I don’t think people really understand the difference between a “trip” and a “vacation”.
A vacation would be where I sleep in everyday. Have good, no great food, poolside, while working on my tan for seven days straight.
A “trip”, which is what going to Disney World is, is more like a marathon.
I just got back from my third week long “trip” to Orlando. I never once slept past 6am, even on the nights when we got back from the park after midnight and wasn’t in bed till 2am. I need a vacation to recover from my “trip”!
This was however the first time I felt at home there. I knew where everything was, what I was in for, where to go and what to see, without having to check a map.
Our condo, at our resort, is on Disney property. It is only 15 minutes from EVERYTHING! Every park even Sea World and Universal, from the airport and all the Disney parks and Shopping, 1 block from any food store, or eatery, and the tons of discount Disney crap stores, you now the faux stuff. Even when traffic is bad and come 7-8am it gets bad.
The week went like this:
Arrival in Orlando from Atlantic City NJ 10:30pm, bags, rental car, condo check in, Walmart food shopping (ugh yes it was the only thing open at this by now 1am), than back to the condo in bed 2:30am
Day 1 Sunday: Magic Kingdom (do not go to this park on weekends!)
Day 2 Monday: Epcot (wine and food fest, oh the drunks were many)
Day 3 Tuesday: Animal Kingdom (An easy park that can be conquered in one day) Gave in and bought a stroller for my son, nearly 6, he couldn’t take the walking anymore.
Day 4 Wednesday: We call this our “day off” but it really isn’t much of that. Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs) Shopping so much to see, lunch, pool, dinner, bed.
Day 5 Thursday: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, but really we only did Seuss Landing and all the Harry Potter we could. (ps: Im dying to go back without my kids, and totally fan-girl all the Harry Potter, and dress up, ride everything, eat, take tons of pics and live the fantasy there ASAP!)
Day 6 Friday: MGM, now Hollywood Studios. Oh The Tower of Terror! and Pixar, pretty much all we did! But this is a great park, one of the smaller parks, if planned out right, you can do this park in a day as well.
Day 7 Saturday: Checking out early am, late Flight home so back to Magic Kingdom (again don’t do this park on a weekend!)
tried to get a few things we hadn’t or couldn’t do on day one, left 5 hours earlier than needed, we were just too beat! So off to 5 hours at the airport., Home by 10:30pm well really home at 11:30pm after the hour drive from the airport.
My feet hurt and swelled everyday.
I was beyond tired everyday.
The food, well its not bad, but its not good either everyday.
The cost, OMG the cost of everything, everyday.
And still Im dying to go back! Two years till our time share rolls around again seems like a life time. But it takes that long to save to go, and costs only go up. Still I want badly to scoop up my daughter and/or husband who couldn’t go this trip, and go to Harry Potter world for a weekend before that.
I will leave you with some advice, if you’ve never gone before and plan to.
Set the bar low, hell don’t even set it, leave it on the ground. You cant do or see it all, you’ll end up upset, missing things, and frustrated. Large groups make the trip harder. Though the parks are so very accommodating to larger groups, everyone wants to do something different and you end up wasting time trying to figure out what to do, and where to meet. You are going to stand on line half your day. So get fast pass for the 3 things you can (there’s and app for that before you even go!) Pick the things you most want to do or see and do it, everything else well you’ll have to go back, trust me, I’ve been to Magic Kingdom 5 times and have yet to see and do it all.