Earlier today in the Lines app, someone asked if anyone had ever flown to Disney World for the day. This got me thinking about the day trip I did earlier this year and I realized I never did a trip report for it. With all of the recent re-opening of reservations, I decided to do a much much-belated trip report from a time BC (before COVID, to steal a term from @OBNurseNH).
The Background: I love Disney, and being a first-year AP holder, I have this FOMO, YOLO, and every other abbreviation attitude towards making the most of our AP. DH is a Star Wars fan and has endured my love of Disney parks so long as he can get his Star Wars fix. But, I have always wanted to go to Disney for the day, hang out at MK and EPCOT (not DH’s favorite). I have never been to the Festival of the Arts and was getting tired of the dreary winter in Ohio so on a whim, I looked up airfare just to see…would it be possible to fly down for the day to check out the festival? I found some really reasonable airfare (one way on Southwest and one way on Frontier). Both were non-stop flights and the timing would work. No carry-on (aka this would limit any spending due to not having room to take things back), no overnight stay…this could be my cheapest trip ever! I took a day off work and booked the trip about 1 ½ weeks in advance.
The Trip: January 31, 2020: Depart 6:30 am and return on 9:30 pm flight. My only objective was to go to the Magic Kingdom in the morning and then spend the rest of the day at EPCOT enjoying the festival.
I got up at 3:30 am out the door and headed to the airport by 4:15 am for my 6:30 am flight departure. I am not a morning person, except on Disney departure days!
The first line of the day – rope dropping Starbucks at the airport
I landed at 8:15 and headed to get a Lyft to the Contemporary with the plan of walking over to MK.
In a Lyft and on my way by 8:30….no matter how many times I see it, I have to take a picture of the WDW sign
The Contemporary is the first hotel I have a memory of staying at when I was young so being inside, seeing the mural and the monorail going through is like seeing an old friend. It was pretty overcast out and it looked like it could start pouring anytime so I decided to hop on the monorail instead of walking.
This took a little longer but, I was still able to tap in around 9:30 am
In all of the years I have been here, I have never gotten my picture with Roy and Minnie and I didn’t have a plan so stopped for a photo op!
Caught the Main St Opening Welcome show (had never seen it!), I took some video but no pictures. I continued down Main St and took a few pictures. Even though I wanted to escape the dreary Ohio weather, it was pretty dreary here too but it was a warm dreary which makes all the difference!
The castle looks so muted compared to the new pink and blue colors of its makeover!
I didn’t make any Fast Passes for MK so I decided to head over to Fantasyland to check out wait times. Small World Stand By was super short so I set off on the happiest cruise on earth.
I wanted to get a Dole Whip and watch Country Bears so I strolled through Liberty Square on the way to Frontierland.
I got to meet some of the Country Bears!
Then headed in to watch the show. Again, this has a nostalgia factor for me.
Next stop: Dole Whip!
As I was walking back towards Fantasyland, I saw that the wait for Pooh and Tigger wasn’t that long so I waited for that. It made my heart happy.
My last stop was a ride on the PeopleMover, always a relaxing way to see the park.
One thing I really wanted was the newly released Loungefly Disney Parks backpack. I reasoned that this would still count as a free carry-on so I bought it and headed to the monorail to go to EPCOT for Festival of the Arts.
I’ll finish up the last half of my day tomorrow! Thanks for following along.