The last time you heard from me I was heading to Walt Disney World for the Disney College Program.
Well. Now I am in Walt Disney World (or, rather, just a tad outside of its pearly gates) and enjoying my time in the Sunshine State as a (almost) Walt Disney World Cast Member. I have yet to have my “Traditions” class, so I’m not officially official. Not just yet.
Even though I can’t enjoy the parks just yet, I have found a way to enjoy the magic that Disney has to offer without a ticket: resort hopping.
Even though this pastime is nothing new, it’s completely new to me. I’d thought I’d give you lovely readers a look into my resort hopping experience.
Night 1: The Grand Floridian and the Polynesian Resorts
My roommates (hi, guys!) and I decided to spend one of our first nights as CPs exploring two of Disney’s most elaborate resorts. First stop: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. I don’t think I ever stopped drooling.
The amount of classic Disney touches made my heart so happy. The classic Disney melodies floating from the lobby to greet us as we entered the resort. The little characters on the marbled floor. Cinderella’s coach on the massive staircase. Mary Poppin’s penguins frolicking in a gurgling fountain. Here are some pictures so that you may drool as well:
We watched “Wishes!” from the Floridian dock, and it was such the perfect moment to begin my college program. I can’t imagine how it will be once I actually can get in the parks to watch it.
Next stop was the Polynesian, one short Monorail ride away. Hold on, I can’t resist: “Aloha!”
The Polynesian was beautiful in its own right, tropical and bright and Hawaiian-y if that makes any sense at all. I had my first Dole Whip, however, and it was a magical experience. I highly recommend the Dole Whip as a snack at the Polynesian–it’s the perfect way to fully immerse yourself into the atmosphere, tiki torches, leis, the whole bit. A picture:
Day 2: Animal Kingdom Lodge and Beach and Yacht Club Resorts
Two of my roommates found out that they will be working at the resorts above, so of course we had to pay a visit. Both are gorgeous places to vacation or peruse, but there is something about Animal Kingdom Lodge that I couldn’t help but love. Part of it could be that I found out that Animal Kingdom is my home park…did I forget to mention that? I will be working at Animal Kingdom for the most part and couldn’t be more excited!
As per how this post is going, here are some pictures of these beautiful resorts:
Day 3: Port Orleans and the Art of Animation Resorts
When you’re waiting for your chance to get to the parks, resort hopping really does become your best friend. My roommates and I decided to mosey through both sides of the Port Orleans resort and the ever-so-cute Art of Animation resort. My family and I make a habit of staying at the Port Orleans French Quarter, so of course I felt completely at home. If you’re looking for a laid-back, green, and jazzy resort, this one’s for you. Don’t miss the beignets; they are completely and devilishly delicious.
Last but not least is Disney’s Art of Animation resort. Can I just say this one thing? IT’S ALL SO CUTE! This resort is the most overtly Disney resort I’ve visited, so if that’s what you’re into I completely recommend it. The lobby was filled with concept art from The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Lion King. This Disney nerd’s heart was completely satisfied with the beautiful theming and the respective music and melodies heard throughout the resort.
There you have it! Since I’ve been here, I’ve been resort hopping up a storm and loving every single minute of it. Every time I drive through the “Welcome to Walt Disney World” arch, I get little butterflies. I’m here and I’m home. For now.
Have a magical day, everyone!