Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Meet & Eat with the Touring Plans Crew

After sadly missing it in 2010, I was extra excited to be able to arrange my touring plan to make the TouringPlans.com Meet & Eat on Sunday afternoon at La Hacienda de San Angel in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion. Friends and Fans filled La Hacienda with not a free table in the entire restaurant.


TouringPlans.com is one of the largest sponsors of Disney Bloggers and Podcasters that there is.  Len Testa is the is the “President, Chief Researcher, and Van Halen Fan” whose books, website and mobile application are simply some of the best Disney planning products available anywhere.   When Len throws a party, he and his team do it in a big way;  providing the food and cocktails to a who’s who of supporters.   The gathering of fans included such as WDW Moms Panelists, Be Our Guest Podcasters, WDW Dads, A Cup of Disney, WDW Parkhoppers, Mama of All Trades, Love the Mouse, Illuminate Epcot, Disney Driven Life, Disney Tourist Blog, Disney By the Numbers, and many, many, many more.

The party was my first experience inside La Hacienda, and the restaurant was lovely inside with a view that can just not be beat.  Every table was were served tacos, nachos, queso, and of course margaritas!  The food was tasty and delicious. Geordon had the Blood Orange Margarita and thought that it was very good. He took just about every opportunity he could during our trip to try everything that was blood orange flavored as it's one of his favorites.


Back in the corner with us, our charming Meet & Eat companions included Kathy from The Many Adventures of a Disney Lovin' Spectrum Mom and D from DISTherapy!  It was fantastic to sit and talk with them while enjoying the meet-up margaritas. 


AJ Wolfe of the Disney Food Blog was amongst those scheduled to be speakers at the event as well as Sam Gennawey from the Samland’s Disney Adventures Blog. However, where we sat we didn't see or hear any speakers, so I'm not sure if that part actually happened. No one in the room we were in was mingling with anyone besides those at their own table.  Someone with a Touring Plans T-Shirt on checked in on us once, but didn't introduce herself or stay to chat, so I'm not even sure who she was.  It was a little awkward, but we were having a good time with Kathy and D.

Door prizes given away included Disney Food Blog’s Guide to the Food & Wine Festival, as well as the new eBook Fireworks Photography from Cory Disbrow, Adam Hansen, and Tom Bricker.  At some point Geordon acquired some nifty little Touring Plans shot glasses that came home with us.  Don't ask how, I was busy off taking pictures of the restaurant. :-) 

Thanks so much for a fantastic afternoon Touring Plans!

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