A DISmeet kicks off the trip
We were up early. It was 5.35 when we got up because our inner
clocks were still running on European time. We watched a little TV
in the morning, then got ready to head for breakfast. We had an 8am
reservation at Olivia’s Café and were more than in time for it. We
signed in and were the only guests at that time, so therefore the
server took us for a fun little walk around the restaurant, pointing
out several of “his favourite” tables, before “parking” us in one of
We were both handed a menu and told that our server would be right
with us. And she really was. Before we even had time to study the
menus our server came by to take our drinks orders, coffee, tea and
orangejuice and soon came by with a huge box of different teas for
me to pick from. Once we had been served the drinks we were ready to
order and shortly after our orders had been placed our starter
arrived, the Fresh
Strawberries and Cream.
It is our new way to start off the first full day at WDW. While we
still enjoyed the fresh fruit a few more guests arrived and we
watched the CMs having fun seating them after leading them all
around the restaurant. A short time later our breakfast arrived.
had ordered the
Conch Republic Omelet,
with shrimp, avocado, and Pepper Jack Cheese.I
had known what I wanted to have long before we had left Austria, the
Traditional Eggs Benedict,
Poached Eggs with Canadian Bacon on an English Muffin with Key Lime
We both were in heaven with our breakfast and enjoyed it very much.
Once we had finished it, we settled our bill using our new Tables in
Wonderland card and went back to the villa. We saw that mousekeeping
was just starting their rounds so we decided to go shopping and give
them time to clean up the villa. Our first stop was Downtown Disney.
We were a little too early for the World of Disney to open, so we
walked along the lake and admired the many “sculptures” they had
created from Lego bricks. We were not the only ones taking photos,
there were quite a few people doing the exact same thing. Once the
store had opened we ventured inside and were surprised at how much
Lego has advanced since we were kids.
And then it was time to stroll over to the World of Disney. There
were so many new things to see and we took our time and enjoyed
browsing very much. Once we had seen all there was to see at the
World of Disney we wandered through the other shops, explored the
new spices at the Kitchen store and spent some time at the Art shop.
Once we had seen it all we walked along the path that runs behind
all the shops along the parking lot back to the World of Disney. We
had sworn not to overdo the shopping before the cruise, but there
was something I was determined to buy, no matter when I would find
it, the new 2012 calendar.In 2010 we had seen the calendar in the
stores, but put off buying them until the end of our vacation.
When we were ready to buy, they had run out of them, so we had ended
up ordering them on the internet. So, after our first shopping spree
we headed back to the car to do a little more grocery shopping. We
drove over to Publix and took our time, strolling all the isles,
picking up lots of items we could enjoy the first eight days before
the cruises. It was almost noon when we returned to our villa,
parked the car, tried to pick up all the bags we had and headed
upstairs. Tom opened the door, a look to the left into the master
bedroom, yippie, mousekeeping had already cleaned our room and
everything was clean and neat and a few more steps and we were in
the living room and there was a huge surprise on the kitchen block.
A wonderful basket full of yummy treats. We put down our bags and
went to look for the card, even though I was quite sure who had sent
us this wonderful surprise. And yes, I was right, it was from our
friends Mary Ellen and Joe!
After all that shopping and discovering the surprise we needed a
little rest, so we went outside onto the veranda and sat there for a
while, drink in hand.
Needless to say that we needed to take a few more photos of the view
as well. After some time we decided that we better got going if we
wanted to have lunch before our first DISmeet. Where better to have
lunch than Wolfgang Puck’s Express again. When we arrived we were
stunned at how full the restaurant was 2pm. We placed our order,
picked up our number and went to find a table. While we waited for
the entrees to come out, we sipped our Diet Cokes and talked about
what we expected our first DISmeet to be. And then our first Free
Disney Dining Plan lunch arrived. Tom had ordered the
Barbequed Chicken Pizza
with red onion, plum tomatoes and
and I had opted for my all time favourite, the
Four Cheese Pesto Pizza,
Parmesan, mozzarella, fontina, goat cheese,
plum tomatoes, fresh basil and
Yum!! We took our time to enjoy the heavenly pizzas before it was
time to conquer desserts, the
Crème Brulee, which we both had ordered.
When we had finished lunch it was about time to drive to the All
Star Movies resort for our DISmeet. But before that we quickly
headed back to Old Key West to pick up our gift bag for Jennifer who
we were going to meet.
We arrived at the All Star Movies Resort shortly before we were
supposed to meet and had a peek into the shop, then stepped outside
to walk to the lobby where we were supposed to meet.But we didn’t
even have to go to the lobby, right when we left the shop, there
Jennifer was, entering through the opposite door. We hugged,
exchanged presents and started having fun together. First off, we
took a little walk around the resort to see her room. She stayed in
one of the newly renovated rooms and boy was it a nice room.
Definitely puts the All Start resorts back on the map! Once we had
had a good look we went back to the car and drove over to Old Key
West, so she could have a look at our villa.
We showed her round, then settled in the living room to chat. It was
so fun to finally get to know the “real” Jennifer, whose trip
reports I had read long before I first dreamed of meeting her.We
learned more about her life, being a dairy farmer’s wife and
beautiful little Claire, who I would have loved to meet too. All too
soon after a little wine and lots of laughs it was time for Jennifer
to leave again. We all squeezed into our Mustang Convertible again
and we took her over to Downtown Disney, said our goodbyes and were
sad the meet had been over so quickly. Tom and I went back to Old
Key West to relax a little before our late dinner at The Wave and
Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom. And this was when the time
change caught up with us. We both put our feet up on the sofas and
soon were so tired that we didn’t see ourselves driving to the
Contemporary for dinner. Instead we took a romaine salad out of the
fridge and prepared a Caesar Salad, used some of the grocery items
we had bought and had a picnic in the villa. Well, wasn’t the best
idea either, as eating made us even more tired and after a while we
decided that we would just skip the Extra Magic Hours and stay put
where we were.
We were really lazy, watched a little TV and finally went to bed
around 11pm, right when Extra Magic Hours were about to start.