Today we set out on a quick trip to Orlando for the MK preview on July 10th. I’m going to try to do a pictoral trip report but will also be live streaming on a private fb group I created so not sure i will be able to give live updates here but I will try!
When: July 9-11
Who: me and DH
What: MK AP preview is our only goal on this short trip. We are coming back july 16-20 for a longer trip.
Where: staying off site for the very first time. Picked the courtyard by Marriott close to Disney Springs because I had points to use. We normally stay on site so not sure how this will feel! We are also renting a car with the thought of minimizing exposure by using ride shares everywhere.
Other pertinent info: DH and I have been home bound for the most part since March. We don’t venture out and wear masks when we do. We were germaphobes before Covid so we are more neurotic now (although we feel more “normal” now that everyone else is hyper focused on cleaning ) We are also fortunate enough to both work from home so we can and will quarantine when we get home. No one else lives with us so other than not seeing my parents, this won’t be too hard. I am nervous, mainly regarding the airports and airplanes. But I really wanted to be back in the magic, will take as many precautions as we can to keep us and others safe.
Ok, on with the report!
DAY 1 - JULY 9
We both worked this morning which is always stressful trying to wrap up work and get going to the airport. Right as we were supposed to leave, I got a notification that our flight was delayed over an hour. A blessing in disguise so we could properly wrap things up.
First mask selfie at the airport - We are smiling, i promise!!
Pretty good signs at the airport
Mask compliance was about 90-95% in the gate area, despite repeated announcements thatcthey are required. Southwest now boards in groups of 10 and social distancing markers are on the ground. Feels a lot less like a herd of cattle this way.
We were thrilled to learn there were only 43 passengers on board (normally 140).
Once we got to MCO, we were surprised by how empty the tram was.
Mask compliance wasn’t great at MCO, to be honest. At the rental car counter, they did have plexiglass barriers so I think people relaxed their guard - some had no mask on, some (including the rental car employee) had it pulled down beneath their chin). Others would lower their masks when they talked (
We got our rental car and headed to the hotel. I got a little giddy by these signs
Not overly impressed with the hotel but you can’t beat free and its only for 2 nights. Not going to lie, I cant wait to get back to on-site stays!!
The hotel is clean but there are limited services offered. I thought all big chains were offering individually wrapped items (like tv remotes) but this one was not. There are plastic, individually wrapped cups and silverware so thats a plus. We are used to disinfecting and wiping down the hotel room (neurotic germaphobes) so we did that little routine then headed out to Disney Springs in our VW Beetle (its kind of cute!)
Next up is our evening at Disney Springs!