What’s your favorite thing to do on a WDW day NOT spent in a theme park?

I know, I know, blasphemy! But if you’re spending a day at Walt Disney World, but not spending the day in any theme park, what’s your favorite way to spend the day? You can only choose one, and if your favorite isn’t on the list of choices, just vote “other” and tell us about it!

What's your favorite thing to do on a WDW day NOT spent in a theme park?

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Monday Poll: MLK Holiday Edition – Which would be your preferred hotel for the Dis Dads Convention?

Vote for two – tell us why in the comments below.
For those who haven’t been following the thread over in the discussion board, we’re zeroing in on a January 2013 Dis Dads Convention, and looking to reserve a block of rooms at group rates, which would also get us access to group ticket prices. The prices on the rooms are not particularly discounted (beyond the usual value season rates), but the group tickets are at a substantial discount. Ideally, we wouldn’t be too fragmented around Disney property. But we also want to recognize that we’ll have a mix of guys who will be traveling solo (and perhaps sharing rooms) and guys who will be traveling with their families.

Monday Poll: Which would be your preferred Dis Dads Convention hotel? (Vote for 2)

  • Port Orleans - Riverside (32%, 6 Votes)
  • Wilderness Lodge (21%, 4 Votes)
  • Contemporary Resort (16%, 3 Votes)
  • All-Star Music (11%, 2 Votes)
  • Coronado Springs (11%, 2 Votes)
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge (11%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Reunion 2011: A verrrrrry long travel day

True to form, it was Tuesday night and, despite my best intentions, I was still packing for the early flight on Wednesday morning. Part of the problem was my own procrastination, but the other part was early December weather in Orlando. One of the things I discovered about packing for a December trip is that the predicted temperatures for a five day trip ranged from the lower 80s to upper 40s. So I essentially had to pack for every possible weather condition, especially since I had plans that ran the gamut, from 7 a.m. through 1 a.m.

I finally got all of the clothes packed by about 10:30 p.m., and was in the midst of packing the electronics when Jonathan came downstairs saying that he’d had a nightmare and couldn’t sleep. (This will come back to haunt me in another 18 hours or so). I took him back upstairs, tucked him into bed, and cuddled with him a bit, until he could calm down and get back to sleep. I finally finished packing at around midnight. With a 6:00 a.m. flight and the prospect of icy roads, the alarm had me awake and moving by 3:30 a.m. The roads ended up not being too bad, and I pulled in to the long-term parking lot by 4:30 a.m. A couple of minor delays at the Kansas City airport, and I was on my way in plenty of time to catch my connecting flight in Nashville.

And thus began the interminable wait. This was the downside of booking an award flight. If I wanted to arrive in Orlando before 7:00 p.m., I had to put up with a four-hour layover in Nashville. Never was I so glad that I’d added the tethering to my AT&T iPhone plan. Turns out the Nashville airport (at least in the Southwest Airlines terminal) has no WiFi. So I sat in a comfy chair with a my computer plugged in to the convenient electrical outlet and followed #2011_Reunion on Twitter – watching people take off after me and arrive in Orlando before me.