly...and just like that, we were back on the monorail headed for Epcot!
Epcot was fantastic! We finally had the opportunity to visit each of the Showcase's countries in detail...something hard to achieve (if not impossible) with the little ones in tow. Back to Future World for a ride on Soarin', a trip around The Land, Spaceship Earth, and a speedy lap at Test Track before we headed to Rose & Crown for a very romantic (and delicious) dinner in the pub! We then headed outside to cap the night with Illuminations! Perfect day, perfect night!
Luckily, breakfast was at Kona Cafe, just a hop on the monorail away from our shortened night at the Contemporary. I had to have my Tonga Toast! We had breakfast at Kona with the kids 4 months before, and it was such a nice, quiet, polite & speedy service that we decided this would work well for our "romantic weekend" breakfast. Kona was fantastic, again.
Off to the MK for opening! Light crowds this Sunday morning...we had a great view of the characters rolling in on the Disney Express! Oh, that park opening is Magical...you've got to do it! We opted to head to Frontierland and tackle the double mountains first. We hopped on Thunder Mountain with no wait, and they let us ride twice because there was nobody waiting! No wait at Splash Mountain either!
We hit all our favorite rides early, before the crowds arrived. It was nice and cool, and the lines were short! We even met 'PUSH' the garbage can on the way! We spent a few more hours wandering (shopping) Main St. USA, grabbed some great dogs at Casey's Corner and headed out.
We spent our last hours riding the monorail loop to each resort for a little shopping in each of their shops. (We decided the Contemporary had the widest selection for shopping...but it is still our tradition to at least stop/shop once at the Grand Floridian... one of these days we'll finally stay there! I love it!)
All-in-all it was the perfect "get away" trip for this Poppa & Momma. It had just the right mix of sunshine, romance, excitement, shopping & dining! I guess the only thing missing was the kids! (There's still nothing like watching your children enjoy WDW, it's like Christmas morning!)