Tuesday, August 20, 2013


We are here!!  Arriving in Orlando Airport always brings me such joy.  My kids still race to the front of the mini-monorail for the best view of this very short but very exciting ride to the main terminal.  It is tradition that someone mentions how this is the best part when our whole vacation is in front of us.
For the first leg of our trip, we are staying at Kidani Village, the Disney Vacation Club section of the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  I had thought we would head right to Animal Kingdom Park so I had made reservations for Yak & Yeti, but the kids were exhausted after a sleepless night filled with anticipation and an early flight to catch this morning.  The general consensus became let’s spend a lazy afternoon at the pool.  By 5 o’clock, everyone was starving and we thought it would be great to go to Sanaa for dinner even though our reservations for this restaurant weren’t until tomorrow.  A quick look online showed there was nothing available before 8:25pm but we were starving now.  We thought we’d just stop by and see what happened and as luck would have it, we were seated right away and enjoyed a fabulous meal.  Now admittedly, we had a couple of factors in our favor as Sanaa is rather off the beaten path and we were there early.  But this whole day highlighted two opportunities to practice what I preach.  First is to plan, plan, plan and then remember when you get here that you’re on vacation.  You should never find yourself sacrificing what you feel like doing for the sake of sticking to an itinerary or reservation.  The second is to always ask.  If I had let my initial search for a dining reservation stop us from asking, we never would have tried and we would have missed out on a fantastic meal.  Disney is in the service industry and if they can make the magic happen, they will.  The worst they can say is no.
I hope you will follow the rest of my family’s vacation on my facebook page where I will be posting several times throughout the day.  I’ve also given my kids an assignment for this trip to help me taste test snack foods we’ve never had.  It’s a tough job but they assure me they are up for the challenge.  I will be blogging about our findings in the weeks to come.  It’s a good thing there are no bad calories in Disney!!  So through the magic of technology, join me as we spend 10 wonderful days in Disney!!  https://www.facebook.com/DebbieMooreMagic

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