After months of uncertainty and bad luck, we finally confirmed our DVC rental for October 4-10. Before getting to the fun stuff, here’s a look at some of our abysmal luck:
- April 26-May 2 Beach Club Villas DS2 first trip- CANCELLED, thanks pandemic
- July 5-12- Covid will be over, right?!- CANCELLED
- Late August WDW/UOR big family trip- CANCELLED, Covid too bad in FL
- Multiple September trips- CANCELLED, poor kitty had an Iris Melanoma and had to have an enucleation, then we had to wait for pathology report. Kitty’s prognosis is good and we booked WDW trip.
DH, DS3, and I are headed to AKL Kidani Savanna view. We’re fine with the limited dining options there/nearby and plan on early evenings. Hooray for normal bedtime for our little guy and wine on the balcony. We’ll be driving, about 12 hours, we’ve done this many times before. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever flown to MCO for Disney specifically The drive is by no means fun and Disney World is the only reason I will ever drive that distance!
I’ve made plans, but don’t plan on sticking to them rigidly, it’s really up to DS and what he likes and wants to do. We plan on avoiding indoor eating, and really any TS. We’re trying to eat at various places around the World a lot and see resorts we haven’t stayed at yet.
Monday- Magic Kingdom, breakfast at Captain Cook’s (really want that Tonga toast!) and then taking the ferry to MK. Lots of snacks and probably Pinocchio Village Haus for lunch. Hoping to get to Geyser Point for dinner.
Tuesday- Animal Kingdom, hoping to do to-go at Sanaa for breakfast, otherwise we’ll eat in the park. Lunch at Flame Tree- so excited to try this! For dinner we’ll head to Disney Springs and wander around.
Wednesday- Epcot, we may cancel this day and do a repeat at MK or AK, there just doesn’t seem to be a lot to do other than eat and shop which DH and I are both fine with and we love Epcot, but I just don’t know if it justifies a ticket. If we do EP, we’ll grab breakfast at Contempo Cafe so DS can watch the Monorail and then head over to the park. We’ll obviously eat and drink around World Showcase and get dinner in Mexico as the park is closing so we can see some lights after dark.
Thursday- Resort day, possibly resort hopping for breakfast depending on the Sanaa to-go situation. Dinner at Homecomin’ and maybe Fantasia Gardens
Friday- MK again (assuming DS loves it as much as I think he will). Sleepy Hollow for breakfast, although I’ve seen reports of really long lines recently. Lunch at either Pecos Bill or Cosmic Rays. After the park closes we’ll head to the Boardwalk for Pizza Window and Beaches n’ Cream to go. That should be a great ending to our week.
As a note, we decided against HS. I haven’t been since it was MGM! I cannot wait to see TSL and GE, but it just doesn’t look enjoyable with current crowd levels and there definitely doesn’t seem to be enough there to warrant a ticket (IMO).
Trying to think if I’ve missed anything in planning. I can’t believe it’s finally happening! Guess there’s still time for something to go wrong As far as Covid, we’ve been extremely careful at home and plan to continue at WDW. DH and I have talked and have no problem skipping out on things that don’t feel safe. Pretty much the whole trip was already a sunk cost and this is really our last opportunity to go in the next couple of years, so who knows if we would’ve been able to use our DVC credit before it expires. Mainly, we just really want some sense of normalcy and fun for DS. We live near a Cedar Fair park and Busch Gardens and neither opened this summer and it’s all he talked about. Luckily he doesn’t know what he’s “missing” at Disney with the limited offerings right now and I know he’s going to have a blast.
Can’t wait to update on our trip and hope you guys enjoy following along! Let me know if I’m missing anything or you have any experiences to share.