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The Parks for the 50th...or not?!


The plan had been to start at the Magic Kingdom (to see the Castle for the 50th), watch Disney Enchantment for the first time, and Park Hop to enjoy the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. This was all an easy decision because we had unused 1 day Park Hopper tickets from our 2019 Disney Institute Women’s Leadership Summit.

However, we learned there would be a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom, so no Disney Enchantment. We were both still exhausted, the heat (“felt like 92”) was oppressive, to the point of feeling like we were surrounded by a hair dryer, except with only a rare breeze. No one wants to “eat their way around the world” with that. We know - we did it in 2017 and it was awful. Plus it was supposed to rain in the middle of the day.

So we actually decided to skip the parks altogether. (Huge thanks to the Front Desk staff who extended our ticket expiration by 2 years!)

We left the room around 9:30 or 10am to do a customary walk around Crescent Lake before it got too terribly hot. I even shot some preliminary photos to where The Cake Bake Shop will be featured (former ESPN Club site) in 2023! (Earl’s Court Cake at Disney? Yes please! This will be a separate post. As an Indiana-native, this is the perfect addition for both organizations!) However, by the time we got to Disney’s Beach Club Resort, we were already melting. So we walked through the resorts as I recorded some video for my clients.

Thanks for the narration, Kara!

After canceling our park plans, I requested the resort Scavenger Hunt.

Many of the resorts, primarily Deluxe, have these. We’ve stayed at this resort many times and feel at home. We also do a scavenger hunt-type experience on some of the Disney Cruise Line ships. However, this one was DIFFICULT! At just 12 questions, we had to ask for assistance with 2 and still got 1 wrong. Definitely a challenge. (The Front Desk staff asked us about this, as they said they give it to the kids! We advised needed changes!)

For lunch we bounced down to the Boardwalk Deli for salads and to the sundry store for orange slushies. As expected the afternoon was spent reading, dozing a bit, and me again watching “Frozen 2” (like Kara did earlier in the week) since the DIsney Cruise Line - Arendelle restaurant show picks up where this movie ends.

I got a call from my mom’s nursing home. That ended up taking us in a different, unexpected direction on possible future treatments and how to contact me on the cruise ship. This definitely increased my blood pressure.

By this time we needed to handle supper. In yet another #FoodFail, we planned take-out from Trattoria al Forno. However, the primary item we wanted wasn’t included on the To Go menu. UGH. So we trekked back to Disney’s Beach Club Resort, where we Mobile Ordered a Caprese Sandwich for Kara and Mac & Cheese for me from the Marketplace. Back at Disney's Boardwalk Kara grabbed a Churro cupcake and I got change for our cruise tips.

Immediately it was time for showers, repacking, catching up on this blog, and again enjoying the high fireworks from EPCOT's Harmonious. It certainly wasn’t the day we expected, but this sacrifice will allow us to be more present and ready to experience the all-new Disney Wish for the very first time!

Disclaimer: I (Gayle) am a travel agent with Authorized Disney Travel Planner agency - Off to Neverland Travel. Contact me today for a no-obligation quote!

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