Haven Caylor is a ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent, father to two incredibly cute kids and one of our “Gay Traveling Dads.” He and his husband recently took Ammon and Carter to Walt Disney World Resort. Here his update from the “Happiest Place on Earth.”
Let the Memories Begin”….and treasure them in your heart when the awesome adventure is over. Ammon, Carter, Sean, and I spent the 3rd week of September at Walt Disney World Resort. For 8 adventure-filled days, we spent time in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom. My synoptic advise for Walt Disney World is GO THERE! Save your money, plan your itinerary (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com was my all-inclusive helper), go, and ENJOY! I also have 3 other pieces of advice I would like to share.
1) Stay on the Walt Disney World Resort. The use of its monorail and bus system is first rate. I highly recommend the Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Carter, Ammon, Sean, and I stayed there, and it was in a perfect location. We could walk to the Magic Kingdom in less than 10 minutes, and in the evenings if we were leaving from the Magic Kingdom, it was the first stop off the monorail. We had chosen to drive our own vehicle from our home in Chattanooga to Orlando, and when we parked our car upon our Bay Lake Tower arrival, we didn’t touch it again until 8 days later when we returned home.
2) Take advantage of Walt Disney World’s meal plans. The reason I have is two-fold. The first reason is that the food is wonderful. The meal plan we chose was the simple, Disney Dining Plan. It included one sit-down meal a day (lots of buffets with all you can eat menus), one quick-service meal a day (a variety of cuisines with PLENTY of food…it’s only called quick-service because it’s “to go”), and one snack a day per person. I gained about 5 pounds while I was there, and that was with jogging every morning for an hour and then walking in the parks all day! The second reason to be on the meal plan is that the sit-down meals include the Character Meals where your children can meet Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, princesses, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and even newer characters such as Agent Oso and Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. The characters (especially the princesses) are so engaging with the children and they all give individual attention to each child who is dining.
3) Have fun and take advantage of extra opportunities to have extra fun. Sean and I spent a little extra money for a special event (not included in the regular ticketing price) called Mickey’s Not-So- Scary Halloween Party. The Magic Kingdom closed at 7:00 PM on Tuesday and Friday for the special event. We chose to attend on Friday night. All the rides were available, there was Trick- or-Treating all over the park, special fireworks were plentiful, and a special Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade with plenty of Disney Villains ran twice. Carter and Ammon even attended a special Halloween dance in Adventureland with Woody and Jessie from “Toy Story”.
Walt Disney World is a special place for families. As you walk into the Magic Kingdom, there is a marquee that states, “Let the Memories Begin”. We have marvelous memories of the Walt Disney World Resort, and you will too.