|Our most spontaneously planned trip to
date...this will be our third grown-ups only trip to WDW!
But our two previous trips (Jan '08 & April '06) went so well, that we decided this would be a nice way to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary! This trip proved to be another success:
Deciding to go on this weekend get-away only a few weeks prior, we were lucky enough to find decent flight fares and a room at Coronado Springs. To get better fares, we flew out of Providence instead of Bradley for the first time. We were quite pleased with the small airport (about 1/2 the size of Bradley). When we arrived at MCO, we walked right on the Magical Express bus and were on our way to the World in only a few minutes!
We decided to try out CS because we once heard it described as "the most 'deluxe' of the moderate resorts". I would have to say, it does seem to have more of the Deluxe resort feel than Port Orleans. I think this has to do with the way the main building is setup, and the inclusion of 2 conference centers.
When we arrived at the resort, at almost 11PM, we were pleasantly surprised to find out we had a complimentary upgrade from a King-bed room, to a King-bed Junior Suite! So, not only did this give us grossly oversized accommodations, but it also put us in one of the closest rooms to the main building! (We were impressed by the shear size of the CS resort.)
We arose early the next morning so we could eat and get to MK prior to the opening (aka rope-drop). We had a wonderful breakfast at the Pepper Market! We both agreed that PM is probably the best Counter Service restaurant we've ever been to in WDW. (We regret that we didn't get to try out Maya while we were there. We've heard good things about Maya.)
Originally we wanted to do Epcot, but because it was opening weekend for the Food & Wine festival, our smartest choice was to stay away from Epcot! Being a Saturday, we knew our best choice was to get to MK early...and as usual, this paid off well. We were able to hit all of the big rides early, and walk-on! It always pays to get their early! Sure enough, after lunch time, the park was packed!
By 2PM we were on the monorail to visit the shops in the monorail resorts (one of our favorite non-park pastimes!) We had an early supper planned at the Contemporary. We were looking forward to trying The Wave for the first time! We did enjoy our dinner there...however, I don't think it's the best place for bringing kids. The food choices and the atmosphere is a bit more adult oriented.
We then headed over to the Boardwalk for some evening entertainment and some funnel cake! Then back to the resort. We did find that the area behind the main building, with it's outside bar and walkway on the lake, to be somewhat similar to the Boardwalk (on a much smaller scale...but the "feel" is similar).
The next morning we checked out of the resort, and headed to Whispering Canyon to try out breakfast there. I enjoyed my Cowboy Omelet, but kind of missed my usual Tonga Toast from Kona Cafe. The food was good and fairly typical of the Deluxe resort restaurants in WDW, but we didn't find it to be extraordinary (as we had heard it would be). So, while we'd definitely go there for breakfast if we stay at the Lodge, we don't think it was worth the special trip there just for that. (However, we highly recommend the dinner dining at WC! It's a hoot!)
We spent the remainder of our trip by visiting Downtown Disney. It was a lot more fun & romantic without the kids! But, we missed the kids and it was time to head home...