- Dec 31, 2008
Hi Tohm-we're going Aug 9-21st. Royal Pacific, then a week at Bay Lake!
Your excitement is contagious
In the interest of full disclosure, I am way more than at "little" off . . . . and sadly enough, I fear it has nothing to do with these days, my family would be more than happy to bear witness to the fact that this is a pre-existing condition for me lol.it’s ok! We are all a little off these days!
Hi @lynnfitzHi Tohm-we're going Aug 9-21st. Royal Pacific, then a week at Bay Lake!
Congratulations to your son!!!! You have been added to the Roll Call. Happy planning!Hello everyone! I just rescheduled our June trip to August. We are staying 8/1-8/3 at Bay Lake and 8/3-8/9 at Old Key West. We are also visiting Universal prior to Disney. We are celebrating my son's graduation from High School.
We probably won't go if Epcot isn't open. I'm not sure if we're going at all. Just hoping the virus doesn't like the heat. It's pur first trip in six years and it'll be a long time until we save up enough to go again. We'll probably reschedule for Spring 2022 so we should be good. I just would be sad my kids will grow so much in two years that they won't be as much into characters as they are right now. However I guess plus side would be everyone should be 40+ inches and able to sit for shows. Right now they're 10, 8, 5 and 2 when we go.I’m going to be REALLY sad if EPCOT isn’t open when we all go!! Just wanted to share!!
Great postHappy Monday morning! How is everyone feeling about their August trips this week? I imagine most of you are like me -- constantly cycling through realism, pessimism, and optimism. The rollercoaster of emotions is exhausting so I am doing my best to "emotionally distance" (lol) from this trip but it stinks because it's taking most of the fun out of planning (which I usually really enjoy). And I'm reluctant to do anything special, since things are so tenuous. This trip is to celebrate my youngest DD's 16th birthday and also her BFF who is coming with us (birthdays are about a week apart), but I'm not planning any special cake or shirts or ears or anything. I know this is horribly whiny of me, and a first-world problem for sure. But still disappointing and I hope you won't judge me. Anyway, at this point I think we would all be thrilled just to be able to go.
One good thing: I was able to move my daughter's birthday dinner at 'Ohana to 4:40 (from 9:25 to 9:05 to 7:55), so it is possible to keep tweaking these ADRs and get what you want (though I realize this is almost certainly due to people canceling which is sad). This time is great for us to have plenty of time to enjoy dinner and still get over to MK for some night-time rides. Yay!
Generally speaking, my emotional-distance strategy is to try not to overanalyze and stick to facts as much as possible (nearly impossible, but I am trying!). This week, I'm watching for two things which I consider good indicators:
Anyway thanks anyone who read this whole long thing. Have a good start to the week!!
- CM schedules. I gather these are usually released on Sundays and during this period have been saying "no shift". They never came out yesterday (as of the last time I looked; maybe they're out by now?). If they were going to keep with the "no shift" thing, I don't see why there would be a delay. So, I'm expecting them to say something, and what that is will be interesting. Could be just for some extra security/custodial in the DS area. Or could be more than that. I imagine bringing CM back itself will be a big undertaking because they're probably negotiating with unions, considering how to handle recommendation that 65+ remain at home, deciding how to replace international CM, etc. (I'm sure there are a million aspects I can't even imagine).
- Continued resort reservation cancelations. I believe these have been happening on Wednesdays/Thursdays, to cancel Sun-Sat dates about three weeks ahead. I believe last week's cancellations actually finished off the month (so, Sun-Sun). That means this week's rolling cancelations would begin to eat into June. I really hope it doesn't happen but nothing to do except wait and see.
If they open early July which I think is very possible...I think you will be surprised what is open and going on come August. I would expect all parks open and running!I'm trying to stay optimistic and realistic about our Aug trip! It's just DH and I as the family trip that we cancelled from June was pushed to December. I came up with this trip as a way to use some expiring DVC points instead of pushing them all to RCI. I do have to make a final decision on if we keep/cancel this trip by July 18th as that's my last date I could push ALL my expiring points to RCI and I'm hoping by then we know if the parks are already open or planning to open and how they'll be managing everything.
Since this Aug trip was literally decided over a 24 hr time period, and it's just the two of us, I am more willing to have some Disney experiences gone/closed than if it was the entire family and I had been planning this trip for years and I didn't already have the December and also a February trip booked.
*If I have to wear a mask in August I'll be hot as fire but I'll be OK - and maybe that means we leave the park after lunch and head back to the hotel...
*I've already planned our dinners anticipating that Epcot will be closed..it will be a bummer but I'm *fingers crossed* hoping that at least HS and MK are open...bonus if AK is open too..
*I've already accepted the fact that some rides will be closed and once again, I'm OK with that
*If there are no parades and fireworks to help control crowds and maintain social distancing I will survive as that's not the main reason I go to Disney even though they are extra sprinkles of greatness and if they don't allow "face character" meet and greets, maybe they'll be open again on a future trip.
*If they close my beloved Crystal Palace because it's a buffet I will be totally sad but it won't ruin my trip, and perhaps I'll give a different restaurant a try for breakfast instead of always going there!
I guess overall I'm just trying to stay positive and flexible and know that this next trip is not going to be like any other trip I've ever had at Disney nor will be the standard of my future trips and I'd rather be able to go and have a version of Disney and get a little bit of Disney joy than none.