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Dis_Yoda 07-07-2013 06:38 PM

A Haunting, A Run, & Some Food & Wine: 3 Fall 2013 Trips - Complete
 
Table of Contents

Pre-Trip
Introductions
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
September 20th
Travels & Arrivals
Beginning the Horrors
Mmm, Beer & Drunk People
Closing the Night

September 21st
Pamper Me, Please
A Poolside Lunch
Before the Horrors
Cabins & Video Games
Raise The Dead (or Terror)

September 22nd
Going Home

Fall Trip #2
October 4th
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

October 5th
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
Mmmm, Bacon

October 6th
Trekking
I Got A Big Head & Little Arms
I'm Hiding
Down In Africa
Hello Old Friend, You Have Changed

October 7th
Good Morning, Good Morning
Under the Sea!
Rain, Rain, Go Away

October 8th
Oops
Beer
Educated Guess Wine Dinner

October 9th
Hooray For Hollywood!
Rock This Way
Bowling & Booze
Mostly Window Shopping
Dinner & Movie

October 10th
Journey
Imagination
Gluttony
Beginning The End
Flying Fish Signature Adventures in Dining

October 11th
Lazy Morning
Southern Twists
Crowded Afternoon
Our Final Night

October 12th
Going Home

Fall Trip #3
October 31st
Counting Down The Hours
Omakase Act I
Omakase Intermission
Omakase Act II

November 1st
It's An Early Morning
A Hollywood Morning
Hollywood Glam
A Hollywood Lunch
Recharging
Whiskey Lullaby - Part 1
Whiskey Lullaby - Part 2

November 2nd
Its A Blissful Morning
Of Ice And Men
Avoiding the Crowds
An Enchanted Evening

November 3rd
A Beachside Breakfast
EPCOT Morning
Mmmm, Truffles


Dis_Yoda 07-07-2013 06:52 PM

Introductions


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.

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Dis_Yoda @ Splitsville July 2013

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Mr. Dis_Yoda @ L'Artisan des Glaces July 2013

Dis_Yoda 07-07-2013 07:12 PM

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.

Dis_Yoda 07-07-2013 07:40 PM

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.

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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!

momminnie 07-07-2013 10:44 PM

i'm on board

Dis_Yoda 07-08-2013 11:25 AM

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Originally Posted by momminnie (Post 48890416)
i'm on board

Thanks for joining in!

Dis_Yoda 07-08-2013 08:51 PM

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:
  • Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining (depends on what is offerred while we are there)
  • Food & Wine Pairings
  • French Regional Lunch
  • Hibachi Experience
  • Kitchen Memories (Depends on who it is)
  • Parisian Breakfast
  • Mixology Series: Taste, Shake & Indulge Like the French

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.

October 4th
  • Park: None
  • Leave Naples after Work (still debating if I'm taking a half day or not)
  • Pick up race packet information at Wide World of Sports
  • Dinner: Citricos

October 5th
  • Happy Haunted Trails 5k
  • Recovery @ the Pool
  • Taste, Shake, Indulge Like The French
  • Dinner: TBD

October 6th
  • Park: Animal Kingdom
  • Lunch: Yak & Yeti
  • Dinner: TBD

October 7th
  • Park: EPCOT
  • Lunch: Booths
  • Dinner: California Grill or Narcoossee's

October 8th
  • Park: Magic Kingdom Morning, EPCOT Afternoon
  • Lunch: Hibachi Experience (Not sure of event time)
  • Dinner: TBD

October 9th
  • Park: Hollywood Studios
  • Lunch: TBD
  • Dinner: TBD

October 10th
  • Park: TBD
  • Lunch: TBD
  • Dinner: TBD

October 11th
  • Park: EPCOT
  • Lunch: Kitchen Memories
  • Dinner: TBD

October 12th
  • Park: EPCOT
  • Breakfast: Parisian Breakfast
  • Leave around noon for home
  • Dinner: Chinese Takeout

Dis_Yoda 07-09-2013 07:52 PM

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.

November 1st
  • Spirits Confidential

November 2nd
  • Whatever booths I missed in our earlier trip
  • Revisit of Favorite Booths
  • Possibly Party of the Senses

November 3rd
  • Sweet Sundays

jerseytinkerbell 07-11-2013 07:49 PM

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?

Dis_Yoda 07-11-2013 08:14 PM

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Originally Posted by jerseytinkerbell (Post 48935616)
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?

We did keep talking about it before we did it. You should definitely sign up for one - actually paying the money towards it is totally motivating. Saturday I'm running it again on the treadmill to see where my pacing now. I think I'm going to keep doing that every 2 to 3 weeks. We do keep going on and off the diet wagon. I've been bad about the exercise wagon for a few years.

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.

Linda67 07-12-2013 08:23 AM

Hello there :wave2:
Just hopped over from your dining review
Your plans look great and kudos to you for training for a 5K :goodvibes

jerseytinkerbell 07-13-2013 11:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Dis_Yoda (Post 48935864)
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.

Thanks for the info! I have been to F&W a few times but have never done any of the special events. I'm kind of lost about what to try, but your info helps.

Dis_Yoda 07-14-2013 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Linda67 (Post 48939162)
Hello there :wave2:
Just hopped over from your dining review
Your plans look great and kudos to you for training for a 5K :goodvibes

Thanks for hopping over!

Quote:

Originally Posted by jerseytinkerbell (Post 48951673)
Thanks for the info! I have been to F&W a few times but have never done any of the special events. I'm kind of lost about what to try, but your info helps.

Once the entire list with dates & special guests is released rather than the partial I may have better suggestions.

Dis_Yoda 07-14-2013 11:29 AM

Running Update


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.

Linda67 07-14-2013 12:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dis_Yoda (Post 48960544)
Running Update

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.

Taking a minute off your mile pace is just incredible! seriously well done you!
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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