Hi everyone! Inspired (as always!) by the trip reports of the great @missoverexcited, I am here to document my recent trip to WDW! It was a lot of fun and I hope you’ll enjoy reading about it, and maybe even get some ideas - I know my planning benefited so much from things I learned here and on Lines chat!
I’m TumbleMonkeys (aka Robin), 46 year old wife to Mike (48) and mom to Megan (17) and Josh (14). We live in the DC suburbs of Northern Virginia. Together we’ve been to Disney World five previous times, in 2012, 2016, 2016, 2017, and 2021.
Also traveling with us were my parents (both 75), my sister Amy (43), her husband, and their kids, my nephews DN10 and DN 6, and niece DN8. My parents live in Cincinnati and had not visited Disney World, or any theme park, since 1990! My sister and family live in South Carolina. They’re Universal Orlando passholders, and frequent King’s Island and Carowinds visitors, but their kids had never been to Disney World. Our extended family traditionally spends a week at the beach together every two years. After our 2019 beach trip, we decided we would switch it up and go to Disney World instead of the beach in 2021. I have a friend with a rental house in Emerald Island (which would allow us all to stay together and mimic a lot of what my parents love about the beach trip), and our plans fell into place - but then got derailed at the last minute. The 2021 trip ended up being just my immediate family, and we rescheduled the big trip to the same week in 2022.
This trip included:
2 nights at Universal, staying at Royal Pacific Resort (Amy’s and my families only)
2 day Universal tickets, one park per day
7 nights at Emerald Island resort, near WDW, in a 7 BR rental house
4 day Disney tickets, no park hopper, with Water Park option and pre-purchased Genie Plus
Additional trick up our sleeve:
We booked a one night, onsite stay (3 rooms at Pop Century, since we were a group of 11) spanning our first two Disney park days. While 2021 had almost no disadvantages to being offsite, as our 2022 trip approached, I was worried about missing out on Guardians and FOP ILL without an onsite stay. In actuality, it probably wasn’t necessary for either of these, but it was good peace of mind. This splurge was worth it to me to create a stress-free, “once in a lifetime” trip for the people I love. For those two days, we took some advantage of early entry, and got free parking at the parks.
And one more tip:
I moved our Hollywood Studios day from a Monday to a Sunday after learning that ILL and LL availability are better on the weekends. I was able to snag a Rise ILL (even though this was an offsite day for us), and we got in all the LL rides I had hoped for. Definitely recommend this tip to anyone staying offsite!
More soon! Thanks for following! (That’s me all the way on the right)