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Old 06-14-2010, 12:36 PM   #5
hhawkins
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Day 1 - POFQ Resort & DTD

June 6, 2010 – Day 1

We finally made it to Orlando Florida. Now we are not at all experienced travelers. Only my wife and I had been on an airplane before. So we were not sure what to do when we landed. All we knew is that we had to find the Disney Magical Express.

We looked for signs in the terminal, but found none. So we just followed the people who ended up at a monorail. Wow! This would be like a bonus Disney ride we had not expected. We asked a many who worked at the airport and he said it would take us to the mail terminal, so we got on.

Once off we still had no idea were to go. We still did not see any signs. After asking several people, we finally found our way to the location of the Magical Express, checked in and directed to the line for the POFQ. The line was very short and when we got on, we almost had the bus to ourselves. There were only two other families making this trip with us. I remember making a mental note of the low numbers and hoping that was a sign that the crowds at Disney World would also be smaller than I expected. Looking back, they were smaller than I thought they would be.

The ride to the POFQ was longer than I expected. Not knowing the area, I did not even know what I was looking at along the way. Did I ever even see Orlando? Can someone tell me.

Finally the time had come and the driver announced that we should get our camera ready as we were about to enter into those famed Disney gates. We were moving so fast that I did not get a good picture. But that was okay.

The others on the bus got off at the Old Key West Resort and ours was the next stop. The POFQ was more than I expected. The grounds are so pretty. A bellman helps us with our bags and we were off to check in. I had done the online check-in so everything was waiting and ready for us. We had requested connecting rooms, and that is what we received. We were in building 4, which was right next to the main building and the closest one to the bus stop. We were in rooms 2335 and 4336. One was a corner and had two windows, which was very nice. My only complainant was that there was only one elevator per building set and it was not very close to our room. We needed to use it with the stroller, so it made our walk a little more each day.

When we opened our door, we were so pleased. The pictures on the internet really do not do justice. It was so nice. Some had mentioned that the rooms seemed dated, but I did not feel that way at all. It was perfect.

Plenty space for the amount of time we would spend in the room. It was so nice to have the fridge, and the added touch of the curtain that closed off the sink area was a really nice touch. Almost seemed to add a private space.

There was a Mickey towel outline on one bed when we arrived, which was very nice. Also, there was a bounce-back card on the table. I had herd many people talk about the bounce-back, but I honestly think that everyone at POFQ got it. Every open window I walked by had one on the table. Actually, the offer it gave was the same offer that we booked with – 30% off a moderate resort. Wish we could have booked again before we left, but just not in the budget right now.

After settling in we went to the dining room for a late lunch. Were are on the basic dining plan and this would be our first counter service.

One word of advice. When it come to counter service, as long as they do not know you are ordering for a child, it does not matter. Counter service adult and kids meals count the same on the plan. If they know it is for a child, they insist you get a kids meal. If an adult just orders, they all count the same in the computer. We always ordered three adult CS meals rather than 2 Adult and 1 Child, that way there would be plenty to share with our 2 year old who was not on the plan. All worked out fine in the end.

I had a Bacon Double Cheese Burner, and my wife and kids had Pizza and Spaghetti. Both were very good. I especially came to love the fries at the resort. We also bought one of the mugs and refilled it every chance we got all week. It was so worth the $13.

After lunch my boys needed a nap and so we went back to the room. My mom and sister headed to Downtown Disney for so shopping before a late dinner we would join them for at Kouzzina by Cat Cora.

The boys slept and Candi and I looked over our plans for the week. Finally at about 6 p.m. we changed clothes and headed to DTD. This would be our first experience on Disney transportation. The bus arrived very quickly and we arrived at Hollywood Studios to get on the boat for DTD. HS was my first time to see a park, though we would not be back here until Thursday, it was exciting to see the water tower and the TOT. I was really excited now. The kids loved the boat ride and the Boardwalk was magical. There was a lot of action going on. We passed a juggler and a magician on our way to eat. While waiting to get in we went into the candy shop to scope out the potential goodies we could have all week, though we resisted for the time.

We got to our table just after our 8 p.m. reservation time. Our waiter came right over to take drink orders. My sister asked about the light-up ice cubes which he put in her drink even though it was just a coke. She was so excited.

We all ordered. My mom and I ordered the lamb shank. I thought it was great. So tender that I did not ever use a knife. My mom did not like it at all and our waiter was very attentive. The chef came out and the ended up preparing her a new steak dish at no charge. My sister ordered a sample type platter that had three different items on it. One was a lamb slider, one was chicken and one was a pasta dish. She hated the slider, so I ate it. She did like to other two. My wife ordered a pasta dish that had cinnamon in it. I thought it was strange, but she thought it was okay.

Dessert were all pretty good. We ordered different things and shared. We tried the cookies, the chocolate cake, and the donuts. I have to be honest and say that I think my some hot fudge Sunday was the best.

I am happy we went here. It was very different for us and a good experience. I guess our tastes are just to simple as it was a bit to exotic for us. We were on the DDP, so price was not a issue.

After dinner we had to navigate the busses back to the resort. It was late and HS had been closed for a while so we were going to catch a bus to MK and switch to a bus for our resort. However, we were the only ones on the MK bus and so the driver just took us right to our resort.

When we got back to the resort, it was time to crash. The next day promised to be a full day, and we needed to rest.

Day 1 Ratings:

POFQ Resort -- Excellent
POFQ Dining Hall – Good
Kouzzia – Average (Ok to do 1 time)
Disney Transportation – Good
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