As an out of state guest to Walt Disney World, I am well aware that there is planning that needs to go into a visit. Even before the park reservation system was implemented, I made sure to plan well in advance for any trip to Disney World because I had to make sure I had transportation to Florida in place (for a reasonable price) and time off from work, etc. I used to plan out my days and where I wanted to go and what I wanted to ride and where I was probably going to eat. I still do that, just not as strictly as I used to.
The park reservation system can make it tricky these days for locals and Annual Passholders to make plans last minute because if it’s a busy day or week at the Disney World parks, you might not be able to get a park reservation for where you want to go, and without a park reservation, you’re not getting into the parks. Of course, you can always make a park reservation for any available park and then wait until 2:00 to hop over to the park that you really want to visit (as long as you have a Park Hopper ticket or a valid Annual Pass). The thing about this is that you need to go to the first park in order to be able to hop to the second park at 2:00. This makes sense because if you don’t go to more than one park in a day, you’re not actually park hopping. But I get why people get annoyed with having to tap into the first park where they have the reservation.
I think the quickest I’ve ever planned a trip to Disney World was about a month ahead of time. To me, that was a last minute kind of trip and I felt like I had to hustle and get my plans together quickly. It was semi-stressful. That’s why I’m surprised that I just made plans for a trip to Disney World that I will be taking 10 days from when I threw everything together and I’m not really stressed about it at all! 🤷🏽♀️
I had the opportunity to get a ride preview slot for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in EPCOT. I went back and forth about whether I would be able to do this since I’m not cleared to fly until June, but after deciding that I can drive to Disney and basically make it all work out in a modified trip, I decided to go. I was going to stay at an off-site hotel since this is not only last minute, but a really short 2 night visit (and I already booked future trips with my DVC points), but in the end, my mom decided to travel with me and now we’ll be staying at a cabin at Fort Wilderness.
The room was the hardest part of this trip. My mom has issues walking very far and a cabin at Fort Wilderness allows us to park right in front of our cabin. She’s stayed here before and she enjoyed it, and since she’s not going to the parks at all, she can relax in the cabin more comfortably here than the off-site hotels we looked at.
I was automatically given an EPCOT park reservation for the ride preview, and I was able to get a reservation to Hollywood Studios so that I can go do a few things there before my ride preview time slot. If I’m really feeling crazy, I could also hop over to Magic Kingdom once I’m done at EPCOT. I don’t know if I am going to try to go to Magic Kingdom though since I don’t want to overdue it while my broken rib is healing so well. I guess I’ll see how I feel once I’m there.
All I know is this is the most stress-free last minute trip I’ve ever attempted. There’s really not any point in trying to do Genie+ since I’m only planning to be at the parks for one day and I’m not pressed to do a lot of stuff besides Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. I don’t know that I’d be able to book so last minute again in the future, but even without the ride preview, I see that I was able to get a park reservation and get everything together without feeling stressed out.
I’m excited to ride Guardians of the Galaxy and of course, I’ll post all about it here and on my YouTube channel. I can’t wait! °O°