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Cisco Live! Orlando 2018

Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 03:08 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Technology,Travel,Work at 3:08 PM

Last week I attended my second Cisco Live! conference in Orlando (last year was my first in Vegas; next year will be San Diego). It blows my mind how much it must cost to host 25,000 people in a facility like the Orange County Convention Center – setup, food twice a day, video production for keynotes and sessions, utilities, staffing, etc. And then there was the customer appreciation event Wednesday night at Universal Studios, which not only included exclusive access to the original park for four hours, but also had free food and drinks everywhere and big name concerts from Leon Bridges, Cake and Sam Hunt. No wonder my annual maintenance bill never goes down…

Speaking of bills, I needed to do this trip on the cheap, so I stayed with my brother and his wife and leaned on them for ground transportation (along with some 25% off Lyft rides). He took me to Animal Kingdom on Sunday night after I arrived so I could check out the new(ish) Avatar stuff. Na’vi River Journey has the cool Audio-Animatronics Shaman of Songs, while Flight of Passage lived up to the nearly two hour wait. We had dinner at the excellent Satu’li Canteen, which really elevates the whole theme park food quality experience, in my opinion.

My conference pass this time was a new intermediate “Imagine” badge, so I didn’t get access to all of the sessions (or a T-shirt or backpack). It did get me into all of the keynotes and Innovation Showcase presentations, though, along with the “World of Solutions” trade show, the party at Universal and free food for breakfast and lunch each day. I found most of the sessions to be useful and not just a week-long sales pitch to buy new stuff (like you get at some conferences). I learned about a lot of new technology trends, including improved security techniques, software-defined networking and container-based development, along with the evolution of the Cisco platforms and products we’ve deployed at the stadium (which thankfully I don’t need to replace right away).

After the conference wrapped up, I had a little extra time to kill before flying home (I wish the standby rules for Delta were more customer friendly). I spent some more time checking out all the changes at Disney Springs, where I had had dinner earlier in the week with my brother at Art Smith’s wonderful Homecomin’ restaurant. World of Disney was half-closed for remodeling, but I still managed to find some things for people. It was interesting to see retail additions like UNIQLO and the dining scene continues to impress with the likes of Morimoto Asia, Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar and The Boathouse (in addition to all of the old favorites). Also caught Deadpool 2 at the AMC and made a quick trip to Tampa to check out the very impressive Seminole Hard Rock Tampa complex.

See you in San Diego?

I’d volunteer to research this

Posted Monday, June 18th, 2018 10:54 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Links at 10:54 AM

The Best Mac & Cheese at Walt Disney World

Disney Springs night

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Travel at 6:25 PM

Iron Chef, no more! Hitting up Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Hard to believe it’s 20 years

Posted Sunday, June 10th, 2018 06:33 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 6:33 PM

Mr. Safari from day one

Oh yeah, it’s June

Posted Monday, June 4th, 2018 01:27 pm GMT -5 in Disney at 1:27 PM

Hello Orange Bird

May Day! May Day!

Posted Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 11:41 am GMT -5 in Disney at 11:41 AM

Almost flipped on the actual day

Tom Waits

Posted Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 11:00 am GMT -5 in Disney,Music,Pop Culture,Quotes at 11:00 AM

Disneyland is Vegas for children…

Doges love Dole Whip

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:46 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Pets,Travel at 11:46 AM

Isn’t that right, Luna?


Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:44 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:44 AM

Fireworks over Big Thunder

So good we did it again

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:42 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Travel at 11:42 AM

Plaza Inn FTW

Toy Story 1, Buzz 0

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:39 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Games,Travel at 11:39 AM

At least I beat her on one of them

What a wonderful place

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:37 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:37 AM

Got our money’s worth on Sunday

An instant classic

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:35 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:35 AM

The single rider line is key

The choo-choos of Disneyland

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:33 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:33 AM

I love you, choo-choo

Luigi knows how to drive

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:29 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 11:29 AM

Such an original “simple” ride

🎶 Remember me… ❤️

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 03:40 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 3:40 PM

Coco forever

We are all Groot

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:34 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Movies,Travel at 12:34 PM

They better leave the Tower alone in Florida

Childhood favorite #4

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:01 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:01 AM

The wildest ride in the wilderness

The corn dog was on point

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:00 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Travel at 11:00 AM

Red Wagon on Main Street

Childhood favorite #3

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 04:13 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 4:13 PM

Pirates Forever

Someday (I hope)

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 04:09 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Travel at 4:09 PM

Club 33 @ New Orleans Square

Childhood favorite #2

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 01:28 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 1:28 PM

Still mostly the same as when it opened

Childhood favorite #1

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 10:59 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 10:59 AM

Love, love, love the Matterhorn

New year, new calendar

Posted Thursday, January 4th, 2018 09:08 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family at 9:08 AM

Thanks again, Uncle Brian

Welcome to candy month

Posted Monday, October 2nd, 2017 02:22 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Disney at 2:22 PM

Would love to go back to Disneyland Paris

Thank you, X

Posted Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 09:30 am GMT -5 in Disney,Links at 9:30 AM


Starjets for August

Posted Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 11:45 am GMT -5 in Art,Disney at 11:45 AM

That must mean the State Fair is near

The Science of Pixar

Posted Saturday, July 29th, 2017 07:51 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Friends,Movies,Museums,Science at 7:51 PM

Not what I expected, but still cool stuff

Why hello May

Posted Monday, May 1st, 2017 12:45 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Personal at 12:45 PM

At this rate, the Super Bowl will be over before you know it

My Current Top 7 Blogs

Posted Monday, April 10th, 2017 12:15 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Reading,Technology at 12:15 AM

The Power of Music

Posted Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 01:20 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Links,Movies,Music at 1:20 PM


Saving Pixar’s Butt

Posted Friday, March 3rd, 2017 09:58 am GMT -5 in Disney,Links,Movies,Technology at 9:58 AM


Happy Gnu Year

Posted Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 02:22 pm GMT -5 in Art,Disney,Holidays at 2:22 PM

Jingle Cruise for December calendar

Elie Wiesel Visits Disneyland

Posted Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 12:54 pm GMT -5 in Disney,History,Links at 12:54 PM

Elie Wiesel Visits Disneyland

The pic this month

Posted Friday, April 1st, 2016 01:59 pm GMT -5 in Disney at 1:59 PM

Take a motorcar to nowhere in particular 


Posted Sunday, January 17th, 2016 12:04 am GMT -5 in Disney,Movies,Quotes at 12:04 AM

Le rêve d’une vie, c’est l’amour…

Long Live Captain EO

Posted Friday, December 11th, 2015 09:56 pm GMT -5 in Disney,History,Links,Movies at 9:56 PM


Way to go, Marc!

Posted Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 08:57 am GMT -5 in Disney,Friends,Golf at 8:57 AM

Exciting news regarding wdwgolf.com

Bravo, Eater

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 10:56 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Links at 10:56 AM


More Polynesian Bungalow Pics

Posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 02:11 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Links,Travel at 2:11 PM


Seventeen on the 17th

Posted Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 11:50 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Holidays,Travel at 11:50 AM

The crew at the Magic Kingdom

Too bad Florida is no fun

Posted Monday, February 16th, 2015 11:37 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 11:37 AM

MK and SK with BK @ WDW

Chief Wiggum

Posted Sunday, February 1st, 2015 12:21 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Quotes,Television at 12:21 PM

Spoken like a kid who’s never lived in a non-FastPass world…

How could I resist?

Posted Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 05:45 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Movies,Technology at 5:45 PM

Olaf the 8GB flash drive

Happy 40th Space Mountain

Posted Thursday, January 15th, 2015 10:59 am GMT -5 in Disney,History,Travel at 10:59 AM

Times flies when you’re having fun

Think I’m in love

Posted Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 12:47 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Links,Travel at 12:47 PM


Morimoto @ Disney Springs

Posted Monday, October 27th, 2014 07:27 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Links at 7:27 PM


Disneyland Hotels Waterfalls

Posted Monday, August 18th, 2014 09:33 am GMT -5 in Disney,History,Links at 9:33 AM



Posted Monday, August 11th, 2014 06:29 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Movies,Quotes at 6:29 PM

You have been a fabulous audience! Tell you what, you’re the best audience in the whole world. Take care of yourselves! Good night, Alice! Good night, Agrabah! Adios, amigos!

Happy 15th Birthday, R’n’R

Posted Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 12:23 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,History,Travel at 12:23 PM

SK in front of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (2007), Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Florida

Ay, Ay, Captain

Posted Thursday, July 24th, 2014 08:35 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,History,Travel at 8:35 AM

SK @ Walt Disney World, 2000

Miss Sassy Pants

Posted Thursday, July 24th, 2014 08:33 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,History,Travel at 8:33 AM

MK @ the Polynesian, 2007

Another one from 2009

Posted Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 09:29 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,History,Travel at 9:29 AM

SK and MK waiting in line at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Happy 20th Tower of Terror

Posted Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 09:25 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,History,Travel at 9:25 AM

SK and MK in 2007, Orlando, Florida

The Duffy Phenomenon

Posted Saturday, July 19th, 2014 09:38 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Links at 9:38 PM


A bit of Disneyland history

Posted Friday, June 13th, 2014 09:14 pm GMT -5 in Disney,History,Links at 9:14 PM


Disneyland Prospectus

Posted Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 04:49 pm GMT -5 in Business,Disney,History,Links at 4:49 PM



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