We are home! The 17th thru the 25th was a good trip. Not our best trip, but nonetheless a good one. We are WORN OUT, so I will come back and give a full trip report soon.
Here are some highlights and lowlights:
Disclaimer: Yes, these are just my opinions, and I know many people disagree with me on certain things. So what, it was a great week, just some good and bad things. In many ways our best trip yet, in many ways, not. I will write more when I get a full nights sleep.
- We got to ride everything we wanted to ride. Fastpass is a great tool that Disney really ought to educate people more on. We literally rode everything we wanted with nothing more than a 20 minute wait at the max. But, we saw 2,000 people asking for info on how to use them. Great for us, but Disney should really have some information for users in the parks.
- Pirates League was a blast. My daughter had a great time and we had a neat experience. Now, how can I make my basement like that room?
- Bay Lake Tower is nice, but it is just a nice hotel. It is not a traditional “Disney resort” in any sense. We liked it, and lucked out and got a room on the 16th floor which we loved, but the room was small with little theming, and honestly we are not sure we would go back. I will explain more later.
- Deluxe Dining is a fantastic way to go. We only ate two meals per day, but man it was enough. We did a regular restaurant for breakfast or lunch and a signature for dinner. I had some of the best food this week and gained 10 pounds, but well worth it. Applause to Disney! Some restaurants were so-so, and I will go into that later, but it was truly a great eating experience for the week.
- Disney still has the best employees and most friendly guests/people on earth. Literally some of the nicest people I have ever met, both as guests and employees. Overwhelmingly the positive people far outweigh the negative or rude and I cannot be thankful enough about that. If you ever want to meet fantastic people that are grateful to be in a magical place, go to Disney, have an open mind about new people, and you will never regret it. My daughter got to meet people from at least 20 countries and we loved that she was able to see that not everyone is like here at home. Sure, there are differences in those cultures that cause conflict, but that is part of the magic too that makes this a great planet.
- Disney was CROWDED this week. Did it stop us from getting dinner ressies? No. Did it stop us from riding anything? No. What did it do? Basically it annoyed us. Overwhelmingly I would say a large percentage people there were Brazilian, Argentinean, Spanish, Columbian, and Mexican tour groups. They are entertaining to watch as they are super excited and having fun, but we saw several “flash mobs” where they would take up large areas of space and go into random chants and cheers, especially the Brazilians. Entertaining at the beginning of the week, by the end of the week, we would be annoyed by the space they would block with their fun. I will talk more about this later. By no means am I complaining, it was just a very different Disney experience for us this week crowd wise.
- SCOOTERS ARE EVERYWHERE. Seriously, have we given up the ability to walk as a country? We met a group of people in BLT this year, super friendly older people in their 50’s/60’s. The next day several of them are in the lobby on Disney scooters. I ask one of them “Hey, you got a new scooter today?”. She promptly replied “Yes, we got so tired yesterday from the heat, we figured we would get our money’s worth with the scooters”. Lo and behold they ALL had the scooters. Honestly, I have never seen so many in my life. My Dad had to ride one the last couple of years of his life, so I know they are valid, but man, I have never seen so many in my life… They just make it hard for people walking to get around safely. Disney should seriously consider making a scooter lane on the sidewalks. My foot was run over more than once, my wife’s foot once, and my daughter was bumped repeatedly. When it gets that crowded, they are just overwhelming to navigate around. And this week, certain days were VERY crowded.
- Nothing I can do about this one, but the HEAT. My daughter, 8 years old, actually fainted on our first day from the 107 heat index. Apparently she hadn’t been drinking everything we gave her. Well, she paid for that and we repeatedly filled her with water the rest of the week. Nothing I can do about the heat at all, but was a low. One thing I didn’t like was seeing so many of the brand new-born babies out in that heat. That had to be tough on those children.
- Two bad restaurant/show experiences, and one bad ride/show experience. I will give more info later, but if you ever get table 99 in Hoop Dee Doo, fight to get out of it. If you ever go see Muppet 3d and some guy is yelling with the lines and remarking at full volume about every single character in the film to his daughter sitting in his lap, and despite every individual in the audience shooshing and yourself yelling at him from 2 feet away, do not expect any employee to say anything to him. These things didn’t ruin our trip, but I will write my first complaint letter about Hoop Dee Doo. Will it do any good? I only hope they get rid of that d@$*d table to save someone else the waste of an entertaining view.
Alright, more later, and I will put up some of my wife’s great pics!