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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 6

Day 6 of our January vacation started exactly the way Day 5 ended – rainy.  Since we accomplished so much at Extra Magic Hours, we planned a sleep-in morning.  That’s not always possible with a baby, but we tried!

Rainy Magic Kingdom from Bay Lake Tower. The train left a picturesque trail all morning

Rainy Magic Kingdom from Bay Lake Tower. The train left a picturesque trail all morning

We left our room at Bay Lake Tower at 9:50, and by 10:18 were in the Fastpass line for Jungle Cruise.  We had an excellent skipper for our only daytime journey.

Mekong River is my favorite on Jungle Cruise

Mekong River is my favorite on Jungle Cruise

Up next is one of my personal favorites, Enchanted Tiki Room.  I love the show and the music, and it never has a line.  You really can’t be that!

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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 5

Wednesday was an atypical vacation day for us.  We had a few Quick Service credits to use up, so we started the day with breakfast at Gasparilla Grill.  After breakfast, we finished packing and loaded all of our luggage into our rental van.  Then we set out for Daytona Beach.  Traffic through Orlando was much worse than the last time we drove around with a rental car.  It took us just under 2 hours from leaving the Grand Floridian to driving onto the beach.

We planned this trip a long time ago.  The 1 year anniversary of my father-in-law’s passing fell halfway through the trip.  This was one of the reasons my mother-in-law joined us on the trip.  We planned this beach day to return to one of their favorite locations and where they first met despite growing up in the same area in Indiana.


Entrance to Daytona Beach at Plaza Resort & Spa, $10 fee with one re-entry allowed

It was a rainy day throughout Florida and daily rainfall records were set in Orlando and Daytona Beach.  Luckily most of the rain in Daytona Beach fell that morning, so other than a brisk wind the beach was still enjoyable.


Daytona Beach

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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 3

Dreams do come true.  Day 3 in Hollywood Studios brought us back to our favorite ride, the Tower of Terror.  I haven’t ridden it since March 2014, which is far too long.  But I’m jumping ahead…

This morning was the most on time we’ve been in years.  In 17 minutes we drove from the Grand Floridian to Hollywood Studios, parked, unloaded the car and were on a tram.  First stop was Toy Story Midway Mania with a Fastpass.  We were through the ride quickly and stopped to see Star Wars Launch Bay.


Star Wars Launch Bay


Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars has taken over the Animation building, with a making of video in the theater, meet and greets for Chewbacca and Darth Vader, props and costumes from Episode VII, Disney Infiniti stations, mock Cantina, and of course merchandise shop.

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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 2

Day 2 of our January 2016 trip started like 95% of our vacation days do – late.  It was my resolution for this trip that we would be at the parks as close to park opening as possible.  We have a night owl baby, which means we have to wake him up to accomplish this.  After already running late, halfway to the monorail platform I realized I forgot a key part of the baby’s costume and had to run back to the room.  Ok, I speed walked after about 5 seconds of running.  Running is a poor choice for me overall, especially so when the overnight low was 31.


Grand Floridian

Once on the monorail, it was only a 30 minute journey from leaving the Grand Floridian to arriving at Epcot.  I meandered around Mission Space and Innoventions West while the other adults rode Test Track with a Fastpass.  I bought a Starbucks mug at Fountain View to add to the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios mugs we have already.  I got in line for Baymax, but had to leave the line before meeting him.


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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 1

Our January Walt Disney World trip is one of those you start planning a few years in advance and have a lot to look forward to.  It was a long and winding route to end up at the trip we’re taking, but all things happen for a reason.

I’m going to attempt a live trip report for the first time.  [This is already live-ish!]  I hope to share some trip planning tidbits that don’t land in their own blog post with a few photos along the way.  I apologize for typos, I have a new laptop and am not used to this keyboard.

This trip had the best start to any trip we have taken in the last 10 years.  I finally learned a packing secret that is so obvious I don’t know why I’ve never done it before.  I’ve always had a large selection of travel size toiletries which helps with luggage weight and space. After our last trip, I refilled all the refillable bottles and replaced anything that ran out.  Instead of putting these away, I kept them individually sealed in a ziploc (serious lifesaver for air travel leaks!) and in my suitcase.  This cut my packing time in half.  From now on, my suitcase will be half packed and ready for our next adventure!

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DVC Now For Sale in Hawaii

CELEBRATION, Fla. (July 1, 2010) – Disney Vacation Club began selling real estate interests for the company’s first family-friendly destination resort in Hawaii today.  Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawaii, is scheduled to open its first phase in fall 2011 and will mark the eleventh resort for Disney Vacation Club.

“We are thrilled to give families joining Disney Vacation Club a new resort option in one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world,” said Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis.  “Once Aulani opens, families will be able to immerse themselves in the culture of Hawaii while knowing that they will get the quality vacation experience only Disney can deliver.”

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii, is planned to include 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas and 359 traditional hotel rooms upon its completion.  Other family-friendly resort amenities are scheduled to include an 18,000-square-foot spa, two restaurants, a wedding lawn, a kids’ club, a conference center and a pool area complete with a feature pool, wading pool, tube slides, sunset-facing hot tubs and a snorkel lagoon.

Built adjacent to a crystal-blue lagoon and a white-sand beach, Aulani is located on 21 acres of oceanfront property in the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development, near the existing Ko Olina Marina and a Ted Robinson-designed, 18-hole Championship Golf course.  Located on the western side of Oahu, the resort will also offer easy access to other points of interest on the island, such as the North Shore area and Pearl Harbor.

Disney Vacation Club offers families unparalleled flexibility and is designed to accommodate changing vacation needs as families are able to determine where to go, when to visit, how long to stay and what size of accommodations best suits their needs on each trip.

To begin, Disney Vacation Clubmembers are able to choose from among a variety of exciting vacation destinations, including a stay at any Disney Vacation Club resort, a trip on one of the Disney Cruise Line ships, a guided vacation with Adventures by Disney or a jaunt to one of more than 500 other destinations around the world. Plus, members staying at Disney Vacation Club resorts truly get “more room in the room,” as they can choose from four sizes of accommodations that sleep from four people up to 12 and range from 350 square feet to more than 2,000 square feet.  Additionally, vacations at a Disney Vacation Club resort can last any length of time, from one night to several weeks.

“Families can experience diverse destinations around the world with their Disney Vacation Club membership,” Lewis said.  “Plus, Disney Vacation Club can be enjoyed by generations of family members, allowing families to continue to experience the magic of memorable Disney vacations year after year.”

Disney Vacation Club revolutionized the timeshare industry in October 1991 when it introduced a flexible, vacation points-based model.  Today, more than 450,000 individual members from approximately 100 countries and all 50 states have discovered the joys of membership with Disney Vacation Club.