Before I start, let me pat myself on the back and say how nice it is to write a trip report only a month removed from the trip. Hooray for remembering details!
Let’s start with a refresher. We’ve done some extravagant travel. Look no farther than my previous report where our 8 nights in hotels would have cost nearly $25,000. And that’s cheap compared to some of the first class flights we’ve taken.
The key missing detail is we paid $0 for that. Nothing. Additionally, I think we are extremely efficient with our day to day travel expenses. They matter, and I track them excessively – I’m sure I can find the cost of a cab ride from Thailand nearly a decade ago in my master travel excel book. That’s how we pull it off.
Disney on the other hand is legit expensive. And there are really no workarounds to it.
Point being, I can go to Europe for 3 weeks for what it costs to spend a week at Disney on a monorail resort with the mealplan. That’s always been a holdup for me. Still, I said I had one trip in me. The question was when to take it.
Decemberish 2019, our good friends informed us of their plans to do Disney the week after Thanksgiving 2020. That week is supposed to be one of the best to go. It would also be great to have friends (both ours and James) there as well. James would be at a good age – old enough to ride the rides, but young enough to still experience some of the Disney magic. We didn’t make any firm plans, but Alyce blocked the week for vacation.
Meanwhile…Covid and all that. First thought: no way we’re going to Disney World in a pandemic. However, reports seemed to be nothing but positive from Disney – manageable crowds, shorter than usual lines, and no widespread reports of Covid spreading. As the time got closer, we made the decision to go for it.
To be clear, we ended up staying off site (a Hyatt on points that included breakfast), skipped lunch everyday, ate nice (but not obscene) dinners, and generally did Disney about as frugally as you could. It still was one of the more expensive trips on a per day basis we have done. A major, unescapable cost is park tickets.
Still, I’m glad we did the one trip. This was a good time for James.
We hit the road early from home but not absurdly so. The flight there was Southwest non-stop. We left December 1, which was the day they started filling planes again. Still, we had no trouble getting a good boarding group and seats next to each other.