Trip Report *COMPLETED* How Much Magic Can We Cram Into 2 Days???....Allllll the Magic (if you know you know)

As the quote goes “Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in”. Welcome to my first trip report in 6 years. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever write a trip report again, but here we are. Maybe I’ll do more of these in the future.

If you’re interested in the pre-trip report, here’s the link:

If you want the quick summary, then here goes:

Who’s travelling this time: This time it is just Tammy (my DW) and me (Graham).

It was our 25th anniversary at the end of August, and we wanted to do something with just the two of us. We would have gone closer to our anniversary, but our daughter Steph got married mid-August, so we decided to wait to give us time to settle down from the busy summer. As a side note, Steph and her husband Calvin went to Disney for their honeymoon and had a great time.
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When - We were there from September 20-23 (this was kind of a last minute add-on to the start of our planned anniversary trip (a cruise out of Miami)).

Where – We stayed at the Villas at Copper Creek in a studio.

A little preamble

5 years ago (September 2018) we walked out of the parks on the last day of our annual Disney vacation, fully expecting to be back the following year. However after 10 straight years of annual Disney vacations, we decided to take “just 1 year off” and do something non-Disney for a change, but fully planned on going back the next year….That was 2019….Remember 2020?? I remember reading the news in early 2020 that Shanghai Disney was being shut down because of some unknow virus that was spreading in Asia. That was closely followed by all Disney Parks around the world being shut down as Covid spread around the globe. Two weeks to flatten the curve turned into over 2 full years of travel restrictions for Canadians, which lead to 5 years of no Disney for us.

To say we were looking forward to this trip would be an understatement.

A lot had changed from the last time we were at Disney. Back in 2018 you booked your 3 advanced fastpasses (for free) 60 days before you arrived at the parks, and dining reservations were made 180 days before your trip. When you arrived in Orlando you just walked off the plane and onto a bus that was “free”, that took you right to your resort and your bags just magically showed up a few hours later.

Now we have to pay for fastpasses, collect our own bags and arrange our own transportation. This isn’t a complaint, just stating the facts. Despite these changes, we were really looking forward to being back at Disney.

So let’s get started…


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Great trip report of a “way to short” return to WDW - thanks for taking the time and effort to share it
Looking forward to the prep and the actual trip next year
We have now done two trips with 6 of us and they have been fun
For the most part we stuck together but having the flexibility to split up and do our own thing was nice too

Thanks Max. It was great being back, if only for a couple of days.

Next year's trip looks like it's coming along well. We've nailed down Liam and Samantha so far, so just waiting on what Steph and Calvin want to do. Once we have some concrete details I'll start a PTR.


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Congratulations on your 25th anniversary!!! It sounds like this trip was a great re-introduction to the wonderful world of Disney! I enjoyed reading all about your Halloween party adventures. Tron is a fabulous addition to the MK and we can't wait to bring our adult children with us in a few weeks to experience it!!! Thank you for sharing this fun trip and look forward to hearing all about your 2024 trip when you begin the planning!

The trip was a great way to get back into Disney (and to make us remember how much we like it there).

We're hoping the trip next year works out for everyone.

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