I am not great at writing out long trip reports (or anything else really), so I’ll give the Cliff Notes version. I’ll post days 1-4 tonight, 5-8 and a brief conclusion tomorrow night.
11/16 - Day 1
-Super bumpy flight.
-Arrived just in time to the Magical Express to load the bus, except that we were cut off because the bus filled up. So close. It was a really long wait for the next bus and the bus that arrived wasn’t wrapped and was possibly the worst bus we rode.
-Room was ready when we arrived at the Contemporary (kids were surprised about the location). Yay! Room was located almost as far away from the main building as possible and a middle floor, not a top floor. Boo!
-Got to EPCOT and it only took about 5 minutes once getting in line at Guest Services to activate our Annual Passes for myself and DW (kids also surprised but not as thrilled to learn we’re taking solo trips without them).
-Spaceship Earth, Test Track, and Living with the Land FPP were all used and DS was pumped about Test Track. This was his number one ride that he was looking forward to (not his #1 ride at the end, but it was up there). The crowds were pretty low and we were able to stop in and see Baymax and get on Soarin. DS learned that meeting Disney characters is way cooler than the cow at Chick Fil A.
-Realized we needed autograph books and a pen. So a quick trip to Mouse Gear and problem solved.
-Garden Grill dinner. This remains one of my favorite restaurants.
-A quick trip through Living with the Seas and we called it a night.
11/17 – Day 2
-Reported to the front desk about desk drawer that keeps opening (shins did not like), lamp that didn’t work, and most importantly the electric socket that still had a prong stuck in it. I was told that Engineering would get it fixed that day (spoiler, they did).
-Disney Springs with brunch at Homecomin’. We really enjoyed this meal and I would probably do this one again. I’m a sucker for southern food. It is in my blood, literally, I was raised on it and I’ll probably need medication for it as I get older.
-Surprised the kids with MVMCP.
-FPP for the Space Ranger Spin, Speedway, and Barnstormer. Dinner at Pecos Bill (this ended up being a favorite of DS). We spent time getting pictures with Moana, getting cookies, iasw, and BTMRR. BTMRR was a little too much for DS. He was determined to handle his roller coaster issues though.
-This was fun, but we learned that DS was not going to be able to stay up at night. I stayed with DD to watch the shows and then head out. On the way back was when my knee started to give out, but hopefully a good night’s rest would fix that (another spoiler, it did not).
11/18 – Day 3
-Animal Kingdom and Happy Birthday Mickey!
-After 9 straight hours of viewing the Otters, we called it a day. Well, at least that is what would have happened if I had let DW do the planning. I did build some time in for her though.
-FPP planned for this day were Na’vi River, Safari, and Everest. After Na’vi and the Safari we hit up Dinosaur. DS was a little green after this ride, so EE Fastpass was switched to Tough to be a Bug. He loved this. We then scheduled a FPP with the Animation session. Triceratops Spin was another of his favorites at AK and so was getting photos with Scrooge, Russel, and Doug. Overall, he wasn’t impressed by AK. After lunch at Satuli Canteen (enjoyed) we headed back to the hotel.
-After resting for a little bit, we checked out the Contemporary Gingerbread display and searched for the Hidden Mickeys.
-Dinner at Crystal Palace. The food was good, but honestly the characters are the star here. DD and DS had fun with the characters. This was the longest wait to get seated at any of our meals.
-DS was done for the day and my knee had reached a point that I couldn’t do much more anyway.
11/19 - Day 4
-Knee is not better, but I pulled out my big anti-inflammatory meds that I use for gout and this gets me through the day.
-Magic Kingdom day has FPP plans for SM, 7DMT, and iasw. DS was not going to handle SM, so I shifted his and DW over to Space Ranger Spin and I took DD on SM. She loved it, but I’m pretty sure it scared her more than she let on.
-Lunch at BOG. I think was overall a pretty good meal. Even DS was impressed by the Grand Ball Room and he has no time for the princess stuff.
-7DMT was the next coaster on the list. DS was able to handle Barnstormer, so I figured this wouldn’t be a problem. We put on his Seabands and went at it. It was during this ride that he convinced himself that if he held his arms up while riding that he wouldn’t get sick and it worked.
-We did some more rides and swapped out iasw for something else since no one but me wanted to ride it again. On the way out we stopped in to meet Stitch and DS became an instant fan.
-Watched the parade which is always amazing. Their parades are like no other parades.
-We hopped on over to EPCOT for dinner at Akershus for my DD. This will not make the cut again. The princess interactions were super short and the food just wasn’t that great. After dinner we called it a night.