Weekend Trip Report – Day Two (Part 1)

You can catch up on Day One of the Trip Report.

Day two got off to a relaxed start.  My wife and I really didn’t get moving until the middle of the morning.  We didn’t have a lot planned today.  We only bought three-day park tickets for our four-day stay.  Today was the day that we didn’t plan on entering a park until the Villains Unleashed party later that night.  We had to be moving by 10:30 am so we could make it to our 11:30 am lunch reservation at The Grand Floridian Cafe.  It took some effort but we were moving and got to the bus stop by 10:30 am.  I had some extra time to take a couple of pictures in the Yacht Club Lobby.

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Unfortunately to get The Grand Floridian, we had to tease ourselves by walking past the entrance for The Magic Kingdom.

Sorry, Mickey, we'll see you tomorrow.
Sorry, Mickey, we’ll see you tomorrow.

We took the bus from Yacht Club to The Magic Kingdom and then took the boat from The Magic Kingdom to The Grand Floridian Resort.  Our timing on catching both was great and we were able to make it from Yacht Club to The Grand Floridian in a little over 30 minutes which made us very early for our 11:30 am lunch reservation.  In fact, The Grand Floridian Cafe were still serving breakfast and couldn’t seat us early.  So, we decided to relax in the lobby and I went to take some more pictures.

A sweeping view of the lobby.
A sweeping view of the lobby.

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A shot of the over-sized bird-cage taken from the second floor from my iPhone.

 

The band was ready but not playing.
The band was ready but not playing.

The area where Citricos was open even though the restaurant, itself, was not open.  So, of course, I walked over there for some more pictures.

Inside the restaurant and the menu.
Inside the restaurant and the menu.
A map of historic Florida.  This area had many of these pictures.
A map of historic Florida. This area had many of these pictures.

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By now, it was time to eat and my wife and I got a great location toward the back of the restaurant.  We were also by a window so we could look out in the resort.

Menu side 1
Menu side 1
Menu Side 2
Menu Side 2

At The Grand Floridian Cafe, there is really one thing to get – The Grand Sandwich.  A wonderful combination of ham, turkey, cheese, and fried onions served open-faced.  It does not come with a side.

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My wife got the Reuben Sandwich which came with a marinated cucumber salad.  I tried some of the cucumber salad and it tasted more like pickles than cucumbers which appealed to me.

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We passed on dessert but still took a picture of the dessert tray.

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Two entrees and two soft drinks combined with a 10% DVC discount and we were able to get out of The Grand Floridian Cafe for less than $40 including tip.  We enjoyed our lunch The Grand Floridian Cafe.  It wasn’t crowded because everyone was enjoying the 100 degree heat in the parks.  Like Maya Grille, we’ve added another restaurant to our rotation.

After lunch, we walked over to The Grand Floridian Disney Vacation Club Villas to see if they had a model room that we could tour.  We walked around the lobby for a couple of minutes before someone came over to see us.  I showed them our DVC card and they had a model room to show us.

Mary Poppins Penguins dominate the lobby fountain.
Mary Poppins Penguins dominate the lobby fountain.

We were able to see a two-bedroom lock-off room which is a studio and an one-bedroom combined into two-bedroom.  We started in the studio and then moved into the one bedroom.  Both the studio and one bedroom each come with a pullout Murphy bed.  Each has a different theme – Dumbo in the studio, Mary Poppins in the one bedroom.

Murphy Bed in the studio
Murphy Bed in the studio
Murphy Bed in the one-bedroom.
Murphy Bed in the one-bedroom.

The late 19th/early 20th century theme is prevalent throughout the villas with the right mix of formality and whimsy.  And Timothy Mouse can be found in the rooms.  A huge plus for me.

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We left The Grand Floridian discussing ways how we could add-on at The Grand Floridian.  We got back to Yacht Club and changed for an afternoon along Stormalong Bay which confirmed my belief that it is the best resort pool at Walt Disney World.  After Stormalong Bay, we took a brief nap to get ready for the Villains Party.

Day Two (to be continued)

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