A Haunting, A Run, & Some Food & Wine: 3 Fall 2013 Trips - Complete
Table of Contents
Fall Trip #1
Fall Trip #2 - The Run Portion
Fall Trip #2 - The General Plan
Fall Trip #3
Fall Trip #1 - Hotel Selection
Fall Trip #2 - More Dining Reservations
Fall Trip #2 - More Running Updates
Off Topic: Shula's of Naples - Napa Wine Dinner
Fall Trip #2 - Citricos Wine Dinner
Food & Wine Festival Special Events
Food & Wine Festival Booth Menus
Food & Wine Demonstrations
Food & Wine Festival Special Event Bookings
Fall Trip #2: More Dining Reservations
Fall Trip #3: Dining Reservations
Fall Trip #1: Updates & Plans
Fall Trip #2: Detailed Plans
Fall Trip #3: Detailed Plans
Fall Trip #2: Running Update
General Travel Rambles
Fall Trip #2: Magic Bands
General Travel Updates
Tequila Dinner & 5 Days Out
Fall Trip #3: Changes
Fall Trip #1
Travels & Arrivals
Beginning the Horrors
Mmm, Beer & Drunk People
Closing the Night
Pamper Me, Please
A Poolside Lunch
Before the Horrors
Cabins & Video Games
Raise The Dead (or Terror)
Fall Trip #2
How Much Did You Fit Into That Car?
We did come here to race!
I don't remember doing this?
Pirates & Princesses
What Does the Fox Say?
Finishing Up Magic Kingdom
A Relaxing Night
I'm Doing This For Fun Right?
Why do I trust other people with my camera?
I Guess I Need New Shoes
Taste, Shake & Indulge Like the French
I Got A Big Head & Little Arms
Down In Africa
Hello Old Friend, You Have Changed
Good Morning, Good Morning
Under the Sea!
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Educated Guess Wine Dinner
Hooray For Hollywood!
Rock This Way
Bowling & Booze
Mostly Window Shopping
Dinner & Movie
Beginning The End
Flying Fish Signature Adventures in Dining
Our Final Night
Fall Trip #3
Counting Down The Hours
Omakase Act I
Omakase Act II
It's An Early Morning
A Hollywood Morning
A Hollywood Lunch
Whiskey Lullaby - Part 1
Whiskey Lullaby - Part 2
Its A Blissful Morning
Of Ice And Men
Avoiding the Crowds
An Enchanted Evening
A Beachside Breakfast
This past December, I relocated to Southwest Florida for a job. My husband followed a month later once his company let him transfer. This move has been great for us. I grew up in Florida so I was happy to move back to my home state & enjoy the benefits of being a Florida Resident. My husband grew up in New England but is loving living in Southwest Florida. There is so much to do here to keep us busy outside of work. We are both WDW annual pass holders and DVC members.
Dis_Yoda @ Splitsville July 2013
Mr. Dis_Yoda @ L'Artisan des Glaces July 2013
Fall Trip #1
Ever since I was sixteen, I've been wanting to go to Halloween Horror Nights. As a teenager, I could never convince my mother to let me go alone or for her to take me as she did not want to be scared.
When I went to college, I couldn't justify the cost of the trip for that reason as I didn't rent a car on my Disney trips.
Our other past trips, we just kept finding reasons to not go.
When we found out we were moving to Florida finally, I told my husband, we are making a weekend of it & going to Halloween Horror Nights, no more excuses.
He agreed without protest. pirate:
September 20th to 22nd we will be staying at some still unnamed hotel and enjoying HHN on the 20th & 21st. The Rush of Fear tickets are currently on sale for $72.99 a piece. We decided on those tickets as its cheaper than the individual nights along with having the option of going back during Fall Trip #2 if we miss something during Trip #1. Now I just need to actually order those tickets which I plan to do in the next couple of weeks.
I haven't made hotel reservations as we've changed our minds a few times. We initially were going to stay at Animal Kingdom Villas in a Value Studio but I changed my mind & wanted to stay on-site as driving back to the hotel past midnight when I usually go to bed by 10pm just doesn't seem like a smart decision. Plus, now I get to use those points for Fall Trip #3. Right now we are debating on staying at either Hard Rock Hotel or Portofino Bay. We'll have a decision by the end of this month.
We have no real plans for Saturday during the day other than relaxing. We may enjoy the spa at Portofino or enjoy a movie or mini-golf at City Walk.
Fall Trip #2 - The Run Portion
Our Fall Trip #2 is from October 4th to 12th @ Bay Lake Towers in a Lake View Studio.
My husband and I are trying to be healthier. He's lost a lot of weight in the past year. I'm 2 months into being serious about it and have lost 10 pounds so far.
About a month ago, I mentioned doing a 5k just to see if we eventually could go for a longer race. It also helps me keep motivated to work out if I have a goal in mind outside of just 'losing weight.'
Disney requires you to maintain a 16 minute pace before you are swept. Before paying for our registration, I wanted to see if it would even be possible for me. Luckily the treadmills have a 5k option & the other Saturday I decided to see if I could maintain it or see how much work I need to do to get there.
5k Try #1
Excuse the blur as I used my cell phone & was a bit tired after that try ;)
This puts me around a 14:30 minute pace which isn't that bad considering I'm new to this running distance thing. I hope to improve to an 11:00 minute pace before the big day.
My husband hasn't done a full 5k on the treadmill yet. He does run his gym work out mile in about 8:00 minutes. He will try to do the full 5k sometime in the upcoming month.
So we are now officially registered for the Happy Haunted Trails 5k on October 5th!
i'm on board
Fall Trip #2: The General Plan
As previously mentioned, we will be staying at Bay Lake Towers from October 4th to 12th.
I am slightly ashamed to say to date I've only made 3 ADRs & I'm going to be canceling one of them as it is the same day as the race.
I'm waiting on Dining Reservations until after the Food & Wine Special Event List is announced with all the events, dates, pricing & times.
For the events that have been announced so far, here is what we are initially planning on:
We are planning on skipping the 3-D Dessert Discovery Party as its just too much sugar. The items given in 2011 were pretty much the same as 2010 which disappointed us as well.
Our park plans obviously might change based on the events but here is where we are at so far.
Fall Trip #3
When we cancelled our AKV reservation for trip #1, we had 24 points that were borrowed from our 2014 UY that needed to be used. I was told to go us the points as I want for a short weekend trip. I debated between the first and second weekend of November but due to availability with DVC, I ended up picking November 1st to 3rd. I will be staying at VWL in a studio for that trip. I have a waitlist for those two nights at BWV but I doubt it will come through. The focus on this trip will be solely EPCOT.
That is fantastic that you are doing the 5k! It's a really great thing to have as a motivator. My husband and I are currently back on the diet and exercise wagon and we keep talking about signing up for a 5k to have a definite goal to really strive for.
I never liked the idea of the Halloween Horror Nights (I'm a big wimp about that kind of event) but I just read that there will be a Cabin in the Woods themed area. I want to go in just to see that part. That is one of my all time favorite movies and I'm curious to see how they incorporate that into HHN.
I might check out one or two of the special events at F&W this year too. It sounds like you have done some in the past. Which ones would you recommend that are under $100 per person? I was considering the 3-D Dessert Party, but my husband isn't much of a sweets eater, so I feel like it would be a waste. The Parisian Breakfast caught my eye. Have you done that one before?
I love all things horror. My husband teases me how I love to drag him to horror movies in the theater but then end up covering my ears in the super intense parts. I know I'm going to end up being scared to the point of probably crying but I'm excited about the Evil Dead, Cabin in the Woods & Resident Evil houses. I'm not really excited about the American Werewolf in London or Walking Dead rumors though.
For under $100 a person, some of the Italian Food & Wine tastings are great deals as in the past, they were around $50. Taste, Shake, & Indulge was a ton of fun when we did it in 2010. Parisian Breakfast is a new event for this year so we don't know how that is going to be. I like trying something different each time though. If your husband isn't a sweets eater, the 3-D Dessert Party would be a waste. It really is a ton of sugar even after they added some savory elements.
Hello there :wave2:
Just hopped over from your dining review
Your plans look great and kudos to you for training for a 5K :goodvibes
Saturday morning I ran a 5k on the treadmill to see where my pacing is at. My picture of the treadmill was more blurry than the last I posted so I'm going to skip posting that. I did maintain 13:36 per mile pace! Thats almost a 1:00 improvement from a month ago. Still 2:30 away from my ultimate goal but I do have 2.5 months until the race.
I do need to buy new running shoes though. My current work out shoes are old. I think I bought them in 2010 and I was on the erg this morning, I noticed the support is starting to go. I don't like how 'bright' the shoes have become though. I'm going to visit Sports Authority this week to look at what they have.
Take it from me, good shoes make a HUGE difference in preventing injuries. It will be money well spent, and give you time to break them in before your race
Keep up the great work :)
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