Planning for Food and Wine Festival 2017

While visiting family last November, it was decided that an October trip to Walt Disney World was in order. It was time for one of our grandson’s first visit to meet Mickey and the gang. We booked our favorite resort after working out the exact dates that our family could travel.

Two days later, it was revealed that there would also be a new baby being brought into our world just three months before the trip. Patti and I were skeptical that the trip would happen as planned. Who wants to take a three month old baby to Walt Disney World?

But we also know….. we love being at Walt Disney World for the Food and Wine Festival. Besides…… we could celebrate Patti’s birthday at the same time, something we love to do…… celebrate birthdays with Mickey!

mickey birthday cake

As time has passed we decided we probably should cancel our October trip and just concentrate on the birth of our new grandchild and travel to visit shortly after the birth. After all….. we were at Walt Disney World for Christmas and then again in May to celebrate my birthday. 

We also travel in November to be with the same family to celebrate our grandson’s birthday and there is only so many travel dollars to spend and vacation days to use.

But something told me to hang on and NOT cancel just yet.

We set the month of June as the deadline month of decision.

To go or not to go….. that is the question. We are happy to say……. the trip is still on for Patti and I. I do not know about the rest of the family because they need to get through the birth first and then worry about it later. We hope they want to go but it is completely their decision.

If they go…. we will be happy. If they don’t…. it will give us another excuse to book another trip when they are ready. And maybe Patti and I can drive our motorhome down to Florida and stay at Fort Wilderness Campground for the first time.

Patti and I are looking forward to taking our Motorhome to Fort Wilderness after we visited in May and walked around looking at sites


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Another factor that helped us make the decision to keep this trip was the entertainment schedule of the Eat to the Beat Concerts at the American Garden Theater. 

We have been trying to see Christopher Cross perform for years now and we couldn’t seem to time it right. One month ago I found out that Christopher Cross is performing on the first day of our trip.

Singer songwriter Christopher Cross sits backwards in a metal chair with his guitar

We will also get a chance to see Devon Allman perform….. the son of recently deceased Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Gregg Allman.

I’ve been Facebook friends with Devon for years as he rose to fame playing his Sothern Rock styled after his dad………. but have never had a chance to catch one of his shows.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player Devon Allman plays guitar on stage

Also appearing during our trip will be Dennis DeYoung, former lead singer of Styx!!  We’ve seen Dennis a couple of times and he still has a great voice and always has a great band behind him.

Rock singer and songwriter Dennis Deyoung

Patti and I will be celebrating her birthday while we are there and I asked her where she would like to eat her birthday dinner. It didn’t take long for her to say Mama Melrose’s at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Reservations have been secured!

Dining room of Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano at Disney's Hollywood Studios

We are also looking forward to visiting Pandora, The World of Avatar again and seeing it at night. While visiting in May….. we were fortunate to take part in two previews and we absolutely loved Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey. Both attractions were extremely well done.

But we were not able to walk around in Pandora at night because the new land wasn’t officially opened and hadn’t been dedicated by the Shaman. We were forced to leave Pandora before sunset. 

Our countdown stands at 100 days from today. We will secure our fast passes at the 60 day mark for Flight of Passage as well as the rest of our desires and we might even make another Dining reservation or two.

If you are traveling to Walt Disney World in October between the 5th and 12th…… make sure to let us know. We’d love to see you. 

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