Sorry for not checking in sooner. I’m actually back in Orlando at the moment. It’s funny how all of the conferences seem to take place in Orlando, maybe it’s because the weather every else is awful this time of year. Anyways, it’s a nice escape from the snow and I’m even more excited about this trip because I convinced my sister to bring her family down for spring break. She has two kids and neither of them have been to the Disney World before. How sad is that?
I’ve been here all week and they arrived Wednesday. We visited the parks wednesday night and they been going everyday since. Unfortunately I have to meet up with them after the days festivities are over, but the convention center isn’t far from Disney so it isn’t a big deal.
It’s might be weird to admit, but I’ve actually missed the theme parks and I was just here a few months ago. There is something about walking through the gates of the Magic Kingdom that make you feel like a kid again, and it’s even better experiencing that magic with young kids. Seeing my nephews light up at the sight of their favorite character or actually believe that they on a jungle safari makes this trip so much better.
Me getting a little Goofy in front of the Epcot ball.
This time around we’ve taken advantage of the new Fastpass+ system, which is awesome, because you make a reservation time for rides via Disney’s smartphone app. I actually got to talking to a random cast member (that’s what they call their employees) about the fastpass system and they told me they are currently hiring lots of IT people to work on it behind the scenes. I have to say working at Disney and escaping the cold is rather enticing.
I should probably throw in that my sister is the pinterest queen and her many hours of repinning crafts and random coupons paid off. We always make fun of her, because she wastes so much time on the site, but she ended up figuring out how to save us a ton of money on tickets to the parks and her hotel room. She found a Disney trip planning blog that walked you through how to bypass Disney and buy tickets online. The savings was actually quite large and made the trip actually possible for my sister and her family since their on a tight budget. Looks like pinterest is actually good for something.
We head out Sunday and then it’s off to Seattle for me. I’m going to be teaching one of our new corporate clients how to use the software and help implement it into their Seattle office.