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My Dad’s Perspective on the “I Just Can’t Wait to Go to Disney” Questions

  1. How do you get extra excited for your Disney trips? I work with the family to plan out and book our meal reservations (most people underestimate how could and varied the cuisine options are at WDW) and research new restaurants, attractions, events that will be open by the time our trip arrives.  We always try to do something new each trip as well.
  2. How do you feel the few days before your vacation? Hectic – the time leading up vacation is always busy trying to tie up loose ends at work so that you can try to disconnect from everything else
  3. What are the things you are most excited about? The first non-alcoholic Pina Colada (and subsequent ones as well) at Old Key West when we first arrive, the weather (unless we are going in August), any new things to experience plus doing things that we have in the past that are fun and relaxing – pontoon boat ride, mickey pops on a bench in MK, sitting and watching street performances in Downtown Disney (oops Disney Springs).
  4. When you see Disney World for the first time of your vacation, how do you react? Always love driving through the welcome gates – it signals the start of vacation and some relaxation and fun ahead.
  5. What do you like to do while  traveling to  Disney? I will generally do puzzles or games and or watch TV if the plane has it available.  Also when we are riding the shuttle from the gates to the terminal I will always annoy the family by saying pay attention we will be riding this shuttle to go back home before you know it (time really does accelerate on vacation).
  6. What do you pack when you go to Disney? I pack lightly and mostly short sleeve shirts and shorts
  7. Do you keep a countdown? I know how far away the vacation is but do not do any formal countdown – the family takes care of that aspect and keeps me informed.
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Throwback Thursday to 2011

Four cousins in Old Key West!  We had around 20 family members in Disney for this trip and we all got matching polo shirts.  We are missing Chris in this picture and I think she had left for the California Grill already or was trying to figure out where her luggage was since Magical Express was taking forever!

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It’s the Big Day!

Today is the big day!  My cousin and her fiancé are getting married on my grandma’s 90th birthday. Yay!  My grandma will also get to spend time with her first great grandchild.  So many happy occasions on one day.

If you remember my March Trip Report, you will remember that my cousin’s fiancé hung out with us for a whole day in Magic Kingdom (without my cousin knowing) while the engagement ring was being set in Orlando.  If you don’t remember that day (and my cousin’s fiancé says he does not since he was so nervous about the ring secret) click here to read the report: The Ring. I can’t believe that it is already the wedding day!  It seems like we were all just meeting in Epcot a few days ago and making sure no pictures were posted of the secret day in Magic Kingdom before the proposal.

The wedding is being held less than an hour away from my house so we do not have to travel too far at all, which is convenient.  We had a dinner a few weeks ago at the restaurant where the reception is.  Besides a salad dressing mixup, everyone enjoyed it very much and we were able to continue the family tradition of “game night” afterwards.

I am so happy for my cousin and her fiancé and am wishing them an early congratulations here on the blog!  Also, her fiancé has been my number 1 blog follower since the March Disney Trip and I really appreciate it!

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Magical Gatherings 

  Back in 2004 my family participated in the Safari Magical Gathering. Magical Gatherings were private ticket events started in 2003 held for large families but have been discontinued since.  We had around 5 or 6 other large families with us for this Magical Gathering. Before we went on the safari, we were able to take photos as a group and then as individual families with Minnie Mouse. We then had the private safari in Animal Kingdom after the park had closed to guests which was followed by dinner at the Tusker House restaurant with live music.  I have to say this event was a few years ago so I don’t completely remember all of the details however I do remember that it was a lot of fun. Our main host for the night was fantastic and it was nice to do something different in Walt Disney World all together as a family. 

A year or two later, we also went to the International Dinner Magical Gathering in Epcot. Some members of my mom’s side of the family were also able to join us for this gathering since they were in WDW so we had an even larger group! The dinner was served buffet style at the Odyssey building (the deserted building to the left when heading into World Showcase). After dinner, a dance party was held with different characters at the Odyssey as well. More families were at this gathering compared to the Safari gathering. Following the dancing, we were able to eat dessert and watch Illuminations from a special location. Unfortunately, I was not able to find photos from this event and I don’t remember them taking any. We do have video of the event though so that we will always remember it.  

These Magical Gathering offerings only lasted at Walt Disney World for a couple of years. We were not interested in any of the other ones but it would have been nice if they had created a few new gatherings and kept the program running. I’m guessing that they were discontinued due to lack of participation though. Magical Gatherings were unique experiences for large families who visit Walt Disney World often and wanted to do something different all together than just grabbing dinner. 

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