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Weekly Update – July 5

photo courtesy of mynews 13
photo courtesy of mynews 13

I hope everyone had an exciting Fourth of July.

My Fourth was filled with relaxation after a stressful July 3rd.  First, my central air didn’t restart after a power blip and I thought the compressor motor was fried and I shut off the air conditioner.  I was without air conditioning for most of the day until the HVAC repairman came and found nothing wrong.  All that was need was to let the air conditioner sit idle for 10-15 minutes to let the compressor reset and then turn it back on.  After that, it worked fine.

After that fiasco, I went swimming with my daughter at the local town pool.  I decided that it would be a good idea for my phone to go swimming with me.  Thankfully, I was eligible for an upgrade so my broken iPhone 4 turned into a functional iPhone 5.  These were two stresses that I didn’t need heading into a holiday weekend.

Now, on to the weekly update:

Learn about all things Auto Train

All Things Canada at EPCOT

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia

Wordless Wednesday

Flying Fish Cafe Dining Review

Americana in the Disney Parks

Happy 4th of July from Sam the Eagle and Muppetvision 3D

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Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend, we’ll be back next week with a full week of posts and debate.

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Riding the Auto Train

For today’s article, I’m going to take a look at an alternative method to get to Walt Disney World….the Amtrak Autotrain which runs from Lorton, VA to Sanford, FL.  The Autotrain is an excellent alternative for those people who are afraid to fly but don’t want to drive the entire distance either.

Auto Train #1

Lorton, VA is the northern loading point for the Autotrain.  Lorton is a 30 minute drive south on I-95 from Washington, DC.  So, people coming from the north still have to deal with traffic of the New York/Philadelphia/Baltimore/Washington DC megalopolis.  From my understanding, this is the worst part of the drive to Walt Disney World from a traffic perspective.  Once you get south of Washington, DC, the next major city you would drive near would be Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL which don’t have near the traffic congestion issues that major northeastern cities too.

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