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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Back to Planning: 2015 Disney Land/Sea Adventure

Though I took a trip to San Diego using my DVC points in 2014 (the famous Hotel del Coronado is in the DVC Concierge Collection and is amazing) until recently my family didn't have any concrete plans to return to Walt Disney World.  This was a sad fact and to be honest, fairly depressing (not to mention, bad for business). However, thanks to an unusual turn of events we're back to planning for a 2015 Walt Disney World Vacation!  Read on and see how the pre-trip is stacking up.

I will be spending the first 4 nights of this February adventure at Walt Disney World in work mode, but that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy myself and we managed to arrange for Geordon and all three of the kids to come along as well.  The second 4 nights Victoria and I will head to sea on the Disney Dream.  This is going to be quite a vacation and it may very well be the last trip all five of us take as our family core.  Kirk is looking at joining the Air Force next year, and Tori may be applying for a job with the Disney Cruise Line.  With the prospect of two of my kids leaving the house, 2015 has some big changes coming up and a few days together at Disney will be a blessing to have.
 

By Land

Flights:  For the first time ever I'll be flying out of Milwaukee's airport on Southwest Airline.  I have fought using Southwest for years because I had thought that the closest airport they flew out of was 3 hours away from me.  However after flying with them out of that airport with Becks in July I decided to look and see if they had departures a little closer.  To my joy I discovered that they fly out of an airport that's only about 1.5 hours away as well.  Our flights are booked and we're hoping that all goes well with this new airport.  A bonus here is that it's going to cost left than half to park our car than it would if we took United out of Ohare.

Entryway StatueThe Resort:  Once again my love goes out to DVC for being able to provide us a room that we already have paid for.  I booked a beautiful 2 Bedroom Villa for 4 nights at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.  I know that many folks aren't fond of Saratoga Springs, but it's the first Disney Resort that Geordon and I stayed in together so it's full of wonderful memories.  This is DVC's largest resort and it really is lovely. I'm looking forward to trying the new menu at Artists Palette as well as checking out the new pool and spa that went in since I last stayed there.

Disney Dining: We're on the Disney Dining Plan! Though the standard plan doesn't really save money, I am a BIG fan of having everything paid for before we leave and not having to worry about watching the bank account when we travel.  It's a bit of Disney magic that I'm more than happy to indulge in.  We'll be trying several restaurants on this trip that we haven't been to before (like Bongos and Raglan Road) and we snagged a reservation for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Dinner Show.  I'm really looking forward to the Hoop-Dee-Doo because the last time Tori, Kirk and I were there it was the first vacation after I left their biological father.  It sort of feels like things have come full circle.

Touring: We'll be at Walt Disney World 3 full days, however our Park tickets are limited.  We have a day planned at the Magic Kingdom, one at Typhoon Lagoon, and visiting non-Park options such as hotel hopping and shopping in Downtown Disney. 

That takes care of the first half of this adventure - stay tuned to hear the plans soon for our adventure by sea!




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