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Old 03-20-2017, 11:26 AM   #1
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Default Spring Returns and so do Grandpa Mohawk & BroganMc/Jen

Hey everyone,

Just a quick thread to post some thoughts during our Disney stay. We both had a rough winter with work projects, erratic weather and health dramas. (Mine, this time. My meds caused a GI bleed so I ended up with a night in the ER getting my Dracula's fill of O+.)

We arrived in Orlando yesterday morning just in time for Sunday mass at Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine (by the outlet malls). Did some grocery shopping at Publix and headed over to Bay Lake to check in.

I've discovered a new way of doing our long 3 week trips to Orlando. We're starting off at Bay Lake using whatever points I've got (Saratoga mostly). That way we get a room with a view and can see fireworks or hear the train and ferry whistles blow from our balcony.

The autotrain gets us into Sanford by 8-9am and the drive is about 50 minutes to Orlando. Since that puts us in town by late morning, we figure the room's never gonna be ready. Instead we go to church (our regular habit on Sundays), pick up some perishables and snacks and then arrive in time for our room to be ready.

Rest of the day we unpack, eat in the room, have a visit from a local friend (who houses some of our stuff in her garage) and get the latest on dit for her family (she's gonna be a grandma now!) and watch fireworks in our PJs.

I made it even more relaxing today for my dad. Travel is hardest on him and he's been exceptionally busy last few weeks. Hard to decompress. So I sent him back to bed this morning and went out myself at dawn to capture the sunrise. Just me in my PJs and thousands in their early morning shorts/short sleeves racing off to hit as many rides at the parks as possible.

Instead I got a leisurely cut of hot chocolate and sauntered back to my room to order room service. (Yes, after 10 years of Disney travel, my dad finally let me order room service!)

Food spread was good. A couple fried eggs, 4 pancakes, a whopping big fruit plate and all the condiments we could possible need/want.

Goal is to head out for park Some time for after

I'll post pics when I can. Until then, keep in mind if you're in town between now and April 10, you may bump into us.

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Williamsburg with the family, June 21-28, 2019
Florida Sep 29-4 (Bay Lake b-day trip)
Family October 4-12 (SSR)
Solo October 13-31 (Cypress Harbour)
NYE Dec 28-Jan 3 (BLT)

Completed: Florida March 3-23 (Cypress Harbour 3-16, Bay Lake 17-23)
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