Trip Report: Day Four Part One

Day four of my November trip was the most summer-like day of the trip.  The temperatures got into the 80’s and even pushed 90.  It felt more like April or May than late November.  The weather was perfect for me because I had an exciting day planned away from the parks.  I had a tee time for Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course.  This is one of the courses that Disney used when they hosted a PGA Tour event.

Disney, unlike the airlines, makes it easy for the golfers once they arrive at a Walt Disney World resort property.  Golfers receive a complimentary taxi service to and from the golf course.  The golf course, if you are playing multiple rounds at the same course, will store your clubs in between rounds.  This saves the golfer the hassle of transporting the clubs multiple times and the clubs do not take up valuable space in the room.

The airlines, on the other hand, are different story.  I flew United for this trip.  They wanted to charge $200 EACH WAY for my clubs.  Living in Upstate NY, late November is not exactly peak season for golf.  So, I started to look into other ways to transport the clubs.  I decided to ship my clubs via FedEx.  I own a golf bag which can double as a hard-sided travel golf bag.

About a week before my trip, I went to the local Office Max which doubled as a FedEx shipping center and sent my clubs out for delivery.  Before I went to OfficeMax, I called Disney to confirm where the clubs needed to shipped: to the resort or to the golf course.  I was told to ship them to the resort.  When shipping any package to the resort, Disney requests that you list the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Resort Name
  • Resort Address
  • Date of Check-In
  • (optional) Confirmation Number for your stay

For about $60, I sent my clubs out for delivery to Bay Lake Tower.  I took about six days but my club still arrived at Disney before I did.  So far, $140 saved on transporting my clubs to and from Disney.

Come Monday morning, I got up before everyone else and was as quiet as could be and headed for the Magnolia Course.  Now, I won’t bore you with the details for my round.  I will say that it was not my best round ever.  However, the warm weather did bring out the wildlife on to the golf course.

Up close with Tom Turkey
Up close with Tom Turkey
Turkeys on the course
Turkeys on the course
Heron by the water
Heron by the water

While I was golfing, the only photo evidence I have is the kids and, I assuming, some adults had breakfast/lunch at Hollywood and Vine with the Disney Junior characters: Sofia the First, Handy Manny, Doc McStuffins, and Jake.

Sofia the First
Sofia the First
Handy Manny
Handy Manny
Doc McStuffins
Doc McStuffins
Jake
Jake

After my round of golf, I decline an offer from the people in my group to join them for lunch.  I had one mission: to get back to Bay Lake Tower, change my clothes, and get over to Magic Kingdom for the Festival of Fantasy parade as the weather for the next two days did not look as promising.  I made with about 10 minutes to spare as the 3 o’clock Festival of Fantasy Parade started closer to 2:45 than 3:00.  However, I will save the photo essay of the parade for Friday’s post as there are lots of great pictures from the parade.

Thanks for reading!

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