The kids and I arrived home at around 1am this morning. Needless to say, we slept in this morning. (I believe the clock said 9:16 when I woke up! I NEVER sleep that late!) Anyway, I have some thoughts that are fresh on my mind from our trip, so I thought I’d get them out before I forget.
On flying . . .
4 hours is certainly better than 18. Especially when you’re anticipating Walt Disney World. While we had barely enough time on our “layovers” to get from point a to point b, I still enjoyed flying and getting there so quickly.
Disney’s Magical Express service was WONDERFUL! It was nice to be picked up at the airport and brought back at the end of the trip. I appreciated that they took care of printing our boarding passes and checking our bag, too (even though it took FOREVER to get the bag checked for the trip home). However, I think that, in the future, we’d likely opt for a rental car.
On Value Resorts . . .
No thank you! Because we are a family of 5, we’ve always had to upgrade to Moderate to accommodate our family. Since we were going one short this trip, I decided to try a Value resort and we were less-than-thrilled. Call us snobs, call us spoiled, I don’t care what you call us. I won’t be staying at a Value resort again. (I’m sure I’ll be sharing more of our experience in a future post.)
On Disney transportation . . .
Because we have always driven in the past, I’m so used to having a car on property and being able to get from one place to another in a fairly reasonable amount of time. Relying on Disney transportation just plain stinks. Now, don’t get me wrong – if it’s all you know, fine! But, when you’re used to driving and being in charge of your schedule, it just doesn’t work! Hence the reason I’ll lean toward a rental car next time we fly.
On traveling without my husband . . .
No disrespect here, but we’re so used to Brian being our pack mule that we were a little frustrated by all that we had to carry! LOL Also, this was our first trip without a stroller. Man, I miss having a place to pile all our goodies.
On traveling in September . . .
We’ve now done Disney in January, February, March, May, and September. May is HOT. September is equally HOT. And did I say MISERABLE? Yep, that too. From now on, we’ll try to stick to traveling when the temperatures here in PA are COLD, so Disney weather is more reasonable.
Hot = Exhausting.
On the Disney Dining Plan . . .
I read mixed reviews and, while I’d never opt to just pay for it as a vacation package add-on, when Disney offers it for “free” I say “go for it!” We love having a nice sit-down (delicious) meal each day and we also enjoy the liberty of snacking and eating quick-service wherever and whenever we want, without having to dish out extra $ to pay for it.
My only “issues” would be the age (9 = adult?! Seriously?) and the fact that I feel like we waste so much food! Disney doesn’t skimp on food, that’s for sure!
So anyway, there you have it. I’ll be posting more about Disney and our trip over the next few days! Stay tuned.