Quick Trip Recap, 12/26-1/1. (Did not post realtime - last trip did that and someone followed us, creepy!)
Stayed in highly discounted last minute point rental, 1BR @ BWI. Only opened up week prior from remodel. Very fresh, neutral decor, lots of wasted space with tub bathroom, overall beautiful but seemed a bit like lipstick on pig as walls are still plaster. Nice to have full KT & laundry. Usually stay at Poly on point rental, will probably return due to 2 showers. Great, great, great walking and boat access for busy days to EP/HS. Lots of Skyliner rides for fun, but not fast. Got stuck for 10+ minutes one day. Amazing cast members at BWI. Took MinnieVans 2 mornings to MK EE, went great. Tip - if needing a car seat send in message right away and it goes faster.
Day 1 & 2, mom on phone all the time stressed out finding LL + dinner reservations. 7am barking at kids while trying to get them out door to parks and book everything.
By day 3 settled into rhythm - AM rope drop & touring plan, hotel break for lunch, then back to park for stacked LL, then dinner (or flipped). Mom floats through these days happily.
Day 3 I started using Standby Skipper and it was AMAZING for a parent who wanted to be off phone. Secret, only have it look for 1 at a time. Would wake up to opening slinky dog/safari/navi/peter pan/remy, would find me the next one I wanted while I was riding the ride. We are talking “no remaining” LL. Worked great trying to stay in same vicinity for rides, still did 15k+ steps a day. NYE we did over 10 rides at EP & MK, barely any work from mom. Amazing! Sure this loophole will be closed soon (one GE CM actually deleted them from my friends, ha) MK closed at midnight so every night I would book HM & BTMRR or for 10:30pm-11pm and twice woke up with golden tickets, from Remy and HM, score!
Positive food surprises were Nomad Lounge GF Churros, a skyliner trip to Riviera QS lunch, Giovan the allergy chef at Chef Mickey’s and in a family where everyone has an allergy, having several Epcot booths where we could share items.
Was a very busy time, but felt like there were more cast members, lines, ride lanes, entertainment, characters etc open so we actually moved faster than other times of year?
Prices are outrageous and brutal. I threw $ at LL & MV, due to 3 year old. Saved $ flying on points, eating 2 meals from room on the go, carrying in bottled water & my kids know they get to pick one souvenir each trip (figment & toy skyliner won).
Kid 1 got to ride SDD 8 times due to rider switch & one am giving her all our wristbands. I was thrilled to have LL for parade & cherish those memories. 3 year old loved Olaf, TT & chef Mickey’s. Husband loved no lines (I did not break out separately how much $ that privilege was) and the MinnieVan cast members. We all loved Tron and seeing all the groups of happy friends & families from around the world having fun together. We had big smiles on our faces the whole time, what a magical memory!