Day 1 at Walt Disney World

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.


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12 responses to “Day 1 at Walt Disney World

  • gardenpinks

    1,200 miles! Ye gods it takes some time to get one’s head around the distances you folks travel. The same goes for Australians too 🙂 We had a couple of Australians come and view our home yesterday – very nice people and hope they like it enough to make an offer 🙂
    Have a great time you peeps 😀
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      I hit the “Publish” button before I was finished with the post. Not just once BUT 3 times! Good grief!

      Ooooooh! Fingers, toes, and eyes are crossed for the sale of your house to the Australians :-). Someone is going to take a look at your stone structure with all the rich history and snap it up. Come on buyers….get your pens ready to sign a contract 😀

      Love you – Leslie

      • gardenpinks

        I have now read the complete post 🙂 You are as bad as me keep hitting the wrong key…I usually do that when sending text messages and end up sending texts that make no sense whatsoever 😀 Our daughters have got used to me now and just wait for the rest of to come through 🙂
        You were obviously excited Leslie and I bet Joe wears his sticker with pride. Hope he got his bluetooth wotsit back okay?
        Love and hugs
        Lynn x

      • Message In A Fold

        Sorry for the delay in responding to your comment. There is so total information overload here that I couldn’t keep up with everything. Answering comments went by the wayside. And I had so much trouble just getting the first post to go right 😦

        How funny! I so enjoyed reading about your disjointed text messages. That has got to be hilarious 😀

        Yes, Joe got his Bluetooth wotsit back just fine.

        Love you – Leslie

  • Tiffany Bockenstette-Adams

    Very well documented first day!! I can’t wait to read more, it’s making us excited to go!

    • Message In A Fold

      People are really wonderful here. Guests telling of the best rides for little ones and big ones 😀

      I talked with one woman that has taken her, now 10 year old, son on the Haunted Mansion ride when he was 3. She says to keep the banter light and funny. 3 year olds sometimes think it is real. Let Simon know the ghosts are cartoons, like Scooby Dooby Doo and he’ll be fine.

      You guys are going to have a blast! Can’t wait to see you here!

      Love you Sweetie 🙂

  • pati

    Oh awesome sis! Oh my goodness, 1,200 miles? Heavens, thats a bit much for miles for me, wow! Have a blast u two. Enjoy being with your family, be sure n let the kid in you out and have LOADS if fun 😀 love u both

    • Message In A Fold

      Thank you Sis. We are taking things slow until the kids get here. Once they arrive there will be no such thing as slow 😀

      Maybe the next time we plan this you and Les can come out for a few days as well. That would be fun! 😀

      Love you Sis

  • Pati Mishler

    If things work out that way, YES!!. I could get my head around that idea, 😀 Sounds like loads of fun. I especially loved your towel friends that met you when you came in your hotel door, so precious. Later sis and joe, We are all waiting ( with bated breath) for the next adventure from leslie and joe in Disney World, lol,:-D

    • Message In A Fold

      Sorry for the delay in responding to your comment. The Disney vacation was more mayhem than I was ready for. From the time we got up until the time we fell down in bed it was constant motion, sights, and sounds. We are considering doing this again maybe next year after Thanksgiving and before Christmas. If you and Les can get away for three or four days we’d love to have you join us. November or December of 2013. I’ll let you know before Thanksgiving of 2012, this year, if we will be doing this again so you two can work things out.

      Love you Sis

  • Maureen Mathis

    Fantastic! I was going to check in with you today to see how things are going. I thought about you guys yesterday as you were finally almost there! You guys are going to have so much fun; mostly just because you’ll all be together! I’m so glad that you had grandkids to use as an excuse for this huge family reunion at mickey’s place!

    • Message In A Fold

      Sorry for the delay in responding to your comment. Good grief, there is more mayhem at Disney from the time we get up until the time we fall down at night. I blogged, half awake, in the wee hours of the morning and got way behind in the daily events. Man this was a total blast.

      Thank you Maureen 😀 I sure do appreciate you and your friendship.

      Love you – Leslie

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