In the morning we enjoyed breakfast in Coastal Kitchen (this becomes our routine) and then enjoyed some time outside on the deck. We pulled into Port Canaveral around noon time and met Ricardo (the concierge) inside of the Wonderland restaurant for our priority disembarking.
We had great timing and a bus was outside waiting to take us to the car rental agency. Our driver did warn us that the agency closes early and therefore if we dropped the car off in the early to late evening we would have to take a cab back to the ship. We picked up our minivan (which pained all of us), picked out car seats and wiped them down as best as possible, then headed to Disney Springs. We were meeting up with friends who live in the area so we were looking forward to a fun afternoon! We decided to valet the car upon arriving. It's just easiest option with all the adults, kids, and stuff we needed. Our first stop was to Blaze pizza. Blaze pizza is allergen friendly, kid friendly, offers fresh ingredients, and tasty. Onto dessert! We walked over to Sprinkles and went inside for some A.C. instead of using the cupcake ATM. I ordered my usual vegan red velvet and it was delicious!
Our friends arrived and we met them in front of Raglan Road. We decided to visit the Disney Stores first and search for some toys for the boys. I ended up buying a plush Pua from Moana as well as a Stitch bubble blower. The kids then discovered the water spouting area and played in the cool water for a while. Greg ended up having to go and buy some towels since we didn't think this one through real well.
Time for the adults to play a bit and that meant heading to the Margarita dock. Unfortunately, the Margaritas weren't as good as I remembered (too tart and bitter). I actually had a sore throat from the drink.
For dinner we went to Frontera by Rick Bayless. We were seated at a long table and started out with chips and salsa. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable about allergies, and didn't rush us. My carne asada tacos were very good and everyone else at the table enjoyed their dishes.
After our meal we said our goodbyes in hopes of seeing each other again soon. A few minutes later and our car was being pulled around to us.
We drove back to the port and the guys dropped off my friend, myself, and the kids. We had the two of us, our bags, the two kids, the two strollers, the purchases, the cupcakes, and more. Thankfully the security area was empty because we were a bit disheveled! We finally re-organized everything and made our way back up to the ship. Oddly enough the guys drove to the agency, got a very expensive cab ($20 for a 2 min cab ride), went through security and arrived on the ship only 5 minutes after us.
It was time for the kids to settle down and get ready for bed. Greg and I went to our room and freshened up a bit. Tonight we went to the pub for some Bourbon, pretzels, and acoustic music. The servers were very friendly, thoughtful, and the music was right to our liking.
Tomorrow we'll be in CocoCay and I'll share my thoughts on the Cabana rentals.