Usually when we stay on property, we stay at Pop Century, which is a value resort because it is cheaper, and we don’t really spend that much time in our room as we like to be in the parks as much as possible. This time though, we stayed at Caribbean Beach Resort. For those of you who may not know, it is a moderate resort, and very beautiful. I am happy to tell you all about my time at CBR, but I will save that for another time.
My first stop was the Magic Kingdom the first evening we got there. The park closed at 8pm, so I only had two hours. Can anyone guess what I did? You would be right. I made a bee line for Fantasyland. First stop, Gaston’s Tavern for my first taste of Le Fou’s brew. I absolutely loved this concoction of apple juice with its marshmallow, passion fruit and mango flavored foam. Also, you tend to get a lot more in a regular cup than you do the collectible ones. Personally, I was so enchanted by everything that I kept waiting to see Gaston come stomping in to charm everyone. Sadly, he was not there when I was, but getting to see his tavern was a very cool experience for me. Mark has written a great article talking about Gaston’s Tavern, and if you have not read it yet, I highly encourage you to do so.
Fantasyland itself was everything I thought it would be. It was themed perfectly, and just like walking through a storybook. I really enjoyed Enchanted Tales with Belle, even though it was geared mostly for children. The use of the animatronics was magical, and I kept catching myself wondering just how they worked so well, but it’s Disney magic! I enjoyed the Little Mermaid attraction, although it seemed a little cheesy to me. However, if this is your favorite movie, or if you have children, then you will love it. Overall, I would have to say that Fantasyland was a major hit!
Over the period of four or five days I got to experience so much! I got to see the new Test Track, which was really cool (check out the guest article written by Pam Forrester). I got to try new foods at Be Our Guest , as well as Yak and Yeti. I even went to Animal Kingdom and went on the safari, and really enjoyed it! Along the way, I got to meet people that were sharing Disney with their kids for the first time, as well as spending time with friends that we talk to on a regular basis. When I first started visiting the parks, it was all about the attractions, but now it has become about spending time with friends and so much more.
My trip was so magical and wonderful. I made memories that I will never forget, and if you know us, then you know we are already planning our next trip. There are things like the new Celebrate the Magic that I want to show my son (he was not with us on this trip). I want him to experience the safari, and Test Track. I really believe he will have some of the same reactions that I did seeing these things for the first time, and that is why I can’t wait to get back to WDW as fast as possible.