Travel, Travel Cost

Planning | Travel | Animal Kingdom | Epcot | Magic Kingdom | Hollywood Studios | Summary

Our trip that was booked at the last minute (well, a week out) ended without too much drama.  After dropping off the rental car, we found the Southwest counter without any issues and checked in for our flight.  We dropped our bags off and headed to the food court for lunch.  After lunch, we headed through the TSA PreCheck line with no issues.  I noticed the regular security lines were pretty long though.  Then we headed on the mini monorail to our gate.… Read the rest

Disney Parks, Travel

Planning | Travel | Animal Kingdom | Epcot | Magic Kingdom | Hollywood Studios | Summary

The last day of our quick four day trip brought us to Hollywood Studios.  Since our return flight was leaving the Orlando airport at 2 PM, we needed to leave Hollywood Studios around 11:45 AM or so.  I am really paranoid about being early to the airport (late is not an option), so I tend to leave lots of time for emergencies. 

Nobody was too upset that Hollywood Studios would be our short park day, especially since most of the park is under construction.  We have done everything in the park in previous visits, including the Star Wars Launch Bay.  On top of that, we actually couldn’t get any FastPasses for Hollywood Studios for early in the day.… Read the rest

Disney Cruise, Travel, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in a concierge stateroom as of November 2, 2017.  The list has moved around a lot.  Nothing on the new ships but lots of choices near San Juan and Galveston.  There’s even one from San Diego!

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Concierge Price Concierge PPD
5-Night Very Merrytime Eastern Caribbean Cruise from New York to San Juan. 5 November 26 2017 Disney Magic New York New York $5,620.52 $1,124.10
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan.
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Disney Gift Cards, Disney Parks, Food Cost

Planning | Travel | Animal Kingdom | Epcot | Magic Kingdom | Hollywood Studios | Summary

The third day of our trip took us to the Magic Kingdom.  We arrived early so we could get there in time for rope drop.  Since the opening show for the Magic Kingdom has been moved to the hub, we were able to get in really early.  We decided to wait for rope drop at a spot near the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.  It was quiet, near some restrooms, and out of the sun, unlike what the large crowd that was building on the bridge to Tomorrowland was experiencing.… Read the rest

Disney Cruise, Travel, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in a verandah stateroom as of November 2, 2017.  The list has moved around a lot.  All of the shorter sailings are going to or coming from San Juan, but there are two Fantasy and one Dream sailing.  They are leaving soon though!

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Verandah Price Verandah PPD
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan.
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Disney Parks, Travel

Planning | Travel | Animal Kingdom | Epcot | Magic Kingdom | Hollywood Studios | Summary

The second day of our four day trip took us to our favorite park, Epcot!  We arrived in plenty of time for rope drop!  We had used our Tier One FastPass for Test Track, so we made our first stop of the day Soarin’.   We always try to get a ride in on both these rides! 
 

Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth

After riding Soarin’, we headed over to Test Track to use our FastPasses. 

Test Track
Test Track

The line was still short enough that we decided to go back through and ride using the single rider line.  After our second ride, we decided to ride Mission Space.  It was rumored that there was a soft opening of the new version of the Green (less intense) version of the ride.… Read the rest

Disney Cruise, Travel, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in an oceanview stateroom as of November 2, 2017.  The list has moved around a lot.  All of the shorter sailings are going to or coming from San Juan.  I think a lot of people canceled their scheduled cruises and these cheap prices are guaranteed rates.

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port  Oceanview Price   Oceanview PPD 
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan.
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Disney Parks, Travel

Planning | Travel | Animal Kingdom | Epcot | Magic Kingdom | Hollywood Studios | Summary

 Our first stop on our four day trip was Animal Kingdom!  We were excited to get a look at Pandora, the World of Avatar! 

Tree of Life
Tree of Life

We didn’t really have a destination in mind in Pandora.  We couldn’t get any FastPasses for the two rides in Pandora, so we planned to take in the new area in Animal Kingdom and get some pictures.  What we found there was really impressive.… Read the rest

Disney Cruise, Travel, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in an inside stateroom as of November 2, 2017.  The list has moved around a lot.  All of the shorter sailings are going to or coming from San Juan.  I think a lot of people canceled their scheduled cruises and these cheap prices are guaranteed rates.

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Inside Price Inside PPD
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan.
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Disney Parks, Travel

Planning | Travel | Animal Kingdom | Epcot | Magic Kingdom | Hollywood Studios | Summary

Since we were planning a last minute trip that only lasted four days, we wanted to pack in as many activities as possible.  We got early morning flights, which was a plus from both a cost and time perspective.

We woke up at 3:30 AM so we could arrive in time for our 6:05 AM flights.  Everyone was up and moving so we could leave the house at 4:00 AM.  There was very little traffic at that time, so we managed to arrive at Reagan National at 4:40 AM.  We parked in the daily parking lot so we would have a quick entry into the terminal (and a fast exit coming home). 

This was our first time in the old A Terminal at Reagan airport.  I found it really confusing, mainly because we didn’t enter the terminal near the check in counters.  We wandered around until we found the Southwest Airlines check in area.  Once we got there, it was pretty easy to check in for our flight, drop off our bags, and head to security.  Since we have TSA PreCheck, we were through the line pretty quick and then we headed down to the gate area.  We were scheduled to fly out of Gate 2.… Read the rest