I’m Going to DisneyWorld!

We just got back from our epic trip to Disneyworld in Florida. It is a trip we spent six years saving for, and we finally got to make it a reality. We had five days on the resort grounds, which gave us at least one day in each Disney park. We stayed at the Pop Century resort, which was a basic but nice place to stay. Being able to hop on the buses and go to the parks in 20 minutes or less was pretty awesome. I hate driving. Staying on resort also gives you easy-access to meals, fantastic staff, and exclusive access to attractions. I’d highly recommend it. We chose to go in the first week on December because it is one of the least busy time of years. It also allowed us to experience Disney during Christmas, which is pretty awesome.

The parks themselves are exactly as advertised. The kids enjoyed Magic Kingdom the most, as it has the most classical Disney elements. Cinderella’s Castle, meet-and-greets with all the Disney Princesses, rides devoted to Peter Pan, Pooh, and Mickey, and so forth. I always enjoy the Animal Kingdom, with its fantastic forest feel and awesome safari and nature paths. Tammie enjoyed Hollywood Studios the most, since it contains the most exciting rides and a lots of live-action theatrics. We also hit Epcot, but I think it was the least favourite park for us. The International attractions that ring the central lake are for the more mature crowd. My favourite overall ride was probably a toss-up between Soarin’ and Mickey’s PhilharMagic. Tammie loved the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster in Hollywood Studios. Luke loved Soarin’, and Samantha really enjoyed the Animal Kingdom Safari. The only ride we missed that we really wanted to try was Test Track in Epcot, but it was down for service.

The weather in and around Orlando was spectacular. It stayed between 25C and 30C the entire time we were there. Each day was sunny with a slight breeze. Quite a change from home, where a snowstorm raged while we were gone! We also got to visit the Lego Store, which plays a little too much into my Lego fetish. They have sets built and out on display everywhere, and you can buy every set that Lego is producing at that moment. The store also features great play areas and activities for kids, which is something you don’t see around here. And yeah, we spent a few dollars there before we escaped.

The kids were fantastic travellers in the end. They didn’t mind the plane rides, were excellent during security screenings, and were infinitely patient with the constant bus hoping. And we packed in a very busy week, so bedtimes and snacks were not always consistent. In fact, Tammie would probably say I did more grumbling than the kids did!
Now that we are back to reality, Christmas is just around the corner. Tammie is scheduled to work Christmas Day this year, but we will have part of the day with her. Work has been pretty busy, so I probably won’t take any extra days off during the holidays. I have a few projects to finish off before the New Year hits, so I’ll try to knock those out.

I have been playing a little bit of Civilization V recently, and that is one awesome game. It is so addictive, always trapping you in the “one more turn” mantra. I have only skirmished against the computer so far, but it is amazing how much you can learn to detest your opponent. They taunt you, steal your stuff, and attack your friends. I have a special hatred of Napolean.

I haven’t run since the summer, but am going to start again soon. I am not sure my foot is 100%, but I don’t want to wait anymore. I really like to run outside, but the short days during the winter always make that a challenge. I am going to try to squeeze some runs in at lunchtime while at work, than get a few more in on the weekends. Hopefully the weather won’t be too bad. It has been frigid (below -20C) the last few days, and today a winter storm is brewing outside!

Well, it appears I have a gingerbread house to build, so I best be off. Until next time.

Randy