Opinion if you can, wait till things fully reopen

disney dumbo

Mouseketeer
Joined
Oct 8, 2002
Leaving today. You are paying full price for less than full price experience. No fireworks, no real parades (an occasional impromptu float/street car/boat with characters), no character interactions, masks make it much hotter, some things closed for refurbishing or covid reasons, took 30 minutes to get coke with ice due to having to order online. If you could get a discount, then fine. But just feels like a different (lessor) experience for the same price and energy.

But, Disney is doing great job making it covid safe. Amazing. Buses have seats separated, love the distance separators in lines, tables spacing, online ordering, etc. Good job Disney during difficult circumstances.

Soooo great if you just need Disney fix and getaway. But warning, it isn't the same.
 

Disbug

DIS Veteran
Joined
Apr 4, 2003
Agreed! That is why (for the most part) I am staying at Disney but going to Universal. USO and IOA are are closer to the original theme park experience. Longer hours. Park hopping. Character selfie spots. Shows. Food has been really decent, as well!
 

eksmama01

Life is happening when busy making other plans
Joined
Oct 2, 2020
Agree. We had a good time, but left a day early. We enjoyed the cavalcades more than the regular parades and liked the castle projections, but everything else was kind of ho hum.
 
  • David G Farr

    I didn't mean to put my real name as my handle
    Joined
    Oct 11, 2016
    My parents are going next week with my older brother, his wife and their 2 year old daughter. they planned the trip pre-Covid and the only saving grace is that my niece is going to be too young to remember how limited things are. My wife and I went last fall and had a blast doing an adults only trip, and my mom was asking about places to meet characters and eat, but they’re all mostly closed right now.
     

    RanDIZ

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Dec 22, 2019
    Can’t wait to go in Dec. I will say I’ll miss MVMCP and some of the closed restaurants. My other option was to stay home and watch YouTube park videos. Hahaha. It is what it is at this point. I’m not letting the Rona stop me. It’s not the first virus and certainly won’t be the last.
     

    ngl

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Jul 1, 2009
    Leaving today. You are paying full price for less than full price experience. No fireworks, no real parades (an occasional impromptu float/street car/boat with characters), no character interactions, masks make it much hotter, some things closed for refurbishing or covid reasons, took 30 minutes to get coke with ice due to having to order online. If you could get a discount, then fine. But just feels like a different (lessor) experience for the same price and energy.

    But, Disney is doing great job making it covid safe. Amazing. Buses have seats separated, love the distance separators in lines, tables spacing, online ordering, etc. Good job Disney during difficult circumstances.

    Soooo great if you just need Disney fix and getaway. But warning, it isn't the same.
    Appreciate the feedback. We have been holding out too because of the reasons you mentioned but we have tons of DVC points from various cancelled trips this year and not much planned for next year so thinking about a quick night or two next week just to get away (we live 1 hr away). What is the current transportation like? Is the EPCOT monorail still closed? Kids are off of school the full week and we took vacation (to use that up too!) so just trying to do something!! Thanks in advance for any information.
     

    bakerworld

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    May 24, 2010
    The cost I resent the most is the ticket. The resorts are so nice and provide plenty of amenities, even with the reduced food offerings. DS basically seems the same operationally to me. The ticket cost for one park a day is ridiculous. The only good part was the extremely long lines are actually a rather short wait for every ride.
     

    Heather07438

    WDW Apprentice
    Joined
    Oct 20, 2015
    We booked 11 months ago for Jan 8-16 with hopes of hitting Festival of the Arts our last weekend. Already been pleasantly surprised it's starting a week early on Jan 8 (probably since marathon cancelled) and we're thrilled! We saw the 1st Art Fest, this time's 5th Anni. Love it :) 47 days to go.
    For guests who go every 3-5yrs then it may be a good year to pass. We'd probably regret passing up pandemic mode WDW. You need something to talk to your future grandkids about.

    Stuff we'd love to return in order of importance to us-
    Hoppers (X)
    Fireworks
    FP+
    Longer Hours
    Fantasmic!
    Maskless (AGH*)
    Disney Dining Plan
    People Mover
    Motorized Boat Rentals
    TTC to EP Monorail
    Electric Water Pageant
    Fest of the Lion King
    Parades
    Character Meets
    Voices of Liberty (X)
    Crystal Palace (X)
    MK Resort Boats (X)
    *aint gonna happen

    New stuff that's open & we haven't seen yet-
    Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway
    Awesome Planet in the Land Pavilion
    Cinderella Castle's new spiffy paint job
    Riviera Resort
    Imagineering presents Epcot Experience
    Circle Vision 360 Canada
    Regal Eagle
    Gran Destino Tower
    Beauty & the Beast singalong
    Tron construction and Ride Vehicle

    Old Stuff to see before it updates-
    Spaceship Earth
    Splash Mountain

    New Stuff on the horizon-
    HarmonioUS
    Space220
    Ratatouille
    DuckTales World Showcase Adventure
    Grand Floridian Walkway (X)
    HarmonioUS Fountains
    Streets of Paris

    Some things are a bummer but overall WDW's still worth visiting for us as it stands. Not crazy about all the plastic dividers obstructing the rides now tho the trade off is quicker standby lines. Slowly but surely things are coming back and getting checked off our list.
    A couple more may happen... who knows pixiedust:
     

    MonkeyKnifeFight

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Jul 9, 2019
    Thanks for the review. We are going because we have expiring points, but we changed the trip around and are banking everything we can to use later. What you said is kind of what I expected. Should still be fun enough but not the same. The shorter waits will be interesting. Might try the new park hopper. Unsure right now.
     

    DVCSunDevil

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Mar 1, 2020
    We booked 11 months ago for Jan 8-16 with hopes of hitting Festival of the Arts our last weekend. Already been pleasantly surprised it's starting a week early on Jan 8 (probably since marathon cancelled) and we're thrilled! We saw the 1st Art Fest, this time's 5th Anni. Love it :) 47 days to go.
    For guests who go every 3-5yrs then it may be a good year to pass. We'd probably regret passing up pandemic mode WDW. You need something to talk to your future grandkids about.

    Stuff we'd love to return in order of importance to us-
    Hoppers (X)
    Fireworks
    FP+
    Longer Hours
    Fantasmic!
    Maskless (AGH*)
    Disney Dining Plan
    People Mover
    Motorized Boat Rentals
    TTC to EP Monorail
    Electric Water Pageant
    Fest of the Lion King
    Parades
    Character Meets
    Voices of Liberty (X)
    Crystal Palace (X)
    MK Resort Boats (X)
    *aint gonna happen

    New stuff that's open & we haven't seen yet-
    Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway
    Awesome Planet in the Land Pavilion
    Cinderella Castle's new spiffy paint job
    Riviera Resort
    Imagineering presents Epcot Experience
    Circle Vision 360 Canada
    Regal Eagle
    Gran Destino Tower
    Beauty & the Beast singalong
    Tron construction and Ride Vehicle

    Old Stuff to see before it updates-
    Spaceship Earth
    Splash Mountain

    New Stuff on the horizon-
    HarmonioUS
    Space220
    Ratatouille
    DuckTales World Showcase Adventure
    Grand Floridian Walkway (X)
    HarmonioUS Fountains
    Streets of Paris

    Some things are a bummer but overall WDW's still worth visiting for us as it stands. Not crazy about all the plastic dividers obstructing the rides now tho the trade off is quicker standby lines. Slowly but surely things are coming back and getting checked off our list.
    A couple more may happen... who knows pixiedust:
    "We'd probably regret passing up pandemic mode WDW. You need something to talk to your future grandkids about." This is a great point. I haven't thought about it this way. We are going in April and I haven't been able to get over my worry about how different (i.e. less magical) WDW will be. Especially with soooo many less cast members to make the experience special. Because, let's face it, it's the people who work at WDW that make it such an amazing experience. I have heard that the World Showcase (my personal favorite) at Epcot isn't even close to the experience it was pre-Covid. All that being said, experiencing WDW in these very unique circumstances may itself be the experience. Years from now when WDW is back to pre-covid staffing and everything is humming along, the story of going during the pandemic will be a story in itself and an experience worth the trip. As a side note, this will be our first Welcome Home trip (we closed in February and our first trip was originally supposed to be last April) so we can't wait!!
     

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