Thursday, March 5, 2009
Getting Ready for Some Disney Magic!
Our Spring Break starts tomorrow and we're headed to Orlando! Driving. You read correctly. We. Are. Gluttons. For. Punishment.
I'm confident it's going to be a great trip, though, because I now have my new Garmin! I won a Garmin in a random drawing at a local electronics store. Yay!
We'll be staying at the Disney Vacation Club Villas at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I highly recommend joining the Disney Vacation Club if you are able. It's a great way to do Disney. Big rooms, a kitchen, a washer/dryer, etc. You can trade for all sorts of other time shares (which we've done and truly enjoyed). If you plan to go to Disney fairly often (every other year or so) then it works out to be a really good deal...
The Animal Kingdom Lodge
We've been to Disney many times and over the years I've learned some tips and tricks and also have been able to "taste test" a lot of the restaurants. I'm also lucky enough to have a friend who is a Disney freak. Oops, sorry. I meant to say EXPERT. She lurks in Disney chat rooms and gets really great info. I also highly recommend the website Tour Guide Mike. There is a small fee associated with the site, but it's totally worth it. Especially if you're going to be visiting during a crowded time. He tells you which parks to go to on which days and gives detailed info on which rides to go to first, etc. It can be VERY overwhelming. I pretty much use it as a guide and know that we'll be back so I don't need to cram everything in each time.
Here's our itinerary:
Friday: Drive to Columbia, SC.
Saturday: Wake up early and hit the road. Disney or bust! We'll probably hit the pool once we arrive and possibly head over to Downtown Disney for the evening (after eating dinner in our villa).
Sunday: Animal Kingdom in the morning. Yak & Yeti for lunch. Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner (kids in Simba's Clubhouse Childcare).
Jiko is FABULOUS. My all time favorite restaurant at Disney. Fantastic African food.
Monday: Epcot in the morning. Restaurant Marrakesh for lunch. Yummy moroccan food and we get at 20% discount for being DVC members. Pool in the afternoon. Le Cellier steakhouse in Canada section of Epcot for dinner. Excellent restaurant. Then we'll head over to the Illuminations show.
Tuesday: Magic Kingdom in morning. Cinderella's Table character lunch for lunch. (it's BabyGirl's birthday week and this was her request).
Artist's Point restaurant at Wilderness Lodge for dinner (kids in Simba's Clubhouse childcare).
Wednesday: Hollywood Studios in morning. 50's primetime cafe for lunch. This place is hilarious. Old school food and your waitress puts you in the corner if you don't eat your greens!
Coral Reef restaurant for dinner. We've never eaten here and I've heard mixed reviews so I'll be interested to see what we think.
Thursday: Sea World
Friday: Hang out at hotel pool in the morning. Magic Kingdom in the afternoon. Tony's Town Square for early dinner and Spectromagic parade in evening.
Saturday: Head home!
What does everyone else have planned for Spring Break?
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