And…we’re off! By the time many of you read this post, we’ll be in glorious Walt Disney World®. It really didn’t hit home until we received our Magic Bands in the mail, and shortly thereafter, our packet of goodies from Coleen at Mouse Fan Travel®, including these snazzy luggage tags (one shown).
To prep, we, like most of you, watched Disney movies in the weeks leading up to our trip. We watched the Disney Vacation Planning DVD’s (even though we know where we are going and what we are doing), and listened to Lou’s podcasts in our cars on our way to work each day. Show #337 – “Get the Most Out of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” – was of particular interest to us as we are going to that for the first time this year. We can’t remember the last time we dressed up for Halloween and went Trick-or-Treating.
Since our last trip, two years ago, so much has changed:
We enjoyed doing the online check-in (we never did that before), but we disliked having to book FastPass+ selections in advance. We understood the point but felt like it took a lot of spontaneity out of the trip.
The verdict is still out on the Magic Bands. I guess we won’t know until we try them. We don’t like the idea of having a piece of plastic strapped to your wrist in the hot heat (not to mention the farmer’s tan you’ll get), but we do like the convenience of just swiping instead of fiddling with cards. Gotta love technology.
We LOVE taking advantage of the discounted resort rooms too, but did not like the fact that Disney’s Art of Animation Resort was excluded from that deal. We get it…they are mainly family suites, but when we went on our last trip, our honeymoon, it had just opened the week prior, and we stayed there and thought it was awesome! Would have loved to have stayed there again this time.
That being said, we also have our list of “must do’s” and “must eats” thanks to all the advice we learned from Lou. Among the many items are: trying School Bread, Tonga Toast, Waffle Fries, and a Kakigori; going to free hula lessons at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and trying to meet the greeter at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (We saw this gentleman on a DVD. He was so cute that we had to put him on our list); seeing the Electric Water Pageant on the Seven Sea’s Lagoon, renting a surrey bike, and going to Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian round off that list. Show #374 solidified that one for us. When we heard Lou and his family gushing over the food, there was no way we were coming home without going there to eat.
(Photo from the authors’ personal collection.)
So, we wanted to ask you…is there anything on our list of “must do’s” and “must eats” that you have tried? Is there anything we left off?
“New Yorkas” Felicia and Sean are avid Disney fans. Their first vacation as a couple was in Walt Disney World®. They were engaged there, and also honeymooned there. After a combined 30 trips to the World, they are self-professed Disney travel agents and enjoy helping family and friends plan magical Disney vacations.