Monday, December 29, 2008

A Disney Winter Break

Our next Disney trip begins in just 3 days. We'll be at Walt Disney World from January 1 - 9 for a much needed winter getaway. After Siamese #3 spilled a full glass of diet coke all over my Macbook Pro keyboard, I'm ready to just walk out the door and get on the next plane. Grrr. So, there will be an Apple Store visit before we pack and head to the airport. Grrr.

Anyway, here's the plan:

We fly out on JetBlue on January 1. This will be our first time using JetBlue, but who could resist the Even More Legroom seats (38" pitch!!), 30+ channels of Direct TV and 100 channels of XM radio for budget prices? We'll see how it works. Given that I never did earn my 16th credit for a free Southwest Ticket, I'm starting to regret not flying Southwest this trip. I start to lose credits on Jan 14. :(

This will be a split stay, with the first 3 nights at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort (which is our DVC home resort), and the next 5 nights Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas (our favorite resort). We're really looking forward to breakfast on the balcony with the giraffes again, but staying at SSR is always nice, too.

For those who know me, you won't believe it but this is the most unplanned Disney trip we have ever taken. So far, we're spending more time and energy on connecting with friends than getting to the parks.

Our first night will begin with a progressive dinner with David and Sommer, local friends we met on a Disney cruise in 2006. We'll start off with appetizer's at Citrico's in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, then move to Artist Point for entree's at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. The evening will end with dessert at the California Grill on top of Disney's Contemporary Resort and a view of Wishes, the nighttime fireworks show in the Magic Kingdom.

Then, we'll pop around for a couple of days doing various things as they catch our fancy with and David and Sommer, and trying to catch up with a few friends from MouseOwners.com who will be vacationing at the same time. Somewhere in the first few nights we hope to dine at Marrakesh in Morocco in Epcot and see Illuminations, our "church" away from church.

Ironically, a classmate who lives nearby and whom we rarely get to see, will be vacationing at Disney with his family while we're there, so we're going to meet up for dinner at Boma on Sunday night, when we transfer over to Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas.

The rest of the time we'll just take each day as it comes. Obviously we'll try to work in dinner at Jiko at some point (our personal favorite) and try out The Wave in the Contemporary. I'd like to have breakfast at Boma, and Kona Cafe in Disney's Polynesian Resort but there are only so many meals in a trip!

The big complication this trip is that I have a stress fracture in my right foot, which developed right after I had surgery for a torn meniscus in my left knee. The left knee is fine now, and the right foot is healing slowly, but walking gets painful at the end of the day if I'm not careful. We'll do what's necessary to prevent further injury, but Disney has always been an active experience for us so we'll have to see how it goes.

More to come!

Dirk