This is basically one of those threads that’s me thinking aloud for my own sake.
I read somewhere that addictions are so deeply hardwired into your brain that you can never fully free yourself of them.
I’m pretty satisfied that I’m addicted to WDW, so I shouldn’t be surprised that it was so easy (a) to decide to recommit to visit in October, then (b) think about nothing else since I made that decision.
Yet there is something almost abusive in the character of the relationship and it makes my emotions about WDW feel all over the place.
I just watched the Disney Food Blog video about the re-opening of HS and EP. It reconfirmed my decision that I would be picking only two of the four WDW parks to visit in October (I’m staying at UOR) and they wouldn’t be HS or EP. HS is far too busy and popular, and EP feels like a disaster area, and not just FW, but WS as well.
That initially gave me some much-loved certainty. But of course there is none in this new, modern world. Things may be completely different in October. Hell, the parks may not even be open. I may not be able to travel to the US. Virgin Atlantic has been cancelling flights as late as 30th September, according to reports I’ve read online.
I loathe uncertainty. So much so that I prematurely cancelled my June trip (thereby losing money unnecessarily) just to have the certainty that I wasn’t going. I’m not going to cancel my October trip, and not just because I’d lose a big chunk of non-refundable sunk cost. Since the trip is UOR-based, and UOR seems to be operating much more recognisably, I can get my certainty fix from them.
But right now, I’m even thinking that I might cut WDW out of the October deal altogether. I’m staying at a beautiful resort with walking access to two great theme parks and one great water park. And City Walk. And a bunch of hotels to go visit. Surely that can keep me busy and entertained for six nights?
Yet being in Orlando and not visiting WDW? That would feel weird, surely? I mean it’s right there!
So I think I’m going to end up going to MK somehow. I mean, you know, Main Street. And the (wrongly coloured) Castle. And People Mover. (Seriously, Disney? You think you can get it fixed by October? Hmm? It can’t be that hard.) That’s all I need.
Right now it really feels like that is all I need. I mean, short of death or the complete overthrow of the current world order (not impossible) it’s not like I’m never coming back ever again. MMRR will have to wait. Hell, it may not even have to wait that long. I’m already looking at an April 2021 trip.
Not that I’m going to book any more trips now. It’s all just too uncertain. I don’t like WDW’s UK booking terms and conditions. And I don’t trust Virgin Atlantic with my money any more.
(Talking of airlines, both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have retired their 747 fleets. End of an era. I loved that plane. That in itself makes me sad.)
Yeah, the idea of a relaxing, very slow-paced UOR trip in October seems nice. I’ll just dip my beak in WDW. Just check in with it. Say hello. See how it’s doing. And then promise I’ll be back. Maybe real soon.