Disney 2020 Recap
Hello All! So many questions regarding our quick trip over to Disney World. Since we were going to be down here anyways we decided to drive and do a day at Disney. The drive is about 3hours so we did get a hotel for one night. I’ll try and go through everything in a little more detail below and hopefully that will answer most of your questions. We are huge Disney fans and had a great time together. This was Lincoln’s first time while Grey had been once before but was only 14months. It was AMAZING to see him experience it all now that he’s a little older. He LOVED the buzz light year ride and keeps asking to go back and fight aliens. My favorite is probably the Avatar rides. I LOVE Flight of Passage. The amount of detail that went into making it blows my mind. I went on this a few times but got a little dizzy so stopped haha.
The experience of Disney during Covid, in general, had its pros and cons.
The cons- There are no shows. No characters. No parades. No fireworks. The parks close early (6pm). You are not allowed to park hop. Only one park per day. (I know you saw online that we park hopped so I will explain how we were able to do that below). LONG lines due to everyone having to stand 6ft apart. Most rides only run at half capacity in order to allow space for everyone to be seated apart from each other.
The pros- They are doing an AMAZING job of cleaning and social distancing. VERY strict with masks…even with the kids. There are less people. Less crowds.
I want to start off by sharing (and explaining) that we had a VIP guide for our stay. That makes our experience slightly different. The purpose of the guide is to take you directly to the front of each ride. They can also help arrange all of your meals. Our guide, Elton, would either walk us up the front of the fast pass line or we would walk up the exit and get on that way. He would then go and get the kids strollers and meet us back at the exit with all of our items. Since we used the guide we were able to visit several different parks in one day… park hop. They also provide private transportation for the day. We had our own van that Elton would drive and we were able to leave items in there if we wanted. We felt that this was the ‘safest’ option for us to navigate the day.
Now the question I was asked A TON… pricing for this. Based off of the Disney website the VIP guides are 425-750 per hour (depending on season) with a minimum requirement of 7hrs and a maximum of 10 people per group. We were with Elton for 9hrs which included the time he picked us up at the hotel and drove us back.
We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I LOVE waking up and looking outside to giraffes and zebras. It’s an amazing experience, especially for the kids. We stayed in a two bedroom villa which I highly recommend for families. It has a FULL kitchen and laundry. The kitchen was very helpful because the hotel, currently, has no room service available. I also think there is only one restaurant open currently. The hotel was very clean and helpful with any questions or assistance we needed. We only stayed for one night but it was a great experience.
Originally I ordered a bunch of Disney stuff from H&M for all of us but after 5 weeks of waiting it still had not shipped. So at the last min I decided to run to Target and grab whatever they had as options! My dumbo shirt (in the first picture) is from Zara. They have a TON of cute Disney items as well. If shopping for kiddos I would warn that they run large.