For our wedding anniversary this past October, we decided to do a quick weekend getaway in Charlotte, NC. Let’s see what all we got into… (more…)
It’s been a while since we’ve gone on a full Universal Orlando vacation. A few years ago we spent two evenings at Halloween Horror Nights when we stayed at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, we had one whirlwind day during a Disney trip a few years before that, and it was way back in 2010 (on our honeymoon to be exact) that we stayed offsite and did two full days in the parks.
Since we had to cancel our March Walt Disney World trip due to Covid, we decided to splurge and add Universal Orlando to our itinerary when we rescheduled our trip to May. We stayed onsite at Loews Royal Pacific Resort (Express Passes! Woot!) with 4 day park-to-park tickets.
Let’s check it out.
For our third trip to Walt Disney World during these pandemic times, we finally got to experience a socially distanced character meal, while also being our first time having breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
As Covid restrictions start to relax at Walt Disney World and across the country, these versions of character meals may soon be a thing of the past. But until then, let’s see what it’s like to have breakfast with the characters.
After canceling two trips this past spring due to Covid-19, we finally made it back to our happy place this October. So how different is it? Do we recommend even going? Can it be fun with many resorts, restaurants, stage shows, and nighttime fireworks not operating right now? And really, just how awful is it wear a mask for hours in 90 degree heat?
There were many pros and cons to this. In a nutshell, we had a great time and it was nice to feel somewhat normal in this crazy year we’ve all had to deal with. If you’ve been to Walt Disney World before, aren’t upset about wearing a mask, and go in with certain expectations I would say yes, go. If this is your first trip (and I did see people with 1st Visit buttons) I would say no. Wait it out and hope things return to normal somewhat soon. (Although recent reports suggest mask use and park reservations will be a thing well into 2021.)
Alright, let’s get to it….
January is usually my least favorite month. The holidays (and in my case, a lot of vacation days from my day job) are over and January is just blah and cold. The cure for this in 2020 was to schedule a nearly 2-week vacation to Florida to get us through most of the month.
Since we go to Florida often, we like to do side trips from our main destination (which is usually Walt Disney World, of course). While Gary has been to St. Augustine before, I hadn’t. Since we knew someone who offered to let us borrow their vacation home for the night, St. Augustine became our side trip for our summer vacation this year. So…. St. Augustine, here we come!
I have only been going to Walt Disney World since 2010. Gary and I were married on October 8th of that year, and 10/10/10 was the date I first stepped onto Disney property. We checked into Pop Century, went straight to Magic Kingdom (where my first ride was Stitch’s Great Escape!) and had dinner that night at Chef Mickey’s.
And it took us almost 9 years to return! Why? Well we like to try new places (I know, I know, so what’s with always going to Boma and ‘Ohana then?) and Chef Mickey’s is pricey. Since our most recent trip was all about getting a good value because we were on the dining plan, we decided to finally go back to Chef Mickey’s.