All the excitement began when we got the school calendar for 2018-2019… I discovered that Rosh Hashanah falls on a Monday and Tuesday (Sunday sunset-Tuesday sunset technically). That meant I could have 3ish days at Disney - and that would “pay off” my AP I upgraded to in February!!
So I started looking! Food and Wine!!! Hooray!!! AND Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?? BONUS!!!
I contacted my TA about a room!!
I think this one started at Port Orleans…I forget which one. But quickly moved to Coronado Springs for a savings. Then a look at my tentative plans and a change to Pop.
Started talking with a friend who I’m going to meet up with for MNSSHP, and ordered a costume - Hermione Granger. I know she’s Universal, but still. I love her!
Started making tentative ADRs…and changing them…and changing them…
Ooh, a discount came out? Let me see… Nope. Still better off where I am.
Go on a cruise to Greece with my friend and we start discussing the fact that MNSSHP is going to be in September. In Orlando. Suddenly my robe-covered costume is not sounding so much fun. I begin thinking of options.
My FP+ day happens to be when I am flying back from Rome…and the WiFi on the plane does not want to get me even to the point where it could take my money and not work. So I’m stuck waiting until we land to get those. Oh well. I didn’t want to go to Toy Story Land anyway. And I guess I’ll just plan to hit Flight of Passage at the end of the day.
And let’s look at rates and availability just to see… OOH! Music is now available at the discounted rate! And it’s less than Pop! Like $60ish less!! That’s a couple of meals worth!! (At least a QS and a buffet!) Contact the TA (again) and get changed.
So… At 54 days out, here are the plans…
9/7 - Fly out of NYC at 9pm, landing scheduled at 11:59…but usually flights from NYC are pretty early. Fingers crossed. Take DME to Music (no luggage worries…it’s a short trip…carry-on will work nicely), stop at the desk to decline mousekeeping, and crash!
9/8 - I GOT PASSHOLDER PLAY TIME!!! I’ll be tired, but my little butt will be at Studios before 7:45 to check in for the 8-9 slot. Do TSL and eat breakfast at Woody’s Lunch Box (though I really with they offered both menus all day…I’ll make do with the seemingly way too sweet S’mores French Toast - which they can do on gluten-free bread!!).
Head to Epcot via the walkway and International Gateway. Work my way round Future World from that direction.
12pm - Spaceship Earth
1pm - Mission Space
2:10pm - Frozen Ever After
Grab a snack or two from F&W booths.
Dinner ADR at Spice Road Table at 8:30. Will this be ok for Illuminations? Or should I go for the 8:15 one?
Back to Music to crash.
Currently have an 8am BOG ADR. Contemplating just grabbing something at Music…but we’ll see. If I keep it, the plan is to head to Peter Pan right at 9 and get in line for that. Not sure if EMM will mess that plan up or not.
9:20 - Cinderella/Elena
10:20 - Rapunzel/Tiana
11:20 - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The plan is to meet up with my friend after this to get lunch. I’ve got an ADR for Skipper Canteen in case she bails or is going to be later. If not, we will probably go either to the Poly or the Contemporary for a QS lunch.
At some point change into our costumes. We both have APs, so we can go in whenever and then just do the check-in for wristbands or whatever they do this year. And get our allergy treat bags - she is diabetic and I am gluten-free and allergic to peanuts.
Oh! Costume!! Hermione is out. I’m now going to be Bounding as Moana!! I got the cutest orange (peachy, but still in the vein) tank-type top (I sadly cannot do tube tops) and tan linen shorts!! I have a small plush Pua who will come with me. I’ll bun my hair on top of my head. Whee!!! Sooooooooo much cooler than those robes would have been!! (And because Moana…that’s where the TR title came from!)
Back to Music to crash after MNSSHP!
9/10… Animal Kingdom
Planning a late-ish start today to get a little rest.
9:00am - Boma “brunch”
Head to Animal Kingdom
11am - Meet Disney Pals
12:45pm - Safaris
3:25pm - Flight of Passage
I’ll plan to hit Na’vi either before of after Flight. (I’ve done them both and love them both, so I don’t have a strong “Must do this one first” feeling like my trip in February where I definitely wanted to do Na’vi first.
Evening is undecided. I may hang out in Animal Kingdom and eat either at Satu’li or Nomad Lounge. Or I may head to Disney Springs and walk around (I’ll make an Open Table reservation somewhere so i can cancel last minute if I want). OR I may head back to Epcot for Illuminations (assuming it’s still going on in September…if so, I’m really leaning towards this plan to get my probable last viewing in since everything I’m hearing seems to point towards “See it while you can…” - or if it’s not and I love what they have in its place when I see it on Saturday night…)
9/11 - Tragical Express around 6:30am to get back to NYC so I’m set for school on Wednesday.
So… It’ll be a whirlwind trip, but I’m super excited!!