My husband I decided long ago to do a big trip for our 5 year increment anniversaries. We did NYC for 5 and Singapore for 10 (coinciding with a business school trip I had to take). When the Starcruiser was announced around our 15th anniversary, we decided that would be our next anniversary adventure! With COVID and the resulting delays, we were at almost 17 years of marriage by the timing booking came around. I gave my trusty travel agent a list of all the possible dates we could go in 2022 and during the Visa booking window, she booked us for March 13! I couldn’t believe how soon we would get to go after opening! And also, we have never traveled during spring break.
As I went to make additional plans for our time, I quickly realized why we had never traveled for spring break - it is expensive! Our plane tickets were more than 2 times what our previous summer tickets had cost. I booked the cheapest arrival for the day before the Starcruiser (Saturday, arriving at 11 pm) and the cheapest return time, which was Thursday at 5 pm. I booked the Hyatt at the airport for arrival day for the convenience of it. With Disney prices being crazy for spring break, we decided to try UOR for the first time. My TA booked us into the Royal Pacific for easy walking to the parks and express passes.
After having everything all settled and feeling great about our trip, at the end of the year, United cancelled our original flight to Orlando, which gave us the option to rebook to almost any other time that Saturday with no additional fee. We decided to take this gift and book a 7:45 am flight, arriving in Orlando at 1 pm and used Disney Math to add on a Disney day. We originally booked at the Swan but had such issues with the tickets that we booked at BC instead.
We sat down with the kids and planned out our additional two half-days at Disney. We decided after landing, we would get a Lyft to the BC, drop our bags, and then go to Animal Kingdom only to ride Flights of Passage and have lunch. Then, we go to Epcot and finish out the night, trying to ride Ratatouille and Test Track. Since we couldn’t check into the Starcruiser until 1, we would spend the next morning at Hollywood, so my daughter (15) and husband could ride RnRR and TOT. My son (11) and I (not roller coaster fans) would go off and do what he wanted - more Star Wars stuff.
Two weeks before our trip, Disney changed MK hours to close at 11 pm, so we decided that our first day would be AK → EPCOT → MK. All the parks in 24 hours? Why not!
A week before our trip, I had a panic attack about getting Lyfts that could hold all four of us, plus our luggage, plus the additional luggage piece we were bringing for our Starcruiser costumes. We had been in NYC in February, and we had had an awful time trying to find a Lyft XL that could carry everything. I decided to book a towncar service instead, only to find the two most recommended here completely sold out! Panicking even further, I broke down and rented a car. This also reduced the stress about how to get to and from the Starcruiser, as Disney had been super uncommunicative overall about the trip and the Starcruiser website basically just said to take a taxi or drive.
With all my plans finally coming together, another unexpected twist occurred - THE WEATHER.
- Saturday - 46 - 79 and 85% chance of rain.
- Sunday: 38 - 66
- Monday: 47 - 74 and 44% chance of rain
- Tuesday: 57 - 80 and 96% chance of rain
- Wednesday: 55 - 79 and 85% chance of rain
On the plus side, sweating to death in my Monday Starcruiser Batuu excursion costume was no longer a concern. On the other hand, constant rain and now I have to pack a coat? We purchased 20 disposable ponchos, and packed our coats as well as shorts, and we were ready for our adventure!