Travel dates: October 7-12, 2011
Travel method: Motorcycle
Resort: Pop Century
Accommodations: Standard Room
Ages Represented in Group: Myself/Dad 50+, and my two daughters; Shannon 25 and Tara 22
Disney Resort Experience Represented in Group: Veterans
Pre Trip Info
This trip has become somewhat of a tradition for me over the past few years. Our daughters are attending school in the Orlando area and Ive taken the opportunity to make a solo trip down to visit them each fall. The visit somehow always manages to include WDW to get my never ending Disney fix as well as to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival.
In my middle aged life I have picked up a new hobby which I thoroughly enjoy - riding my motorcycle. The trip from the Florida panhandle to Orlando is a leisurely 7-8 hour ride depending on the number stops I make. I keep off the interstate highways for the most part and enjoy the back country roads until hitting the Florida Turnpike. I make stops about every 125 miles or so to stretch, grab something to eat/drink, and to top off the gas. Making this trip in October is nice as the summer heat has somewhat diminished although in Central Florida it can still get oppressive at times.
This years trip has me leaving home on Friday, October 7th and returning on Wednesday, October 12th. The first couple days will be spent at my oldest daughters apartment and then well make the move to Pop Century for the remainder of my visit. Our oldest daughter, Shannon, is a student at the Aveda Cosmetology School in Winter Park and our younger daughter, Tara, attends nursing school at the University of Central Florida. Shannon will stay at the resort with me as she doesnt have class during my stay but Tara will only be able to come down to Disney on Sunday where well hit Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival.
My job requires me to travel from time to time and my company gives us the option of using a company credit card for our travel expenses or using our own personal credit card and getting reimbursed. I opt to use my own card which just happens to be a Disney Visa card. We are allowed to keep the award dollars gained during these business trips for our own personal use. This can add up to a good bit of Disney cash depending on the amount of travel I do during the year. The last couple of visits to Disney World Ive used the awards card to pay for our food and drinks throughout World Showcase during the Food and Wine Festival. Its very easy and convenient to just give the cashier my card and let them swipe it to pay for our items and I get a receipt with the remaining balance. My current awards balance is fairly sizeable so it will take a lot of eating and drinking to use up that amount Im sure well try none the less.
Being a Florida resident has its perks with WDW. Disney routinely has Florida resident discounts for both resort rooms and park tickets. From early August I had been following the room rates closely and was waiting for the Florida Resident rates to come out for October, but, nothing was being offered. As a side I had requested the free Disney Vacation Planning DVD that you can order on-line at the Disney World website. Even though I have visited WDW numerous times, I still enjoy watching these planning videos. One of the questions asked when requesting the free DVD is when do you plan to visit. I put in my October dates and a couple weeks later I received both the DVD plus a Disney promotional letter with a special rate key code to use when making room reservations. Using this key code I made room reservations at Pop Century which saved me $130 over the listed on-line rates for my total stay. I also purchased the Florida Resident 3 day Magic Your Way tickets for my daughters and myself.
So, all of my planning is complete and now comes the hard part waiting for the journey to begin. Im looking forward to the trip and a chance to see both my girls and Disney World a great combination!