By Soarin’ Diva
Have you ever been Pixie Dusted on your Disney vacation? People seem to think Pixie Dust and good luck follows me around on my Walt Disney World vacations, but to be honest, I really think if follows my youngest teen son. Every single time something unexpectedly wonderful happens to us at Walt Disney World, he has been with us. My husband and I have taken a few trips now without our boys, and literally nothing unexpected has happened. That’s fine, we aren’t out there looking for Pixie Dust and expecting wonderful treats to be sprinkled over us, I have just noticed that when it does fall, it’s usually in the presence of my 16-year-old Devo.
At the very end of May, my youngest son and I had the opportunity to travel to Walt Disney World for a whirlwind, overnight trip, once again, just the two of us. You may have seen my previous articles about why just my son and I had traveled there in March, but if not, you can click here to read Disney Dreamers Academy From a Mom’s Perspective, and What the Dreamer Can Expect At Disney Dreamers Academy. Our super-quick overnight trip was really a way to study the production and lighting aspects of several of the shows performed at Walt Disney World since my son has a passion and goal for not only being a Lighting Designer, but to also be a Lighting Designer for Walt Disney World.
We stayed at Coronado Springs, the same resort we were placed in for Disney Dreamers Academy. You can read my recent review of Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: A Review, here. We loved the little bit we experienced at Coronado Springs before, so we were excited to perhaps see a little more of the resort, though honestly, not much more since it was a whirlwind trip. Upon checking in, we honestly weren’t expecting our room to be ready. We were there about three hours before the official check in time. While checking us in, the sweet Concierge told us she had to make a phone call really quick. When hanging up the phone, she remarked to us that good things come to those who wait, and informed us that with that phone call, we had been upgraded from a standard room to a Junior Suite and our Junior Suite was ready for us right then!
I was blown away, no one in our family has EVER had a resort room upgrade. We read about it happening all the time on social media, yet we had never experienced it. Thanking her profusely, we made our way to check out our room. I was even more excited to find that we were in Casitas Building 3, which was pretty close to the main lobby.
As we entered our Junior Suite, we oooh’d and aaaaah’d over the “living room”. A big comfortable couch, which would fold out to be my son’s bed, a couple of side chairs and coffee table, a nice table to eat breakfast at in the morning, a HUGE television mounted on the wall, with a dresser just for my son’s things and his very own bathroom with shower. I then went to check out MY room, with the nice big queen size bed, just for me. My own dresser and large television, a desk and side chair for me to enjoy and most important of all…my very own bathroom and shower. I didn’t have to share, I didn’t have to wait for someone else to finish their shower, we could actually save time by taking showers in our own bathrooms at the same time!
I’ll begin by letting you know that the Junior Suite is really just two adjoining rooms that have been turned into a small suite. That means it used to be two separate rooms for guests that had an adjoining door, but now one of the two rooms has had the bed and desk removed and replaced with a fold-out couch, chairs, regular dresser instead of a desk/dresser, and a table with chairs for eating. Let’s start with the living room/fold-out couch bedroom. Since we were only staying one little old pitiful night, we didn’t get to fully appreciate the Junior Suite with a living area, but we happily lounged for a hot second before we had to tackle folding out the couch so my son could go to bed. I say tackle because, y’all, this thing took forEVER to fold out. It was stubborn. Granted, it’s been quite a few years since I’ve dealt with a fold-out couch, but I’m not kidding, it took us way longer than it should have to get this thing set up. My son was giving me a hard time, trying to say I was just old and didn’t know what I was doing, yet he had the same problem when trying to get the thing to open up. Perseverance won though, as it usually does, and we managed to finally get it set up for a restful night of sleep.
Now to move on to my sleeping quarters and bathroom. As I mentioned before, I had a nice big queen size bed, all to myself. My own television I could control and watch whatever I wanted on, which of course was the Must Do DIsney channel featuring Stacey, (any other Stacey fans out there?). I had my own dresser with a wardrobe for hanging clothes, and of course, the most bestest thing ever was having my very own bathroom.
I would love to point out to those who cruise in wheelchairs that my bathroom was completely wheelchair accessible. If you or your loved one is planning a trip to Walt Disney World and you are looking for a wheelchair accessible bathroom, rest assured, they have you covered and I would love for you to check out these pictures to see if they will reassure you.
Everything in the Junior Suite was clean and lovely. It was a wonderful experience being Pixie Dusted with an upgrade from a standard room. I can’t offer any tips on getting a dose of Pixie Dust such as this because honestly, it just comes down to being in the right place at the right time. Or, as I have long suspected, it really is something to do with my son and if that’s the case, I’m willing to rent him out to others seeking Pixie Dust for a nominal fee. Kidding…not kidding. So have you ever been on the receiving end of a room upgrade or some other amazing Pixie Dust? If so, we would love to hear about it, let us know!
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