We got back from WDW last night after a pretty good week away. The parks were absolutely rammed, which really impacted our trip - especially at Studios. I would have killed to have Genie+ and Lightning Lanes open while we were there. The weather was very hot for October. BW Villas was good, but the current state of housekeeping in Deluxe resorts is terrible.
We arrived Saturday 10/9 with a bit of a delay due to the SWA issues and had a fantastic dinner at Yachtsman that night. Sunday was an Epcot day and we arrived about 20 minutes before the Early Access. There was an issue with the touchpoints, but we got in on time - it did show that if something goes wrong, that half hour is so tight that it could end up being a worthless perk. We hit Frozen first and got a boarding group for the rat ride - we still had to wait about 35 minutes after arriving, which wasn’t great with the queue mostly outdoors. The ride was the same as at DLP. Great meals at Teppan Edo and Space 220.
Monday was a bit of a disaster at Studios. I made the mistake of listening to the kids and rope dropping MMRR, which we were on an off in a few minutes. We then headed to RotR and waited two hours snaking all over backstage. Of course, the ride broke right after the stormtrooper room - we ended up getting Lightning Lane return for later, but it killed the whole morning. Had a great lunch at HBD and afternoon drinks in the Cantina. I think we probably only made it to 4 or 5 rides with the crowds. Miserable, hot day. I’m seriously thinking of just skipping Studios next year.
Tuesday was a great morning at MK, followed by Boo Bash, which was worth every penny for walk-on lines at just about every attraction. We watched the Fireworks and then did JC, Pirates, BTM, SM, HM, SM, Buzz, and People Mover. Also saw a few of the cavalcades and trick or treated. Fantastic. One thing - DO NOT EVER EAT AT CHEF MICKEY. Awful experience. Cold, bad food. Bad character interactions. Very expensive for what you get.
Wednesday was probably my favorite day - Just food and wine with a couple rides and dinner at Chefs de France. Perfect. Thursday was AK morning with FoP and EE and a fantastic lunch at Tiffins, which is still my favorite restaurant in WDW.
Friday was a long, hot crowded day in MK. We still got just about everything done that we wanted and had great meals at Crystal Palace and CRT, but it was a struggle. Closed out the trip with a great breakfast at Topolino’s.