First Solo Trip- Pending Sept 2021 or 2022!

fabledtongues

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Hello! This is my first Pre Trip Report and I really have no idea what I'm doing, but I have been reading around this sub for a while and figured I'd give it a try.

So, sad times ahead. This year has been the worst year of my life thus far. I lost my job in March, and subsequently had to cancel my trip in September of this year to conserve money. (But I would have cancelled anyway because there's no way I'm going during all of this.) After that, personal issues of a greater magnitude hit me, and since then I have been struggling with depression pretty badly since March. It's still an ongoing battle, but I try and keep my mood up any way I can. This mostly means watching Disney vlogs (my favorites are Tim Tracker and Jade Billington) and watching lots of Disney+. This also means planning trips that are a year or even two years in the future lol.

But, pity party over. You're not here for that. (hopefully someone reads this? lol)

A little bit about me since I'm new here.

My name is Meagan. I'm 24. I have been to Disney World 6 times (I could've sworn it was 7 but apparently I've been miscounting for years! All my trips have kind of run together lol). This September would have been my 7th time. I am very passionate about Disney, and would absolutely love to work for the company in some aspect one day. My other interests includes dogs (I have 2) and Japan. It's a dream of mine to live in Japan one day.

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My favorite characters are obviously Chip and Dale. I love them so much I got them tattooed on my body for the rest of my life! 🐿 🐿

I am a pretty big perfectionist, and I meticulously plan every single trip I take, anywhere I go. I try not to burden myself too heavily though, because I do love the spontaneity of being in the parks!

My last trip to Disney was in 2017 and it definitely wasn't the best trip I've ever had. So I'm definitely hoping to make up for it with a solo trip!

I have always gone to Disney with other people, but I am very much an independent person who loves to be alone, and I'm absolutely psyched to take the trip of my dreams by myself.

We've always gone for a short time too (usually 6 days in the parks) but my trip is going to be a whopping 11 days and 10 nights with 8 park days! To say I'm excited is kind of an understatement lol.

So I hope you stick around for my planning thread! I'm not too sure how I'll fill it yet but I'm excited to document my process along the way!
 

fabledtongues

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🐿 Table of Contents🐿
  • Snacks​
  • Souvenirs Must Buy's​
  • Day 1​
  • Day 2​
  • Day 3​
  • Day 4​
  • Day 5​
  • Day 6​
  • Day 7​
  • Day 8​
  • Day 9​
  • Day 10​
  • Day 11​
 
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fabledtongues

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Basic Itinerary!

So this trip is dependent on a few things. It has to be in September because I have to go to MNSSHP. Non negotiable. Also, Food & Wine is my favorite. I will also not be going back until a vaccine for this horrible virus is widely available. Will not be getting into convos about that either! Just my personal preference. I want to experience Disney how I know it, now how it is right now. And I won't be compromising my health or the health of others just to get my Disney fix.

Anyway! Here are my list of possible dates!

2021
September! Saturday-Tuesday (11 days, 10 nights) (For privacy I won't be giving out exact dates!)
** All Park Days subject to change based on hours/EMH or other conditions!
  • Day 1 (Sat): Travel Day/Disney Springs
  • Day 2 (Sun): Magic Kingdom
  • Day 3 (Mon): Hollywood Studios
  • Day 4 (Tues): Magic Kingdom/MNSSHP
  • Day 5 (Wed): Epcot
  • Day 6 (Thurs): Hollywood Studios
  • Day 7 (Fri): Rest Day/Resort Hopping/Disney Springs
  • Day 8 (Sat): Animal Kingdom
  • Day 9 (Sun): Magic Kingdom
  • Day 10 (Mon): Epcot
  • Day 11 (Tues): Disney Springs/Travel Home
2022
Pretty much the same itinerary as the past one, just a year ahead! Same days (Saturday-Tuesday)

Hotel:
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I will be staying at POP Century Resort! I love POP Century, I've stayed there a few times. For me, I don't need a super fancy place to stay, as I really only use the room for sleep and getting ready! And to be honest, I love being in the Disney bubble as much as possible. That includes being immersed in the childlike whimsy everywhere I go, even my resort. So that's why I prefer the values over the more modern and less Disney-themed moderates and deluxes (but I would LOVE to stay at POFQ one day... I will keep dreaming.) Another reason I have for staying at POP this time around is I want to experience the skyliner! Also, having access to two resorts' gift shops and food courts also appeals to me. So, POP it is!

I will be staying in a preferred pool room, cause gosh darnit every other vacation I have been on we have been sooooooo far away from literally everything. So I'm going to splurge a little bit and be close to the lobby.

Travel:
Since I live in Oklahoma, and I have been dragged along in driving 20 hours to Florida for the past few trips, I am not doing that again lol.

I will definitely be flying. I want to get a flight out as early as possible (hoping for a 5am flight time) to get to MCO at 11am! I will have to layover at DFW as always, which doesn't bother me because I love DFW.

After, I will take DME to the resort and pretty much rely on Disney transportation from then on out, which I love! The buses can be a hassle sometimes but I've never had any huge issues with them (knocks on wood). I will also be taking a minnie van to some locations throughout my trip.
 
  • fabledtongues

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    Dining

    So, usually we always do the quick service dining plan. But this solo trip I am kind of splurging on myself with some table service meals. The quick service and the table service would leave me with extra meals that I don't want, and I snack like crazy, so 2 per day isn't enough. Plus, after calculating the cost, it would be cheaper for me to just pay out of pocket for all of my dining.

    The only way this would change is if the quick service dp is free when I go, then I'll snatch it up, and use my extra qs credits for snacks probably.

    So onward to the meals I plan on having!

    ADR's- Table Service
    • Chef Art's Homecomin': I'm psyched to eat here. I love southern food and I love fried chicken. This will be dinner on my first day.
    • 50's Prime Time Diner: I love 50's prime time. I know a lot of people don't but I love their meatloaf. I'll probably eat at the bar or lounge for lunch simply because I don't want to take up table space here on my own and I don't really care for the playful service. I get embarassed pretty easily lol. So I'll probably just grab a seat at the bar and grab a meal.
    • Sanaa Lounge: This one I'm still not entirely sure about. I really want to try the bread service that everyone raves about, but I'm afraid I won't like it. I think I'll just sit at the bar for this one as well. I've also never been to AKL so this could be a good chance to see it at dinner time.
    • Oga's Cantina: Mainly want to do this for the experience. After dinner drinks sounds nice to me immersed in Star Wars.
    • Raglan Road: Irish food... so good. On my rest day on Friday, I plan on going to Disney Springs for the evening and having a meal at Raglan Road. I want to try that bread pudding so bad.
    • BOMA breakfast: I wanted to do a buffet for breakfast and was thinking about Crystal Palace, but didn't really want the character interactions (I'm really awkward with characters lol) and wanted something other than typical buffet fare. I've watched videos of BOMA breakfast and it seems like it has a fair amount of typical breakfast food plus some more exoctic faire. So I'll be doing this on the morning of my Animal Kingdom day!
    • Afternoon Tea @ the Grand Floridian: I just love this. It's kind of a tradition for me. It might be a little sad doing it on my own, but I have to go back. I'm doing this the morning before my last MK day.
    Quick Service
    I don't really want to tie myself down to specific quick services every single day, because I like to just eat whatever I feel like eating. But there are a few I really want to try.
    • Docking Bay 7: I really want to try the breakfast platter from here and the moof juice. I also want to try the yip tip for lunch.
    • Casey's Corner: Can you believe I've never had Casey's corndog nuggets? Blasephemy. Must do this trip.
    • Ronto Roasters: Gotta try a Ronto Roaster. They look delicious.
    • Yorkshire County Fish Shop: I've had bites off my parent's plates when they've eaten here, but I want to get my own fish and chips!
    • Captain Cook's and Pineapple Linai: On my resort hopping day, I want to stop by the Polynesian for lunch and to get a dole whip with rum. Mmm.
    • Satuli Canteen: I've had a bowl from Satuli, and while delicious, I reallllly want to try the cheeseburger pods.
    • Pecos Bill's: Never actually eaten here. Want to give it a try.
    • Les Halles Patisserie: I want to eat here as much as possible. I had that macaron last trip and I just want to eat all the french treats.
    • Blaze Pizza: This might change but I'm thinking Blaze for lunch before I fly back home would make a nice last meal.

    I think that's it for dining! I'm a huge foodie so food will be a HUGE part of this trip. I wanted to treat myself with more table services than we usually do just to try things I've never had before!
     
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    huggybuff

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    First off, I love your tattoo of Chip and Dale! They are my favs too, as you might guess from my avatar. I've done 3 solo trips to WDW and had a great time. I'm a huge foodie as well and I can vouch for a few of your choices.

    Chef Art's Homecomin': I'm psyched to eat here. I love southern food and I love fried chicken. This will be dinner on my first day.
    I cannot wait to go back. I loved it although I can't remember what I ate even after looking at the menu. But this was over 3 years ago, so... I do remember being too full for dessert which was disappointing since I wanted to try that famous hummingbird cake!


    Raglan Road: Irish food... so good. On my rest day on Friday, I plan on going to Disney Springs for the evening and having a meal at Raglan Road. I want to try that bread pudding so bad.
    This might be my favorite restaurant at WDW, period. The food, atmosphere and entertainment blow me away every time I go and now it's on my honeymoon itinerary. You will love the bread pudding!


    BOMA breakfast: I wanted to do a buffet for breakfast and was thinking about Crystal Palace, but didn't really want the character interactions (I'm really awkward with characters lol) and wanted something other than typical buffet fare. I've watched videos of BOMA breakfast and it seems like it has a fair amount of typical breakfast food plus some more exoctic faire. So I'll be doing this on the morning of my Animal Kingdom day!
    This is a great buffet option and the food is better than at Crystal Palace. Although I do enjoy CP to start off the day at MK. I love the Pooh characters, what can I say. It's pretty dark inside the Boma area which doesn't feel very breakfasty but that's the only thing I can think of as a negative and it didn't bother me at all.


    Blaze Pizza: This might change but I'm thinking Blaze for lunch before I fly back home would make a nice last meal.
    The pizza is quite good but the thing about Blaze is that it's a chain that is found outside of WDW and unless you don't have access to it in your everyday life, I would choose something else. We have one basically down the street so I wouldn't waste a WDW meal going there. But if you don't have one near you and it really sounds good, then go for it.
     

    fabledtongues

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    The pizza is quite good but the thing about Blaze is that it's a chain that is found outside of WDW and unless you don't have access to it in your everyday life, I would choose something else. We have one basically down the street so I wouldn't waste a WDW meal going there. But if you don't have one near you and it really sounds good, then go for it.
    First off, hello fellow chip and dale lover! I feel like I don't meet enough Chip & Dale fans lol.

    As far as Blaze goes, I'm thinking about switching it to something else, because I am pretty sure I have a Blaze in my area. I think it may be like a 40 min drive from where I live but it's more than accessible. So I might choose a different QS meal for that last day.
     
  • huggybuff

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    First off, hello fellow chip and dale lover! I feel like I don't meet enough Chip & Dale fans lol.
    I was super excited to do the character breakfast at Storyteller's Cafe at the Grand Californian when my avatar pic was taken. I just looked it up and it seems like the theme for the breakfast has changed although Chip and Dale are still featured. Looks like they added Mickey, Minnie and Pluto and did away with the other wildlife characters. They were kind of a mish mash before. Brother Bear and Pocahontas characters wandering around and I couldn't name them if I tried, to be honest. I think people complained about not getting any of the big 5 characters at that breakfast so they changed it. I can't wait to go back again whenever DLand reopens. The food was a bit different because you could order off of the menu or choose to do the buffet. Now it looks like it's buffet only. Oh well, I still want to get my Chip and Dale fix!
     





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