Back from the House the Mouse Built

I know what we're going to do today!

This morning Steph and I boarded a metal tube that sent us hurtling through the sky away from Walt Disney World and back toward reality.  I can safely say that neither of us were willing participants.  But alas, we’re back and here’s the obligatory post about the trip.

In short – Disney was fun.  It was just what we (and possibly more so, I) needed.  There wasn’t any talking or thinking about work.  Just relaxation and time to unwind.

We stayed at the Yacht Club, which is one of Disney’s ‘Deluxe’ resorts.  A bit higher class than our usual but for such a short stay, we decided to go with it.  Plus it’s really close to Epcot which is our favorite park which is a perk.  We took advantage of the great pool (complete with water slide) and the close proximity to the Boardwalk where we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Flying Fish.

The Yacht Club - We had a ground floor room in this wing.

Other Highlights:

  • Catching Illuminations on the first night at Epcot and being able to walk back to our resort in less than ten minutes.  On other nights, we were able to see the fireworks from our room.  Disney knows how to put on a show.
  • Running the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run.  One of the big events of the weekend was the Tower of Terror 10 Miler.  Alas, I wasn’t aware of it when we booked the trip so I wasn’t able to get us signed up in time.  But I did manage to get us into the 5K which was a lot of fun.  You can see for yourself in the video below.  Look for a couple of people around the 43 second mark – one in yellow, one in white.
  • The other big event was the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.  They had food booths and demos setup at all the nations plus a few others.  Steph and I ate our way around the world and were thoroughly stuffed by the end.
  • Seeing Disney at a new time of year.  We usually go in January or February.  The park was a lot different this time around with the fall and Halloween themes.  Plus we were able to get on rides that are normally closed in the cold months.   We got soaked on the Kahli River Rapids in Animal Kingdom.  Never made it to Splash Mountain though – it had a technical malfunction the day we were in Magic Kingdom.

So, yeah, we had a good time.  Tomorrow is back to work but since I don’t want to think about that right now, I won’t.  Have a few pictures.

Looking across to the Boardwalk.
Giraffe. He did not appreciate the 'How's the weather up there?' joke.
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