Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Kids and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the second stop on our Magical Blogorail.
Do you (as I) travel with someone who WILL NOT tour the Disney Parks in the rain? Quite the dilemma given the frequent tropical weather patterns in Central Florida! Since vacations are a family affair, we keep the peace on those monsoon-like Orlando days by staying close to “home”. Ever the restaurant family, we stay dry and eat our way around the Seven Seas Lagoon.
For sure, Chef Mickey’s is always our first choice for the morning meal, but unless you have significant advance warning of a rain day, a same-day reservation is almost unheard of.
But , we have found that The Wave… of American Flavors is a pleasing back-up. Also located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the breakfast served here (7:30 AM- 11:00 AM), especially The Wave Breakfast Buffet at $19.99 Adults and $10.99 Children, is a more economical way to start the soggy day.
True, there will be no characters in sight, but you can find a Mickey Multigrain Waffle!!
After eating, make your way to the 5th floor Grand Canyon Concourse, and wait for the Resort Monorail. Be sure to examine Mary Blair’s 90 foot tall mural from this vantage point.
Once boarded, (If it is not teeming outside), you may catch a glimpse of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom before you disembark at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Be sure to do some pin shopping at Trader Jack’s Exotic Imports & Native Exports before heading to the 1st floor lobby. There, you know what to do- get a lei!! To fully immerse yourself in “Adventureland”, you must be bedecked.
Explore the beauty of the Great Ceremonial House beauty with all five senses; breathe it in!
Where else but the Kona Cafe? The Fish Tacos are sooo good, and the Polynesian Plate Lunch (Sticky Rice and Pasta Salad with either Pan-fried Chicken with Coconut and Mango Sauces or Grilled Teriyaki Steak with Grilled Pineapple Salsa) is also a perfect lunch selection. After lunch, take your time browsing BouTiki. My boys love their Quiksilver items, and the hubby is a Tommy Bahama fan. Me? I’ll buy anything with the Polynesian logo! The nearby Wyland Galleries is more a museum of Hawaiian-inspired art and sculpture. Take your time and feast your eyes… Surely you may have worked up a thirst after all that stimulation, and that means only one thing:
Head up to the Tambu Lounge. You know what to order. Grab a couch for some rest, relaxation and refreshment, and do a weather check. Still coming down in buckets? Get thee to the Resort Monorail. The Grand Floridian is your next port in the storm. Shopping here is unique, abundant. After all, the motto here is to “Dream Big. Live Grand.”, and here’s your chance! As you disembark the Resort Monorail on the second floor, head to my personal favorite here- Basin White. Each trip, we buy soap with Mickey heads (red and green at Christmastime) and a bath bomb with hidden Mickey “confetti”. What marvelous and economical souvenirs these make! Next on that level is Commander Porter’s, where my husband loves to browse the high-end selection of golf shirts. Never-to-be-missed is M. Mouse Mercantile for t-shirts, towels and all your character gear. Mosy on down to the ground floor and take in the majesty of the Grand Lobby.
Hit the stunning Summer Lace and stock up on Guerlain skin products and ogle the Chamilia bracelets and charms. By now your stomach must be rumbling again, so head over to see Cinderella and Prince Charming.
Surprisingly, same day reservations for Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare are often available. Delight all ages in your group with a delicious, upscale buffet and an audience with not only the royal couple, but the hilarious Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drisella. Oh what jocularity on a grey Disney day! End your journey with a full belly, arms full of goodies, and a smile on your face; the formula for another magical (though mushy) memory.
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail is Delightfully Disney.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
2nd Stop~ The Disney Kids
4th Stop~ DIStherapy
Final Stop~ Delightfully Disney