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    Trip Report: Art of Animation Resort, November 3-10

    Cast:
    Me (45 turning 46 on this trip) Disneyland freak. Visited WDW 1 time in 1985, so I consider this my first trip.
    M: Hubby 49, kinda hates Disney
    Je: Child 16, loves Disney (trips to DLR in 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019)
    Ja: Son 12, loves Disney (trips to DLR in 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019)

    This trip was originally planned for March 24-31, as a celebration of us selling our microbrewery in late November 2019. Turns out NOT owning a service-industry business during a pandemic was really all the celebration we needed! ;-)

    Anyhoo, we rescheduled for November way back in April, not knowing what the future would hold. As our dates got closer and closer, I kept checking in with the fam. If they were in anyway uncomfortable with traveling during A) Covid, and B) Election, I'd cancel. They assured me they were on board (well, the kids anyway... M would have been perfectly fine never stepping foot in a Disney park again in his lifetime!)

    I, however, began really freaking out as we got closer! Didn't sleep through the night for about a 2 weeks before we left! But, the money had changed hands, so we were going!

    Monday, November 2 - Prep day
    I had to work (I work from home these days, yay!), but was able to do laundry and begin some packing. Everyone showered today so we wouldn't have to deal with it in the morning. It was a weird day, really. Decided to try to get a few hours of sleep, as we needed to leave the house by 3:15 AM the next morning. Surprisingly, I was able to fall asleep and got about 4 hrs.

    Tuesday, November 3 - Travel Day: EUG/DEN/MCO/Art of Animation
    Woke up at 2AM. Last minute packing. Left the house at 3:25. 45 minute drive to the airport for our 5:20 flight. Thankfully, it's a tiny airport and security was super quick. Plane to Denver was about half full. We all had good masks and safety glasses, though I was the only one wearing the glasses. Made me feel a little safer.

    After an hour layover in Denver, boarded VERY full flight to Orlando. Was wishing United did the open middle seat like Southwest!

    Arrived at MCO on time (3:15 local time) and boarded the Magical Express. Not quite as magical now that you have to do your own luggage, but oh well. The bus ride was awesome, but marred by the fact that our Instacart grocery delivery was showing up 1/2 hr earlier than scheduled, and we weren't at our resort yet, and because there was alcohol in the order, the shopper couldn't just leave the groceries with Bell Services. She was nice enough to wait and we tipped her on top of what we'd already included. Also, I realized we didn't have any scheduled plans for dinner (our flight had been changed and we ended up in Orlando 3 hrs earlier than originally scheduled when I made the ADRs). Tried to get into anywhere, nothing was available via the WDW website. Bummer. Hangry hubby is NOT a good thing!

    So we gathered up all our luggage and several bags of groceries (plastic bags, yeesh, come one FLA, get with the environmental program!!) and checked into our room (directly, do not pass go, do not collect $200). The room was cute (Family Suite, Finding Nemo, building 4), but sparse. We don't get to travel much, but when we do, we use our timeshare, so we're a bit spoiled. The only reason we didn't stay in our timeshare this time was because of the benefits of staying on property, like magic morning hours, advanced fast passes, etc... all the things that went buhbye with Covid (but, wouldnt have been able to get park reservations without being on property, right?). So yeah, at least M and I had our own room, but the kiddos shared the hide-a-bed in the middle of the main living space all week. Good thing we didn't end up being in our room very much! We spread out a little, then I went back down to the check-in desk to ask about possibilities/hints to get a restaurant reservation. They said to actually CALL a place and see if they had walk-up space available. ("Call??" What is that witchcraft??) We called Raglan Road Irish Pub in DS and got a reservation for 6pm. After hanging up, we realized we had no idea how to get there, so called back immediately and moved the reservation to 6:45.

    The bus from AoA to DS took a long time to arrive, but we got to DS, got through the temp screenings quickly (no real security checks anymore, which is kind of nice) and were seated (by the bathrooms... this becomes a theme) in the pub very quickly. We ordered the Shepherd's Pie, Fish n Chips, OMG Burger, and a Shrimp appetizer. Plan was to share all items between us in order to try more stuff. WOW! Fantastic food... the Shepherd's pie was easily the best I've ever had. And the Fish n Chips??? Crazy-huge slab of fish! The burger and shrimp were also very good. The entertainment was fabulous as well.

    After dinner, planned to check out World of Disney, but the line to get in was a block long. This is with only 25% capacity?? Yikes!

    Getting back to AoA took a loooong time. I was starting to get a bad feeling about this.

    Hung out with the family, watched a little bit of TV, had a beer or two, then went to bed around 10:30. Election still undecided.


    Wednesday, November 4 - Animal Kingdom

    Woke up at 1:30 AM FREAKING THE EFF OUT. Long lines, bad transportation, covid, election, putting my family at risk for what?

    (ohmygodwhathaveIdonewerecatchingthefirstplaneback tooregoninthemorningdontcarehowmuchmoneywespenttog ethere!)

    Got out of bed at 6:50, took a shower. Felt marginally better (except for the bags under my eyes that could have held ALL of our luggage). Didn't book flights back home.

    Woke everyone up at 7:15, ate some yogurt and granola bars in the room, and were in line for the bus at 7:45 for a 9:00 AM opening.

    Arrived at AK at about 8:20. Again, no security to speak of, just temperature screenings. We were in line for Flight of Passage at 8:35! Whoo hoo! LOVED IT! (Might almost make M a Disney fan!)
    List of attractions we hit:
    FoP
    Expedition Everest (whole fam)
    Expedition Everest (sans M who doesn't like roller coasters in the dark!)
    Dinosaur (me only, scouting for rest of fam, who were still a bit shaken from EE!)
    Dinosaur (me and Ja)
    Dinosaur (whole family)
    Shared a burger and chicken nuggets at Restaurantosaurus (mobile order)
    Train to Conservation Station and back
    Kilamanjaro Safari (2 times)
    Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
    Lunch at Yak and Yeti.

    Shared the Steak and Shrimp, Lo Mein Chicken, and Coconut shrimp between the 4 of us (plus beverages). Seated right next to the bathroom. But everyone loved the food and the atmosphere!
    Na'vi River Journey
    FoP

    Back to room. M and Ja went to pool, then we chilled and watched some TV, ate some sandwiches and snacks for dinner, then bed.


    Thursday, November 5 - Hollywood Studios

    I woke up at 6:50 to get boarding passes for Rise of the Resistance. Boarding group 69, dude! Showered, then went to guest services to get coffee (someone's sick idea of a joke - there were 4 packets of coffee in the room to use with the coffee maker, 3 of them were DECAF!!)
    Woke up the rest of the family at 8. We were going to take the Skyliner, but the cast members strongly urged us to take the bus, so we did. Arrived at HS at around 9:30 for 10AM opening.
    List of attractions we hit:
    Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (not as good as DCA's ToT and DEFINITELY not as good as Guardians!)
    Rockin Rollercoaster (pretty awesome, though my kids had no idea who Aerosmith is, and we broke M.)
    Big pretzel and Churros from Anaheim Produce
    Toy Story Mania
    Slinky Dog Dash (70 minute wait!! Longest line we stood in!)
    Ronto Roasters (4 ronto wraps)
    Oga's (Fuzzy Tauntaun for Me, Blue Milk for Je, Carbon freeze for Ja, IPA and Outer Rim for M) I left early to get in line for Smugglers Run.
    Smuggler's Run
    TSM
    Star Tours
    Rise of the Resistance (was amazingly done, but I could have used a few more thrills)
    50's Prime Time Cafe.
    We shared the Fried Chicken, Pot Roast and chicken strips, then split a Mom's Brownie dessert. A lot of fun, and the pot roast and fried chicken were simply amazing! (By the bathrooms AND the kitchen!)

    Back to hotel via Skyliner. A bit of time at the pool, then bed.


    Friday, November 6 - EPCOT

    Got to sleep in... yay! Snacks, cereal, yogurt in room. Bus to park, in park at 10:30.
    List of attractions we hit:
    Test Track (thrill-wise, better than Radiator Springs, but not nearly as sweet theme-wise)
    Donut holes and Corned Beef Corner Route from Flavors from Fire for midmorning snack
    Mission:Space (orange side) M bowed out at the last moment, which was a good decision they have barf bags!!
    Soarin' (M's previous favorite, until he rode FoP)
    Beaches 'n Cream for lunch.
    We shared a grilled cheese and Chili and Cheese tots for real food, then 2 big mint choco chip milkshakes for kids (one with brownie, one with vanilla cupcake), Tropical Sunrise float and a beer for me, vanilla malt and a beer for M.

    Headed back to the hotel (Skyliner) for some naps and pool time.
    Kids and I headed back to EPCOT (Skyliner) at around 6:30. M's feet hurt too bad, which was a shame because this was supposed to be THE food day, for him!!
    Hit Mission:Space (orange) one more time
    Spaceship Earth
    A bit of shopping
    World Showcase
    o Crispy chicken (Citrus Blossom) for kids, some nummy wine drink for me
    o Funnel Cake
    o Crepes
    o White wine sangria
    o Filet Mignon and Cheese Soup to go (precariously!!) for M.
    Managed to get food safely on Skyliner and back to hotel.
    Bed.


    Saturday, November 7 - Hollywood Studios

    Up at 6:50 to try to get boarding pass for RotR... DENIED! Oh well.
    No one else wanted to get up for rope drop, so I took the bus by myself to HS. In the park at 9:30.
    Runaway Railway (Awesome little ride... very technical so I hope it holds up well!)
    Rocking Roller coaster
    Alien Saucers (comparable to Mater's Junkyard Jamboree)
    TSM (Finally broke 200k! - Because I had the car and targets to myself!)
    Iced mocha and breakfast sandwich at The Trolley Car Cafe while waiting for family to come meet me.
    TSM
    BAM!! Family surprised me with a trip to the Droid Depot for my birthday!! I built myself an R2 unit with a Resistance/Hyper personality chip. SQUEEEEEE! He's so cute!
    Pretzels and Beer on Sunset Boulevard

    Back to AoA for a spell. Returned a couple of hours later

    Runaway Railway
    Smuggler's Run
    Sci-Fi Dine In (Guess what? Closest row to screen, alllll the way to the right... BY. THE. BATHROOMS. Seriously?? I made these ADRs as soon as they were available!! Did they seat us based on the fact that we were staying in a "value" resort???)
    Back to the "Pleb" hotel and chilling with TV. Then bed.


    Sunday, November 8 - Magic Kingdom

    In the park by 8:40.
    Seven Dwarves Mine Train (fun!)
    Peter Pan (think it's shorter than the one in DLR?)
    BTMRR (Awesome - better queue than in DLR, but ride is comparable)
    Sleepy Hollow for waffles. M had to look for other stuff as he doesn't like sweets (Chicken and waffles aren't served until 11) and he was getting hangry! He missed the next 2 rides. He finally got a couple of hot dogs at the Lunching Pad)
    Haunted Mansion (comparable to DLR, except that the portraits and moving busts are in the walk-up part in DLR)
    Space Mountain (Not sure if it was better than DLR or not... wilder as far as twists and drops, but it seems like DLR is faster. Either way, both are awesome!! The queue in WDW is better tho!)
    The Barnstormer
    Pirates (not anywhere close to as good as DLR)
    Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen (BATHROOMS, again??!!)
    Brazilian cheese bread for appetizer - OMG amazing!! May have been some of the tastiest food all trip! We shared Cachapas, Steak, and Siu Pork for the entree. Pork was a bit dry, and the spices were not to my kiddos' liking. The cachapas and steak were good tho! (Should have just ordered a bunch of the Brazilian bread!!)

    Back to hotel for naps and pool, then back to park with kids only.

    Space Mountain 2 times
    Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (not even in the same realm as Astroblasters in DLR)

    Met up with M, then:

    Splash Mountain 2 times
    BTMRR (at night, in the back... may be the best coaster in the parks!)
    Dole Whips!
    Jungle Cruise (or rather, Jingle Cruise!)


    Monday, November 9 - Animal Kingdom, and my actual B-day (and super rainy day!!)

    Had a bit of trouble rallying the troops, and M insisted we get food (Landscape of Flavors in AoA) BEFORE going to the park, so we weren't as early for park entry as we should have been. Still in the park before "technical" opening, but had a much longer wait on our first ride than we should have.
    FoP
    EE x 2 again (again, without M!)
    Kali River Rapids (wayyyy shorter than Grizzly River Run)
    Safari
    Maharaja Trek
    Flame Tree BBQ - Shared the St. Louis Ribs, Fries, and Kid's Chicken drumstick meal, with a couple of beers
    FoP 2 times
    Shopping
    Na'vi RJ
    FoP 2 times
    Back to hotel. Family surprised me with gifts! A couple of mugs I had been eyeing, a T-Shirt, and a beautiful statue of the Partners!! All that, combined with the R2 unit at the Droid depot.... I felt very, VERY spoiled!!
    Ordered Dominos pizza to be delivered, that we ate as we all crowded into the tub to soak our aching feet! (Value resort don't have hot tubs. Booo.)


    Tuesday, November 10 - Travel day: MOC/DEN/EUG (boooooo!)

    We had to leave our hotel room by 11, but the Magic Express didn't leave until 1:15, so we decided to burn some time travelling around on the Skyliner. We traveled from AoA to HS and back to the Caribbean Beach Resort, with the plan of getting back on and going to Epcot, but the line to Epcot was super long, so we visited Joffrey's Coffee kiosk. Got the kiddos some enormous donuts and us some iced coffees. We hung out in the Internal Bus stop for a bit to relax and eat, and, it turns out, to hide from the nasty thundershower that moved in really quickly. Which shut down the Skyliner, leaving us stranded! Thankfully, a cast member braved the rain to check on us and ordered a resort bus to pick us up and take us to AoA so we wouldn't miss the bus to MCO!

    Boarded the (disturbingly full) plane at MCO at 4:35. Watched Kingsman - The Secret Service and part of Inside Out on the plane TV system. Had an hour layover in DEN again, boarded a much quieter, less-populated plane to EUG and arrived home at around 11:30 PST. Even though it was 2:30 AM in my mind (wayyyyyy past turning-into-a-pumpkin-time for me!) I couldn't go to sleep! Thankfully, Wednesday was a holiday, so I could try to get back on west coast time before jumping back into work!

    All-in-all, a wonderful, MAGICAL time with my family! The consensus is that Animal Kingdom was our favorite park.

    I was bummed that Covid shut down some things, but glad the parks were only at 25%....

    The character cavalcades (and flotillas in AK) were pretty cool, but I miss hugging my favorite characters! (Tiana and Tigger did wish me a happy bday, tho, which was awesome!)

    Glad I only got one pimple due to wearing a mask 16hrs a day in 1000% humidity!

    But honestly. I don't think I could have handled normal crowds even without a pandemic! Very glad to be home, though, and very much looking forward to DLR re-opening.

    Also want to give a shout-out to Rosanna, our travel agent with Creating Magic Vacations. She was super awesome to work with and kept me informed of all the changes that happened between March and the day we left.
    Trips to DL: 2x 1978-1988, 90, 95, 98, 99, 00, 05 (2x), 10, 12, 15, 16, 17(2x), 18, 19(2x). Planned WDW March 2020.
    Me: 44, DH: 47, DD: 15, DS: 11

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    Quick note: do NOT put the milkshake cups from Beaches 'n Cream in the dishwasher. Apparently they are made of shrinky-dink material!

    Trips to DL: 2x 1978-1988, 90, 95, 98, 99, 00, 05 (2x), 10, 12, 15, 16, 17(2x), 18, 19(2x). Planned WDW March 2020.
    Me: 44, DH: 47, DD: 15, DS: 11

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    Nice report!

    Interesting on the perspective of "East vs West" for a few rides. I always liked both of them (and loved Guardians MB), but a lot of people seem to always claim the DHS version of ToT was better, I think it has to do with the cars moving out of the area you start from before doing the drops. Some people didn't like the crossing over the relatively unthemed area from waiting area to the cars at DCA, I think. Never bothered me much. As I said, I always liked both. (you are 100% correct that Pirates in DL s better by quite a bit though ) While you didn't mention it, I will say I believe the Astro Orbitor is in it's rightful place in WDW. The way they shoe-horned it in at the Tomorrowland entrance at DL (and took away the outstanding view fror above Tomorrowland by doing so) never did much for me. Especially because all that's up there on the old platform is that odd looking sculpture.

    Good score on getting to do RotR! I hope to be able to whenever I next am able to make a trip.

    While I haven't done a COVID trip, I think that was the big advantage for you staying on Disney property, being able to do that from your room for the first boarding group lottery in the morning. It's possible to get park reservations, I believe with just a ticket, you don't need to be in an on-site hotel. Again, I've not done it, but looked into the process via the web site once, and I think you basically can see what days are available(believe they color code it to maybe 3 levels of availability for different number of slots left for any day), and if you buy a ticket can then do your reservations. So as long as you don't have really bad luck, I think it's possible to get park reservations and not get shut out, as long as you aren't' trying to get a park that is already near capacity for the day.

    I see FoP was a popular ride for you and your group! Quite a trip!

    Lucky (but scary!) save on the Skyliner shut-down scenario. Glad you didn't miss your flight due to that.

    -Dave

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    Thank you for the excellent trip report. It was interesting to see your West Coast persepective and I was wondering if you experienced the sense of awe that I feel at WDW that I don't feel at DLR.
    The size of the place and the attention to detail and cleanliness really impress me even after all these years.
    Anyways, I saw that you had one long ride wait of 70 minutes. Were most of the other rides walk ons? When we were there in September our longest wait was 40 minutes for the new Mickey and Minnie ride ( my new favorite ride) and alot of things were walk on.
    And on Thursday the 5th you said a cast member told you not to use the Skyliner and I was wondering why? Because you took it back that same evening. Also, I usually fly Alaska and they still block out the middle seat. I am sorry to hear that other airlines are not doing that. I believe Alaska has direct flights to Orlando from Portland. They do from Seattle and it is great.
    Thanks again for taking the time to write the report. Sue Rayford has been carrying the trip report load for all of us for a long time...


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    I am curious about Oga's cantina. We have a reservation for our trip in a couple of weeks, and was wondering about spacing and do they still have a drink minimum?

    I don't know and I don't care if It's a Small World. It's a nice day when you wake up in Disneyland.


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    wdwchuck: I think what we felt was "overwhelmed"! Looking at a map on the Disneyworld site doesn't really drive home how HUGE WDW is! I've been looking at maps for over a year and was still shocked at the scale! I just found out from Disney Food Blog that while we were in WDW, capacity had actually already been expanded to 35%. So we didn't have too many "walk-ons" except for first thing in the morning. I stood in line for about 50 minutes for Smuggler's Run and an hour for Runaway Railway (I let my fam meet me in line later... they don't have the patience I do!) But for the most part, wait times were in the 25-40 minute range. As a Disneyland Maxpass Master, I have rarely stood in line for more than 25 minutes, ever!

    My hubby, who is NOT into either Disney parks and just indulges me, said he preferred DLR over WDW because the logistics of getting anywhere in WDW was just too much (He didn't actually have to figure out any of it, but that's OK ;-) )

    Cast members were actively discouraging the Skyliner first thing in the morning because, from AoA/Pop Century, you have to take the Skyliner to Caribbean Beach, then disembark and get back in line (with all the folks from DCB and the Riviera) to get to either EPCOT or DHS, and those lines were LONG. At rope drop, the direct busses were more efficient. Later in the day, demand wasn't as high, and the Skyliner was a good choice.

    We could have flown out of PDX with a different airline, but where we live, EUG was just SOOOO much more convenient, knowing we'd be getting back to OR late at night.

    WITron: Spacing at Oga's was great! My BFF and I went to Oga's in DLR last November, and we had to share a table with 2 other groups of "travelers" which is kinda cool, but also kinda weird. At that time, there was a 45 minute limit and a 2 drink max, so we only got one drink each, as the place was packed and service was a bit slow.

    This time, my family and I got the whole table to ourselves. All 4 of us ordered a drink, and my husband ordered a second one. I'm not sure about the limits as we didn't stay too long, and I left early to get in line for Smuggler's Run.

    Trips to DL: 2x 1978-1988, 90, 95, 98, 99, 00, 05 (2x), 10, 12, 15, 16, 17(2x), 18, 19(2x). Planned WDW March 2020.
    Me: 44, DH: 47, DD: 15, DS: 11

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    Dave1313: Truth on the Astro Orbiter! I had forgotten what it looked like in DLR way back when I was a kid... that elevator during covid, tho, has to be a major bottleneck! And yeah FoP was definitely our favorite (well, as a family... I'm leaning towards Expedition Everest, as that one made me scream lots!)

    RotR is an interesting one... like so much else in GE, it is all about the immersive experience, not so much thrills. I did want to give it another chance, but honestly wasn't super heartbroken we didn't get a second boarding pass. Getting to ride SR again with my kids piloting was WAY more exciting! ;D

    Trips to DL: 2x 1978-1988, 90, 95, 98, 99, 00, 05 (2x), 10, 12, 15, 16, 17(2x), 18, 19(2x). Planned WDW March 2020.
    Me: 44, DH: 47, DD: 15, DS: 11

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maleficent2B View Post
    wdwchuck: I think what we felt was "overwhelmed"! Looking at a map on the Disneyworld site doesn't really drive home how HUGE WDW is! I've been looking at maps for over a year and was still shocked at the scale! I just found out from Disney Food Blog that while we were in WDW, capacity had actually already been expanded to 35%. So we didn't have too many "walk-ons" except for first thing in the morning. I stood in line for about 50 minutes for Smuggler's Run and an hour for Runaway Railway (I let my fam meet me in line later... they don't have the patience I do!) But for the most part, wait times were in the 25-40 minute range. As a Disneyland Maxpass Master, I have rarely stood in line for more than 25 minutes, ever!

    My hubby, who is NOT into either Disney parks and just indulges me, said he preferred DLR over WDW because the logistics of getting anywhere in WDW was just too much (He didn't actually have to figure out any of it, but that's OK ;-) )

    Cast members were actively discouraging the Skyliner first thing in the morning because, from AoA/Pop Century, you have to take the Skyliner to Caribbean Beach, then disembark and get back in line (with all the folks from DCB and the Riviera) to get to either EPCOT or DHS, and those lines were LONG. At rope drop, the direct busses were more efficient. Later in the day, demand wasn't as high, and the Skyliner was a good choice.

    We could have flown out of PDX with a different airline, but where we live, EUG was just SOOOO much more convenient, knowing we'd be getting back to OR late at night.

    WITron: Spacing at Oga's was great! My BFF and I went to Oga's in DLR last November, and we had to share a table with 2 other groups of "travelers" which is kinda cool, but also kinda weird. At that time, there was a 45 minute limit and a 2 drink max, so we only got one drink each, as the place was packed and service was a bit slow.

    This time, my family and I got the whole table to ourselves. All 4 of us ordered a drink, and my husband ordered a second one. I'm not sure about the limits as we didn't stay too long, and I left early to get in line for Smuggler's Run.
    Hey Maleficent 2B, Thank you for answering my questions. I did not realize that they went up to 35% already. That is good information. I was hoping they would expand some dining options and other things but it is still difficult to do things we want to do. And me too, we had gotten to be such snobs that we wouldn't wait more that 1/2 an hour for anything. I am hoping they bring back fast passes for some of the top tier rides soon. Thanks again for your report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maleficent2B View Post
    Dave1313: Truth on the Astro Orbiter! I had forgotten what it looked like in DLR way back when I was a kid... that elevator during covid, tho, has to be a major bottleneck! And yeah FoP was definitely our favorite (well, as a family... I'm leaning towards Expedition Everest, as that one made me scream lots!)

    RotR is an interesting one... like so much else in GE, it is all about the immersive experience, not so much thrills. I did want to give it another chance, but honestly wasn't super heartbroken we didn't get a second boarding pass. Getting to ride SR again with my kids piloting was WAY more exciting! ;D
    Yeah, that line can get long even in normal times due to the elevators. I'm actually surprised that it's open? That's such a small enclosed space.

    According to my DL Encyclopedia, the DL Rocket Jets were up on the pedestal from July 3, 1967 until January 6 1997, and then the Astro Orbitor ended up where it is now. So my two childhood trips ('82 and '90) both saw them up above the People Mover. When I next set foot in DL with no preparation or research in August 2010 (work trip off day), I was surprised to see their replacement on the ground.

    I wonder if the damage Rocket Rods did to the People Mover track also damaged the structure so they would not be able to put Astro Orbitor up there someday. That would be a neat "retro-upgrade" for Tomorrowland DL, if possible, IMO. I'm guessing it would be more effort and $$ than Disney would want to undertake, though. It's not like people don't ride it now where it is, and it's been down off the pedestal for 23 years, so most people probably don't have a longing for the earlier location. With the elevators and other infrastructure long since gone (I think? - the elevators aren't still sitting there in DL, right?), it would be a lot of work/money with little payoff.

    Everest is quite a trip, isn't it? Definitely unique! In pre-COVID times, it was even cooler when they had the single rider line open much of the time. I've had visits where I've ridden EE maybe 3 or 4 times in a row within an hour. Were you able to get a good look at the Disco-Yeti?

    While I missed RotR since it wasn't open yet, I did get to do Smugglers Run quite a few times on a trip in October 2019. My 10 year old inner self tells me pulling the Hyperspace lever is the best (but any seat is pretty good!)! I think I got 5 of the possible 6 seats on my rides, I missed one of the gunner seats.
    -Dave

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    Love this trip report being a long time DL AP from California and them moving to Texas and WDW becoming our home park, visiting several times a year (pre 'rona). I always enjoy hearing what DL'ers thoughts are about WDW. For me, I think I have grown to love the feeling of being in that bubble at WDW and never having to be off property and emerged in all Disney all of the time. At DL we used to stay at the hotels on S. Harbor and always hated walking across that crosswalk and real life smacking you in the face.

    Did you and your family go to Disney Springs at all? Back when it was still Downtown Disney, the WDW version had me in awe compared to the DL version. So much bigger!

    Next WDW trip, May 14-18, 2021! Can't come soon enough.

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    Dave1313: "Were you able to get a good look at the Disco-Yeti?"

    Yes, I saw him the last 3 (of the 4) times we rode it. My 12 yo son however, only spotted it on our last ride, and his "this is a fun ride!" scream transitioned quickly into a "HOLY SHITE WHAT IS THAT??!" scream. I laughed and laughed...


    jrshard21: "Did you and your family go to Disney Springs at all? "

    We only hit Disney Springs on our first night when we went to Raglan Road for dinner. We walked around a bit (saw the Lego store had mostly the same statues out front), but probably not enough to get a comparison to DD... and we didn't go into any stores.

    Trips to DL: 2x 1978-1988, 90, 95, 98, 99, 00, 05 (2x), 10, 12, 15, 16, 17(2x), 18, 19(2x). Planned WDW March 2020.
    Me: 44, DH: 47, DD: 15, DS: 11

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