Quick Disney Recap: Day 1

Our first day of vacation started out bright and early with a cab ride to the airport at 3am.  Luckily the cab driver was quite entertaining, so I didn’t fall asleep in the cab.  Although, he basically told us that he hates amusement parks and is divorced and is divorced and totally regrets getting married. (Did I mention that we were on our way to Disney World for our honeymoon? Um, yeah) Good thing I was deliriously tired and thought this was funny and not obnoxious.

Once we got to the airport, we realized it was empty and we wouldn’t be checking in anytime soon.  So, we found some chairs and took a seat for a while.

Airport Tree

I’m not sure what exactly the time was when we got to check in, but I think it was somewhere around 4:30am.  Just as we were getting out luggage tagged, the fire alarms go off.  You would think that fire alarms going off in an airport would be a big deal – but apparently it isn’t?  I realize Madison is a small airport, but the guy checking us in didn’t tell us we needed to go outside until after the TSA came outside, and even then, it didn’t really seem like a serious situation.

Then the TSA came outside so we had to go and sit in the cold with everyone else.  Luckily, we did get all checked in before hand so when it took the TSA about 20 minutes to get the security check point back up and running, it didn’t hurt our travel plans.  I have no idea if there was some kind of actual fire emergency or not, but this is one reason why I am glad we flew out of a small airport like Madison, who knows all of the trouble this would have caused in Chicago!

After that small bump in the road, the rest of the trip went smoothly.

We stayed at the Pop Centrury hotel, one of the Walt Disney World resorts.  One of the perks of staying at the WDW resorts is that you get free transportation to and from the airport!  They call it Disney’s Magical Express.  You do have to wait in line that sometimes is slow moving, but they bring in large coach busses, so the lines go pretty quickly.  And it is free!

Pop Express Sign

After arriving at our hotel, checking in and finding our room, we were off to the Magic Kingdom!  The other great thing about staying at the WDW resorts, is that they have busses that shuttle you from your hotel to the different parks, again, for free.  Because they are free, the lines do get long at peak times, but they are FREE!

Disney Castle

Our first mission once we got there – well, after snapping some photos of the castle – was to find some food.  We ended up finding this place:

Golden Oak Outpost

This place was nothing special, but it did the trick.  I had crispy chicken sandwich and apple slices, the Husband had a chicken BLT flatbread and fries.  I really liked that for most counter service meals, I got to choose between fries or fruit with my meal. It made it seem like I was eating a little healthier at least.

The portions are large – and of course so is the amount of money for what you pay for it.  This begins our realization that the happiest place on earth – may also have the most expensive food on earth.  Ok, that might be an exaggeration, but the food was expensive compared to what we had been spending at home.

After lunch we wandered the park and headed to some of the classic Magic Kingdom attractions: Swiss Family Robinson Tree House, Tom Sawyer Island, and the Haunted Mansion – just to name a few.

Magic Kingdom Balloons

For dinner, we headed to Tony’s Town Square – a restaurant modeled after the one in the Lady and the Tramp movie.  It also came highly recommended to us by my friend Mandy.

Up next: Tony’s Town Square Review!

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