Are you planning a vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida? If you are, make sure to include the Dining Plan in your package. Seriously! It will save you money in the long run.
We had dinner at Shutters Sunday night at the Caribbean Resort. Shutters accepts the Dining Plan. Dinner for the two of us was just shy of $80. Gulp! Out of pocket expense was the tip left for our server.
Having added the dining plan to our vacation package meant that our dinner was “free”…..since it had been paid for in advance.
Breakfast Monday morning was at the Disney Dolphin Resort. The lobby showcases a waterfall that is delightful.
There is plenty of conversation seating around the waterfall. A place to await family members before getting the day started, or a place to meet up with friends for a bit of planning your day.
Making our way through the lobby and downstairs to the Fresh Mediterranean Market and start the day with a healthier meal than our standard McDonald’s fare.
The Fresh Mediterranean Market does NOT accept the Dining Plan. The cost per person for the breakfast buffet is $20.99 per adult plus taxes.
Parking at the Disney Dolphin Resort cost $15 plus tax, breakfast was $50 plus tax (tip included).
The people serving us are tremendous! Pleasant, courteous, and very helpful. I was impressed by the friendliness of all the Disney staff we have encountered so far. I mean, come on, the amount of people they deal with on a daily basis would cause this person, ME, to have a frown and be grumpy.
Our omelet chef is just one of the fantastic people we have met 😀
We have a few errands to run Monday morning. Joe is getting his blood drawn at a Lab Corp to check his INR level for the Coumadin (Warfarin) regimen. Last week his level was 1.8. Wonder if it will be closer to the 2.1 this time? Certainly not back to the 9.8 it had been a few weeks ago!
After errands we are taking the buses around the whole place to see where all they go and the time frames or schedules they run.
First is the bus stop near our part of the resort.
Lots of room on the bus. Come on, hop on. It is an 11 minute ride from the Caribbean Beach resort to Epcot.
Arriving at Epcot it was time to get on the other modes of transportation.
First was the Monorail, just to see where it would take us. We had dinner reservations at the Grand Floridian Resort Cafe at 6:20 pm, it was well before noon when we arrived at Epcot.
The Monorail took us to the Magic Kingdom.
All bags are checked before entering the parks. There are stations to go through with Security to delve into backpacks, fanny packs, purses, diaper bags, camera bags, and any other bag a person carries.
Arrival at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom.
Joe got his INR results back in just a few hours after the blood test was taken. He is at 2.1 which is good now. The walking is a bit much for him. Tires him out pretty bad. He found a place to sit and watch the parade, people watch, and the Disney Cast members interact with the guests.
I walked around to see the sights. Disney is decorated for fall and Halloween.
I encountered a Disney Cast member taking a survey of the guests. She asked me several questions, which I answered. One was how helpful the staff has been. I related the story of our check in and Joe wanting a ballon, receiving a sticker instead, then losing his Bluetooth headset, then have it found by the resort staff. She had a surprised look on her face when I told her he didn’t get a balloon.
Later, when I returned to Joe I heard someone call out “There you are!” The woman taking the survey arrived with a balloon, compliments of Mickey, and gave it to Joe.
Her act of kindness had me in tears. Joe carried that balloon around all day with him. Brought it to our room 😀
Just from the bus stop at our resort, around the Magic Kingdom, and back to our room I used the Pedometer App on my phone. It kept shutting itself off in my pocket. For 7-1/2 hours of walking and riding I walked over 7,200 steps and covered over 2-1/2 miles.
Have to find a real pedometer to attach to my shoe.
Joe walked around part of the Magic Kingdom with me.
Next mode of transport was a boat ride to the Grand Floridian Resort.
The Grand Floridian is a beautiful resort.
After dinner it was time to head back to our room. Get a good night’s sleep then wake to await the arrival of the first group of our kids today. I’m so excited to be with them here. I’ve bawled half the morning while sending and receiving text messages in anticipation of seeing them today.
I’m so excited.
Hope you are enjoying your day. Hope you will also have a “Magical Day” 😀