Jrdsean's May 2015 Trip Report
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  1. #1
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    Jrdsean's May 2015 Trip Report

    Day 1:
    For our most recent trip to Walt Disney World we stayed at Saratoga Springs Resort from May 6th, 2015 to May 11th, 2015. This was the 8th trip to Disney for us in the last 9 years. We started off arriving at Atlantic City International Airport for our 7:45 am flight on Spirit Airlines. We were able to squeeze all of our clothes into 1 suitcase, and our personal bags saving us some money. Spirit charges $60 round trip for each suitcase. There were four of us on the trip, myself(41), DW(36), DD(12), and DD(10). The flight was uneventful and we arrived at Orlando International Airport a little before 10am. With our Magic Bands on we headed directly to Disney's Magical Express. No need to pick up suitcase as Disney's Magical Express took care of it for us. We checked in with the Magical Express and waited approximately 15 minutes until we were able to board our bus to the Saratoga Springs Resort. On the bus, DD(12) and DD(10) sat together talking about the trip. I could see the smiles on their faces as they discussed different things they wanted to do while on vacation. My wife and I sat a few rows behind the girls and enjoyed the Magical Express welcome video. We also took a selfie on the bus and sent it to some family and friends. During the ride to the resort I received a text from the Garden Grocer stating that our online order had been delivered to the resort. Once we arrived at the resort, I proceeded to the online check-in area of the lobby. I was given our welcome packet by the cast member working the desk. Our room wasn't ready yet, so we got changed into our bathing suits and headed down to the pool. It was a beautiful day, about 85 and sunny. At 1:42pm I received an email from Disney Destinations indicating our room was ready. We were staying on the third floor of the Paddock building. We were right next to the Paddock pool, which was very convenient. We went up to the room and our suitcase was already there. I contacted bell services and within a 1/2 hour they were at the door with our Garden Grocer delivery. I tipped the bell hop and we began to unpack and put things away. After unpacking and relaxing for a little while, we freshened up and headed to Downtown Disney. It was about a 15 minute walk from our room. We enjoyed the beautiful Disney landscaping around the resort, and the view of Downtown Disney as we walked along the lake. At Downtown Disney we went directly to Wolfgang Puck's Express for dinner. We were all hungry, and this is our favorite quick service location. My daughters had chicken tenders, and mac and cheese, my wife and I split a brick oven pizza with mushrooms, peppers, and sausage. The food was delicious as usual. After eating we walked around for a bit and looked in some stores, then headed back to the room to get showered and ready for bed. It was a long day, and we had to get ready for the Magic Kingdom the next day.
    2001 - Coronado Springs
    2007 - Polynesian
    2007 - Caribbean Beach
    2008 - Beach Club
    2009 - French Quarter
    2011 - Wilderness Lodge
    2012 - Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
    2014 - The Villas at the Wilderness Lodge
    2015 - Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

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    Re: Jrdsean's May 2015 Trip Report

    Sounds like a great start to your trip. I'm looking forward to hearing more about it. Thanks for posting!
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    Great report and thanks for sharing! I'll be reading along. I love wolf gang express. I also think it's one of the best QS too. Glad you enjoyed Saratoga resort. I love it. It's so pretty and with a nice walking distance to dtd.
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    Sounds great!

    I'm looking forward to reading more.
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    Re: Jrdsean's May 2015 Trip Report

    Excellent report.

    Minor complaint...can you include a few more carriage returns (line breaks) in it? Just to split up the thoughts and paragraphs?

    It makes it easier to read.

    Can't wait to read your next installment!
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    2010 - 2 weeks @ CBR
    2011 - 3 in DC, 14 @ CBR
    2012 - 3 @ Uni Royal Pacific, 12 @ Pop
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    2015 - 2 in DC, 3 @ Uni Portofino, 3 @ AKL, DCL Fantasy, 4 @ AoA

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    Re: Jrdsean's May 2015 Trip Report

    Day 2:
    We woke up early and had breakfast in the room. We then headed down to the bus stop to catch the bus to the Magic Kingdom!!! We hopped on the Disney Transportation and arrived at the Magic Kingdom by 9:15am. We waited just outside of the security check point, and waited for a friend who is a Disney cast member. By 9:30 am our friend had met us at our location and escorted us in to the park with friend and family passes he had for us!!!!
    It was another gorgeous day! In fact we did not have any rain during our trip. Not having to pay for park tickets was an added bonus and BIG money saver!!! After walking down main street and taking in all of the wonderful smells that Disney blows into the air we headed to the Seven Dwarf's Mine Train. It was about a 35 minute wait, but well worth it!!! Our friend rode with us and the 5 of us had a great time.
    After the Mine Train, we headed over to two of the three mountains. We first stopped at Splash Mountain. This is a classic, and one of our favorites in all of the World!!! We had a fast pass, so we waited less than 10 minutes. It was awesome as usual!!! We love the story line and the music! We next used a fast pass for Big Thunder Mountain. This is another classic ride that we just love. The theme is just perfect for the ride!!! After Big Thunder Mountain, DD12 and DW rode Splash Mountain again, as it was only a 20 minute wait. Myself and DD10 rode Big Thunder Mountain again. We then met at the exit of Splash Mountain.
    After doing the two mountains, we got a snack and went to the Haunted Mansion. 999 happy haunts!! Another great Disney ride that we all enjoy!!! We really love when the ghost appears with us at the end of the ride. We finished off our day in the Magic Kingdom with Peter Pan's Flight, Mickey's Philharmagic, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. We watched the afternoon parade, then went back to the resort for some pool time. The kids love spending time in Disney by the pool, going down the slide!!!
    After swimming for a while, we ate dinner at the Artist Pallete. We all then went back to the room, got showers, and went to bed by 10pm as we were all exhausted from the long day. We also needed our rest for the Animal Kingdom the next day. Stay tuned for day 3.
    2001 - Coronado Springs
    2007 - Polynesian
    2007 - Caribbean Beach
    2008 - Beach Club
    2009 - French Quarter
    2011 - Wilderness Lodge
    2012 - Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
    2014 - The Villas at the Wilderness Lodge
    2015 - Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

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    Sounds great

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    Re: Jrdsean's May 2015 Trip Report

    Sounds like your having a great trip!

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