Summer Vacation Preview

We’re going on vacation… woo hoo! And we never do big vacations in the summer. Life happened and we couldn’t go anywhere far away in the spring, and fall is way too long to wait, so we settled on going on an actual, real summer vacation complete with a 12-hour one way road trip.

Where are we going? I think you know. Florida summertime heat, here we come!

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Walt Disney World Spring Trip Preview

It’s our last hurrah before our Walt Disney World annual passes expire – so for 10 nights in early April we’re going to have as much fun as we can. (That shouldn’t be too hard!)

This trip will conclude our year of being annual pass holders, and in total we will have spent 30 nights on property. (Yes staying at the Swan counts!) For this trip we’ll spend a week at Disney’s All Star Music Resort (we’ve stayed at each of the All Star resorts, but Music has always been my favorite) before switching over to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa for our last three nights. Saratoga Springs is a new resort for us and we’re excited to be so close to Disney Springs.

So what is on our agenda? Old favorites, and a lot of new experiences.

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We’re Going to Walt Disney World! Christmas Edition

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We’ve been counting down for 7 months, and now we’re less than 2 weeks away from our “Christmas” trip to Walt Disney World!

Our last visit was in April, a trip we planned to coincide with the Star Wars Dark Side races. We also usually go to a Disney park in early fall, when the parks are decked out for Halloween. (Last time was 2016, when we went to Disneyland.) This time I wanted to shake things up and go when the parks were decorated for Christmas. Our last trip during this time was in 2013, when we were there the week before Thanksgiving.

Our original idea was to leave for Florida on Thanksgiving afternoon, after Gary was stuffed from turkey and I had probably eaten too much mashed potatoes. We would arrive at Port Orleans French Quarter on Black Friday, and our celebration “Vacation is Finally Here!” meal was for Boma that night.

Then Gary decided, yeah, let’s just get out of here. And now we’re leaving the Tuesday before Thanksgiving! Yay for longer vacations!

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Walt Disney World Trip Planning 101

The best Disney trips are the ones where you just wing it… said no one ever. Oh, maybe if you’ve been a zillion times and know the parks like the back of your hand. But if you’ve only been a time or two, or especially if you’ve never been, you need to make a plan.

We decided to just wing it for a trip to Myrtle Beach on our 1st wedding anniversary. It went a little something like this:

“What do you want to do?”

“I don’t know, what do you want to do?”

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