- Mar 26, 2017
This time last week I was resting up in our room at Pop Century, getting ready to attend Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios and cap off our 7 days of Disney fun. Fast forward a week and here I am, trying to ignore my still not completely unpacked suitcase as I patiently wait for MDE to download all of my photopass photos as I begin my trip report
Before we get to all the fun and festivities, let me give you a clifnotes version of the who, what, when, where and why of how this trip came to be!
WhoThis trip was a sister's trip. So, the cast of characters consists of me (23) and my sister (19). Here's a pic from our last trip in May/June 2017 to get you acquainted- I'm the one on the left!
My sister is a sophomore at ASU- I work in marketing. We both hail from the sunny state of AZ and grew up going to Disneyland. But after our last trip to WDW, we were both bit by the east coast Disney bug and couldn't wait to go back! Which brings me to....
Planning for this trip began as so many others do.... With a trip to Disney's website to price out a "what if?" scenario. I knew I wanted 7 park days, and after some deliberation, narrowed down the dates to coincide with my sister's spring break. I was also weighing a November trip around my birthday (the 21st) or a Christmas time trip- we went to Disneyland around Christmas a few times and they're some of my favorite memories. But, at the end of the day I decided it was more important to get one more trip in before the Galaxy's Edge crowds descended!
A few clicks later, and there we were:
A few clicks later, and there we were:
Note that I ended up cancelling the booking through Disney and booking through a TA instead a few days later.... But, seeing that fun Mickey screen pop up still made me very excited!
This trip was a 7-park day extravaganza from 3/2-3/10. We arrived at about 4 pm on the 2nd and left early on the 10th. Thankfully I had the foresight to book the 11th off of work, because I definitely needed a day to decompress before rejoining the "real world"
The hotel: Pop Century, 90's section
Other resorts visited: Sarasota Springs (took a bus there from the parks to walk to Disney Springs) and Wilderness Lodge (visited for Storybook Dining).
The parks: All 4! No water parks this time around though. And a few trips to Disney Springs!
The transportation: Mainly relied on Disney buses with a few Ubers thrown in for good measure. And of course, DME to and from the airport- 4 and a half hours each way from PHX to MCO!
After our trip in 2017, we didn't have any concrete plans for a return. I was just starting my job and my sister was just starting college, so real life got in the way and Disney was left on the backburner. Plus, 2018 was a year of major, major challenges, so Disney was the furthest thing on my mind for a while.
After losing most of the sight in my right eye, I was diagnosed with MS in February of 2018. It was earth-shattering, and completely changed the course of my life- thankfully though, my vision came back after about 3 weeks. With my future mobility and health in question, I wasn't really thinking about Disney. After months of navigating yellow tape and headache-inducing back and forth with my insurance company, I started on one of the best drugs on the market and kept up diligently with regular MRIs and visits with my neurologist. One year later, I'm still on my feet, and still (generally) functioning just like everybody else. Coming from how hopeless I felt then, it's amazing how things have turned out.
By August 2018 I was feeling less doom and gloom and slowly feeling more comfortable with making plans for the future and doing the things I loved. It was then that I decided that I wanted to go back to Disney. So, the wheels in my head started turning and I concocted a plan for my sister and I to make the journey. I'm more of a planner, and she's more "roll with the punches", so it worked out that I'd handle figuring everything out and she'd just show up to have a great time.
It ended up being an amazing trip- as you'll see from this report! So, if I haven't bored you yet, stay tuned for more as I attempt to starve off my post Disney-depression by sharing my trip with my DIS fam!
Next up: More fun pre-trip data and our arrival day!