We just came back from our President’s Day week trip to the world - the trip that just 4 months ago wasn’t even on our radar.
A little background: when we went last April, our plan was to go again in 2-3 years, maybe after Galaxy’s Edge settled down for a bit, and our youngest (then 10 months) was a bit older. But we just kept talking about how much fun we had had, and how we wanted to do it again. One evening in October DW and I were reminiscing about our trip and how we wanted to do it again - and the next day a pin code shows up in our mailbox. We stared at it for a few days, wondering if we should, finally deciding to go for it!
Who went: myself, DW, DS8, and DS1 (20 mos). With DS1, it’s going to be a different kind of trip for us (even more different than last April when he was just 10 months). He is an active, highly opinionated Toddler now. He also is so curious about the world around him, and also a bundle of energy. We joke that he is like Jack-Jack personality-wise.
Couple of notes about this trip. First, we decided (relatively late) that TS was just not going to work with DS1. We tried going to restaurants a few times recently, a it was anything but a relaxing experience. So we decided to forgo TS this time around and focus on QS (which led to some painful cancellations… But there’s always next time!).
Second, we have always rented a car in the past - including on our last trip in April. Given the gear we needed, we would have probably rented a mini van for this trip. After seeing the prices for President’s Day weekend, and coupled with the new resort parking fee, it turned out to be more cost-effective for us to take a Minnie Van to and from the airport. Add to that their experience with carseats, and we figured we’d give it a try.
Third: The goal of this trip wasn’t to try to fit every last thing in. Our general mode operation was parks at rope drop, and stay through lunch and early afternoon; leave for a break back at the hotel for pool/rest/QS dinner, and then walk to Epcot for Festival of the Arts (we were staying at the Beach Club), and repeat some of our favorite attractions. One of us would stay there late with DS8 and the other would go back to the room to put DS1 to bed.
Finally: Due to the limited time available to us this trip, we decided to skip AK. There’s not a lot DS8 is interested in yet there (he didn’t like Dinosaur and is still a little apprehensive about EE), and we wanted to make sure we could explore TSL at DHS. So unfortunately, AK got the cut this time.
So, stay tuned for our trip report!