Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wounded Warrior Suite at Shades of Green


Raytheon’s relationship with Shades of Green began in 2009 with the company’s donation of The Family Technology Center, a game room for the guests’ “home away from home.” The center includes plasma televisions, personal computers, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox systems, providing an on-site extension of the Disney experience – to relax, connect and enjoy a family experience. 

In addition to it's celebration of the 3rd Anniversary of 'Sum of All Thrills' at Epcot, on October 17th, 2012 Raytheon also hosted its annual character breakfasts for military families at Shades of Green Resort during which children of all ages had a chance to meet their favorite Disney characters.  Raytheon is dedicated to making sure that our veterans and their families can share a wonderful Disney Vacation.

kitchen TV area

Did you know that Raytheon sponsors a special suite at Shades of Green for wounded veterans and their families who are seeking a magical Disney vacation?  The Raytheon Wounded Warrior suite, offers wounded service members and their families the opportunity to stay together in a 1,200-square-foot ADA compliant suite that can accommodate up to 10 adults and four children. Now that's a big suite!


The Shades of Green Resort provides active service members, veterans and their families with a vacation filled with fun and relaxation at an affordable cost. Shades of Green is operated as an Armed Forces Recreation Center by the U.S. Army in support of all branches of the U.S. military, their family members and guests.  Room Rates at this hotel are based on military rank or civilian grade at the time of check-in.  Whether it's a standard room or the Wounded Warrior Suite, reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (888) 593-2242.

Happy Anniversary Sum of All Thrills!

Did you know that today is the 3rd Anniversary for the 'Sum of All Thrills' in Epcot's Innovations? If you're down in "The World" stop on by and join the special celebration!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

9 Days Until I'm Home Again

Just 9 Days left until I'm back home at Walt Disney World. It's been a long road, but I'm finally excited about this!  It's a working trip though and I need to get in as much research, and as many photographs as I possibly can while I'm there. It's going to be 8 months until I have the chance to go back.  It's a super quick trip so let's hope that I can get everything squeezed in.

I started packing and took care of my online check-in yesterday! Whoo hoo! I'm really trying to travel light and just take carry-ons. 'm not usually very good at accomplishing that.  I even went easy with the whole coordinating outfits I accept that this trip will be very casual and random.   Right now the weather forecast looks sunny so far too!

Here's what I've going on, I can't wait to get back and the fact that my best friend will be there at the same time makes it even better.  I don't have a hashtag for twitter yet, but I will make one soon and let you know where to watch for my trip reports.  Tick tock watch my countdown clock!

Pre-Trip Details:

Travelers: Kristen and Erik
Hotel: Art of Animation for 4 Nights
Extras: Disney Dining Plan and Length of Stay Parkhoppers

Thursday - (leave for airport 5am) Arrival at MCO, Magical Express to the Art of Animation with 1:30 arrival. Dinner at OHana, Fingers crossed that Erik will make it on time! Hotel hopping. Cocktails at the Top of The World for Hallowishes.  I love HalloWishes, it's my favorite Disney fireworks show.

Friday - Magic Kingdom Day, Pecos Bills for Lunch, Liberty Tree Tavern for Dinner.  Leave park at 7pm for cocktails and sushi at the Polynesian Kona Island.  My first time at Liberty Tree Tavern in about 25 Years!

Saturday - Epcot, Breakfast at Akershus, Food & Wine Festival Booth crawl, Dinner at Via Napoli with Becks.  SO much on my list to taste!

Sunday - Kouzinna for Breakfast, Epcot, Possible Lou Mongello Meet Up, Rose & Crown Pub for Dinner Becks534, EMH at Hollywood Studios, Fantasmic! 

Monday - Wedding trial hair and make-up run with Becks. Breakfast and Lunch on Counter Service credits, Magical Express back to MCO about 1pm

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Disney Architecture

Today's Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop is all about "Disney Architecture" so I thought I would share a couple of shots of one of my favorite hotels.  There's construction going on all over the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa right now, these shots come from early 2011.

Bird Cage Bird Cage Elevator
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Lobby Ceiling
Grand Floridian Lobby Jazz Band

Focused on the Magic