PandemQUICK trip!

mqwho

Member
Hi guys! I’m here in case you’re a little hankering for a trip report.

We live an hour’s flight from Orlando so we decided to pop down last week to check out WWOHP for the first time, and while we were there I could not resist the pull of Disney so I bought last-minute tickets and made a Park Pass to visit Magic Kingdom Friday the 17th.
We were primarily visiting Universal Studios so we stayed off-site.

I thankfully did not have to deal with MK parking since we flew, but I did not want to have to deal with TTC traffic so I made a 7:20 breakfast reservation at Chef Mickey’s in order to leisurely walk over following breakfast. We arrived a bit earlier than I planned, but we were seated almost immediately in the back corner of the restaurant by ourselves. Our waitress, Lee, was very very sweet and explained the changes they've made to dining since the outbreak. She asked which of the breakfast selections we’d like to have (1st - basket of assorted pastries, 2nd- fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits (you could also have received smoked salmon and cream cheese and cold cut and cheese platter), 3rd- Mickey waffles, pancakes, French toast sticks, tater tots, cheesy potatoes, bacon, sausage, ham, and scrambled eggs.)
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It was entirely too much food for just two people, but I also haven’t seen my kid put away that much food in forever. Phew.

Since we were seated early, we were out the door of Contemporary by 7:45am. We crossed N World Dr and only walked a short bit before we reached the temperature screening tent. There were three Cast Member guides and two nurses staffed here. We were the second party in line at that particular stop. We had a seat and waited until they permitted us to advance toward Security which was probably about 8:20am. After we were temperature-screened, our Guide escorted the first six parties who were in line to the Security screening tent where we had to unload all metal objects from our bags/pockets into the bins to be scanned, and we crossed through the metal detectors. From there, our Guide walked our groups over to a turnstile at the end to wait just about two more minutes until Cast Members began to allow us to scan our tickets for entry.

We entered Main Street and so many Cast Members lined the streets welcoming us thanking us for visiting. It was very strange to see MK so empty. I had chill bumps.

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We ducked into Liberty Square to make a beeline to Frontierland. Dead zone.

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We made it to Splash probably about 8:45-8:50 if I had to guess. They were still running empty logs when we entered the queue, but by the time we’d wound through they were running the first of the four or so parties in line. We finished Splash and immediately rode Big Thunder Mtn. Next we moved to Adventureland to do Pirates and Jungle Cruise. We finished all of them in about an hour. I felt like we were slamming rides so fast it *almost* didn’t seem fun. It definitely was fun, but everything felt so different this time. Maybe it was just the combination of 100 degree heat, face masks, and having already spent the past three days pounding the pavements of Universal. We were exhausted and it was barely 10am.

We breaked, alone, near Liberty Square and encountered a handsome furry friend.
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Next we visited Peter Pan and Small World, then I FINALLY convinced my kid to visit Haunted Mansion for the FIRST TIME EVER. She’s been too afraid to pass through the gates on our three past trips which means the last time I rode it I was about her age—so I was pretty pumped to finally go back! She left only kind-of hating the ride after her first time. 😂
We doubled back to Mine Train, Pooh, and Under the Sea then wandered into Tomorrowland for Astro Orbiter, Space Mountain (another first for her), Buzz Lightyear, and then back to Barnstormer where we ended our day at 1pm.

We passed through the castle and decided we were just too hot and tired to keep going. I snagged a few last minute photos since I didn’t take many throughout the day. I put a lot of junk on this one to make it ~*fashion*~ but I’m actually kind of digging the new castle color scheme. It’s pretty in the sunlight.
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I couldn’t really make up my mind how I wanted to leave the park since we Ubered to Contemporary in the morning. We ended up out at Disney Springs which was a huge mistake. It was way more crowded and twice as hot as the park. Never again. The ride share parking lot there is in the middle of nowhere and Apple Maps fialrd

All in all, we had a nice visit to MK, albeit a quick one!

Bonus WWOHP:

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Donnadonny

New member
I felt like we were slamming rides so fast it *almost* didn’t seem fun. It definitely was fun, but everything felt so different this time.
:- I can understand what you are saying. On the one hand it's fantastic you can do all this attractions in one hour, but on the other hand it's not supposed to be this easy. It's so different, it's almost surreal, but it was still early day.

Thanks for the wonderful pictures!
 

mqwho

Member
:- I can understand what you are saying. On the one hand it's fantastic you can do all this attractions in one hour, but on the other hand it's not supposed to be this easy. It's so different, it's almost surreal, but it was still early day.

Thanks for the wonderful pictures!
Yeah! We rushed it too much. No magic in that.
 

Disneyfan

Well-known member
Yeah! We rushed it too much. No magic in that.
Talking about rushing. . .
DD and I did a similar trip to your's! It was very very uncharacteristic of me. I kept seeing how empty everything seemed to be. We made reservations on a Thursday and left a couple days later. We had to fly in May due to my Dad's passing. That made me less afraid to fly to MCO. We stayed at a totally empty Aventura. The only scary crowds were in the walkways in both Harry Potter lands. Otherwise, things were pretty open for us. They would squirt so much hand sanitizer that I wished I had bottled the excess and saved it. JK! How did crowds in MK compare to Universal?
 

mqwho

Member
Talking about rushing. . .
DD and I did a similar trip to your's! It was very very uncharacteristic of me. I kept seeing how empty everything seemed to be. We made reservations on a Thursday and left a couple days later. We had to fly in May due to my Dad's passing. That made me less afraid to fly to MCO. We stayed at a totally empty Aventura. The only scary crowds were in the walkways in both Harry Potter lands. Otherwise, things were pretty open for us. They would squirt so much hand sanitizer that I wished I had bottled the excess and saved it. JK! How did crowds in MK compare to Universal?
Oh, so sorry to hear about your Dad. That must’ve been really hard.

We bought our tickets on Monday to leave Tuesday! Haha. I didn’t even decide to buy my MK ticket until after we got down to Orlando... I was originally just going to do Universal, but once we started exploring I realized how boring it would be to visit for four days in a row.

Aventura was still pretty empty when we were there, but we stayed right next to Surfside which was an actual ghost town. I think there were six cars in the parking lot.

I felt like Universal was FAR more crowded than MK was. I’d not been to Universal since 2000 or 2001 so I couldn’t remember much of what it was like before. I think it’s easier for Universal to become so much more crowded because it seems more compact than Disney is, and the parks are both connected to each other so there’s no separation like Disney has. You can just travel between the two with no issue. That, combined with the fact that Disney is requiring reservations for specific parks, made it seem like there were far fewer people present at MK. I also think it helped that we went on like the second day that EPCOT and Hollywood Studios were open so it’s more likely that people were trying to cram in there on the first days of being open.
 

Disneyfan

Well-known member
Oh, so sorry to hear about your Dad. That must’ve been really hard.

We bought our tickets on Monday to leave Tuesday! Haha. I didn’t even decide to buy my MK ticket until after we got down to Orlando... I was originally just going to do Universal, but once we started exploring I realized how boring it would be to visit for four days in a row.

Aventura was still pretty empty when we were there, but we stayed right next to Surfside which was an actual ghost town. I think there were six cars in the parking lot.

I felt like Universal was FAR more crowded than MK was. I’d not been to Universal since 2000 or 2001 so I couldn’t remember much of what it was like before. I think it’s easier for Universal to become so much more crowded because it seems more compact than Disney is, and the parks are both connected to each other so there’s no separation like Disney has. You can just travel between the two with no issue. That, combined with the fact that Disney is requiring reservations for specific parks, made it seem like there were far fewer people present at MK. I also think it helped that we went on like the second day that EPCOT and Hollywood Studios were open so it’s more likely that people were trying to cram in there on the first days of being open.
Thank you! Disney just released a discounted ticket for Florida residents. So I am thinking that Disney parks will get more crowded. So funny that you left the very next day! I didn't buy our Universal tickets until we got to the gate. My thought process was totally out the window. I blame it on Covid. ;) I was able to use my phone to show the pay for 2 days get 2 days free. They gave me that price. Whew!
 
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