Travelogue: Disney World 2024, Day 1

February 2024
Where We Stayed: The Contemporary

  • We left Boca Grande for Orlando on a rainy, rainy Monday morning. Torrential Florida rain. That was super fun to drive in on the interstate, let me tell you.
  • But we made it and our first stop was Disney Springs! We had a few hours to kill before we could check in at the Contemporary, so we went to Disney Springs to walk around, shop, and rejuvenate with a Starbucks Refresher. The rain had also stopped, so that was a plus.
  • We did some major damage at World of Disney, then headed to the Magic Kingdom resort area to check into the Contemporary. I’ve always been a Contemporary fan — mostly because the location cannot be topped. It’s literally a 5-10 minute walk, on a lovely walking path, to the Magic Kingdom. Oh, and the monorail runs right through the resort, so you are within easy access to EPCOT as well.
  • Unfortunately, Disney decided to re-theme the Contemporary a few years ago — taking the resort from a relatively neutral, mid-century modern vibe to that of the Incredibles. I… deeply hate it. I’m not a fan of the Incredibles (I mean, it’s a fine movie, but I have no emotional connection to it) and the theming is just half-assed. Cheap looking appointments in the rooms, BRIGHT orange carpeting that looks like Spaghettios in the common spaces. It was just a bummer to behold.
  • Jeanne and I checked in, grabbed dinner at Contempo Cafe, and then she went back to the room to chill — and I headed off to EPCOT. I love EPCOT at night — the big ball is so magical when its lit up. I grabbed my first of MANY frozen cappuccinos from Joffrey’s and then walked all over the park. It was a lovely first evening in the magical world of Disney.

Cute momma at Disney Springs.
Our room at the Contemporary. Clean, so I can’t complain, but I do not enjoy the theming.
See what I mean about the orange carpet?
Time to hop on the monorail to EPCOT.
On my way out of the Contemporary, I saw this. Hi, Denny.
First stop, Starbucks.
I’ve never been a Figment fan, but I can understand his nostalgic appeal.
Plus the beautiful light show on Spaceship Earth.
The Polynesian as seen from the Monorail on the way back.
My ride back to the Contemporary.