This bright Sunday morning we left Valdosta, Georgia to travel the final 287 mile leg of our 1,200 mile trip from home in Oklahoma to Walt Disney World in Florida.
Carissa and Jaime have a longer trip, driving across country from Arizona to Florida. They left home on Friday, as we did, and they have chosen to stop in New Orleans, Louisiana before going south to Florida.
During our travels these past few days text messages have bounced around the airwaves with excited texts to the kids and from them.
Today’s journey I drove and Joe manned the cell phones to write or answer texts. He decided that he needed to have a job title and he gave himself one. “Leslie’s Personal Secretary App”.
The final 8 miles of a section of the Florida Turnpike took us to the road for Disney World.
Joe used my phone to document our journey through Disney for the first time. He had a couple fumbles 😀
Nearing the grand entrance Joe was trying his best to take a photo of the welcoming arch all the while telling me to slow down. He grew quite agitated and I finally just stopped in the roadway. There was no one behind me thank goodness.
We arrived at the Caribbean Beach Resort to check in. If you are planning a trip to WDW and have made reservations to stay at one of the resorts make sure to use the “On-Line Check In” feature. The lines are shorter and your information is already in their computers to make sign in fast and painless.
Balloons are handed out to the kids at check in.
Joe made a fuss about wanting a balloon to the clerk who patiently worked with us and answered tons of questions. She gave him a Mickey Mouse sticker instead which pleased him immensely.
Taking his hat off to apply the sticker he left his Bluetooth headset on the counter. 30 minutes later we realized it was missing and went where he had last seen it.
Dang! I hit the “Publish” button instead of the writing button 😦
The Disney employees are truly fantastic. I could not believe how helpful they have been.
The roads are well marked for those driving in.
On our way to check in we saw quite a number of Disney busses. Ground transportation is free to guests staying at the resorts. There are several busses that come through the Caribbean Beach Resort taking guests to Epcot, Te Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and all the other areas of Disney World.
There are bus stops at each of the resort buildings where we are staying.
Our resort is tropical. Foliage is everywhere. Spanish Moss is hanging like lace hankies from tree branches. Little lizards scurry about the grounds darting in and out of the plantings.
Dang! I hit the wrong button again!
The rooms have large windows with white wooden blinds. Reminiscent of windows opened to allow gentle breezes to waft through the rooms cooling the occupants.
Opening the door to our room I was greeted by these two delightful creations.
One final note. Your Room Key. Keep track of it and keep it on you while out on the property.
Your room key, if you drive your car, is used at the security gate; meals if you have purchased the dining plan; and can be used as a credit card when purchasing things in the park.
Your room key does a whole lot more than open the door to your room. Keep it safe and with you at all times.