A Foodie Turns 40 PTR
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Our trip info at-a-glance:
When: September 28-October 7
Where: Beach Club Villas/Animal Kingdom Lodge
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Our trip info at-a-glance: When: September 28-October 7 Where: Beach Club Villas/Animal Kingdom Lodge Who: Just the two of us (we can make it if we try…) – DH and I
Brief Intros for those of you who don’t “know” us…
DH – David (41). We’ve been married for 13 years and love traveling to Disney together. The first 3 vacations we ever took together were to Disney World, which included our honeymoon. David loves rides and is more commando-style than I am. I am hoping to slow him down a bit on this trip!
Me – Shayne (39). I took my first trip to Disney in 1982 with my parents when there were still separate tickets for each ride and MK was the only park. We went back twice while I was in college, and that’s when my Disney obsession was really cemented. This will be my 12th trip to Disney World.
David and I at DHS -- Feb. 2011
And “here we go!”….
I am turning 40 on September 11. Yes, lucky me. When David asked what I wanted to do to celebrate my birthday, a trip to Disney seemed like a no-brainer. We have always wanted to experience the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, so we started toying with the idea of a trip in late September (still my birthday month!). We are also runners and decided that we'd like to give the Wine & Dine Half-Marathon a try. This half-marathon usually falls on the first weekend of F&WF, so we thought we'd arrive the day before the race and stay for 5 or 6 days.
We are DVC members and wanted to stay at BCV, our home resort, for its proximity to Epcot. Exactly 11 months from our desired check-in date, we got on the horn with Member Services and were able to score a 1BR villa for September 28 through October 4. David actually wanted to stay a whole week, but I didn’t want to borrow points from our 2013 use year to do so. :
I am the type of person that doesn't do anything without researching it to death first. Since we had never been to F&WF before, I jumped in with both feet trying to learn everything I could. Of course, the 2011 F&WF was still going on at the time we made our reservations, so I started trying to soak up all the information I could find. On the Disney Food Blog, I read a review of the Party for the Senses. It sounded awesome, and I called David and said, "This sounds like a great way to celebrate a 40th birthday, doesn't it?" (hint, hint)
As I researched more, I figured out that Party for the Senses would not occur on the first Saturday of the festival, but would likely occur the next Saturday. Darn, we were scheduled to leave on Thursday. So the wheels started turning in our heads , and David proposed that we do a split stay and take this opportunity to try a resort we’d never stayed at before.
He asked me where I’d like to go, and I immediately said AKL. I have always wanted to stay there, but we haven’t done it yet mostly because we are typically more focused on Epcot and MK and so we stay in those resorts. Because it was my birthday, he wanted to treat me to club level, and when we found out that there are safari experiences open only to club level guests, we were sold. David called and got us a club level room at Jambo House for Thursday, October 4 through Sunday, October 7.
And so we had the parameters of our trip set. We have never had a Disney trip this long, and I cannot wait!
Up next: An old injury, a new race, and a goal!
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What a great way to spend your 40. My plans are to spend my 40th at WDW in a year and a half. The F&WF is pretty cool. I hope you enjoy it. I would love to run marathon's but my knees are too bad. Good luck with the race.
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Yay!! Can't wait to hear all about your planning. I did that trip last year, sans 40th celebration, during the same dates. It was a solo trip, with the W&D race, and F&WF foods...... I hope yours turns out to be just as much fun!
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