2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Friday, June 12, 2009

Only One To Go.....

This is a long post

Yesterday was my 90 day ADR window for my trip in September. I am so excited about this trip. I have decided to splurge and really treat myself (again). All my ADRs are done, except one - Fulton's Crabhouse can't be made until exactly 90 days out.

Yep, that means I am doing the Platinum Package. I'm a huge package fan because I know that the majority of my trip is paid for and there really aren't any surprise expenses. I also, do a lot of figuring to make sure that if I'm going to be using a package that I get my money's worth.

My method of touring isn't for everyone. If you're only interest in going to the parks are the rides, this trip probably wouldn't be for you. If you're in to trying new experiences and seeing things that not everyone gets to do, then stick around and see what I have planned this trip.

I must admit, there are a lot of things on my itinerary that I've done before. Does that mean I'll be bored - I don't think so. Does that mean I won't learn anything new - again, I don't think so. Every experience is what you make it, the people included in the experience and who you get teaching you.

My absolute favorite resort is The Contemporary (Tower Room with a theme park view), but it wasn't in the budget this year. So, I'll be visiting the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I stayed there for Minnie Marathon Weekend and had a standard view room. While it was nice, I didn't love it. I'm hoping that having a Savannah View room will make a difference. I think it will :)!

One of the perks of doing the Platinum Plan is that you get personal itinerary planning services. Now, I did this in 2007 at The Contemporary and my Itinerary Planner was based at the Grand Floridian. I only worked with one person and I was a little disappointed with the speed at which my arrangements were made and I was lucky to even get in to Victoria & Albert's and was on the wait list for Chef's Table. This time I've been working with the Animal Kingdom Lodge staff and let me say WOW! I've worked with at least five different people, they've answered questions for me, given me suggestions, added things to my itinerary, explained things, checked on things they didn't know and have really made the whole experience as easy as 1,2,3.

During the planning process I asked if there were any ADRs that I should call for and there was only one they wanted me to try for. That was Victoria & Albert's Chef Table. No problem, I'll make the calls and they'll make the calls and hopefully one of us would be able to get an ADR. More on that later.

Gasp, I do also spend some time off site and this trip is no exception. I'll get in to that as well.

So, here are my plans.....

Saturday, September 5, 2009
Depart Phoenix and Fly in to Orlando
Check In: Pop Century Resort
Rest and Relax
Dinner at Everything Pop! - One of my all time favorite food courts!

Silly me, I'll be leaving my house at 2:30am...Why, because I wanted to get in to Orlando before dinner time and since there weren't any affordable non-stop flights with better times this is what I will endure. Hopefully I can catch some zzzz's on the plane, but I don't have anything planned for when I arrive so I'll have time to recharge before the fun begins.

Sunday, September 6, 2009
Sea World: Mammal Trainer for a Day Program
Dinner: Dine with Shamu

I love animals and I really enjoy Sea World. The Mammal Trainer for a Day program takes you backstage to interact with seals, sea lions, walrus, beluga whales and more. The Dine with Shamu dinner is a buffet at a backstage pool with a whale and trainers.

Monday, September 7, 2009
Discovery Cove: Trainer for a Day Program

This program provides additional dolphin interaction time, a double foot push, photo op with two dolphins, backstage tours, feeding opportunities, all meals and equipment included. Another expensive program, but another one that's completely worth it.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sea World: A relaxing day to enjoy the shows, rides and park

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Check out Pop Century
Check in Animal Kingdom Lodge
Breakfast: The Mara
Backstage Magic Tour
Dinner: The Wave

This will be day 1 of the Platinum Plan...I am so excited for the Backstage Magic Tour. I've wanted to do this tour for years so I was super excited it is included in the plan this year. I know I will still miss Concourse Steakhouse, but I'm glad I'll be trying The Wave.

Thursday, September 10, 2009
It's my birthday - I don't really "celebrate" birthdays, but I figured I might as well and I actually booked the trip before they announced the "Celebrate You" promotion for this year. I'm looking forward to a $75 gift card since I'll have a 10 day park hopper pass already.

Breakfast: Room Service
Around the World on a Segway Tour
Lunch: Electric Umbrella or Sunshine Seasons
Seas Aqua Tour
Dinner: Coral Reef
Illuminations VIP viewing

Room Service - also included in the plan, got to love that. Ah, the Segway - I love the Segway and what could be better than a tour around World Showcase? The Seas Aqua Tour and some snorkeling with the fish. Then I'll have dinner while watching them swim around. The Itinerary Planner added the Illuminations VIP Viewing - I like Illuminations, but I don't usually go out of my way to see it so this could be nice.

Friday, September 11, 2009
Breakfast: Room Service
Backstage Safari Tour
Lunch: Tusker House
Dinner: Jiko

The Backstage Safari Tour - I love Animal Kingdom and seeing behind the scenes is so cool. I'll be trying Tusker House for lunch - I hope it's as good as all the reviews I've read. I know I'll love dinner at Jiko!

Saturday, September 12, 2009
Breakfast: The Wave
Wilderness Back Trail Adventure
Horseback Riding
Lunch: Earl of Sandwich
Cirque du Soleil
Dinner: Fulton's Crabhouse

A jam packed day for sure. I love parasailing, it's so peaceful and the view is unreal. Then I'll be spending some time at Fort Wilderness - more Segway fun to start. Then, I'm going horseback riding - another activity that I've wanted to do for years and finally figured out a way to fit it in. After Fort Wilderness I'll head over to Downtown Disney and grab a bite to eat, do a little shopping and then enjoy Cirque du Soleil. To end the evening a fabulous meal at Fulton's Crabhouse.

Sunday, September 13, 2009
Breakfast: ABC Commissary
Lunch: Hollywood Brown Derby
Dinner: Yachtsman's Steakhouse
Fantasmic! Reserved Seating

A day at Hollywood Studios with a quick breakfast and a great lunch. Then head out for a nice dinner at Yachtsman's Steakhouse - a favorite of mine. Ending the evening back at Hollywood Studios for Fantasmic! at the suggestion of the Itinerary Planner. Another show that I can take or leave, but what the heck :)!

Monday, September 14, 2009
Breakfast: Kona Cafe
UnDiscovered Future World Tour
Lunch: Chefs de France
Behind the Seeds
Dinner: California Grill

Tonga Toast anyone? Well, actually I'll probably do some Macadamia Nut Pancakes over at Kona Cafe. Then it's off to Epcot for another tour - this time of Future World. Lunch at Chefs de France and then Behind the Seeds. Another tour that I've wanted to do for a very long time. To end the day I'll head back to The Contemporary and have a great dinner with a view at the California Grill!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Breakfast: Room Service
Keys to the Kingdom Tour
Dinner: Artist Point
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Did I mention that Room Service is included? It's sure handy on days that start early. Over to the Magic Kingdom for the Keys to the Kingdom Tour - more Utilidors and lunch at Columbia Harbor House. Dinner at the Wilderness Lodge's Artist Point and then back to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Breakfast: Boma
Lunch: Yak & Yeti
Dinner: Narcoossee's
Wishes Cruise

A full day at Animal Kingdom - I love this park and never have trouble spending a whole day here. And I get to have Yak & Yeti for lunch so what could be better? Then I head to the Grand Floridian for dinner at Narcoossee's and finally the Wishes Cruise.

Thursday, September 17, 2009
Breakfast: Grand Floridian Cafe
Lunch: Pecos Bill's
Grand Floridian Spa
Dinner: Victoria & Albert's Chef's Table

I'll be trying out the Grand Floridian Cafe for breakfast and then heading out to the Magic Kingdom for a couple of hours. Back to the Grand Floridian for a nice soak and facial at the spa. Then the highlight of the trip - Chef's Table at Victoria & Albert's!

V&A was the only ADR that I called and made myself. I was on the phone at 7am (4am AZ time) and was connected over to Victoria & Albert's. I asked for Chef's Table for Friday, September 18th, but they do not do Chef's Table on Wednesday or Friday any more...So, I tried for Thursday or any other day that was available during my stay. She was surprised as she had availability on Thursday. As she was going over the do's and don'ts she told me the price was $175...I said, but I only have to pay the difference between the regular dining and the Chef's Table right? No, I've never heard of that. I said, really because I have an email from the Itinerary Planner at AKL and I also see that there will be upgrade charges handled separately from the plan for the Chef's Table or wine parings. She asked the person next to her and they said they've never heard of that either. I read her the email from the AKL Itinerary Planner and the note at the bottom of the PDF that has all the package inclusions. She took the time to look up the PDF and saw exactly what I saw. Then she told me to make sure I bring the PDF with me so there wouldn't be any question. She was super nice and she said she'd do what she could to make sure everyone was on the same page with this. Trust me, I'll be calling before I leave to verify that they are going to honor this - while I know the meal would be worth the price, it should only be about $50 more than the regular dining cost and I'd prefer to pay that over the $175 :)! Either way, I'm going to do this dinner - I've been trying since 2003 to do this meal!

Friday, September 18, 2009
Breakfast: Room Service
Dolphins In Depth
Lunch: Rose & Crown
Epcot Dive Quest
Dinner: Le Cellier

My last day and it should be pretty special. I can't wait to see the Dolphins, but I am so excited that I'm going to dive at the Living Seas! Oh my goodness, another thing I've wanted to do for a very long time. I cannot wait. Then I'll end the trip with a fabulous meal at Le Cellier!

Saturday, September 19, 2009
Head home and back to reality...Makes me sad already.

While I haven't left a ton of time for rides, I should still be able to get quite a few good rides in. Since I'll be back in January for the Half Marathon I should be able to work a few rides in on that trip to and I won't have any real plans (other than the races) that will stop me from enjoying the parks!

I've come to the realization that this might be the last long trip I take to WDW in quite a while. As I'm planning on more half marathon and marathon trips they will probably be shorter. That and I've decided that I really want to try a diving trip or two - right now I'm thinking either Hawaii or Bonaire...We'll see - I'm not really good at staying away from Disney Parks for too long!


Steph said...

Everything looks wonderful, Amanda! You are going to be one busy lady..but I see you have some down time scheduled as well. It will be here before you know it!!

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