Travel dates: August 16- August 24
Travel method: Southwest: Bradley International, Windsor Locks CT to MCO and rental car
*Disclaimer 1. My sister insists on having a rental car. If it were up to me, we would skip it.
Resort: Yacht Club standard room, requested top floor
Cast of characters and Ages in Group: Me (Tink) 35 (UGHH), Sister (B) 52, Nephew (C) 8, niece #1 (T) 23
Comments: Sometimes life gets in the way of even the best laid plans. Originally, this trip was to be me and my 2 sisters, my 2 nieces and my nephew. Unfortunately jobs, schedule conflicts and various responsibilities have turned it into just 1 of my sisters and my nephew with whom I will be visiting my niece who lives and works in the Disney area. I am truly hoping that somehow this trip evolves into actually getting my 2 sisters and me together in WDW at the same time along with my nieces and nephew. This hasn’t happened in over 3 years now. There is also a glimmer of hope on the horizon that my longtime boyfriend is willing to do an April trip…we’ll see if it actually happens.
My sister and I booked the Yacht Club for the 10 night stay after deciding to splurge. Darn you Grand Floridian. If you don’t remember how we lucked out and “had” to stay at the Grand Floridian last year, I suggest catching up with “Tinkinparis’ Returns to Neverland Again…” from August 2011. http://mousepad.mouseplanet.com/show...Tink+Neverland
In any case, we thought that we should give the Epcot resorts a try since we were really spoiled with our previous deluxe room experience most of all, all of our favorite restaurants seem to be in Epcot.
Lunch: Le Cellier, Chefs de France
Dinner: Akershus, Rose and Crown, California Grill, Boma and possibly Teppan Edo.
*Disclaimer 2. We are non-adventurous with our ADR’s and have been creatures of habit for many years now and eating at several of these establishments every year since the 80’s eek!
I have purposely purchased a 7 day hopper so that my first and last days, I will not be tempted to leave Stormalong Bay! The beach, the pool, the bar and even the restaurants around the Yacht and Beach club really seem like they have a lot to offer and I am planning on planting myself on a chair and just enjoying. I have read that since there is no food court, it seems you can come across light food offerings in a few different places. Hurricane Hannah’s, which is the pool bar, has a nice variety of drinks and food and of course for dessert…I’ve never eaten at Beaches and Cream! For about a month now I have been faithfully training at the gym. I haven’t lost a ton of weight because I made up for the exercise with more wine and ice cream, but I don’t want to lose the momentum I have created. I am actually planning on using the gym every other day for weights and some yoga. I can’t wait to bring all of you along with us on trip and share our daily adventures. I have a feeling it is going to be a special trip and I am most looking forward to establishing my morning routine and enjoying my coffee somewhere looking over the water at EPCOT! That time in the morning before everyone wakes up and the sun is about to rise, is just magical for me and I feel really connected with my surroundings. I highly suggest to everyone to enjoy a cup of coffee to the Florida sunrise while sitting outside your resort. It is just magical.
I am including some pictures of some preparations I have started. I found a great use for those stickers that Disney movies send you all the time.
Mouse keeping envelopes,
my travel bag (courtesy of Coach for last April’s trip) and 2 new Disney tee shirts for the trip.
The Mini Mouse Flyaway shirt is actually 19.95 at Forever 21 versus the 34.95 at the Disney Store.