We arrived at our hotel – Disney Caribbean Beach Resort at 11pm Florida time last night. It had been a very long day travelling yesterday leaving home in the UK at 9am, getting a 4.15pm flight from Gatwick to Orlando after a 2 hour delay, and landing in Orlando at 8.30pm Florida time (1.30am UK time).
By the time we all got into our room and straight into bed, our body clocks were thinking it was 4.30am, so we were all very tired. Miss A had done amazingly and behaved so well without any tears and not a lot of sleep.
After a surprisingly good night’s sleep despite our body clocks doing their best to wake us up at silly o clock, we all woke and went to explore the resort at around 8am Florida time. As we had arrived in the dark the previous night, everything was new to us the moment we opened the door of our hotel room.
Our hotel room was in a block of 24 and we were on the second floor (one flight of steps). There was an outside balcony that ran around the second floor which was our access to the steps to the ground floor.
We had a short walk to the restaurant area from our room. It appeared as though we were well located within the resort to get to everything without too long a walk which was nice. On the way to breakfast each morning we passed the lovely views above, along the lake which had small beach areas dotted around.
There are busses that run from the resort to all the Disney Parks approximately every twenty minutes. We found our nearest bus stop and waited for the bus to Hollywood Studios so we could go and watch the Frozen Parade.
After some exploring of the park, we visited a couple of shows instead of queueing for rides as we were still quite tired from yesterday. I don’t know if it was luck or good timing but we managed to see both Beauty and The Beast Live on Stage and the Little Mermaid show without waiting much more than ten minutes for each.
I can’t speak highly enough for the cast members at Disney putting on a show for everyone. The costumes were amazing, and the heat was hotter than anything I have experienced for a long time, yet everyone smiled and put on a great show.
Miss A managed to get her first souvenir after about an hour in the park and took Olaf on his very own Summer vacation which Disney were promoting as part of Frozen Summer Fun Live.
When we spotted Daisy Duck, we managed to get in line before it got too long. That meant we missed out on seeing Donald during that appearance but reasoned that we would see him again another time. Miss A forgot her autograph book (not a good start for the first day), but 19y0 had hers with her so they shared.
After a spot of lunch we decided to head back to the hotel for a swim to cool down. We also thought it would be silly to do too much on our first day.
Our resort has six villages in, and each village has its own pool as well as the resort having the main pool. We decided to try out the smaller pool this afternoon as there was hardly anyone in it. The water was so warm, it was so refreshing after being so hot and sweaty.
We managed around an hour and a half of swimming before we felt drops of rain. Knowing we were visiting during thunder season we were expecting the rain around 4pm. Pretty much on queue the drops came down a little bigger shortly after starting and then heavier. We stayed in the pool until I heard the thunder then said it was time to get out.
No sooner had we huddled under the sun umbrella and gathered our belongings, it was coming down really heavily. The thunder was loud, and I’m not very brave during storms, so I opted to go back to the room. Everyone agreed and I will never forget as I turned around to work out which way to go, I saw the biggest flash of fork lightening I have ever seen. Scared? Yes!
That walk / run back to the room after working out which was to go as it was our first day and we hadn’t quite worked it out yet wasn’t fun. We were dripping wet, towels around us, flip-flops on and laughing but I was scared inside.
Once in the room, I felt safe and relaxed a lot. We thought the rain and storms would only last around an hour, but it didn’t stop at all for the rest of the evening, and eventually we had to brave the weather again in our sexy ponchos to get some dinner.
Tired, excited and happy it was bed time around 9.30pm.
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