First Attempt trip Report: DDCC9
January 12, 2021 at 8:04 am #144146
Morning all. This is my first attempt at a trip report and it will probably suck, so consider yourself forewarned.
I flew down to Disney on 1/7/21, which was a pain already. I had booked a direct flight from Norfolk to MCO, landing at 930 AM. Southwest cancelled both of my direct flights to and from, so now I was leaving at 630 AM but landing at 130. Had to fly an hour north to Baltimore to fly to Florida. Go figure. Anyway, it was 330 by the time I got to my first park, Epcot. Took the skyliners from Pop to International gateway, and streamed some on Discord. @acamm, @steve, @ridisneypinguy, and @pixiestacey were all there to join in. Met up with several of the DisDads, which was the point of the convention (Dis Dads Club Convention #9 DDCC9). Managed to eat in America at the smokehouse. The pulled pork was mediocre in my opinion, but the Tenneesee Lemonade was nice and cold.
I had thought about trying to drink around the world in the short time I had before park closed, but decided not to kill myself on the first day. I did manage to have an Avocado Margarita, a konig, and a Harp in England, with fish and chips to close out the night. As far as rides, Soarin, TT, Frozen, Living with the Land, and SSE.
Day 2 was DHS. Got to ride MMRR, Muppet 3D, Smugglers Run (which the queue was all the way to Toystory land and took us backstage 3 separate times), a quick stop at Oga Cantina where I got the Fuzzy Tauntaun, and the Outer Rim. Really liked the FT, was not impressed by the outer rim. After a quick stop at Joffreys for frozen drink of some sort that was mildly alcoholic, made a quick stop at Midway mania. Oh and while we were in Oga, one of my buddies was able to score a boarding group of Rise of the Resistance for us. This was his first time riding it and I had to tell him to stop taking pictures and enjoy the ride. He was blown away. We had thought about riding slinky on the way out but we had been there all day at that point and just wanted to head back to the resort and eat. So a quick walk to AoA, and had some stir fry type meal. Wasnt bad for quick service. Had a drink or 2 at the pool bar at AoA, then headed back to the room.
Day 3 was resort hopping day. Tony is a Travel Agent, so we ended up visiting 8 resorts. Had lunch at Geyser Point, then went to the resort to drop some stuff off. Then on to DS for some shopping and a meetup. DS was very crowded, so keep that in mind. Granted it was a Saturday evening, but still. I went over to get into World of Disney for some shopping for the fam, and Noped right out of that when I saw the line to get in was easily over 100 people. So instead I went to the Bourbon bar at The Polite Pig and had the Polite flight of Bourbons. After that it was time to meetup with @acamm and @cammelot over at Jock Lindsey’s. What a great time finally meeting up with Aimee and Kevin! What’s even better, is that Aimee and Kevin are really good friends with someone I was in the navy with a few years ago. Its amazing how small the world truly is. So, we had several apps and Kevin got a beer flight, I got a scotch flight. So much yum. There is so much stuff at Jock’s that is from the movie and you would completely miss if you don’t pay attention. From there we went to Paradiso 37, where we shared nachos. I can’t remember what Kevin had, but I had a peanut butter whiskey old fashioned and Aimee had a margarita. After that we closed down the House of Blues where we all had a beer and called it a night!
Day 3 was MK. We tried to lyft over to the Contemporary but security was giving us a hassle about dropping off at the parking lot. The guy still dropped us off but I wouldn’t recommend trying it unless you have a dining resv. Eventually we got into MK, where we rode 7dmt, Peter Pan’s Flight, SW, HM 2x, Pirates 2x, Buzz Lightyear, CoP. Tony rode Space Mountain as well. After heading out from MK, we eventually made it to Promo at Riveria for a quick service dinner.
Day 4 Last day, quick trip to AK before leaving for MCO. We were in line by 615. First bus showed up at 710, We went straight to FoP, then Kilimanjaro Safaris. After that we went to Dinosaur, then Tony rode EE while I sat down and drank some cheap park coffee. Do not recommend. Always wait for a Joffreys kiosk. Tony basically walked on to EE. Afterwards we went Rafiki’s planet watch where I managed to catch a picture of the baby rhino in their enclosure. We stopped at Flame tree for lunch and were making ready to leave when we decided to swing by FoP again to check wait times. Shockingly, it was a walk on. After that we went back to the resort, then off to the airport. I will go back and add pictures from my phone after I get this uploaded.January 12, 2021 at 8:28 am #144159
You did just fine! Thank you for the report and sharing your trip adventure!January 12, 2021 at 8:30 am #144160
That sux. I had tried to post about 15 pictures but it disappeared. grrJanuary 12, 2021 at 9:13 am #144167
Yay! Super awesome first time trip report!!!!!! We had so so so so so soooooooooooooooo much fun meeting up with you, and we look forward to the next time!!!January 12, 2021 at 9:40 am #144181
Ok for some reason I cannot upload any photos. Im not sure if it likes either the size or file format.January 12, 2021 at 9:51 am #144183
Thanks for the report Matt!
January 12, 2021 at 10:22 am #144184
Great report, Matt. It was fun to enjoy the trip with you in Discord. I’m not sure why the photos are not posting. Can you try one alone? It could be the file size. Your pictures are so amazing they break the site.January 12, 2021 at 11:01 am #144191
@steve I did try a single picture and it Noped on me. I’m uploading to flikr now and will try to post a link.January 12, 2021 at 12:07 pm #144204
So the flikr link is here: Matt’s Flikr Folder
I will be adding pictures to it as quickly as my internet allowsJanuary 12, 2021 at 12:32 pm #144206
Sorry I missed the stream on discord
January 16, 2021 at 11:09 am #144310
Oh this was a great report!!! It was so fun to ride the skyliner with you!! A lot packed in to those few days!January 16, 2021 at 11:25 am #144311
Great trip report, bud!
I’m thankful that you took us along for a bit of your vacation, and regularly shared the magic with us. Happy you had a good time and were able to fit so much magic in such a short time!January 16, 2021 at 1:58 pm #144323
I thought this was a great trip report. We haven’t been since November 2018 and so feeling very disconnected. I don’t know why I’m so emotional these days (stress?) but I got all choked up reading your report out loud to my husband while he was putting away Christmas ornaments and we are listening to our Star Wars playlist from D-Cot. There were a few things I had to google such as what is Discord. (If I get it, you were live recording some of your trip with your phone & it could be viewed by others “live”?) A few abbreviations we had to guess, trying to visualize where you were and what you were referring to, which made it a fun GAME. The best was your tongue twister….trying saying this 3x fast, I beg you all: Bourbon bar at The Polite Pig and had the Polite flight of Bourbons. CHEERS & thank you.
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