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Trip Report Shrouded In A Daft Disguise *COMPLETED*

Two weeks ago today, I returned home from the most surreal Disney vacation I have ever experienced.

During my last visit in February, I couldn’t have imagined having to wear a face mask and have my temperature taken before being allowed into a park. “Social distancing” wasn’t part of my vocabulary. Hand sanitizer was something I carried in a little bottle in my purse, not something in giant containers at the entrance/exit of every attraction.

No park hopping? No Fastpasses? No FIREWORKS :jawdrop: ?!! Not even on my radar screen.

Like a bolt out of the blue, the pandemic struck and life was dramatically altered. For everyone. And there is no Magic Mirror to tell us when it will be over. For me the pandemic has been a reminder to take nothing for granted ~ and that there can still be joy in the darkest days.

My name is Tuvalu and I have been a WDW annual passholder for nearly 25 years. I was raised on Disney and so were my children. The parks have always been my “escape” from real life. Could they still be an “escape” in the midst of a pandemic? After months of quarantine, I was ready to find out.

My daughter Em was my travel buddy. My husband Woody had reservations, but not for our safety. He was concerned we’d struggle with the restrictions and disappointment with all the changes. He wanted us to come back happy and wasn’t sure we would. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure we would either. After much research and due diligence, Em and I felt prepared to embark on a vacation with few expectations.


Full disclosure ~ I‘ve wrestled with writing a report of our trip. The pandemic and subsequent events have caused much division on this Disney fan forum. I’ve always considered the trip reports section to be a “safe space” and hope it stays that way. My goal is to provide entertainment to the reader, nothing more.

With that in mind.....



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Saturday, August 30

Our last day had arrived. A bonus day! You may recall (or likely don’t, since it has taken me nearly five months to complete “Part Tu” of this TR) that when I switched our AP reservation to DVC point rental, we gained an additional night. And for us, another day of Disney fun.

But we wouldn’t be rushing to rope drop. Relaxing by an uncrowded pool sounded more fun to Woody. We could hit the park later.

We arrived at the Lava pool around 9:30 am and had the place practically to ourselves.



The trees on the island in the middle of the lagoon have gotten so tall that the once-perfect view of Cinderella Castle from the Poly pool is nearly shrouded. 😁


We picked loungers in a different spot this morning.


Woody sat and read his Kindle for awhile while I went into the water. But first I took a pic of the kids play area. I thought I had taken more but this was the only one I found. 🤷🏻‍♀️


It is impressive in its size and looks like a lot of fun. My kids would have loved it. Perhaps one day the Tuva Tinys will get their chance.

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