Monday, September 27, 2010

Wine & Dine Weekend Pre-Trip Report

Where you can follow the trip:
Twitter Kristen @DVCMom and Katie-Bug @NDK_49
Blog http://dvcmom.blogspot.com

I’m hoping to have a live stream webcam from the room up at eyesonears.com, but no promises as our equipment if iffy on this trip. Photos will be uploaded daily at http://web.me.com/kvantass/Photography/Main.html

Trip reports will be posted upon return.

Kristen - Mom, main organizer, blogger, and supposed “responsible adult”.
Katie, age 11 - Co-planner, blogger, and type A kid, she’s turned into a real online personality getting ready for this trip.
Kirk, age 16 - Claims he’s just along for the ride.
Tori, age 17 - Laid back and good natured she’s probably real voice of reason on the trip.

5 Nights - September 29th -October 4th, 2010
Mode of Travel - United Airlines, Chicago O’hare to Orlando International then Mickey’s Magical Express
Hotel - Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2 Bedroom Concierge Villa
Special Events - EPCOT Food & Wine Festival, Mickey’s Halloween 5K, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Lou Mongello F&W Walkabout, Disney Food Blog Foodie Fest Scavenger Hunt, DVCNews.com Meetup!


9/29 - Arrive, EPCOT. Toyko Dining ADR

9/30 - Disney Hollywood Studios in the evening w/Fantasmic! Sci-Fi ADR

10/1 DVCNews.com Rope Drop Meetup. Race Packet Pick up at WWoS, then off to EPCOT for the Lou Mongello F&W Walkabout. Kona Cafe’ ADR

10/2 Mickey’s Halloween Family 5K! Most likely we'll hit the Magic Kingdom that afternoon and evening. DVCNews.com Electrical Parade Meet up. Chef Mickey ADR

10/3 Disney Food Blog, Foodie Fest & Scavenger Hunt 11am-2pm
Magic Kingdom in the evening for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Tony’s ADR.

10/4 - Animal Kingdom Morning. Depart in afternoon.

15 days and counting down…
This trip has been a very long time in coming. It’s been “in the works” for almost two years and the basic plans have changed several times. We’ve lost people from the original plan (first to be nine, whittled down to four) added park days, events, then dropped them again, made and canceled enough ADRs for three trips. It was all paid for and now I’m budgeting more tightly again. If I have learned anything from the experience that planning this trip has been, it’s been to let go, plan less and just let things happen the way that they’re going to. Not so easy for this type A mom. I think that I’ve finally come to peace with it all and I’m ready to go.

Update 7 days to go...
My suitcase is mostly packed and I just have a couple of things left to buy. Tip envelopes have been re-done (since I had to raid them for emergency cash last week). I completed my online check in at Animal Kingdom Lodge. It's my first time using the online check-in, so we'll see how that goes.

Bump in the road... Doh!

My travel documents are in our safe, which has suddenly become a little too safe. That's right, I can't get the dern thing open to save my life. The locksmith should be here within the next two days. $150 in spending money will be reallocated to a safe-cracking expense.

Just two days left!

Everybody is packed up, I've checked into the hotel online, and we decided that we'll be leaving for the airport at 6:00AM on Wednesday morning. Och! Talk about an early wake up call. I'm a little concerned about how I'm going to feel regarding my fibromyalgia, but there's nothing I can really do about that before we get there.


  1. I'll be up at 6:00 am on Wednesday as well - except I won't be at AKL at the end of the day :-D Wishing you all a magical trip!

  2. Wow you have a lot of great stuff planned! I can't wait to read all your trip reports. Have a safe trip tomorrow! :)