Ashley and I arrive into the Orlando International airport just short of 6:00am. On the way in, Disney's Magical Express works like a charm for us other than having a little difficulty finding the Disney arrival area in the beginning. We check in, get on a bus and leave within 5 minutes. Since the Magical Express luggage tags are there, we do not even have to worry about heading to baggage claim. 15 minutes we are at the Caribbean Resort. Check-in goes fine, other than no upgraded rooms being available. Now it was time to find my parents, at 6:15am.
My parents, who flew out of Bakersfield, CA have already arrived; as you will read - we had some pretty different experiences. They had actually come in the night before around 2:00am and it had really been a nightmare of an experience. It seemingly took them forever for the Disney Magical Express to arrive, they picked up their own luggage since an agent told them it would take 3-4 hours for their luggage to get to their room, and once they got to the Caribbean Resort - the customer service was awful. No one was manning the front desk, and they had to locate a janitor to call someone to help. Then that person could not find their reservation. By the time they were finally able to get to room with their luggage it was almost 4:00am.
So we dropped by their room and they were really good sports, given that they had really just gone to bed. We hung out and relaxed for awhile before making a run for the parks. First, we headed to the Beach Club Character breakfast at Cape May Café. We somehow managed to take the longest walking route possible, and found we were already wearing my parents down before we arrived for breakfast. Ashley and my mom thought the world of the mini Mickey Mouse waffles, both tasty and cute.
After breakfast, we were off to Epcot Center to check out Future World, we even managed to get my mom to ride Test Track. We wandered through a few of the nations in the World Showcase as we made our way to Les Chefs de France for dinner. Everyone but Ashley started out with the French Onion soup, which is highly recommended and filling, which was a good thing for my dad. Once the main course came my dad found himself disappointed in the flank steaks tenderness, the reason I did not order it, the cold fries, and the French customer service which only frustrated him more. Luckily for Ashley & I the desert was Crème Brule which helped to sugar coat things.
We left the Chefs quickly in order to find a great viewing area for Illuminations, which is my favorite show there. We were surprised that we were a mere inches from one of the main firework cannons which would continue to make Ashley jump every time it went off.
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