This morning it was time to say goodbye to the Grand Floridian and switch over to Caribbean Beach. Disney makes switching hotels fairly easy. You bring your bags to Bell Services and they will transport them over to the new hotel for you. They don’t arrive at the new hotel until late in the afternoon so you need to plan for that. I dropped off my bags and headed to Animal Kingdom.
My plan was about a half day at Animal Kingdom and then go to the Disney Springs in the afternoon. I did the safari and bird show again in the morning.
I had an early lunch (as I had no breakfast) at Flame Tree Barbeque. This was mac and cheese with bbq pork, cole slaw and onion rings on top:
The Festival of the Lion King had opened up a few days earlier for the first time since the parks had been closed. I was hoping to make it into the first show at 12:30. I walked over to get on line at 11:40. The line was already insane. I was not up for standing to wait for that long and possibly not even make it into that showing. So seeing that will have to wait until my next trip.
I ended my day at Animal Kingdom and headed to the buses. Currently there are no buses running directly from the parks to Disney Springs. So you can either do Uber / Lyft or take a bus to a hotel and then transfer to a bus to Disney Springs. OR you can do what I did and take the bus to Saratoga Springs, get off at the Congress Park stop and walk over to Disney Springs. This is first time I tried that and except for having to ask to be pointed in the right the direction when I first got off the bus, it was really easy. It is about a 10 minute walk on a nice path along the water. Here are some views of Disney Springs from the path.
My first order of business was to get on the virtual queue list for Gideon’s Bakehouse. This was the first time I have been to Disney Springs since Gideon’s has opened. You have to go to the shop and ask to be added to the virtual queue. They told me it would be about a two hour wait, which was fine as I had planned to shop and walk around until it was my turn. You get a text message confirming that you are on the list and then another text when it is your time to return.
Once you go back, you check in and then get on the line to enter. There was about 6 parties ahead of me and it took about 15 minutes until it was my turn. The shop is really small inside and with social distancing they were only allowing about 3 parties on the inside line at a time. It is really a funky little shop and I would like time to look around more at some point.
With my treats secured and shopping finished, I decided to make it an early evening and get settled in at Caribbean Beach. There was a little mix up with my check in that required a stop to the front desk, but once it was all fixed I headed to my room and had my luggage dropped off.
I had a standard two queen room in the Jamaica section. I had requested Jamaica because it is about half way from there to the Skyliner station, the Riviera hotel and the main area of Caribbean Beach.
I used mobile order to get some dinner from counter service restaurant at Caribbean Beach. I picked it up and brought it back to the room. I had stayed at Caribbean Beach in October and noticed an increase in food options on their menu this time. For tonight, I had fish tacos and fries.
Then it was time to get a look (and taste) of the treats from Gideon’s. I had an original chocolate chip cookie and a slice of Red Velvet cake.
The cookie was very sweet. There is a little salt on top and I would have liked a little more of that. The cake was moist and the frosting was not super sweet which is a big plus for me. I liked the cake more than the cookie. Both were huge and they were my “in room” dessert in the evenings for the rest of the trip.