4 Generations=1 Crazy Week...and all the matching shirts

mickey520

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Ok, so I've never done a trip report like this, and hadn't really been planning on it...but I've been home for two days and can't stop refreshing the Dis site so I figured I could write some things down.

I guess I'll start with our cast of characters for this trip.

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I'm on the right - the planner and narrator of this journey. A work conference brought about our first WDW trip three years ago and the same conference brought us back this year. DS7 loves thrills but gets a bit nervous in lines. DD4 is a daredevil and will ride anything. DW is less adventurous these days but is definitely a rope-drop to fireworks person! Also joining us on this trip were my parents, my brother, and the birthday girl, my 93 year old grandmother.

Our trip was January 25 through February 2 and we stayed at the Yacht Club.

Great Grandma had always dreamed of visiting Epcot, so this was a bucket list trip for her. It was also the first time for my dad and brother.

Day One

We all got into MCO around 3pm, hopped on the ME to YC, and ambitiously ventured to DHS that evening. At the gate we had our first epic meltdown of the trip. DS had somehow lost his prized Captain America magic band somewhere between YC and DHS. The CM were wonderful and got him set up with a card and we were on our way, but DS was pretty upset. Spoiler: miraculously, we would get a message later on the trip that someone turned the band in to guest services at DHS and we were able to get it back!

We rode TSM, met some characters and got great grandma on Millennium Falcon! Capped it off by riding the skyliner back to Epcot, almost timed it perfectly to see the fireworks on the ride, but ended up "landing" in epcot as the first ones shot off.

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Still to come: more matching shirts, 4 parks in one day, reaching ninja status in fastpass refreshing, ROTR (X3), and more!!!
 

heaven2dc

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What a fun family trip! So glad some kind person turned in your son's lost Magic Band pixiedust: I love that Great-grandma rode Millennium Falcon - that is awesome!!
 

rkstocke5609

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I can’t wait to hear if Great Grandma makes 4 parks in one day! I’ve been on many trips but never felt the urge to do that!
 
  • mickey520

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    Day Two: Epic Magic Kingdom Day

    Ok, so day two was spent, open to close, at Magic Kingdom. We didn't get as early of a start as I wanted, but we got there a couple minutes after 9am. First up was the iconic castle photos.

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    Then it was on our way to our first FP on Buzz Lightyear. We followed that up with a couple rides on Space Mountain (we took advantage of rider-swap a ton on this trip between DD4 being under 44" and GG93 being, well, 93).

    We had been to WDW over this same week three years ago, and as everyone else says...it's way busier these days! We were armed with some good fastpasses and spent a fair amount of time refreshing our app, and we were still able to accomplish everything we wanted to with relatively short waits. On this day, I think we may have waited in one or two standby lines.

    One of the unexpected highlights was GG riding the carousel. She was an avid horseback rider until her horse spooked and bucked her off probably 20 years ago, she had some pretty serious injuries and has greatly missed riding ever since. She had a bigger grin on her face than most of the toddlers around her on this ride!

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    Our MK day ended with grabbing a great, last-minute spot for the fireworks at Casey's. The high-top tables closest to Crystal Palace made for great firework viewing without having to wait, or be crammed in with thousands of our closest friends. We mobile ordered some dinner on our walk from Pirates, grabbed the food and walked to our table as the first projections appeared!

    Earlier in the afternoon we got the notification that someone turned in my DS's missing magic band at DHS. So after the fireworks, me, DW and my brother took a bus to DHS, while the rest of the crew went back to the hotel. DW grabbed the magic band while me and my brother hopped on TOT, then we all three rode RNRC twice before closing.

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    Next up is AK, also known as the day that got away from us!
     

    KsGiGi

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    Sounds like a fun trip! Happy birthday to your Grandmother. I know y'all made memories you will always cherish.
     
  • mickey520

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    Day Three: The Day that Got Away

    So I had done a TON of planning prior to this trip. Touring Plans. Stalking this site more than is probably socially acceptable. Podcasts. So MANY podcasts! I felt really prepared. This was the day that went least to plan.

    Our crew talked a big game about waking up early and rope dropping Flight of Passage. (Our crew=Me). Slept through my alarm. Slept through my brothers texts asking if I was up. And DS, brother and I ended up leaving for the park at 8 (this was an 8am EMH day). We got to the park and rode Dinosaur and the Safari. Then we walked through the Gorilla Falls Trail.

    The rest of the crew met up with us at around 10:30am for FP on Navi and the Safari.

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    The highlight of the day was a spectacular late lunch at Tusker House. The food was great, but the experience was absolutely MADE by our wonderful waiter Neil. He took extra great care of the birthday girl. And made the kids' day when he brought us to-go cups at the end of our meal and told the kiddos to go fill them with desserts for the rest of the day.

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    Next came one of the funniest "parents can relate" stories of the trip. We had a morning FP for Everest, but the ride was down, so we used our anytime FP after lunch. DS7 gets pretty nervous in lines for thrill rides, but as soon as he gets on he loves it and wants to go over and over. However, when we were in line for Everest he was especially squirmy. We get to the front and get assigned our rows. He was going to ride with my mom. Just as we're going to get on he runs over and says he can't do it. I step back and kneel down to reassure him that it's fine to not go. I said "It's okay to be scared, you don't have to do it" and he very confidently looks back at me and says "I'm not scared dad. I just have to poop". I start cracking up. The CM laughs and points us to the closest bathroom and tells us to come back to the gate when he's done and she'll get us on. (I'm sure he's glad this story will live on forever on the internet!)

    Now, this is about the time I realized the day's plans had gone off the rails. Our initial plans had us leaving AK at around 4pm with options for pool time or park hopping. However, it was 3pm and we were getting on the train out to Planet Watch. Now, I didn't have visiting a petting zoo high on my WDW to-do list, but we actually had a ton of fun. The whole crew did the animation experience with some pretty good results. DS7 loved it and took a photo with the instructor after the session - and we ended up leaving with the instructor's drawing as a memento.

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    With any hope of park hopping gone, we decided to check one more thing off the list and go watch the Festival of the Lion King. This was a highlight of our trip 3 years ago and it did not disappoint!

    After the show we made our way back to the hotel and had cake for GG's birthday!

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    mickey520

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    Day Four: Rise of the Resistance!!

    Day four was our first ROTR day. Shockingly, everyone minus grandma and great grandma) were out the door at 5:55. We ended up walking from YC to DHS and made it to bag check by 6:15. Huge credit to these boards for the "stay right" mantra. Our group split up since my brother and dad didn't have bags. Due to some poor communication, they didn't get the stay right memo and we got split up. Even after going through bag check with a 7 year old, 4 year old and a stroller, we got into the park a solid 5 minutes before the others. We went straight for the line for SDD.

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    We weren't too far back. But boy were we stressed. I had spent months reading these boards and since day one I've been following the ROTR boards in preparation for this very moment! At exactly 7:00, the four adults in the group were refreshing as quickly as we could. My wife was the first one through and we got boarding group 43! We were pretty happy with that and it made for a nice morning.

    We hit SDD, met the yin and yang of outerspace...Darth Vader and Buzz Lightyear. Then we went back to hang out in Batuu for a bit until our BG was called. DD4 was playing on the cases near the cast doors when she took a pretty good tumble. She screamed pretty loud and was inconsolable for about 45 seconds. This created a little Disney magic when Vi, Finn and Chewbacca came over to make sure she was okay. Not only did this immediately fix her injury, but Chewy is also her new best friend!

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    Our boarding group was called at around 10:15am, and no spoilers here, but the ride was amazing! Our group ran the spectrum of people who visit Disney - I'm probably the biggest Star Wars fan of the bunch. My dad has probably seen one of the original trilogy movies, my 4 year old couldn't name a Star Wars character before this trip. And all of us were amazed by the experience. It may seem strange, but the whole high-pressure experience of joining a boarding group, and the conversations it ignited with other park-goers around us, was also kinda fun!

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    We wrapped up our day at DHS around 3pm, took the boat back to YC and had a fun lunch at Beaches and Cream. Lunch ended with another birthday celebration Kitchen Sink style!

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    We did a quick wardrobe change (remember...ALL the matching shirts) and spent the evening at Epcot. We took a ride on spaceship earth, spent way too long at the Seas, and took a walk through a post-fireworks and nearly empty World Showcase.

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    mickey520

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    Day Five: "Rest Day"

    Alright, our family doesn't DO rest days. But this one was a little more laid back than the rest. I had a work event all day Wednesday and half of Thursday, so the rest of the crew took a little bit of down time. I had to be out the door by 8, my event was right on property at the YC. The kiddos and DW went on a Disney Transportation Adventure over to the GF for the Mad Hatter Tea Party...DW underestimated the amount of time it would take her to get there so they ended up in a Lyft after realizing they weren't going to make it using Disney transport. The kids loved it. My son wasn't sure how he was going to feel about it but they had a blast. They painted these really cute tea sets and had some fun character interactions.

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    My conference hit the jackpot on snacks - pretzels, mickey bars and snickers. Overall, not too bad of a day!

    Since I was out most of the day, and DD had to wear her Anna dress, the matching shirt crew was a little bit smaller.

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    I met up with the rest of the family in Epcot for a ride on Soarin' and a quick meet & greet with Anna and Elsa.

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    Then DW and I headed a dinner in the America Pavilion and a private viewing of the fireworks in Italy with my conference and the rest of the crew went to Mexico for dinner and fireworks viewing. It was raining a little bit which was a bummer because instead of the dessert party being out in Italy, the desserts were inside. But, we still got to enjoy Epcot Forever. The show wasn't as bad as many have been saying. I think it was enjoyable but not a "Spectacular".

    For a "rest day" we sure packed a lot in. :D
     
  • rdkeim

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    Enjoying reading about your family trip! Seems like you're getting a lot done for a group of 8. Hope I'm still able to go to Disney at 93! My DH are going late March and I'm sure hoping to get to ride ROTR. Wondering when it will switch to a FP?
     

    mickey520

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    Enjoying reading about your family trip! Seems like you're getting a lot done for a group of 8. Hope I'm still able to go to Disney at 93! My DH are going late March and I'm sure hoping to get to ride ROTR. Wondering when it will switch to a FP?
    Thanks for following along!

    I was quite impressed with GG's ability to keep up! Although, even at home she keeps a busier social calendar than I do!

    I'd say late March will for sure still be BG for ROTR - it's well worth it, though we were lucky to still have the 7am openings. I've been keeping up with the craziness that's been happening with these 8am openings. Best of luck on your trip!

    I think they'll stick with BG until after the summer. But in my opinion they need to change something, whether it's the opening time or something else about the process - at least get back to a point where backup BGs are still available around an hour after opening. That seems much more reasonable to me!
     

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