DD and Mama D went to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida once more but this time around they stepped it up a notch and stayed at the Boardwalk Villas. Oh my goodness! You should have seen the look on our face when we saw the view we had! We couldn’t have asked for anything better. Room 5061 on the 5th floor was perfect. It was close to the elevators and transport. On top of renting in a deluxe villa, we spent a whole week and had the most relaxing stay ever. For those who’ve been to Walt Disney World know how stressful it can sometimes be with long waits and a lot of walking.
Staying at Boardwalk meant having the boat taxis to Hollywood Studios and Epcot right at our doorstep; we were fortunate enough to have a room close to the elevators and the boat launch but still did a lot of walking in the parks which was fine for me but a little harder on Mama D but at the end of the week her feet were much better. Being January, the buses were never full and we never had to wait long and always had a seat in both boats and buses.
Our studio had everything we needed and the sofa bed was comfortable. Our room was facing the Inn and we could see the Epcot sphere, the fireworks at 9pm and the Beach Club Resort across the lake. We could hear the boat honks but it was not too bad with the balcony door closed. We had some cool weather so we didn’t use the balcony much.
We were privileged to try the new Magical wrist band that replaces the card and we liked it. We loved to be able to reserve three fast passes the night before; we could have reserved way more in advance but we preferred just going day by day depending on the attractions left to do and some we might want to revisit.
Among the new attractions we tried for the first time after 4 visits together was The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios which we visited twice; we totally loved it! With 2 Gravols I had no problem. Being fans of the Twilight Zone episodes it was a real treat. Dami and I will have to watch the episodes that inspired the ride; We have the full 156 complete episode box set. As a souvenir I bought a bell, a towel and a Do Not Disturb magnet.
For the first time in HS, we did Star Tours. I think I might have done it when I was by myself in 2009 but I am not sure. Even with the motion sickness pills this one was a little too much for me. I read that the new ride with 3-D glasses causes more motion sickness. Another Gravol ride at Animal Kingdom was The Expedition Everest that I hated because it was too much for motion sickness even with Gravols; I bought the picture they take of you because I said I would never ride this one again.I let Mama D ride by herself on a few rides like Primeval Whirl at Animal Kingdom and Mission Space at Epcot.
At Magic Kingdom we did The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and this one was fun and made me laugh, it was my top limit without the Gravols kind of like Dinosaur at AK. We actually were supposed to have a Gravol Day, riding only attractions that trigger motion sickness but we ended up scattering those attractions and I just had to have a few days where I had to pop the pills and feel drowsy for a few hours.
We used our park hopper quite a few times: it’s always nice to have the option and the freedom. We had a Resort Day where we visited some of the Resorts: Beach Club, Fort Wilderness and Polynesian. It made for a really nice day. We visited Epcot many times and unfortunately we could not finish our ride at Ellen’s, Universe of Energy because the ride broke down. We took the Behind the Seeds Tour and didn’t learn much more than we already knew but we got to taste some fresh cucumbers; considering the price we paid, each slice cost 10$… Unfortunately the new Snow White attraction wasn’t ready so we’ll have something to look forward to in 2015! Dami said that next year he definitely wants to go and I think he’ll like it.
In our welcome package we used the free mini golf coupons. We loved the Fantasia mini golf! It took us about 45 minutes and it was fun. We took a boat to Swan and Dolphin and walked from there although we could have easily walked from Boardwalk. We also used the free 100 points coupon that we redeemed for a card at the arcade and played bowling again (last year we played bowling at the Port Orlean’s, Riverside Arcade). Mama D got some sour candies from the crane and we gave our card with the 15 remaining points to a mother and made her happy. It’s not much but it’s the better than just throwing it out.
Mama D and I agreed that Boardwalk was a nice step up from Port Orleans Riverside. We loved the ambiance, the boats, the shops, the restaurants and the General Store right at your doorstep. We will definitely go back and are again so grateful to Mr. Walt Disney and his family for having created such a place for us to visit year after year. Thank you! And thanks for reading!