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Final Vacation Itinerary

Gosh! There are only five days now until we head for Walt Disney World. Our itinerary (see below) looks very busy, but actually it gives us plenty of time to chill out by the pool at Old Key West, or head to Disney Springs to wander and shop and nosh. Today I will do laundry, so I can get my clothes into the suitcase and be mostly packed to go. I have so much stuff in my huge suitcase, that Mike may need to pack some of my clothes. But that means I’ll have plenty of room once I unload everything at our villa. My suitcase will be much lighter on the way home. 🙂

Final Plans for Walt Disney World

Day 1

  • Travel to Florida
  • Eat at Good’s Food to Go

Day 2-Magic Kingdom

  • Breakfast at Crystal Palace
  • FastPasses-
  1. Peter Pan’s Flight
  2. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  3. Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Dinner at Olivia’s CafĂ©

Day 3

  • Dinner at Artist’s Point

Day 4-Animal Kingdom

  • Lunch at Yak and Yeti’s in Animal Kingdom
  • FastPasses-
  1. Na’vi River Journey
  2. Kilimanjaro Safari
  3. Festival of the Lion King

Wednesday, October 24-EPCOT

  • EPCOT-take advantage of the Food and Wine Festival for lunch
  • FastPasses-
  1. The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  2. Turtle Talk with Crush
  3. Frozen Ever After

Thursday, October 25-Hollywood Studios

  • Dinner at Minnie’s Seasonal Dining at Hollywood & Vine
  • FastPasses-
  1. Toy Story Mania!
  2. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-along Celebration
  3. Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Friday, October 26

  • Breakfast at Olivia’s CafĂ©
  • This evening we will attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
  • Dinner at Be Our Guest

Saturday, October 27-Magic Kingdom

  • Lunch at Tony’s Town Square
  • FastPasses-
  1. Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
  2. Jungle Cruise
  3. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Sunday, October 28

  • Breakfast at Olivia’s
  • Travel home

Meet me at the Kingdom!

Donna

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What to Pack

There are only six days until I leave for Walt Disney World. I am flipping out on my way to seeing Mickey.

SIX days to go!!!!  Today I will be digging through closets, finishing up laundry, checking and rechecking suggestions online for packing for Disney World (Thank you to wdwprepschool.com!), chasing down luggage tags, making a list of what I need to pick up from the store tomorrow and adding things to my suitcase.  What an exciting and nerve-wracking day it will be!  What goes into my checked luggage? What do I need to fit in my carry on? What will fit in my purse?

Carry on: swimsuit, extra underwear (always, in case my checked luggage goes missing), meds and vitamins, book for the airplane, laptop and charger, itinerary

Purse: wallet, MagicBands, all Disney cards (Disney Vacation Club Membership, Disney PhotoPass, 5-day Park Hoppers, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween), photo ID, cell phone and charger, insurance cards, taxi confirmation to the airport

Checked luggage: everything else…clothes (including matching family tee shirts), sunscreen, vegetarian chili, aloe, toiletries, taxi confirmation from the airport, day-by-day planner, pain medicine, blister pads, wet wipes.

And on and on and on… I will see my beautiful children and their beautiful spouses and their beautiful daughters AND my beautiful spouse all in the same room in just six days. What a blessing that will be!

Readers, thank you so-o-o-o much for following me on this journey.  Meet me at the Kingdom!

Donna

Freaking Out

In only seven days I am on vacation and headed to Walt Disney World! Seven freaking days!!!

And speaking of freaking, I AM FREAKING OUT! When I was a little girl, my parents couldn’t tell me that we we’re going on vacation, because I would get so excited that I would throw up, or get diarrhea, and be sick with excitement. If they sprung the vacation on me last minute, then I didn’t have time to work myself up.

I have been planning this vacation for three years now. And just today I woke up with the butterflies in my stomach. That same queasy, unsettled feeling in the pit of my stomach. I blame part of it on the fact that I’m flying n a week. I am not a great flyer. It makes me nervous every single time. But the rest of this queasiness comes from vacation excitement. I am so jacked!!!

Today I go to shop for a few last minute items, suntan lotion, bug spray, razors, deodorant, mole skin for blisters, Advil, Airborne, etc… I will make sure to walk around a lot at the store, to work off some of this negative energy.

And so, I go. Meet me at the Kingdom.

Donna

PS Happiest of birthdays to our dear friend Wayno!!! Love and blessings to you today!

Anker – My iPhone Anchor

In eight days I am on vacation with my family! Eight days a week, I lo-o-o-o-ove you! Thank you, Beatles, for that little nugget!

Today is all about the business of getting ready. I just ordered a portable phone charger and will pick it up later today while I am having my phone battery replaced. I have an iPhone7 and am finally getting my free replacement battery installed today. My closest location for this job is a Best Buy, so I thought while I’m there I’ll pick up a portable battery charger. I know I will use my phone a lot on my Walt Disney World vacation, so I thought a charger would be a good idea. After a bit of research, here’s what I’m getting:

It ranks pretty high in the Best Portable Chargers for 2018 articles. And the personal reviews look good, too. So here’s hoping it will get me through my Disney days. Days of checking My Disney Experience App, playing Play Disney Park Mobile App, and taking tons of photos.

You guys/gals, I am so excited about my trip now! I reserved our taxis to and from the airport yesterday. This stuff is getting real now! Bring it on!

Meet me at the Kingdom.

Donna

 

Loving Myself

Nine (9, IX, nueve, yhdeksan, neuf, GAH! single digits) nine days to go in striving to be a healthier me when I meet up with Mickey in WDW.

Here is my renewed mantra:

Eat like you love yourself.

Move like you love yourself.

Speak like you love yourself.

Act like you love yourself.

Thanks to hplyrikz.com on Pintreest!

I have not lived my life this way.  But now I am convinced that I have to love myself, so I can better love those around me.  If I eat, move, speak and act like I love myself, then perhaps I’ll can put my self-destructive ways in the rear view mirror once and for all.

  1. Eat like you love yourself–Healthy, nutritious foods that fuel my body.  Bye-bye sugar and salty treats.  Hello veggies, lean proteins and other complex carbs.
  2. Move like you love yourself–Move my body through space everyday.  And get involved in strength training of some sort.  Bye-bye couch potato.  Hello walking and BodyGym (with special thanks to Marie Osmond).
  3. Speak like you love yourself–This one will takes time.  Bye-bye all negative self talk.  (I’ve been so good at this.)  Hello positive self talk.  No more I can’t.  I am an Ameri-CAN!
  4. Act like you love yourself–this one moves into other areas of my life: spiritual, mental, financial.  I will move toward loving myself in all these areas of my life.  This will take much contemplation and planning.

That’s enough to chew on today.  Meet you at the Kingdom!

Donna

WDW Magazine and Disney Files Magazine

Ten days from now my vacation to Walt Disney World begins! Whoopee!!

Today I received my October issue of WDW Magazine (see featured photo) and my fall issue of Disney Files Magazine, which is the magazine for Disney Vacation Club Members. Talk about timing, right? As I’m looking through the magazines, I am getting all kinds of jacked up for my holiday!

Reading Taste the World at the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival in WDW Magazine has me drooling as I contemplate making my way around World Showcase Lagoon sampling what is on offer, both food and drink. A nibble of this, a sip of that and on to the next booth. Mike and I will be over the moon sharing the small plates and drinks of the festival. Yummy!

Perusing Halloween’s Not-So-Scary at Walt Disney World also from WDW Magazine, I can hardly wait to watch Happy Hallowishes again. There’s something about the colors of these Halloween themed fireworks that draw me in. And I am so excited to watch Mickey’s Boo to You! Halloween Parade again. It’s so fun to see all of the Disney characters in their Halloween costumes. And the Disney villains are out and about, too. But my favorite part of the parade is the gravediggers from the Haunted Mansion as they drag their shovels along the pavement. And this time, for the first time, I want to go through a few candy lines to add some goodies to my trick-or-treat bag. Then I’ll top off the evening by sharing a Not-So-Poison Apple cupcake.

This will be an overwhelmingly exciting week, and it cannot come soon enough!

Meet me at the Kingdom!

Donna

Taste Your Way Around the World

Eleven days remain before I fly to Orlando International Airport and catch Magical Express to Disney’s Old Key West Resort. There are just eleven days now until I get to be in the same room with both of the kids, their spouses and their daughters. I’m starting to get butterflies in my stomach now. I always do when I have a flight coming up. And the excitement is way over the top!

Today I received the three “Taste Tour Way Around the World 2018” trays in the mail. I ordered them in advance so we can hit the ground running at EPCOT. It will be a handy way to carry our food and drink choices while we nosh and imbibe our way around EPCOT World Showcase. Cool, right?

I don’t know if we’ll all hang together at EPCOT after our Fastpass+ rides, or if we’ll divide and conquer. Our vegetarians may go one way, our newest parents may go another, and Mike and I may blaze our own path. It doesn’t matter, because we ‘ll start out and finish up at the same grand villa every day. But won’t it be fun to try some new (to us) international flavors? Oh, yes, it will!

Meet me at the Kingdom.

Donna