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Memories of a Cold Disney Vacation

One of the vacations we reference most frequently at home was a cold January trip we took this time 8 years ago.  This was the first time either of us had experienced Florida cold.  We mistakenly sat at home in the freezing Midwest and thought 30s and 40s would feel warm in Florida.  We left…
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snow on hollywood boulevard

Trip Report November 2016 – Day 2

Our first day in the parks was one I worked hard to prepare for.  On paper it was just a morning in Epcot with a lunch at Garden Grill.  In practice it was the shining glory of a chipmunk toddler. Since the Garden Rooms at the Boardwalk are not located near the Innkeepers Club Lounge…
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boardwalk garden room 1201

Trip Report November 2016 – Day 1

Our November 2016 trip was somewhat an accident.  It started out as a long weekend trip after Thanksgiving so we could see some of the new experiences that opened since our January 2016 trip.  The trip slowly grew, then a month and half out had to be moved completely.  Suddenly it was a week-long trip…
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When a Travel Agent Plans Their Own Trip

I spend every day thinking about someone’s Disney vacation, excited about the fun activities they have planned or a special milestone they’re celebrating.  What’s it like when I plan my own trips?  We have a trip coming up so I thought I’d share some of the thought processes we go through. Dates As my own…
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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 8

Our last day was easy and relaxed.  We had no park tickets which is a new rule we’ve implemented to prevent the crazy last days we usually have.  We’ve considering doing this for years, but having a baby to tote really pushed us to implement the rule. We called Bell Services to our room at…
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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 7

After years upon years of stressful last days we finally got smart and did not buy park tickets for our check-out day.  That meant that day 7 would be our last day in the parks and we had a long list of things we wanted to do again or missed the chance to do earlier.…
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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 6

Day 6 of our January vacation started exactly the way Day 5 ended – rainy.  Since we accomplished so much at Extra Magic Hours, we planned a sleep-in morning.  That’s not always possible with a baby, but we tried! We left our room at Bay Lake Tower at 9:50, and by 10:18 were in the…
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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 5

Wednesday was an atypical vacation day for us.  We had a few Quick Service credits to use up, so we started the day with breakfast at Gasparilla Grill.  After breakfast, we finished packing and loaded all of our luggage into our rental van.  Then we set out for Daytona Beach.  Traffic through Orlando was much…
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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 4

Day 4 of our January 2016 trip started in Animal Kingdom.  We had an easy drive of less than 15 minutes and were in one of the first few rows of parking.  It took about 20 minutes from parking to entering the Kilimanjaro Safari Fastpass line.  We had an excellent crisp early morning safari with…
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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 3

Dreams do come true.  Day 3 in Hollywood Studios brought us back to our favorite ride, the Tower of Terror.  I haven’t ridden it since March 2014, which is far too long.  But I’m jumping ahead… This morning was the most on time we’ve been in years.  In 17 minutes we drove from the Grand…
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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 2

Day 2 of our January 2016 trip started like 95% of our vacation days do – late.  It was my resolution for this trip that we would be at the parks as close to park opening as possible.  We have a night owl baby, which means we have to wake him up to accomplish this.…
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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 1

Our January Walt Disney World trip is one of those you start planning a few years in advance and have a lot to look forward to.  It was a long and winding route to end up at the trip we’re taking, but all things happen for a reason. I’m going to attempt a live trip…
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November Trip Report, Day 8

The next morning was our last day, always bittersweet.  After dropping off our bags at Resort Airline Check-In, we walked to the Magic Kingdom, which had been taping the actual Christmas parade since very early that morning.

November Trip Report, Day 7

Friday, our last full day, was unique compared to our typical park days.  Tom slept in and I spent the morning in the Animal Kingdom area.  I planned to visit the park first and then the Lodge and Villas, but as I walked to the bus stop at the Contemporary I changed my mind.  Instead,…
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November Trip Report, Day 6

The next day we planned to spend at Epcot, and it started off hilariously bad.  We had already done Seas with Nemo, Test Track was still down for its reimagining and neither of us can ride Mission Space, so those were all off the table.  Soarin’ Fastpass return times were during our lunch, Living with…
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