Monday, October 24, 2011

The Honeymoon: Part 1

Two weeks ago Drew and I went on our awesome Disney World honeymoon, so it's about time I start recapping all of the fun we had!

We did so much fun stuff that I can't fit everything in one post, so expect to see the rest of my recap later this week. 

Honeymoon: Day 1

Our flight to Orlando left super early on Monday morning, so we arrived at our hotel before noon. Our room wasn't ready for us yet, so we headed to Downtown Disney to kill some time since we couldn't take naps to recover from our 4:00 am wake-up call! Lunch was of course at the delicious Earl of Sandwich. After a couple hours of checking out the shops we headed back to our hotel (via boat!) to get settled in our room.

We stayed at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, which was absolutely amazing. I had never stayed there before, and Drew hadn't been there since grade school, so everything was still fairly new to us (which is pretty tough for two former Disney employees to experience!).
Lobby of the French Quarter.
The rooms were recently renovated, so everything looked extra-nice and new. We had a corner room with two windows, which was a nice bonus. We absolutely loved our room and this resort.
Our room was the blue door on the top floor. 

Now we know why everyone on "House Hunters" wants two sinks.
Another view of our building. I loved the cute street names!
Cool fountain behind our building.
Drew and I would definitely stay at French Quarter again. It's a moderate resort, but feels so fancy and more like a deluxe resort without the added cost. We loved that the theme was done so well and the resort didn't feel too Disney (like the All-Star Resorts). We were also fairly close to most of the parks - the bus ride to the Magic Kingdom only took about 10 minutes and we had the choice of taking either a bus or boat to Downtown Disney which was nice (usually only deluxe resorts have boat transportation).


On Monday night we "officially" started our trip with dinner at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness. This is a dinner show with Old West, vaudeville type entertainment and is so much fun!
One of the best parts of our Hoop-Dee-Doo experience? Drew was chosen to be an audience participant during a "Davy Crockett" number. He did an awesome job as the Indian Chief.
Doing a little dance, like an Indian Chief should do, I suppose. I wish I had a video of this.
Drew taking a bow with the cast and other audience participants.
This was my first time at the Hoop-Dee-Doo, and I had so much fun. It was a great way to kick off our honeymoon and just great entertainment. We even got a free picture from Photopass since it was our honeymoon (yay for magical moments)! 

Chef Mickey's

After a looong first day of our honeymoon (7:00 am flight, Downtown Disney, dinner at the Hoop), Drew and I were really glad that our breakfast reservation on Day 2 wasn't until 10:00 am. We had plenty of time to sleep in and travel to the Contemporary for breakfast at Chef Mickey's. We even arrived early and had time to kill at the gift shops before we were seated.

Chef Mickey's is a character breakfast, which means that in between trips through the buffet line characters stop at your table for pictures. Chef Mickey's features all of the classic Disney characters: Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto and, of course, Mickey!
It's Mickey Mouse!!!

We had a lot of fun at breakfast and were glad we got to see some characters, since we didn't stop for too many once we got to the parks.

The rest of Day 2 was spent relaxing and getting ready for the event we were probably most excited for: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! That's probably going to take up a whole post on its own, so I'll stop here for now and leave everyone in suspense on what else we did all week!

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