Hi everyone! I’ve been inspired by @julsie to write up our trip report even though it’s a little late. I had good intentions of sharing our experiences and thoughts from our trip since I love reading other trip reports but the days and weeks went by and I figured it was too late. Now with all the uncertainty in the world right now, this feels like a great way to bring some Disney magic back into our lives!
Background- Our trip was originally scheduled for 12/7-12/14 but based on the flight we found we ended up extended our trip to 12/5-12/15 and added a 1 day ticket for Universal Studios and an extra day at the end for Disney and we ended up staying at 3 different hotels. Our group consisted of myself, my husband, and our 5 year old son. We also met our family friends and their 16 year old daughter for a few park days/rides/meals.
12/5- Travel day. We flew Frontier and had no issues. This was our son’s first flight and he did very well. Near the end he started complaining about his tummy hurting and we got nervous, but as soon as we got to MCO he felt fine again. We took an Uber to the Best Western near Universal Studios. We stayed there to keep costs down and because they had a free shuttle to and from the parks. The hotel itself was fine for our needs. We took the shuttle in the evening to the CityWalk to enjoy the sights and grab dinner. The shuttle sounded like a good idea but actually took forever to get us there because they stopped at several other hotels first and traffic was busy in the evening. Had we known that we would have just called an Uber. We tried to eat at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium but the wait was longer than they estimated and we had to catch the last shuttle back to the hotel. They estimated a 20 minute wait and 45 minutes later we still hadn’t been called so we had to bail. We ended up eating at Bread Box and it was good, but I was disappointed because I had had my heart set on eating at Toothsome. Maybe next time!
12/6- Universal Studios. I’ll try to just skim over this day briefly since we’re in the WDW thread. We took the hotel shuttle and got to the park just a little before 9 am. The shuttle seemed much more efficient in the early morning. Most of the day all of the rides were basically walk on or a 10-15 minute wait. We did wait about 25 minutes for Flight of the Hippogriff which our son loved! We did only kid-friendly rides with our 5 year old. He loves Transformers so we did do the ride and it was a bit too scary for him. Our fail for this park is that we ordered a stroller for Disney but didn’t think to get one at Universal. Our son was pretty tired by around 5 pm. We had done most of the rides that he could do anyways so we took the shuttle back to our hotel.
12/7- Another travel day. We are finally going to Disney! We checked out of the BW a little before 11 am and got an Uber to Pop Century. We didn’t get a room ready alert yet but when we went to the front desk they were able to get us in right away and we got the room type we requested. We spent the afternoon getting settled, decorating our room with Christmas decor, and checking out the sights. We picked up our stroller right away and then checked in with the front desk again to pick up our Prime Pantry boxes. We did have a bit of an issue with this because they kept saying there was no record of them and they couldn’t find them. The CM helping us was very kind though and I showed him my email from Amazon saying the boxes had been delivered there and it even stated the initials of the person who signed for them. He went back to look for them again and after a few minutes he did find them. We still got charged I think $6 per box but it still saved us a lot of money. We ordered soda, water, Starbucks coffee drinks, breakfast food like Pop-tarts, granola bars, and muffins, and snack foods like crackers and GoGo Squeez packets. It was convenient to be able to bring this stuff with us in the parks.
Our friends stayed at AoA so it was easy to walk over the bridge and visit them! We checked out their hotel and my son loved all the Cars stuff! We decided to spend the evening at Disney Springs. Our friends had driven to Disney so we rode with them to DS. Highlights were the Christmas Tree Trail, carousel, and the Lego and World of Disney stores.
Up next, Magic Kingdom and MVMCP!