The Planning Begins…an adventure story to visit Walt Disney World

Greetings, friends!!

Well, the threetrandswdw family is beginning the planning of our adventure to Disney World in December!  My birthday is shared by two very special people in my life.  First, my father!  He was a man that I have learned was wiser than I realized.  Second, Walter Elias Disney!  And, this year I will celebrate my birthday at Walt’s Park!

We have selected, at this point, to stay at The Art of Animation Resort in a Lion King Suite.  For those who are aware of this property, it is just about a year old.  The Lion King suites were the second section to open up about 9 months ago.  And, we are now trying to figure out the sleeping arrangements.  We have three adults and three kids traveling with us, so there may need to be someone on the floor to accommodate everyone sufficiently.  I am really looking forward to seeing this resort and spending time looking around.

Our plan is to spend our first day just making use of the resort area and maybe a small trip to Downtown Disney to see how the construction of Disney Springs is progressing.  After that, it’s going to be quite the marathon.  While my family is going to enjoy whatever they choose to do on the second day, I am planning to spend my birthday doing the Keys to the Kingdom tour at Magic Kingdom Park.  It’s my gift to myself!  Once that is complete, I am hoping to hit one or two headliners and a good bit of time to stop and smell the park.  I truly love looking at all of the elements that ARE The Magic Kingdom atmosphere.  It will be decorated for the Christmas holiday, so I will most assuredly enjoy the decorations and ambience that will be in the park.  For dinner the family will all gather at ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Resort followed by the viewing of Holiday Wishes from the Poly beach.

So, where are we now?  We are inching toward Advanced Dining Reservations day and still hoping for some kind of deal that will include Disney Dining.  Failing that deal, we will still make the reservation for ‘Ohana.  We are looking at numbers between driving and flying.  I am hoping we fly, personally!  Making use of Disney Magical Express is as much a part of the move into vacation as the time at the resort.  And, it could mean an extra day in park!

I’ll try to post progress every week or two and hope you all enjoy the journey with us!

May God Bless You All!!!

Author: threestrandswdw

I am a Disney fanatic who can't get nearly enough time to be there! I am married to someone who isn't as into it as I am, but tolerates my "hobby". I live in Ohio, but would love to make the move to Orlando, if I would work either at Walt Disney World, or in some peripheral business serving the WDW area! I invite you to read, comment, and submit ideas anytime at Or, even better, send me a trip report to share with others! We all like to live through the experiences of others, help us stay connected to the magic! Thank you!!

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