My sweet parents were there to pick us up when we got off the ship. We loaded up and headed straight to the Contemporary Resort at Disney World. If you ever plan a Disney cruise, especially if your port is Port Canaveral, I highly recommend adding Disney World to the last leg of your trip. It’s only 45 minutes from the port anyways, and it definitely gives you something to look forward to after returning from such an amazing cruise. I would have been so depressed (and I still kind of was) had we not had this part to look forward to. I’ve stayed at most of the Disney resorts and the Contemporary has always been one of my favorites, but I especially appreciate all the amenities and conveniences now that we have a kid in tow. The location is perfect (right across the lake from Magic Kingdom, and just a short monorail ride away from the park entrance), the rooms are nice, the restaurants are good and I like their pool. After we got checked in we headed straight to Disney Springs (which used to be called Downtown Disney). I had made a reservation for lunch at the T-Rex Café, so we enjoyed that (Asher Wade LOVED it) and walked around the various shops. AW found a splash pad, so we let him cool off there (it was brutally hot….don’t miss that about Florida) before heading back to the resort for some swimming.
That night we went to dinner at Chef Mickey’s, which is right in the Contemporary. This is one of the most popular restaurants at Disney because the main characters are there and they come around to every table. I may have pulled the “birthday card” and sweet talked the hostess into getting us a table without a reservation;) Asher Wade loved it.
Will be back tomorrow with one final post…Magic Kingdom! I’m also going to do a post dedicated to tips, tricks and hacks that we learned along the way, so stay tuned for that:-)