Me (north side of 50yo)
Last trip for both of us was July, 2018!
Back in the spring I finally received the okay to attend my conference that happens to be in Clearwater Beach this year and I immediately started looking at the logistics of a post-conference visit to hang w/ my favorite mice.
It started out as a solo trip since when I floated the idea past dh he was quite happy to let me go alone so I wouldn’t “drag them all over the parks from dawn to the wee hours.” I started making plans and it gave dd the idea to get a few of her friends for a trip this summer, but when that fell through she happily agreed to join me …especially as I was paying! Even though dd has definitely indicated her preferences over the last few months, when I ask specific planning questions …her reply for the most part is “Whatever you want mom, this is your trip!”
Dd’s younger brother (15yo) has a lot of dietary preferences and even though we have traveled to WDW many times as a family (as well as two trips to DL/DCA), all of our dining experiences revolve around if there is something on the menu for ds to eat, …and me not wanting to pay adult buffet prices for a plate of pasta, some rolls, and dessert! While we definitely have our favorites places to eat that we enjoy every time we visit, there are SO many that we have still never experienced!
This is our chance!
Tampa – 9/24-9/30
WDW – 9/30-10/5
I leave PA on the afternoon of Friday, 9/24 and fly to Tampa. I will Uber to our conference hotel and pretty much stay in the conference bubble there (everyone involved in the conference had to provide proof of vaccination) until the following Thursday morning. I have a “boot camp” for most of the day Saturday to prepare me for my next certification level, and the conference kicks off later in the day on Sunday. I am hoping to get a peek at the beach on Sunday because I won’t see much of it for the rest of the week (they keep us busy)!
The conference wraps up on Wednesday night. On Thursday I will sleep late, pack, check out, and Uber back to the Tampa airport. Once there I will rent a car (Note: Alamo was the only company to not charge a one way fee) and dd arrives on a 1ish flight. Google maps shows that the Poly is just about 1.5 hours from the Tampa airport. I am planning on stopping at the Target just off the Davenport exit to grab some drinks and fill up the gas tank. Once we arrive at the Poly, we will empty the car (either w/ bell services or in our room if ready), then head over to the Car Care Center to drop off the vehicle.
We will primarily be relying on WDW transportation during our stay. I have DME set up for our last day, but may call an audible and do an Uber depending on how we feel.
Polynesian – 9/30-10/3
Pop Century – 10/3-10/5
The trip started out with us at AoA (new to us), but then we had an opportunity to rent a few nights of points at the Poly (also new to us) so we switched to a split stay. Pop then opened up with availability so we changed AoA to Pop to be closer to the Skyliner and buses than the Little Mermaid rooms at AoA. So while Poly is a first for us, Pop will not be …but that is okay, I am will to save some $$ and be a bit closer.
I am beyond excited to stay at the Polynesian for the first time! Our TP room request went in for the 3rd floor in Tokelau, but I am sure whatever we get will be fabulous. Apparently the “soft refurb” should be done with very few days to spare before the anniversary celebration kicks off on the first.
Will write with more of our plans tomorrow. With me being out of the office for 8 business days, I am slammed getting stuff done before I leave …and I am sure my inbox will be filled when I get back!
When I post pictures in the countdown thread it is for our WDW arrival next week, but I need to be packed and ready this Thursday night! I have a 9am call w/ work for an hour Friday morning and then we will need to leave for the airport soon after. I know I will get it all done, but I am not sure how much sleep will happen since there are only 24 hours in a day!