It is hard to believe that it has been a little over 5 months since Monica, my incredible wife, and I got to experience an ultimate Disney World Vacation. First, I should state that an ultimate WDW vacation for me is going on a Disney Cruise and going to WDW all in the same vacation.
Our trip was for this year’s Ear Marked Travel Agents Conference. We went down a day early to have some fun and stayed a day later for some nice together time. Our adventure started with our flight from Pittsburgh to Orlando on our favorite airline Southwest. We arrived early and immediately headed to the Magical Express Service. We were headed to our resort, Coronado Springs. It was the home for the conference for the 1st 2 days before we boarded the Fantasy for the remainder of the conference. After the cruise, Monica and I were staying at Bay Lake Towers for 1 night.
The combination of Walt Disney World and a Disney Cruise is very Magical. I can say that I have been going to WDW since 1972 and have NEVER found anything comparable. That is until I went on the Disney Fantasy. Monica and I were completely blown away with the dedication to exceeding customer expectations and the attention to detail, but I regress. The first thing we did after checking in to CSR and me into the conference was to head to the Magic Kingdom. Yes our room was ready at 9:30 am. We had a room in the Ranchos section. This was where all the travel agents were staying.
We choose the Magic Kingdom first, since I had to have a Citrus Swirl as they had just returned to the menu at the Sunshine Tree Terrace. I also couldn’t wait to play Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom and I wasn’t disappointed. We had dinner reservations at Le Cellier. We list this restaurant as our #1 restaurant on property. We cannot say enough about how incredible the food, atmosphere, and staff is here. And it is one of the hardest reservations to get. We toured World Showcase the rest of the night and had a great margarita and beer at La Cava de Tequila. I would suggest this small, beautiful stop inside the Mexico pavilion.
Day two started EARLY for the start of the conference, while Monica enjoyed a relaxing day at the pool. The conference went until around 5 pm and I headed back to the room to change for dinner. Did a stop over at Epcot to grab some adult beverages before dinner. We had dinner reservations at ‘Ohana with Christine(my boss) and her boyfriend Joel. I took this opportunity to introduce Christine to my favorite drink……the Lapu-Lapu. We had a very enjoyable dinner with me being silly as always(pictures don’t lie).
Day three was the most anticipated part of the trip…..our per-inaugrual cruise on the Fantasy. By spending 2 days in the park we were already relaxed and full of the magic. The bus ride over to Port Canaveral seemed like it took forever, it was actually only a little over an hour. But as everyone caught the first glimpse of the Fantasy as she just sat docked glistening in the sun, a silent fell over the bus and then the sound of cameras. When we got off the bus and walked over to the terminal i was as excited as the first time I remember walking under the Main Street Train station onto Main Street USA. As we were waiting for our boarding assignment, we got in line to get our picture with captain Mickey. We only waited 10 minutes to have our boarding number called, so we entered the gangway to the ship and the anticipation was building. As we had our keys scanned so we could enter the ship we were asked last name. It is SOOOOO cool to enter the ship and here your name called. We were blown away with the beauty of the atrium. We headed down a flight of stairs to lunch at the Enchanted Garden restaurant. Looking around the restaurant we were excited about seeing it at night and the transformation the restaurant goes thru during your dinner.