If I were at the Walt Disney World Resort today, my plan would be to have no plans! You heard that right, the planner wants a day without a plan. Mind you, this has yet to happen. This is Fantasyland though, so let’s imagine I can let go of the inevitable angst I would feel of “wasting a day” relaxing and really focus on how incredible it would be. If I could actually do it.
Having just become Disney Vacation Club Members, my day would be spent at our home resort, the Polynesian Village Villas and Bungalows. And although this day was meant to be one of rest, I just can’t sleep late while I’m at the Walt Disney World Resort, so I would wake up early and get some exercise by walking around the grounds. No doubt ending up at the Kona Island Coffee Bar to bring back a cup of ambition to my better, sleeping, half.
I don’t like a “people-y” pool experience, so my plan is to start my day there, at the Lava Pool when most people are at the theme parks or having breakfast. It opens nice and early, so at 9:00am, that’s where we are with a good book, our phones and earbuds, chillaxin’ poolside with great coffee. I realize the Oasis Pool might be quieter, but I just love the ambiance of the main pool. With Captain Cook’s not too far away, one of us would sacrifice our mellow to bring back some Tonga Toast and/or a breakfast sandwich to share. For the record, if I go, we get one order to share. If he goes, we wouldn’t need to eat lunch.
Since resting really isn’t my thing for too long, we are leaving the pool area by 11:00 and make a pit stop at the Pineapple Lanai for some Dole Whip. Mine has the rum, it’s vacation after all! With whips in hand, we stroll around the resort, over to the incredible Bungalows that we so desperately hoped we would get upgraded to, but did not. Then, because my husband is a big old kid, we pay a visit to the game room. A fierce battle of air hockey ensues and then I lose him to the video games. No matter, I’ll leave him to his fun and I’ll go have mine…souvenir shopping over at the Bou Tiki!
By now it’s getting to be lunch time and I’m really craving the Hawaiian Flatbread AND the Pan Asian Noodles, so we get both and share. All full, we make our way to the marina to rent a Sea Raycer to cruise around Seven Seas Lagoon for a while. Seeing the boats chartering guests to and from the Magic Kingdom, I am SO tempted to head over, but NO, this is a resort day!
One of the best features of staying at the Polynesian Village Resort is being on the monorail line. There’s nothing like a little “Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor…” to put a smile on my face. I’m thinking we hop on the monorail over to our second favorite, the Contemporary Resort and head up to the Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower. As DVC Members, we have access to this lounge. Here we would have a couple of afternoon cocktails and enjoy the view of the Magic Kingdom from the deck as the sun goes down.
Not quite ready for dinner, we head back to our room to freshen up for the evening and enjoy our balcony. Tonight we decide we really want O’hana food, but don’t feel like leaving our room, so we order it in! Potstickers and noodles for two, in our DVC “home”, nothing more magical than that. Unless of course you add in ending the evening on the beach, watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks and then gazing at the Electric Water Pageant as it sails by like it has almost nightly since 1972.
I will be “home” in just two short weeks, so you BET I am daydreaming more than usual about the Poly. Who knows, maybe this time, my Friday in Fantasyland will become a reality and I will dedicate a WHOLE day to the resort…lol probably not! -Kat
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