Have a Magical Day / Happy Thanksgiving!

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a Victorian-style Disney Deluxe Resort distinguished as the flagship hotel of Walt Disney World Resort and offering world-class dining, entertainment and luxurious accommodations in its 6 striking red-gabled buildings. This magnificent hotel sits along the white-sand shores of Seven Seas Lagoon.

Enjoy an opulent experience that begins inside the Grand Lobby, which stands over 5 stories high, sparkling with the light from 2 brilliant chandeliers. With its gleaming white exterior, intricate gingerbread trim and gorgeous stained-glass domes, the Resort is an architectural marvel.

Retreat to a stately Guest room that marries Victorian sophistication with modern comforts. Luxuriate in style as you take in superb views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, wedding pavilion, pools, marina, Cinderella Castle or nightly fireworks at Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park, or the Resort grounds dotted with gardens and swaying palm trees.

– from the Disneyworld.com website

Dear Disney Corporate and Fake Herzog Parents,

Thanks to you both, the Fake Herzog family just had a remarkable family vacation at Disneyworld/Universal Orlando (especially “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”) and now we are finishing our sojourn in Florida at Fake Herzog brother’s house near Fort Lauderdale where we are enjoying Thanksgiving with said brother, sister-in-law, nieces, and Mom and Dad (without whose support this trip wouldn’t be possible). So I am very thankful for my generous family this Thanksgiving, for the success my father and brother have had in business (yea capitalism!) and for all our good health (even my other brother who couldn’t be here because he is battling cancer is doing better, praise God, so I have much to be thankful for).

I might have to do a longer post on Disney someday, but suffice it to say, they know how to run a hotel and theme-park. I wasn’t all that impressed with the rides (for the most part, they are designed for smaller kids, even the most intense rides like “Test Track” are wimpy compared to a Six Flags roller coaster) but was blown away by the organization, cleanliness, staff professionalism (everyone tells you to have a magical day), and overall beauty of the Magical Kingdom (Cinderella Castle at night is just remarkably beautiful). Epcot might be somewhat cheesy, but the various countries represented still manage to convey a foreign experience and cultural exchange as well as educate visitors about places other than America.

Like I said, I could go on for awhile with thoughts from the visit, but I have no idea if my readers would be interested in my experience and tips for beating the crowds so I’ll end here by thanking the folks at Disney and their rivals at Universal (who really did manage to create Hogwarts at their theme-park and who designed their park for older kids in case folks are wondering) and once again thanking my amazing parents and brother for making this trip possible. Now, if I could only get the song “It’s a Small World” out of my head, life would be good…

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