…and all of this will happen again. But this time, it happened during a pandemic. In a town called Bay Lake, in a place called Walt Disney World.
[not much of a] Surprise! [LIVE!] Trip report time!
Before we begin, let’s address the elephant in the room:
Happy Birthday, Francine. You don’t look a day over…I wanna say…20?
Numba 2: The traveling for a vacation during a pandemic. I kept this trip because I have little to no ability to infect anyone else and I would also lose roughly 100 DVC points if I didn’t go. With these aspects in mind, along with Disney’s efforts and strict enforcement of safety protocols, I felt it was safe enough for me to go. It doesn’t mean I look down on anyone wise enough to realize Disney will be there after this is done and wait a bit longer, quite the opposite. If it wasn’t for the DVC point loss, I’d have cancelled the trip.
There’ll be no more talk about it from here on.
On with the report.
So clearly this is going to be a different report from normal (which is becoming a cliche catchphrase at this point). 1000x updates a day? Probably not. 10 gazillion steps a day? Hopefully. Updates going into long hours of the night? Unlikely with these park hours. Changing parks/locations at head spinning speeds? Ugh, if only. Tons of eating? …well… let’s not get stupid. There’s still work to be done and the F&W Festival is still happening, after all.
Oh! And we have a new feature for this report: achievements! Inspired by the forum, disney play, and every video game platform out there these days, we gots those little badges you get for doing something. We all have goals to hit during a vacation. Now, for this report, they come with a visual representation.
Oh hey look, I already got one! (Yuuussss!)
Oh, I should mention some of them might be a tad snarky. heh. They’re custom, so don’t expect to see these outside the report.
These achievements will appear up as we continue on with the vacation. There’s a good amount of them, and I’m hoping to earn (almost) all of them. Some are tied to rides, others to activities, and some (shock of shocks) to food.
Why do we have achievements? Well, I found myself with some time on my hands before the trip and figured they’d be a fun addition (or a really really bad idea. We’ll see. ) I mean, I could’ve instead made a trip report thread ahead of my vacation where nothing would happen for days. Or I could’ve instead made 8+ threads detailing the changes of the wind or something else that alters just as frequently. But…who would do that?
One thing that is going to have to happen is me slowing down majorly on this trip. I’m already getting fidgety about participating in a recurring “1P1D Challenge.” I’ve brought along my trusty iPad, so in case I get too bored, I can hunker down somewhere and do some digital painting. Which actually sounds pretty fun, hopping into one of the beautiful lobbies and killin’ some time, but will likely make for some lame updates for a report.
Anywho, this is all just speculation at this point. We’ll see how it actually goes. Once the inner child gets the controls(and he kinda runs the place), who knows what will actually happen.
So kick your feet up, crank up some disney music, and…
C’mon everybody, here we gooooooo! (ok, I mean it this time, LAST ONE!)