Steakhouse 55 Dinner Review by Charles Blades

Steakhouse 55 Dinner Review  by Charles Blades
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Steakhouse 55 is the Signature Restaurant located at the Disneyland Hotel

The Disneyland Hotel – is my favorite Disney Hotel in California and arguably my favorite Disney Hotel in the Country so I was looking forward to trying its signature restaurant for dinner! If you want to read our breakfast review click here!

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Atmosphere ~

I absolutely love the decor of Steakhouse 55 if you read or breakfast review I have more details and more photos of the restaurant!

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Food ~

To start out our meal the chef offered everyone an amuse bouche this was a nice touch and it was very tasty!

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One of my favorite things to order at a steakhouse is a nice wedge salad so I went with the Steakhouse 55 Signature “Wedge” Salad – I was very impressed and thought that the Pork Belly on top was a nice touch!

DSC_0206Steakhouse 55 “Wedge” Salad – Cherry tomato, bacon lardons (pork belly), candied pecan, blue cheese vinaigrette

We also ordered the French Onion soup and I found it to be lacking… Not really flavorful and a small portion for the price I would skip this appetizer…

DSC_0209Onion Soup Au Gratin – rustic french bread croutons, gruyere cheese, micro thyme

Steakhouse 55’s Signature Steak is their Ribeye – a ribeye is arguably my favorite cut of beef so I felt that I had to give it a try!

As a whole I thought that the ribeye was very good however it was a little tough… The Porterhouse was just okay and not nearly as good as the Porterhouse for 2 that I had at the Boathouse in Disney Springs earlier this year… The Filet was in the middle of the Ribeye and Porterhouse better than the Porterhouse worse than the Ribeye…

 As a whole all of our steaks were cooked properly and well seasoned however none of us were WOWed by them they all could have been a little bit more tender maybe they could’ve used a higher quality of beef or aged them longer?

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One of the people in our party tried the Pork Chop as they don’t really like Red meat and they were extremely disappointed with this dish it was not as described and not nearly as good as the steak options…

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Maple-Glazed Kurobota Pork Chop

For my main side I tried the Truffle Mac and Cheese – I thought that it was a good mac and cheese not great but I would order it again…

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Truffled Macaroni & Cheese – black truffle, cheddar cheese, toasted gremolata

Dessert

For dessert I tried a signature cocktail and their signature 24 layer chocolate cake – the cocktail was excellent very strong! The cake was also pretty good!

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Overall Rating ~

Atmosphere: 10 – Steakhouse 55’s decor is one of my favorite’s out of any Disney Restaurants

Service: 6 – The service left a little to be desired we had to ask for refills and I didn’t find our waiter to be very knowledgable about the menu

Food: 8 – The Food was very good but not great – I have had a lot better steaks in my life however I would try Steakhouse 55 again I found the steaks to be well seasoned and cooked properly which is important!

Overall Score: 8 – Overall I was slightly disappointed with Steakhouse 55 for dinner it was a good meal however I was hoping for a great meal and at 100+ I think it would have been better to go to Napa Rose at the Grand Californian… However I would definitely recommend going to Steakhouse 55 if you are a Steak lover or a Disney fan! I love the atmosphere and how can you go wrong with a 18 oz Dry Aged Ribeye and a 20+ layer chocolate cake?!?

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Plaza Inn Breakfast Review – by Charles Blades

Plaza Inn Breakfast Review – by Charles Blades

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The Plaza Inn is a restaurant located right on Main Street USA in Disneyland Park! The Plaza is known for their fried chicken in the afternoon and evening however for breakfast the Plaza turns into a Minnie and Friends character meal where you never know who might show up!

Atmosphere ~

Checking in to Character Meals at Disneyland is a LOT different than in Walt Disney World – when you check into the Plaza you pay for you and your party they stamp you hand and then you are seated once seated they tell you that you can just go get your food and drinks whenever and characters will just come around randomly you may or may not see them all… It was a little overwhelming at first as characters were everywhere and you did not have a waiter or waitress who was serving you, however after a couple of minutes of getting used to the chaos it was actually nice to just go get what you wanted and then rush back to see what characters were going to show up next!

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Food ~

Generally the food at character meals leave quite a bit to be desired however the Plaza’s breakfast really surprised me the pastries tasted fresh and were plentiful and refilled throughout the meal, they had all you can eat Mickey Waffles which is never a bad thing, as well as omelets made to order and more! A breakfast this quality would easily run 20$ without having any characters!

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Characters ~

There were more characters at this breakfast than in any other Character meal I’ve ever been to!! And we didn’t even get to see a couple of them because they were coming in and out all throughout our hour long meal…

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Rating:

Overall Score: 10 – The Plaza Inn is now my favorite character breakfast in either Disneyland or Disney World – the food was very good, they had fresh made to order omelets, Mickey Waffles and some great pastries however the awesome food was secondary to the sheer number of characters that were at this breakfast! It is not often that I think you get your moneys worth on a character meal but at 32$ a person this breakfast is actually a great deal! I can say that if you have not been to the Plaza for breakfast you have not really experienced Disneyland! GO next time you will not regret it!!!

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Cheryl’s Favorites

Cheryl’s Favorites

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Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom

Favorite Attraction: Splash Mountain

Favorite Show: Carousel of Progress

Favorite Hotel: Dream of staying at Polynesian

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Favorite Quick Service Restaurant: Cosmic Ray’s

Favorite Table Service Restaurant: So many I haven’t even tried yet Favorite

Parade: Cannot wait to see Paint the Night

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Favorite Character: Winnie the Pooh Favorite

Disney Movie: Toy Story

Favorite Disney Vacation: Nothing can compare to the first Next Disney

Vacation: Disney Cruise March of 2017

Trail’s End Breakfast Review – Fort Wilderness

Trail’s End Breakfast Review – Fort Wilderness 

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Trail’s End is a Buffet Restaurant located in the Fort Wilderness Campground in Walt Disney World Resort! Trail’s End is 1 credit on the Disney Dining Plan and its also one of the cheapest restaurants in Walt Disney World at generally 20$ a person. Trail’s End serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is generally an easy reservation to secure you can even walk up to the restaurant a lot of the time.

If you want photos of the restaurant as a whole check out our Dinner Review here!

Hidden Mickey (when I was at breakfast I saw this for the first time I had been to Trail’s End many times however it took me a bit of time to find it! Its the little touches at Disney World that make me go back again and again!)

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Trail’s End has a wide variety of options for breakfast and I found the food to be of good quality freshly prepared. I love the bread pudding and you can’t ever beat unlimited Mickey Waffles!!

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Overall Score: 8 ~ Trail’s End is one of the better breakfast options in Walt Disney World ~ Its price is less than some counter service restaurants (Be Our Guest…) and the food is very good! I love the variety and you cannot beat the theme of Fort Wilderness it truly transports you to somewhere completely different than Walt Disney World and you are still only a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom! If you are looking for somewhere off the beaten path on your Disney World Vacation give Trail’s End a try you wont regret it!

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The Ganachery Photo Tour – Disney Springs

The Ganachery – The Landing – Disney Springs

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The Ganachery Chocolate Shoppe is in The Landing section of Disney Springs – Like I have stated previously this section of Disney Springs is quickly becoming one of my favorite areas of Walt Disney World – it is highly themed with a wide variety of excellent shops, bars and restaurants!

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Quick Photo Tour of The Ganachery

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In the end I think it is important to note that the Ganachery is not an inexpensive chocolate shop however all of the chocolate is made from scratch and is very high quality not to mention that the theme of the shop is outstanding!

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Joffrey’s Tea Trader’s – Disney Springs

Joffrey’s Tea Trader’s – Disney Springs

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The Landing area of Disney Springs is on its way to becoming one of my favorite area’s in all of Walt Disney World – From the outstanding Boathouse Restaurant, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar bar to Erin Mckenna’s bakery NYC the I could spend all day here eating drinking and shopping!

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One of my favorite things in the world is a nice cup of Tea so when Disney announced the opening of a Tea Traders Cafe I was immediately interested!

The atmosphere of the Tea Traders Cafe is very nice – it reminds me of an upscale bar mixed with an upscale coffee house… They have a really nice selection of teas as well as special – They also have a few tea “accessories” that are neat!

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Tea Menu – As you have see they have a wide variety of Teas as well as some different Mixed Drink Teas with alcohol which is fun and unique!

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Of course I had to try one of the Tea offerings for “research” purposes… The people who are working here are very knowledgeable about Teas and will help you even if you are not really familiar with Tea – When I was there it was right in the middle of a rain storm so it was a perfect place to stop and grab a drink to wait out the storm – Overall the Tea seemed to be high quality and served as a nice warm up as it was a little chilly the day I was there!

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In the end I would wholeheartedly recommend trying the Tea Traders Cafe if you are at all interested in trying some new Tea, the service was excellent the atmosphere was quite nice and comfortable I found it to be a great place to relax and take time away from the hustle and bustle of Disney Springs! Not to mention that the Tea is very good too!

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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Review

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Review

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The Story Behind Jock Lindey’s Hangar Bar is that Jock Lindsey who was Indiana Jones’ Pilot travels the world. He stumbled upon Disney Springs and enjoyed it there so in his off time he decided to open an Aviation themed Bar in Disney Springs (this is a significantly shortened version of the Story)

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Instead of going into great detail about the outstanding atmosphere I will show you – A couple of quick notes about Jock Lindsey’s

It is another addition to the Society of Adventurers and Explores or SEA for more details on that check out this link here

Of course its theme is outstanding and it is another great addition to Disney Springs – Like Trader Sam’s this is what Disney Imagineers do when they have the support of management to get creative!

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Disney Springs

Inside Atmosphere

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Outside Atmosphere

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Christmas Decorations – I love that they actually decorated for Christmas its the little touches that make Disney what it is!

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Drink – One of the fun things about Jock Lindsey’s is its different coasters each one has a different “theme”

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Asian Sticky Wings – These wings were really really good!

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 Cool-headed Monkey – Starr African Rum, Van Der Hum Tangerine Liqueur, fresh Lime Juice, Watermelon, and Pineapple Juice

At the time this was the only collectable mug that they had so I ordered it – the drink itself was good not quite as good as Trader Sam’s Drinks and not super strong but it tasted good (very sweet)

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Overall Thoughts –

10 – Jock Lindsey’s is right on par with some of the best Bars I’ve ever been to the atmosphere was so cool there were so many details and ties to Indian Jone’s as well as SEA which if you have read this blog before you know that I love! You could literally spend hours just sitting in this bar taking in little details and you would still not see everything!

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Morimoto Asia – Dinner Review

Morimoto Asia – Dinner Review

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Morimoto Asia opened in Disney Springs on September 30th 2015 – It is Iron Chef Morimoto’s first Pan Asian Restaurant – He has some extremely successful restaurants across the country so this was a restaurant that I was really looking forward to!

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The Atmosphere of Morimoto was excellent – it is one of the most visually appealing restaurants that I’ve ever been in it is absolutely stunning!

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Drinks –

One of the coolest parts of Morimoto Asia is its Drink Menu they have a lot of unique options!

Sake Sangria – asian pears, apple plum, tangerine juice, sake, light white wine, plum wine

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Shirayuri (White Lily)  shochu, calpico and yuzu served with a twist & orchid peta
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They even have Asian Beers – Morimoto himself even has one!

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Food –

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Crab Rangoon’s – I would say these were the best Rangoon’s that I’ve ever had there was a TON of Crab in them, normally when ordering rangoon’s they  have a couple of small pieces of crab in them that defiantly was not the case here…
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Spider Roll – This was the only disappointment of the night it wasn’t bad just not nearly as good as other options that the restaurant had!DSC_0396

Duck Ramen – Ramen is “the” dish of 2016 and this Ramen was really really good!

Overall Rating:

Atmosphere: 10 – Morimoto was absolutely stunning the decor was very modern and really beautiful I found myself wandering around snapping pictures of all the details for a good 15 minutes before my meal!

Service: ? – I give the service a question mark because I felt that the service was really had to rate because the restaurant was so understaffed and so overwhelmed, Our bartender was trying her hardest and was incredibly friendly however she was trying to service us as well as probably 20 others as well as bartend for half of the packed two story restaurant! Not to mention the that it took almost 45 minutes to get Sushi and another 30 to get our bill… I think the newness of the restaurant is what caused the problems…

Food: 9 – The Ramen was awesome and the Crab Cakes were literally bursting with flavor and meat! As well as the awesome drink menu! I’ve heard that chef Morimoto himself created this menu and still oversees it you can tell by the overall quality of the food!

Overall Score: 8.5 – Morimoto has the potential to be one of the Top restaurants in all of Walt Disney World, food was excellent, atmosphere was excellent, drinks may be my favorite on property (I love the creativity of the Sake’s!) and the waitstaff was very friendly as soon as they figure out staffing watch out this may be THE place to go in Disney Springs!

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The Boathouse – Re-Review – Disney Springs

The Boathouse – Re-Review – Disney Springs

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I was lucky enough to dine at The Boathouse when it first opened in April 2015, at the time I said “The Boathouse is trying to do to much in one space”  – I wasn’t super impressed with my meal however I left thinking that I wanted to try it again after it worked out its opening day hiccups….

I can say thankfully that I gave The Boathouse another try and “spoiler alert”…  It was absolutely tremendous! Take a minute to look at the photos and see my thoughts at the end!

Atmosphere

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Bar Atmosphere

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Dining Room

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Food

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Bread Service

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28 oz Porterhouse

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Overall Rating:

Food – 10 – Without a doubt this restaurant has some of the best steaks in Walt Disney World and the prices are quite competitive! Not to mention the HUGE sides that were equally as amazing (I’m looking at you truffle fries!) as well as the awesome Key Lime Pie!

Service – 10 – I found the service here to be Top Notch there were 3 different people who waited on our table of 5 and for a majority of the meal we were some of the only ones in the main dining room! They knew the menu inside out and were on top of refills whether it be bread refills or drink refills! They were extremely professional and polished!

Atmosphere – 10 – The atmosphere of The Boathouse is very unique it has 3 bars one outside on the water, 3 main dining rooms and outside seating which means there is something for everyone!

Overall Score – 10 – When I first dined here on opening day I thought that there was too much going on however now that the restaurant has been open for a while and I’ve gotten to experience both sitting at the Bar as well as Dining Room I can say that The Boathouse is an excellent option!

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Top 5 “Disney” Experiences of 2015

2015 has been an absolutely incredible year for me starting in January I was able to have a father son trip to Walt Disney World before my 5 month Disney College Program Experience. I was able to have family and friends visit every moth during the program a mother and son trip to Star Wars Weekends to end the program and even my 1st trip to Disneyland!

Narrowing down my top experiences is extremely difficult because I have so many! It is still difficult to narrow it down however I am going to narrow it down to 2 lists of 5 List 1 is entire trips as a whole List 2 is specific moments or days in time either during those trips or other times in Disney!  So without further ado ~

Top 5 “Trips”

In sequential order –

Father and Son Walt Disney World Trip

Getting to spend at weekend at Walt Disney World with my Dad was an absolute blast and something that I am incredibly thankful that I had the opportunity to have!

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Disney College Program

The Disney College Program was an experience that I am incredibly thankful to have gotten at times (many times) I questioned doing the program and if it was worth the time and effort that I put forth to get into the program and during the program however looking back I can say without a doubt that it was worth it!

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Week at Walt Disney World with my Best Friend

One of the hardest parts of the Disney College Program was being away from friends and family. I was however so lucky that I had not only family come and visit while on the college program but also my best friend! I was able to take a few days off of work and have a true Disney Vacation with my best friend and while down there we had one of the best Disney Vacations that I have ever had! From dining at Victoria and Albert’s, Ohana, Hollywood Brown Derby and others to Drinking Around the World at Epcot and even taking the time to have a “Starbucks Date” at Disney Springs this Vacation was so much fun and one of my favorite parts of the year!

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Mom and Son Star Wars Weekend Trip

Yes this year I got to have a trip to Walt Disney World with my Dad, Best Friend and Mom all I can say is that I am incredibly thankful each and everyday at how lucky I am! This trip was no incredibly fun and Star Wars focused! From a Star Wars Dinner at Hollywood and Vine with friends from across the country to Breakfast at Sci Fi Diner with Star Wars Characters and even an upscale dinner at Hollywood Brown Derby we had quite the weekend! Not to mention ending the Weekend and my College Program with Star Wars Symphony in the Stars Firework Show!

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1st Time to Disneyland

Even after all of my fantastic Disney World “trips” I was able to go to Disneyland for the first time! I absolutely fell in love with Disneyland Park the Disneyland Hotel and the overall resort as a whole! If you are a Disney fan you need to make the trip out to the original Disney Park you won’t regret it!

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Top 5 “Moments”

In sequential order –

Drinking Around the World March 12

Drinking “around the world” was something that I had wanted to do for a long time so when my best friend decided to come and visit me on my college program I knew that this was something that had to be done! This day was truly one of my favorites ever from jumping around from country to country grabbing drinks in each one and meeting characters to boot – making new friends to drink around the world with and finishing the night at Spice Road Table with perfect views of Illuminations Drinking Around the World was an awesome experience!

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Trader Sam’s Media Preview March 31

If you have read this blog before you know my love for Trader Sam’s so I won’t go on and on about it again… however getting to experience it before it officially opened was an awesome experience! Not to mention I got to experience with a close friend, new friends and even a Disney Celebrity!

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Victoria and Albert’s and Napa Rose Chef’s Counter

As a Foodie and a Disney Nerd one of my favorite parts of a Disney Vacation is trying a new restaurant or two this year I got to try many many many new Disney Restaurants however 2 stand out above the rest- Yes these are arguably Disney’s two premier restaurant in the world and the flagship restaurants for their particular parks however these two restaurants are worth the hype that they receive!

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May 15th 1st Night of Star Wars Weekends

Opening night of Star Wars Weekends was also my last night of the Disney College Program getting to spend my last night in Hollywood Studio’s was an awesome night filled with great food, friends and even an awesome Symphony in the Stars fireworks show!

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1st Time Walking into Disneyland August 13th

Walking into Disneyland Park for the first time was one of the coolest experiences that I have ever had! It was so different yet familiar and something that I won’t forget!

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 Thank you guys for following along with my memories I am so incredibly blessed an thankful for the opportunities that I have had in 2015! I cannot wait for 2016 (wow hard to believe its 2016!) I have a Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend trip in January a trip in October hopefully a trip or two  in between! Stay tuned for more details!