Months and months ago after much strategizing on how to score TWO Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon entries (it sells out SO fast), we were rejoicing in our speedy fingers and the fact that we got in. We booked fights, a room and the grandparents to watch the littles. As spring faded into summer and summer turned to fall, my excitement began to fade by the day. I was doing fine at training but, on my 8 mile day I just had this epiphany that I HATED it. I literally used to hop out of bed every.single.day excited for my walk and podcast listening until the miles starting picking up. It seemed like such a chore. So, I came home that day and told Honey I didn’t want to do it. He was only doing it because I wanted to and said he supported either decision. I let it sink in for a few days and realized that I only wanted to do it for the medal. So we quit. Just like that! And a trip that revolved around carb loading, sleep, and rest turned into one all about lazy mornings, good food, lots of cocktails and thrill rides!
We flew out on a Friday afternoon and found our room at Coronado Springs Resort. I love doing online checkin at Disney. They text you your room number and you let yourself in with your magic band! The only downside is that you will have to go to the front desk for a schedule of resort activities.
We literally dropped our bags and called an Uber to take us to the Wave at Contemporary where we were meeting friends DisneyfiedAsh and Mousegrams!! We had a few cocktails and a light dinner in the lounge and then headed to Top of the World lounge to continue our night. It was SO much fun to see these girls and they guys!
Honey slept in Saturday morning and I enjoyed breakfast at the resort and then read my book in a hammock by the lake. It was such a wonderful splurge!
We hit the expo just to pick up our t-shirts and then headed straight to Disney Springs for lunch. We haven’t been for quite some time and it is SO nice!!!
We dined at Morimoto Asia. It was really fantastic!!! Honey did the lunch plate and I ate sushi and a salad. It is a great choice for when the littles aren’t tagging along!
After lunch we popped by the room to drop our bags and take a quick break before hitting Hollywood Studios for the night.
After our fast passes and a leisurely walk around the park we had dinner at The Hollywood Brown Derby. Another excellent choice for dinner without kids, although kids are definitely welcome here. I had my fave Cobb Salad (did you know it was invented at the real Brown Derby?) and Honey had the pho (which he enjoyed).
It was a such a fun night!!
I was seriously craving the ooey gooey ice cream at Ample Hills so we veered off the path to our resort bus and hit the boats to the Boardwalk. I am SO glad we did. This is what makes Disney with no kids SO much fun :-) After ice cream we took Uber from Boardwalk back to Coronado.
Sunday we had the same morning routine… I ate and read while Honey slept. Then we headed off to Animal Kingdom just before lunch!
First things first, coffee and a few rides.
Then bloody mary’s at Dawa bar before Festival of the Lion King… I LOVE this show and could never get tired of it!
We napped in the room for a few hours before spending our last night at Epcot. We rode Spaceship Earth, The Land for the first time at night (Honey’s fave) and Test Track with fast passes.
Honey was a REALLY good sport when he suggested we visit Anna and Elsa for the first time in Epcot. We’ve noticed they have short waits here as compared to Magic Kingdom. Took us only 10 minutes.
For dinner we finished up our tour around the world for Food and Wine Festival that we started back in September. I tell you what, we hit every country and ate every thing we wanted this year!! Food and Wine Festival is another great thing to do as a couple in Disney!
Our race entry came with admission to a party in Epcot that night. We stayed only for about 10 minutes for a few reasons (we had already done everything we wanted earlier in the night AND it was super crowded). The only thing on our list was to meet Bert and Mary!!
Honey flew home very early the next morning (in time to make it to work) and just a couple of weeks before we left I changed my plans because Sister, Mother and CeeCee were headed down and I wanted to join them!! More on that leg of the trip soon!!
Now, while I’m on the topic of couples in Disney, when we were down in September we put the kids in Kids Club one night and had a delightful dinner at California Grill. The service was perfect, the food amazing and the view just spectacular! This is definitely one we will be back to and a good choice for a trip without kids. Again, kids are welcome but it is pricey and we enjoyed ourselves much more than we would have with the boys in tow.
So, while I failed at my Half Marathon entry on the bucket list, I had a spectacular time with Honey in our favorite place. All was certainly not lost :-)
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