My original plan for my 50 Disney Days included a lot of variety – Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and some other ideas in a few different locations. Of course, Covid cancelled all of those plans so I had to revamp.
Walt Disney World became really the only option for “in park” experiences and I certainly never pass up a trip to Disney World. In fact, I will be finishing up my Disney Days there in September.
In trying to think of creative ones to do some Disney Days, I came up with the idea of doing Disney in a Day. The flight from NY is about about 2 – 2 1/2 hours long. What if I flew down early in the morning, went to a park for a day, and flew home late at night? It would be a long day but definitely an adventure.
My sister was up for doing it too and one day when flight prices were really cheap, we booked a day in March. It would have been a good time to get in a little Disney fix since it had been several months since I had been there.
At the time we booked, the vaccine rollout had just started. As we all started to get appointments, we decided to push our day to June so we would both be vaccinated by then. I knew it would be only two weeks after I had just been to Disney but that’s fine.
Fast forward to the day before we are going and the weather forecast was questionable. There was rain / possible thunderstorms in the forecast but Florida weather is just like that, especially in the summer. My sister was not up for dealing with the weather so she bowed out. I was still up for giving it a go.
I had a 7 am flight from NY to Orlando. I had set up a car service to pick me up at the airport. I packed a small backpack with what I would need for the day and included a change of clothes just in case I had flight issues getting home. With no checked bags, I met my driver and was dropped off at the TTC at 10:40 am. I had estimated 11 am to get to the Magic Kingdom so I was doing well.
I had already decided that no matter how long the line for Starbucks was, it was a necessity. It was a decent line but it moved along. Plus I got to see the Dapper Dans on the trolley down Main Street while I waited. I also mobile ordered my favorite cream cheese pretzel from the Starbucks line so that Iwas ready to pick up as soon as I got my coffee.
I had to leave the park by 6 / 6:15 pm to get back to the TTC for the car to pick me up. My flight home was scheduled to leave at 9:20 pm.
I had no plan but to walk around and ride whatever I felt like. I did the Peoplemover and then stopped in the hub for some photos.
I caught the Mickey cavalcade. I know they are not going to change this until the 50th Anniversary this fall… and I love you Mickey… but your birthday is over!! It is time to retire the outfit! The song is always catchy though.
I did quite a few attractions in a few hours – Haunted Mansion, Small World, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh and Mickey’s Philharmagic. I had a lunch stop for a meat lovers flatbread at Pinocchio’s and a snack of a strawberry sundae in the late afternoon.
While I was enjoying my sundae, I took a quick look at the weather app and it said a heavy downpour and thunderstorm would be starting in about 10 minutes. I decided to head to the Country Bears and hopefully it would be done by the time the show was over.
I had just about sat down in the waiting area of Country Bears and it started to pour. Perfect timing!
When I came out of the Country Bears the rain had stopped but there was still thunder around. I checked the app and the radar still showed a band of storms coming through. I walked a bit and as it started to rain again I found a perfect spot to sit under a covering. I landed there just in time.
It took about 40 minutes for the worst of it to be done. I sat and charged my phone and started to investigate my flight situation. The weather in Florida would be clear for my flight to leave at 9:20 pm. However, the plane for my flight was coming from NY at 5 pm and NY was having a band of thunderstorms roll through. So that flight was already delayed an hour which would delay my flight.
The storm was over. It was still raining but not pouring. Thankfully at the last minute before leaving, I threw a small travel umbrella in my bag. I moved along towards the park entrance. There was a Disney photo pass photographer taking some really cute photos of families in their rain ponchos.
I left the park and got on the ferry back to the TTC. I took some video as we moved away from the park.
I got back to the TTC with about 30 minutes to spare before the car service was scheduled to pick me up. I stopped at Joeffrey’s for an iced tea and had time to regroup while I waited.
In the end, my flight ended up being delayed a total of 90 minutes. It was a late flight to begin with so I ended up getting into JFK around 1:30 am.
It was a long day but it was fun. I don’t NEED to do it again, but it is definitely doable if the situation should ever come up again.