We’re home! We got home Wednesday night, the house was still standing, and as of now (Thursday night), 75% of the Dorr Zoo is accounted for. I’m sure Tres will make it home at some point. We had a blast at Disney World, and Emily & Jamie’s wedding was gorgeous in Epcot. They are the cutest, and their Disney/Doctor Who/Steampunk/General Nerdery wedding was perfect.
Disney World is most definitely one of the most overwhelming places I’ve ever been. Particularly the day we visited Magic Kingdom, I kept thinking to myself “We could never do everything!” And there’s definitely a fear of missing out (FOMO, apparently – I learned this term thanks to my young friends). I don’t know how parents of small children bring them there, honestly. I kind of want to put off my next visit until my children can go the whole day without being carried, strollered, or having an unreasonable meltdown (so… when they’re all age 25 and up, I guess).
Despite my FOMO and being overwhelmed, I was able to soak in a little more knowledge during the trip.
1. Disney knows where you are all the time. When you first arrive at the park, you scan your magic band (or ticket) and then your fingerprint. This is so you can’t pass along your magic band to someone else later in the day or during you trip. They scan your magic band when you pay for dinner, buy souvenirs, and when you enter the resort parking lot. Conspiracy theorists will believe that Disney is in cahoots with the government or something. BUT, the cool thing is, if a kid gets lost, a cast member can scan his magic band to find mom and dad’s info and cell number.
2. Disney World has not had many “incidents”. Some strange part of me decided to look up all the “incidents” that have occurred on the rides after I was done with them. I was happy to see that nearly all of WDW’s incidents happened because the victim was already sick or was an idiot. Disneyland, on the other hand, appears to be a death trap.
3. Booze isn’t sold in Magic Kingdom. With the exception of the restaurant Be Our Guest, where I believe you need to make reservations way ahead of time. Epcot has plenty, as does Animal Kingdom (including frozen margaritas!), and I believe you can find some in restaurants in Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM).
4. Weddings are apparently amazing at Disney World and I should encourage all my friends to get married there. Hey, you want to? You’ll have a gorgeous wedding with everything taken care of (because it’s a package deal) and I’ll have another reason to see my bff Pocahontas.
5. There are charging stations for your phone. Yes, you’ll find some outlets in the walls of stores and restaurants with the words “charging station” (so it’s not a terrible idea to bring along your charger), but that’s not quite what I’m talking about. In Magic Kingdom, you can leave your phone charging inside a locker and come back to it later. This is especially handy if you’re going to be waiting in a standby line for more than 30 minutes. You’ll just have to kill that time talking to your travel companions instead of playing candy crush (devastating, I know).
I’m not adding a number 6, but I’ll just tell you that I’m already having Disney withdrawals. I’m usually very eager to come home, but this time it was a little different. Maybe it was because I was told “Welcome home!” every time we came back to our hotel, but I already want to go back! CAN WE GO BACK?
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