I got home from my 6 day 5 night trip to Disney World in Orlando a few hours ago. I was there with The Wife, The Boy and both grandmothers (they had a separate but adjoining room), and we met another couple and their two kids down there. Our itinerary was pretty packed and very well planned by The Wife. By the time we settled down the first day it was 1 or 2pm, so we just hung out at the pool (we stayed at Riverside New Orleans, a Disney resort). The second day started bright and early when we hit Magic Kingdom ALL DAY. Our third day we split the time between Hollywood Studios in the morning, and Epcot in the afternoon (into the night). Our fourth day (Friday) was spent at animal kingdom with a luau dinner that night. The Fifth day was another bright and early day at Magic Kingdom then back to the hotel for lunch and then back to Magic Kingdom for some rides and the light parade. Our sixth and last day was mainly just a morning which we spent at the pool with my cousins who drove up from Tampa Bay. Told you it was packed!
While there I had some mostly unrelated thoughts that I wanted to preserve:
- First and foremost, The Wife plans an awesome vacation.
- While I had an amazing time it was no where near relaxing and it took me a day or two to adjust to what my definition of a a “vacation” is/may be in the future
- The boy cared much more about meeting the characters than the rides. I thought this was a very interesting discovery
- Watching the pure joy in his eyes was completely amazing
- My least favorite park was Magic Kingdom
- For someone who likes to see everything (like I do) a half day at any of these parks is just not enough time. I am very bummed I didn’t really get to explore Epcot and Disney Studios like I wanted to
- With regards to running a theme park/resort Disney has it down to a science!
- If you are thinking about the meal plan…completely worth it if you are smart about it! I don’t want to bore those that aren’t familiar with the plan, but I had X amount of snacks, X table services and X quick service meals. A snack could be a banana or it could be a $8 cake pop from the main street confectionery. That inefficiency is found at every meal.
- The amount of pure crap that people bought without regard is amazing
- There are obvious pros and cons of traveling with other people whether they be friends or family
- I am not sure it’ll ever happen with a set amount of time in a place like disney but I would have liked a little bit more down time at the pool. I talked to The Wife about this and we both agreed we would have just fit in another park or allow more time at a full park.
- I am lucky to have a wife that loves planning larger than average vacations (and is responsible enough for me not to have to worry about anything)
I am sure I will continue to add to this list throughout the week as I think back on my experience (and I get some sleep)
I knew I would come back to this list:
- I am not sure why people without small children would find themselves in Magic Kingdom. The rides are eh in terms of excitement. The other parks make sense to me to visit if you don’t have kids with you.
- Walking around Epcot and Animal Kingdom I was shocked to see people buying ethnic gifts. That rug you got from “Africa” in Animal Kingdom is not really from your trip to Africa! Just seems silly.