It is the 1 day countdown. Bags are packed, no going back.
As with so many Liners, my original plan did not survive first contact with the enemy (COVID). Originally, this was to be our first all-family Wilderness Lodge/Copper Creek stay with our new DVC WL/CC membership. I had Dec 10-18 booked in a one-bedroom and hoped to persuade DH and DS26 to join myself and DD22 for a week of Christmas season joy at Wilderness Lodge.
But DS26 cannot travel from CA, and DH is at-risk so shouldn’t travel, and cannot get away from work (he says).
DD22 was very skeptical about WDW under pandemic conditions, but eventually agreed that we could go if the vacation were shorter, if we drove instead of flying, and if we will not do rides/attractions if the crowds/conditions make her uncomfortable. Of course, my daughter!!! Anything to go to Disney with you!
So I changed the reservation to Dec 10-15, booked one park for each day (Dec 10 and 15 are driving days), and promised we would not rope drop, we would focus on WL/CC and wandering the parks rather than the usual RD/maximum-rides battle plan, and have ADRs that we may not keep if DD22 doesn’t like the look of indoor dining.
So yes, this may be the trip we all often say we want: for the first time, we may spend few hours in the parks, do few rides and attractions, and take time to explore.
Oh, plus since we are driving I can buy as much as I want without having to worry about fitting it into my luggage
In addition, I’ve had A Crazy Idea because I have so many DVC points expiring with cancelled plans, and this morning my trolling of the DVC website paid off: I was able to switch our reservation to the first night in a Studio, and 4 nights in a Cascade Cabin (that consumed a lot of not just expiring but also 2021 borrowed DVC points, but this pandemic has taught me that there is value in living in the moment…). I told DD22 the news this morning and her eyes lit up – this is going to be magical.
So I won’t be posting much about RD, rides, lines, wait times, or steps per day. But I will share the experience for what it is, and there will be lots and lots of Disney Christmas photos.