|Look at the size of that medal!|
|Meghan says she probably didn't need all that stuff. Disney says, Yes, yes you did.|
Since I don't have kids yet, let's talk about how awesome a Disney vacation can be for grownups. I joke all the time that Disney wants all of your money from birth until death, and they have all kinds of ways to get it out of you. My favorite is RunDisney, which puts on many events throughout the year - you may remember that I did a half marathon at WDW in 2010, and we're doing Expedition Everest Challenge on our Honeymoon. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, like a Disney medal. If you go for Endurance Weekend, when they do the Goofy Challenge (and coming in 2014, the Dopey Challenge), you can hear those people coming for miles because those medals are so big and heavy. It's like Corinthian Bells windchimes. One of my top Bucket List items is to get the Coast to Coast Medal, and they are taunting me this year with the new pink princess version of the C2C. Also new this year: Disney sneakers from New Balance, which can only be purchased at race expos at RunDisney events.
|Who doesn't love the aquarium at the end of the Nemo ride?|
|Former CM Brad from his World of Disney days|
|Cardinals & Buzz Lightyear - both winners!|
As I mentioned, we decided to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. If you are planning a family vacation, the Value resorts are good, but everyone I've talked to has said that they are best for when you want to spend every possible moment in the parks. I think a honeymoon should have some built in resort time. We have 8 days, which is really more than enough in early May, so I intentionally left some days on the calendar "blank". Animal Kingdom Lodge has two top-rated restaurants - Jiko and Boma - as well as a wine bar and lounge, two pool bars, and a spa and fitness center. It also has it's own savanna with 30 species of animals, and we can (and did) book the Wanyama Safari, which includes dinner at Jiko. Money saving tip: get a standard room, rather than a savanna or arusha view room. There are plenty of places on the property where you can watch the animals.
|Tiffany & friends at the Disneyland premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl|
|Castaway Cay - Disney's Private Island|
Thanks to Meghan, Deanna, Brad, Tiffany, & Sara for sharing Disney pics with me! This was really fun and I hope to do it again in the future!