Today was the day that we’ve been waiting for ever since getting the invite for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. We’ve been preparing, planning and filling our hearts with excitement for so long and today was the day when the time finally came for us to go.
The time came at stupid o’clock in the morning. Our flight was at 6am out of Providence which normally means a 4am to 4:30am wake up when it is just me travelling. However, with the family the ticket situation was a bit convoluted. Originally, Allison and I were going to Dad 2.0 at the beginning of February. However, when the invite came the plans changed so that we could have this family adventure. This meant that the tickets needed to be changed. Rather than change the tickets and add the kids to the reservation as well we had to do two separate but connected reservations. This put Allison and I on one and the kids on another. This also meant that we could not check in from home because the kids ticket came up as unaccompanied minors. Well, I called yesterday and straightened things out but we still had to go to the counter. It wasn’t that bad overall. I just knew that once we got on our second plane and were actually on the way to Orlando I could breathe easy.
The flights were actually very nice. Eva and I watched Moana on the first one and Andrew and I watched The Incredibles on the second flight. Moana really hit me. I got pretty emotional watching it. The Incredibles was fun and I bought everyone some Incredibles Magic Bandits and everyone had one of the characters. That was until we lost two of them almost immediately upon arrival. Oh well, good intentions.
We got to the Orlando airport and got our one checked bag that wasn’t tagged to go all the way to the hotel. We caught the Magical Express and were seated next to my friend, Mitch from Gay NYC Dad. Mitch and I have been friends for a long time. It was good to see him and finally meet his husband and son.
We arrived at the hotel, Coronado Springs Resort, and checked in almost immediately. Our room was ready so we went to it. I then went back over to the hotel conference area and checked in for the conference. I also waited for the delivery of a Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring that we are using for the ten days that we will be at Disney. It is a beautiful car.
Back to the room to get the family and take a dip in the spectacular pool. The kids loved it and it has such a great design. There is even a water slide! We grabbed a snack at Siestas and then went back to the room.
I showered up quickly because I had a welcome session just for the influencers. Then the whole family came to dinner that was a Toy Story Land themed dinner that was presented by Mini Babybel. There were Pixar characters everywhere! We got many photos of the family with each of the character stations. There were four of them where the characters were constantly rotated so you never had to wait too long.
Dinner was also very nice and the desserts were excellent. Andrew had a huge pile of cotton candy and ran back to the room. then he conked out. I type this as he snores his little snore. Big day ahead tomorrow.
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