So Disney is slowly drip-feeding announcements as to how things are going to work, much of it negative. Everything we all knew about WDW is now wrong or out-of-date. You now have to make a financial commitment just to have a chance to enter a park.
Meanwhile, UOR is already open and operating and, from the reports I’m reading — they really have their sh*t together.
During the shutdown they carried on with construction and maintenance. They’ve spruced the place up. They’ve got their systems in place for socially-distanced theme park attendance and it seems to be working really well. They’ve sorted out character interactions. Right now, at least, is an awesome time to go.
I honestly don’t know if I’m coming to Orlando in October but, if I am, I’m increasingly comfortable with it being a UOR-only trip. I’m not paying top dollar to Disney for park tickets when I’d only want to be there for a few days and I don’t even know what my chances would be of actually getting a reservation in a park I want to go to on a day I want to go. I did think MNSSHP would be at least a way to see MK, but that’s off. (Good. I want my money back.) And then all the faff with compulsory ADRs? Ugh.
Meanwhile I know I’d be guaranteed entry to UOR because I’m staying on property. Six nights. That’s a lot of UOR time. Good. Take it real slow. Relax and explore every inch of the place. Really take it in and enjoy it. Rainy day? Meh. Go to the movies. (Actually, is that a thing? I don’t know. I’ll watch TV in my room.) I have plenty of time. Miss out on riding Hagrid’s? Meh. I’ll try again tomorrow. And the day after.
Lots of new restaurants to try out — never really done City Walk properly.
The three C’s will determine if I get on the plane: Calvin, COVID and crowds. But right now I feel a lot of love towards UOR but like WDW is a former lover I broke up with a while ago and have kinda moved on from. For now.