So, I'm going to Disney in January with the parents as an adult. I haven't been in WDW with my parents since I was in high school (except mom and I went by ourselves last Jan.) so, it should be a pretty interesting experience. But fun!
I booked a room at PO Riverside. They're still running room discounts for FL residents so, I win on that one! $94. We're only going to stay Sunday night (the 11th). The plan is to wake up early Sun. morning and drive over (sorry, dad. No church). Check into the hotel, and then hop on the bus to Epcot. This is what I generally do and it really works. I can make the drive over now in an hour since I know exactly where all the hotels are (and where all the cops sit on I-4, HA!).
I picked PO Riverside because my mom didn't want to stay in a value resort (those rooms were only $50-something). She preferred a moderate. I looked at pictures of FQ but, there are too many clowns displayed for my taste (not a fan of clowns). I had a pleasant experience when I stayed at POR in August. Plus, I think my parents would enjoy Riverside more, the decor, the plantation feel...They did Mississippi River cruises on paddleboats a few times. Had a friend that worked on the American Queen.
I'm paying for the room and then my parents will pay for the food. I think it'll probably work out to be about the same amount of money. Plus they'll have to pay for their park tickets, which aren't cheap. But, my mom called me from the Walmart in Topeka (when I was coincidentally in the Walmart in Port Orange) and told me she just bought a Disney gift card and the offer on it was if you put $100 on the card, $10 would be added free! I asked if she called to make sure that was correct and she said yes so, WHEE! I guess that's what we'll be using during our stay.
Anyway, Sunday we're going to hit Epcot. One of my really good friends has convinced my mom that she needs to try a limoncello. I'm not so sure about that one. I'm like, mom, maybe I can get one and you can taste it. Amy also told her she needs a hot wine in Germany and a Strongbow in England and then my mom ALWAYS wants a pink champagne in France. I'm like, dang mom! You're going to get tanked!
If she's not too hungover (just kidding), we're going to go to Animal Kingdom on Monday. I figured since they close at 5pm, AK would be a good choice to get back to POR and by the time we get back to the car, miss most (hopefully) of the 5pm Orlando traffic. If not, we can stop and eat dinner somewhere.
The parents have never been to AK, so they are very excited (well, my mom is. My dad will be excited once he gets there). I predict that my mom will be out of control and be all over the place, and my dad will freak out about how expensive everything is, but will have a good time, anyway.
I'll let you all know how it goes!