It was a nice week away in Walt Disney World, but we’re getting back to the real world now. I’ve just finished uploading some pictures I took to Flickr if you want to see some of the sights.
This was a good trip for us. We celebrated both my and my dad’s birthday (consecutive days, not the same) and it’ll definitely be one of the most memorable. Our daughter was of course always excited and happy, which makes everything great on top of already being at Disney World. We went to Disney World in September with our daughter for our first family vacation since our marriage 4 years earlier. She was very excited then, so we couldn’t want to go back. We found out Disney had a great deal this year where if you booked 4 nights, you got 3 free, including room and park admissions. On top of that, they gave you a $200 gift card, plus since we already had park tickets, a $75 gift certificate on our birthdays. It was really a no-brainer to take advantage of the deal, so we did!
If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw where our original flight down to Orlando got smoked out. You can follow the timeline through my twitters and apparently it was on the local nightly news too. If only the local news groups had followed me on Twitter, they would have known some more info about what was going on. Luckily, AirTran was able to cancel another flight and let us use that plane to get down to Orlando before too late at night. They even gave us meal vouchers and a $75 credit on our next flight. I’m glad we waited around the airport, though. We had the opportunity to trade in our tickets for a flight the next day and get a free flight somewhere else, but I think getting to Disney that night worked out best. (The flight back went without a hitch.)
I won’t bore you with the details of the trip, but it was fun. We rode everything suitable for our 2 year old at the parks, met with other family we hadn’t seen in a while, and had good meals with different Disney characters. (I would recommend that the character meals are worth the extra costs if you have children.)
Now that we’re back home, we can’t wait to get back to Disney again, but who knows how long that will be now. Our next trip to Disney will probably be with my wife’s family, but we’re not sure when yet. I don’t think we’ll be making it back before the end of March (when the $200 gift card deal expires), but maybe we’ll make it back by the end of the 3 free nights deal (end of June I think).
The first day back is always a bummer, but today was a pretty good transition. Work was pretty slow today, so I was able to catch back up on e-mails without any major issues to worry about resolving immediately. It helps that nothing really went wrong while I was gone, too. I was able to delete about 75% (~300) of my unread e-mails right from the start because they were just automated “FYI” e-mails. Sometimes, well often, I wonder the usefulness of those e-mails… They would be much better delivered in RSS or through a Jabber client or similar. I suppose that’ll be another post some day. Enough of my late night rambling… For now, it’s on to the rest of the week…