I hadn’t planned on a trip report for this trip mostly because I never finish trip reports but I thought I’d give it a go but with a slightly different approach. Instead of giving a blow by blow of our day to day activities, I will just give you my impressions of:
Where We Stayed
Where We Ate
What We Did
Food and Wine
Least Favorite Moments
First things, first. This trip changed its format several times and at one point was almost cancelled. The idea for the trip was to celebrate my mom’s retirement earlier this year. She didn’t want a party but my dad and I thought it needed to be recognized. We still had 10 lingering DVC points, $567 in Jetblue travel bank credits, 3 Annual Passes and a Tables in Wonderland card so we decided a WDW trip was just the way to celebrate.
My mom loves food and wine more than anything else so we decided to go during the Food and Wine Festival, of course! :laugh: The original plan was to stay 3 nights at Old Key West, using our leftover points and a cash reservation on the Deluxe Dining Plan. We thought we would try some signature restaurants and really live it up. We had reservations for Citricos, Yachtsman and Flying Fish with breakfast reservations at Crystal Palace and Kona Cafe. Then we planned to move to the Concierge Level at one of the Epcot resorts to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival for the last 3 nights. My mom has always wanted to try Concierge Level and with the Annual Passes we were able to snag a great discount at the Beach Club.
Well, since retiring, my mom has been having a lot of issues with her stomach (or so we thought). She’s had a barrage of tests and about a month before leaving for WDW, she was finally diagnosed as having a failing gallbladder which she will need to have removed. We considered cancelling the trip so she could move up the surgery but she couldn’t bear the thought of letting the airline credits and Annual Passes go to waste so we decided to go anyway. Since she had been feeling so nauseated all the time, we decided to nix the Deluxe Dining Plan and do less sitdown dining. Fortunately, her doctor was able to put her on some anti-nausea medicine which helped a little bit. Unfortunately, the week before leaving, we discovered that she has another health issue looming which is going to delay her gallbladder surgery anyway. She was glad that we didn’t end up cancelling the trip because by the time we reached this point, she was in desperate need of an escape from reality.
So we packed our bags and left Boston on Saturday, October 22 for 6 days in our very favorite place in the world!
Next up: Where we stayed!