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Old 10-06-2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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Ooh-de-lally! A dining heavy October '13 Trip Report *update 2/23-We're Going Back!*

Pre Trip: Part 1 - Introductions

Welcome to my first ever trip report! I have done dining reports in the past but enjoyed so many TRs on here that I wanted to do one of my own. Now, I knew there was no way that I could keep straight doing a trip report and a dining report (much respect to emmysmommy for being able to do that) so I decides to combine efforts and do a dining heavy trip report.

Wait, you are asking yourself, does that mean that there will be fun and humorous updates likely to include pictures of cute kids meeting princesses along with glorious pictures of food porn?

Yes, yes, that is exactly what it means.

We leave this coming Thursday, October 10th so who knows what we will actually do, but here are some highlights of what we have planned:
  • Pre-park opening breakfast ADR at each of the 4 parks
  • 10th anniversary dinner at Victoria & Albert
  • Food & Wine Festival booths and events - including a Mexican Tequila Lunch and a Mixology Series: Taste, Shake & Indulge Like the French
  • Traveling down with 6 princess dresses ... how many will we come back with?
  • My son's first trip to Walt Disney World!
  • Our first trip traveling with another family
  • Attempts to try things we haven't done in the past - including Tom Sawyer Island and Fantasmic! (I know, right?)
  • Dinner at the newly re-opened California Grill

  • Actually in Orlando from Friday October 11th to Friday October 12th
  • Staying off site using our time share (Silver Lakes)
  • 4-day park hopper passes (military salute passes) - though one of us will get an annual pass so that we can get a TIW card as given the size of our party, not being on the dining plan, and the fact we enjoy an adult beverage or two we did the math and realized this will save us money

I will be your narrator for this journey, so it is my job to tell it like it is, or was, or whatever. And now to introduce the members of our traveling party ...

First, this is myself (Phil) along with my DW (Judi) from a recent trip to Seattle we took (I know, I out-kicked my coverage):

This is my DD (Olivia - 4.5, going on 13) and DS (Peter - 21mo, though definitely already in the terrible twos).
This will be Olivia's 3rd trip to WDW and my sons first - well, second if you count the fact DW was pregnant with him last trip (I don't think he remembers much)

DD is also clearly a Frump in training:

Also coming with us is my FIL (Bob) and MIL (Kathy). Kathy has come with us the past few trips, but this is Bob's first trip with us and first trip there in many, many years:

And family friends Mike and Bridget along with their kids Tara and Owen will also be coming along - we won't be doing everything together but will have a number of meals together. While Bridget has been to The World before, it has been years and Mike, Tara, and Owen have never been. They kept the trip a secret from their kids and my kids didn't know they were coming .... so I expect there to be quite a bit of excitement and screaming when all is revealed.

I will probably have a couple of more planning posts before we leave. I will try to get a post or two done while on vacation, but no promises.

So, everyone on board? Sound like fun? Come'on ... I've got cookies! I mean, I don't know exactly how to get them to you or anything, but I do have them. Moving on ......
Me: DW: DD(5): DS(3): DD(6 months):

It's kind of fun to do the impossible - Disney World with a 1 month old - A Trip Report: 08/25-08-29/14
Wait, weren't you just at Disney World? An August '14 Pre-Trip Report - A Pre-Trip Report: 8/25 - 8/29
Ooh-de-lally! A dining heavy October '13 Trip Report - A Trip Report: 10/11-10/18/13
Faint hearts never won fair lady - or got all the ADRs you wanted. - A Dining Review 10/8/11 - 10/15/11
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?" - A Dining Review 10/24/09 - 10/31/09

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