Had the opportunity to plan for 3 different trips during 2020. Here’s a couple of things I didnt miss at all and a couple things Im going to be sad when they’re gone…
#1 thing I didnt miss was booking dining 180 days out. I always thought it was ridiculous. 60 days is just fine. Even at 30 days I can find pretty much what I’m looking for. And then there’s TP reservation finder (for the win)
#2 thing I didn’t miss was fast pass. Granted, I didn’t do many park days but the days I did go, I chose my parks wisely. I RD’d headliners and had a solid plan (and backup plan) before going in. Never waited in a line longer than 30 minutes.
#3 thing I didn’t miss was parades. Scoping out a spot early, sitting in the hot sun waiting, people breathing down your neck, etc… The cavalcades are great. Keep em’. Even better, tack some Xmas lights on those babies and send them out at night as well.
Now, there are a few things Im really going to miss when they go away…
#1 thing I’m going to miss are the cheap flights and the cancellation policy most airlines implemented due to the pandemic. You can’t beat $50 round trip, non-stop flights from New England to Florida when the planes were half full. Then when airlines opened up middle seats and planes got a bit fuller, it was nice to be able to book a “backup” flight (or two) knowing it could be cancelled if not needed.
#2 thing I’m going to miss is renting discounted DVC points. I’ve been able to stay at OKW, BCV, AKV (Jambo and Kidani) and coming up GFV, and Poly. All places I’ve never stayed before, and may never stay again. I rented points anywhere from $8 and up to $15 a point. I rented from Liners, DisBoard, and MouseOwners. The most I paid for a studio was $225 a night and the least was $80.
#3 thing I’m going to miss are the spontaneous trips. With airfare so low and discounted accomodations it’s been so easy to book a 2-3 day midweek trip or long weekend trip (now its true those 2-3 days usually turned into 4-5 days) but when’s the next time im going to be able to say… for under $1k my wife and I can fly down to FLA from N.E. for 6 days, rent a full size car for the week, stay in places like GFV, POLY, AKV, and CSR and just enjoy the warm weather? Probably never again.