Day 1 started out with a few miniature disasters… After driving all night (with a nap stop) and arriving at Disney World just after sunrise, we were greeted at the entrance to Fort Wilderness by a blown tire on the trailer. My dad changed it, and we were back on our way. Once we were at the campsite, we went to unload the golf cart, only to discover that the frame that holds the batteries didn’t survive the trip, rendering the golf cart unusable. The Mickey Mouse lamp that my brother-in-law Michael made didn’t quite survive the trip either, so we had to improvise a repair for it. Later on that morning, something cause the sink to flood the living quarters of the horse trailer. Of course none of these problems were insurmountable, and they didn’t steal the excitement of being at Disney World!
10:35 was breakfast (brunch?) at Chef Mickey’s, inside the Contemporary Resort. We’d done the character dinners at Chef Mickey’s before, but never breakfast (brunch?). The food was good, and we all ate until we couldn’t stand it. Hadley even ate until she went to sleep! We had a corner table with a nice view of the Magic Kingdom and of the characters as they came around to us; the only drawbacks were that it was a corner table and that the obnoxious people next to us made it difficult to get to the buffet.
After Chef Mickey’s, we took the girls for a ride on the monorail and spent much of the rest of the day at the pool. We went to bed relatively early and tried to get to sleep; having not stayed at Fort Wilderness in nearly 20 years, one thing I forgot was that you can hear the Magic Kingdom fireworks from just about every campsite.