Disney World Florida 2014 Holiday Day 1 Hollywood Studios

Monday 21st July 2014 – Disney World Florida Holiday Day 1 at Hollywood Studios

 

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.

Hollywood Studios

 

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.

Beauty and the Beast Live Show

 

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.

 

Caribbean Beach Resort

 

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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42 Comments

  1. August 12, 2014 / 10:23 am

    Despite my love of Disney this is one place that I’ve never ventured too, it just doesn’t appeal and I don’t know why. Maybe if I ever have children that will change x

    • spicers1976
      Author
      August 13, 2014 / 8:14 am

      I don’t think Hubby would have gone either without having children.

  2. August 12, 2014 / 11:01 am

    Looks like an amazing, and eventful first day, the hotel looks great and I cant wait to hear more, so that I can plan our trip in 72 days time. Nice to see everyone smiling, and Olaf too!

    • spicers1976
      Author
      August 13, 2014 / 8:13 am

      The count down really is on for you now.

    • spicers1976
      Author
      August 13, 2014 / 8:13 am

      It’s a great place to go.

  3. August 12, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    Looks amazing! I think you’re very brave taking a 7 year old on such a long trip. Mine moans within half an hour of any journey!

    • spicers1976
      Author
      August 13, 2014 / 8:13 am

      I am very lucky with 7yo, she travels very well.

  4. August 12, 2014 / 12:42 pm

    Sounds fabulous, I would love to take Baby when she is older x

    • spicers1976
      Author
      August 13, 2014 / 8:13 am

      It’s a great place for a holiday

  5. Rachel
    August 12, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    I have to say it doesn’t feature on my top ten places to go, though the theme parks look out of this world!

    • spicers1976
      Author
      August 13, 2014 / 8:12 am

      It was a truly magical experience

  6. August 12, 2014 / 3:58 pm

    If we ever do florida again, then we will stay in a disney hotel for part of our time there. My boys did prefer Universal

    • spicers1976
      Author
      August 13, 2014 / 8:11 am

      I loved the convenience of a Disney Hotel

  7. August 12, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    I’m not sure if I want to take the kids to Florida or not – I like to relax a bit on holiday and I don’t think we would if we went here x x

    • spicers1976
      Author
      August 13, 2014 / 8:10 am

      It’s definitely not a relaxing holiday.

  8. August 12, 2014 / 7:06 pm

    Thunderstorms this side of the pond are just like they are in the movies! Deafening cracks of thunder that shake the house and spectacular lightning. I love a good storm but I can understand what a shock it must have been. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay.

    • spicers1976
      Author
      August 13, 2014 / 8:10 am

      It was a shock, but I soon got used to it. We had a great time thanks

  9. August 12, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    WOW you got there the day before us! I love Hollywood Studios, the Great Movie Ride, The Tower of Terror and Rock N Roll Rollercoaster are fab rides.

    We had loads of rain and thunder too. Look forward to reading about your trip 🙂

    • spicers1976
      Author
      August 13, 2014 / 8:10 am

      Ph wow. That’s three bloggers now I know were there at the same time. It’s a small world.

  10. August 13, 2014 / 6:54 am

    I cannot wait to take mine to Disney World and would love to see Beauty and the Beast live……can’t wait to see the rest of your pics

    • spicers1976
      Author
      August 13, 2014 / 8:09 am

      You might be sick of all the blog posts by the time I’m finished 🙂

  11. spicers1976
    Author
    August 13, 2014 / 8:09 am

    It was amazing, words can’t describe how good it was.

  12. spicers1976
    Author
    August 13, 2014 / 8:11 am

    I think we did when we look back on it.

  13. spicers1976
    Author
    August 13, 2014 / 8:12 am

    I hope you have a lovely time.

  14. August 14, 2014 / 8:06 am

    Oh I absolutely love Florida and I’m desperate to return…looks like you’re having anamazing time. Looking forward to reading more!

  15. August 16, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    Oh bless you, my Mum is terrified of storms too, but at least it meant you took it easy on day one. Love the little Olaf.

  16. August 18, 2014 / 8:26 am

    You certainly packed a lot into your first day! Lovely photos.

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