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Arriving at Walt Disney World

Main Street USA

Main Street USA

We’re on our way to Disney World- woohoo! We’re pretty excited that this year’s trip will include our first stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Even more excited that we’re taking advantage of a 30% discount on our stay! Disney announced discounts for summer stays and we were able to call to upgrade from a standard view room to resort view- plus we saved about $150 on our stay. Very cool!

Our flight is right on schedule so we expect to catch Disney’s “Magical Express” transportation from Orlando International around 11:00 a.m. and should get to the Polynesian around noon. We’re going to spend the day exploring the hotel and checking out their awesome pool. We have a 5:15 reservation at O’Hana for an authentic taste of the islands!

Not sure what’s on the docket after that. We may test out Disney’s bus transportation to Downtown Disney to check out the nightlife. Tomorrow is our big Fathers’ Day lunch at Magic Kingdom’s Crystal Palace for character dining with Winnie the Pooh and friends! We’ll spend the day at Magic Kingdom and enjoy the ‘extra magic hours’ in the evening. We may even hop over to Epcot in between!

Magical Express

Disney’s Magical Express

Aboard the Magical Express

Aboard the Magical Express

We arrived at Orlando airport right on time and hopped aboard Disney’s Magical Express for the 30 minute ride to The Polynesian. It was just about the nicest bus we’ve ever ridden! Check-in at Polynesian was a snap. There was a cast member waiting for us at the entrance, iPad in hand to check us in and escort us to the front desk. The room wasn’t ready quite yet so we had time to explore the resort and grab lunch at Captain Jack’s restaurant, a quick-service restaurant with pretty good food. After lunch we chilled out for a bit in the lobby and then headed to our room.

Resort view room at Polynesian Resort

Resort view room at Polynesian Resort

The room (and view) are just gorgeous! We have a resort view room with two queens and a couch that ‘flips over’ to turn into a bed. We even discovered a ‘hidden Mickey’ on the painting in our room!

We’ll take a quick swim and head to dinner in a bit. Tonight we’ll watch the “Wishes” fireworks show at Magic Kingdom from our balcony. Can’t wait!

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