We finally did it. We booked our first Walt Disney World trip after a very, VERY long quarantine.
We have a high-risk son who will be vaccinated after his 16th birthday in the summer, so we are going to WDW in November. Honestly, we have travelled all over the world, and Disney was the first place my children wanted to go post-pandemic.
We are so excited, and we are even traveling with another Disney family, which makes it even more fun to look forward to!
Now that we have a trip scheduled, this is a list of things my family is doing in anticipation!
#1 Watching the Disney Food Blog (DFB) on YouTube and making a “must try” food list. So far, we have our hearts set on eating the Cheeseburger Bao Buns (at Satu’li Canteen in the Animal Kingdom), Nutella Waffles (at Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom), and the Wookie Cookies (at Backlot Express in Hollywood Studios). If you have more suggestions, please list them in the comments below.
#2 Shopping for outfits on ThredUP (thrifted, online clothing) for Disney Bounding. Disney Bounding is dressing up like a Disney character, but in a non-costume way. Take a look at Pinterest, and you will be inspired to dress slightly like Ariel, even when you go to the grocery store!
#3 Reading any online Disney news. Create a Google Alert for Disney and you’ll receive a daily email with 20 to 30 Disney related stories.
#4 Making a list of all the attractions we want to ride. like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (opening on Oct. 1 at EPCOT), Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (at Hollywood Studios), and Rise of the Resistance (at Hollywood Studios).
#5 Purchasing small Disney items BEFORE our trip. My children love surprises, so to save money I buy a few inexpensive gifts at stores like Target, Big Lots, or Five Below to surprise them with during our trip. I did whole blog on this in 2018, click here to see it.
#6 Planning out our itinerary with our travel buddies. (This is my favorite part!) There are a lot of weeks to fill between now and November, but our plan is to fill them with activities like making a Disney countdown, getting together for a Trivia Night with our own Kahoot quizzes, and taking turns hosting dinners using Disney recipes.
Because of my love for all things Disney, I ask anyone and everyone who’s been to the park since it reopened last summer, “what’s it like?” Everyone that has been to WDW during this tricky time has reported that Disney is ON TOP of safety and cleanliness. That’s really important to me and reassuring to hear.
As for the rest of my family, they too, cannot wait to return to Walt Disney World. Let the countdown begin!
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