It feels so weird to be recapping our vacation on the blog considering that our magical trip to Walt Disney World occurred on the same weekend that Orlando became home to deadliest mass shooting in modern history. We were having such a great time celebrating our niece’s 3rd birthday at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom but we all knew that just on the other side of those Mickey Mouse ears-topped gates there was a city in mourning.
We did our best to focus on our niece and her overwhelming joy at finding meeting Minnie Mouse, Elsa, and Anna. As we walked in through the gates at Walt Disney World she gasped, “I’ve waited my whole life for this!”. She was too cute.
We spent the weekend at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Lake Buena Vista, FL and it was so amazing. Everything about it was so perfect and after our horrible experience at Country Inn in Savannah, Ga a few months ago I was happy to see that Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress was so dog-friendly and accommodating. The hotel grounds were stunning and we’re already talking about a trip back just to stay on the grounds and relax.
My family had made dinner reservations at the Rainforest Cafe in Disney Springs for Saturday night at 5pm and with us driving down from Atlanta we knew we were going to have to leave early and check-in early if we were going to be ready for a 5pm reservation. Rainforest Cafe won’t seat you until your entire party has arrived so being late wasn’t an option.
My GPS said that Atlanta -> Orlando should take us approximately 6 hours 15 minutes. We decided to leave Atlanta at 7am because that should have had us arriving in Orlando by 1:30pm or 2:00pm. That would have given us 3 hours to nap and clean up before we had to be at dinner.
I called the hotel a few days before our arrival and let them know that we would likely be arriving early and to ask about early their check-in policy. I told they we hoped to arrive by 2pm and they assured me it wasn’t a problem.
They told me they would try to have the room ready for us but if it wasn’t they were happy to hold of our luggage behind the counter until it became ready at which point a bellhop would take our items to our room.
When we arrive (about 2:30pm) they our room prepared and offered a bottle of champagne for our check-in. Our room was pet-friendly and they gave us a door-knocker to hang outside of our door. It read, “This room contains a canine companion. Please, do not enter.”. We put it up to tell housekeeping not to enter the room that way we could leave our dogs free to relax rather than having to keep them crated in the corner.
Since we were able to get in to our room 2-hours early we snagged a really nice 45-minute nap before having to get ready for dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. Without that nap I don’t think neither my husband nor myself would have made it through the entire meal. That drive exhausted us both, especially since we didn’t get much sleep the night before.
The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress was so lovely! As soon as I laid down on the bed I just sunk in to this lovely pile of plush clouds. I could have slept for hours.
At the end of our trip my parents negotiated a late check-out so I can tell you that they seem to be extremely flexible on their arrival / departure times. We’ve already all booked our trip for next year and we plan to spend the entire time at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resort because there is so much to do I know we barely touched the surface of it on this trip. Plus, next year there is a new baby joining the mix (not mine) so we don’t want to try to survive an amusement park with a newborn.