I named my trip report after my favorite western because even though this was a good trip, there were some bad and ugly parts. First, the basics: 6 adults, 3 kids, ages 14, 9, and 7. My family (2 adults, the 14 and 7-year-old), my parents, my sister, my new brother-in-law, and my nephew (the 9-year-old). My family and parents came from Washington state, and my sister’s family came from Southern California. We were in Florida for a week. We stayed in a rental property about 20 minutes from WDW in Kissimmee. We did one day in each park. I’ve never written a trip report before, so I’m unsure how much detail to include. Still, I can fill in more information in the comments if people are interested. Unlike the western title, I’m going to start with the ugly and end with the good because I want to end on a positive note.
The Ugly: Covid and rental car fiasco.
The worst part of the trip was that we all came home and tested positive for Covid. Another issue was that my dad had rented a passenger van so we could all drive together. When we arrived at the airport, passenger vans were not available. They suggested we check in Orlando when we got there. They offered us an Expedition, but we would still be one seat short. Because of crazy flight prices, my parents and I had to fly into Tampa and meet my sister in Orlando. Once my dad contacted customer service in Orlando, they still didn’t have his passenger van. When he asked if they would give him a second smaller car, they refused and blamed him for taking a car that wouldn’t work for us! This resulted in some of us having to rideshare to and from the parks and everywhere else every day.
The Bad: Poor guest behavior, unhelpful crowd calendar/TP app, homesickness.
We all felt we encountered many rude and poorly behaved guests in the parks. People stopped in the middle of walkways or at the entrances and exits of rides, not listening to CMs, blocking others’ views of shows or fireworks, etc. Many of these behaviors have always been an issue, but we all agreed that it seems much worse now. In planning this trip, I chose these dates based on the crowd calendar, but all our park days were significantly busier. I also found that the Lines app was not very accurate regarding wait times, so I had to rework many of my plans and guess what to do next using the Disney app. On a more personal level, this trip really made me homesick for San Diego and Disneyland. We moved from SD to Washington 7 years ago, and when we lived in SD, we had DLR annual passes and would go about once a month. I love WDW, but I miss my “home” park.
The Good: New rides are unique; going to Disney is always fun!
Despite the bad and the ugly, we did have a fantastic time! We were all blown away by the newest rides: Rise of Resistance, Flight of Passage, and Cosmic Rewind. These are all so creative and offer such unique ride experiences. These aren’t just thrill rides; they offer rich, immersive experiences. We also love that there are so many great table service restaurants at WDW, something DL is definitely lacking. We ate at 50s Prime Time Cafe, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Biergarten. Also, despite the heavier crowds and my plans not working well, we could ride most of the rides and only missed a handful of things.
Thanks for reading! These were just my first initial thoughts when I returned home. I couldn’t post it because shortly after, Covid started kicking my butt, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to respond.