I am back home in Massachusetts and back to reality – whatever that is now…
But, to put a bow on this trip report, here are a few more observations:
All in all, it was a fun trip. I was able to keep a smile on my face, and despite having to “roll with the punches”, I didn’t stress out too often.
The one time I did also makes for an interesting story. On Friday morning, after deciding to cancel the second portion of my trip, I needed to change my jetBlue flight. Well, jetBlue’s website had crashed and was down all morning, so you can guess what the phone lines were like. I spent the morning rejecting staying on for wait times “exceeding 60 minutes”. In the afternoon, they estimated a wait time of 25 minutes, so I patiently waited.
45 minutes had passed, and I had an appointment for a DVC tour at the Riviera. I apologized to the DVC rep, but explained that I would have my phone to my ear during the presentation. I was NOT going to end the call.
After an hour-an-a-half, a live jetBlue person came on. And she couldn’t hear me! This went on for about twenty seconds of sheer terror, fearing that she was going to hang up. Finally, she heard me and the day was saved. That was the only time during this whole journey that I felt the stress!
I just realized that this trip report hasn’t featured any reporting about fun things I did.
On Thursday, I rode the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. I had the been lucky to grab a FP+ the day they came out. I enjoyed it very much – it probably went straight to the top of my “favorite rides” list – but I also agree with the criticism I have seen in regards to the over-reliance on projection and the different-looking animatronics.
Thursday night, I enjoyed classic rockers, The Guess Who, at their Epcot Garden Rocks concert. I did the dining package at Biergarten, the first time I had ever eaten there. I enjoyed it.
In fact, I very much enjoyed all three nights dining. On Friday, it was my favorite WDW restaurant – Le Cellier. Their Filet Mignon never disappoints, and the Cheddar Chesse Soup is unbelievable!
After the initial shuffling of plans before my trip even started, for Saturday night, I got a reservation for the Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Ft. Wilderness. Great time and great food. I enjoy this every time I go – and I have gone between 15 and 20 times over the years. It’s always good to see the banjo player, Smilin’ Jack. I forget this guys name, but I know he’s been there since day one of the show over 40 years ago.
As I mentioned earlier in the thread, my Riviera room afforded a great view of fireworks. Here’s a pic showing the Epcot fireworks straight ahead, and the Magic Kingdom fireworks visible over Spaceship Earth. The Hollywood Studios fireworks are not in the camera frame, but they could be seen from my room as well.
The resort is beautiful. I love just about everything about it. I had the opportunity to interact with numerous cast members at the Riviera, and they were all wonderful. From picking up packages, to canceling my resort reservation, even cancelling my Keys to the Kingdom tour, the helpful and friendly cast members were up to the task!
Speaking of the Keys to the Kingdom tour, I am disappointed that this didn’t happen. It had been scheduled for this Wednesday morning. Too bad it couldn’t have gone on anyway, despite the parks closing. That would have made it about as surreal and historic (not to mention spooky and haunted) as it gets!
Well, that’s all folks. My next trip to WDW is likely coming up in October. It will be nice – and, hopefully, a little more normal!