Cali Wine Tour vs Disney World

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Decisions, decisions. I’m in a bit of a quandary and was hoping to get some advice. We are currently making travel plans for the coming months and we have a couple options for the Victoria Day long weekend. On the one hand, a client of ours is having their annual sales conference in California. In addition to it being a great opportunity to meet some more people from their organization, we would also take part in some valuable discussions concerning future marketing initiatives and new strategies to solidify their brand. As well, Sandra and I (sans child) would have the opportunity to visit San Francisco (a city we absolutely love) and also take part in a 3-day bicycle tour of Sonoma and Napa Valley. As a lover of all things related to wine, this has always been a dream of mine. Cruising through the picturesque landscapes of California, stopping at various wineries along the way to sample some awesome wines and delicious food. Sounds like a pretty incredible getaway, right?

Now on the flip side of the coin, I’m being told this particular weekend in May would be perfect to finally take our 5 year old daughter to Disney World in Florida. Apparently, she is at the perfect age to really get into all the glitz and glamour that the magic of Disney has to offer. The rides, the Disney characters, the fireworks and the Princesses! Oh, the Princesses! Just the word itself gets my daughter all giddy and excited. There is no doubt in my mind she would have the time of her life. And as a former employee of the mighty Disney machine, my wife is probably just as excited to return.

Now here’s the problem. I’m not really a theme park kind of guy. Not really into big crowds, waiting in line or the whole over-the-top commercialized world that is Disney. I’ve been there once when I was around 10 years old and remember enjoying myself, but 30 odd years later, I think my tastes have somewhat changed. But as our blog theme states, we are always looking for new experiences, so I am open to the whole idea of heading to the sunshine state. But I have to ask – for all you adults out there that have recently experienced Disney, is there enough to keep the really, really big kids happy? Any suggestions on attractions that can appeal to both young and old? Maybe I just need to connect with my inner child or take one for the team – my daughter and wife team that is. I suppose they do serve wine in Disney World too, right? Right?!? Sigh. For now, back to the cage.

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