Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vacation Planning Fun

We are getting really excited about our upcoming vacation now.  We've made reservations for our hotel stays and we've made a few dining reservations.  We've spent hours looking at Disney maps trying to decide how much time to spend in each park.  We have made outlines and plans and budgets and revised them all several times.  In some ways, I think planning may be the part that Elliott and I like the best. :)

The view from our hotel patio last time we were there.  We'll be at the same hotel for a short time again this year.

Now that we are getting closer to the time we leave (just over a month until we leave for Missouri, and we'll be heading to Florida 10 days later), we are solidifying more of our plans and getting even more excited.  We've started doing a few Disney themed things in school this week, too.  Elliott has been doing Disney themed coloring sheets while I read aloud (I've discovered if Elliott is coloring he listens better if he doesn't have a book to follow along in), and I've made a few worksheets that are Disney themed, too.  They have been a hit and have been the best part of the day according to Elliott both today and yesterday.  He doesn't even seem to mind that he's doing more advanced work than he thinks he can do on his own. ;)

Elliott has been really excited about helping with the planning this year.  He helped me decide on a rough schedule and helped make decisions about where we should eat and when.  It actually means we are eating meals at odd times twice, but I actually agree with Elliott that it's worth it to eat at those times if it means we get to eat at the restaurants he chose. :)  Last time we went to Disney World we only made dining reservations for a character breakfast, and chose counter service meals the rest of the time.  This time we want to try a few different restaurants that we thought looked cool.

We had breakfast with Minnie and the gang last time, but are opting for Lilo and Stitch this year.

I think it's more fun doing the planning this year with Elliott being so excited about it as well.  My husband is kind of a by the seat of his pants guy, so he just rolls his eyes when Elliott and I get excited about plans.  Haha.  He does admit that my planning does help us make sure everything gets done, though, and admits that things wouldn't go nearly as smoothly if he was in charge.


Theresa Mahoney said...

I do think planning is half the fun of vacationing! I didn't know there was a Lilo and Stitch breakfast! My girls LOVE Stitch. I am sure it is all booked up for our stay (in 25 days!) by now.

Carla said...

The Lilo and Stitch character meal is only breakfast, and it's at the Polynesian Resort. The restaurant is 'Ohana. We made our reservations about 75 days out, and there was only one day we could get in, so we moved around our schedule to make it work. Haha.

If you are really interested in a breakfast there, I've heard a lot of people have good luck with getting reservations about 3 weeks out, because that tends to be when people cancel reservations if they are going to.

mail4rosey said...

I think the restaurants are so much better than the counter food. We dined at Downtown Disney a couple of times (Paradiso and Wolfgang Puck's) and had excellent meals in both places.

Carla said...

Last time we went to Disney we were on a pretty tight budget, so we chose counter service meals more often. Plus we wanted to spend more of our time in the parks actually riding rides and stuff.

This time we are going to be in the Orlando area more days, so we are eating in downtown Disney and at a couple of the Disney hotels on days we aren't even going to enter the parks, so we will have plenty of time to enjoy our meals, without Elliott telling me how we are missing time on one of his favorite rides. ;)

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