Those that know me know what went down during our trip that literally made us never want to go back- I won't rehash it here- but I will say it broke my heart and I honestly hope this trip will mend those wounds. Disney has this singular trip to prove that they are back to being the place we love- or we will wash our hands of it for our family. Seems dramatic- but it was THAT bad.
I still sent many families to Disney since our trip- but I was always honest about our experience and steered people away until WDW made the changes necessary to be the park that my clients deserve and expect it to be. Some went anyway- most decided to wait. My business suffered, but I refused to not be honest with the people that trust me to give them my honest opinions. However, I am happy to report- according to my most recent clients, the magic has mostly returned to pre-covid levels. We shall see- I certainly hope so. *fingers crossed*
So enough about that- Let's Talk Disney!!!!!
After our 2020 trip- we were each comped a 1 day park hopper ticket & I purchased 3 additional days of park hopper tickets. This is a shorter than usual trip- but we are just testing the water. We will spend a total of 4 days in the parks.
As you may know, I like to add bling to our trips so in addition to our park tickets- and thanks to Disney bringing back my most beloved experience- we will wallow in the magic of AFTER HOURS. The first time I did this was at my Travel Agent training in January of 2019 at Magic Kingdom. It was THE BEST!! (Link here) Sadly, my husband and daughter were not with me so they have yet to experience this.
This year we will attend After Hours at Hollywood Studios AND Epcot. I think that adding these experiences will enhance our shorter than usual trip and allow us to relax a bit regarding riding the most coveted rides at both HS & Epcot.
I like the idea of trying out Disney's new Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes*- but with the addition of After Hours- I won't feel so pressured to stay as on top of it as I would have otherwise. As Genie was not available during our last trip and Disney has since removed the Fastpasses and added this new pay 'fastpass' system, this will be a new for us.
What rides are included in After Hours-
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
- Toy Story Mania!
- and others
- Frozen Ever After
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
- Living with the Land Presented by Chiquita®
- Mission: SPACE
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track Presented by Chevrolet®
- and others
That is all for now- Coming up next is booking dining- which happens mid- April.
*I will detail my experience with the new Genie+ and Lightning Lanes upon return