It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these things. I wonder if I still know how. That, of course, assumes that I knew how in the first place. And not that our trip reports were a collection of random anecdotes, rants, and thoughts–and very little reporting on our actual trip–which were all basically scrolled over as most “readers” skipped from photo to photo of the actual trip. I’ve mentioned this a few times on Facebook and Twitter, and perhaps even here on the blog, but trip reports were put on indefinite hold due to increases in traffic and strains the trip reports were causing on the server. I think I’ve found a workable solution to this problem, but since I know next to nothing about backend website stuff, there’s a good chance that I’ve solved nothing.
The solution (assuming it works) is making the website more light-weight, and focusing solely on the best photos from our trip, which means fewer photos, but also higher quality ones. (Sorry.) If you were able to load this page on the first try, call me ‘Zuck. If it took multiple tries and the images are displaying as red Xs, keep calling me Tom.
We’ve skipped a few trips between our last trip report and this one on our most recent trip from December 2012, and the biggest reason for this is because the December 2012 trip was a short 3 day trip, so a “test” trip report for it shouldn’t be too difficult. Ideally, I’d like to write trip reports for all of the trips we’ve skipped (especially Disneyland Paris), but I don’t know if that will happen. For now, here’s our December 2012 Walt Disney World trip report.
Obviously the trip started out at the airport, and each visit to the airport includes a trip to McDonald’s. It goes without saying that I had a feast of royal proportions there. This would be the first of many incredible feasts of the day. The rest of the airport experience was relatively mundane. Luckily, our flight was a nice, direct shot on AirTran, so we were to Orlando within a few hours.
Once there, our first stop was at the Disney’s Magical Express desk to make reservations for the service. This trip was sort of last minute, so we hadn’t even made our DME reservations until we got to that desk. Until last year, I didn’t even know this was possible. I always thought you had to call in advance. It was great to learn that you don’t, as we never check bags on our way to Florida anymore, so there’s no advantage (i.e. luggage tags) to calling in advance.
Our ride to BoardWalk Inn, our resort at Walt Disney World, was surprisingly short. Normally, like clockwork it seems, we are the second to last stop when using Disney’s Magical Express. It doesn’t matter where we stay, that’s the second to last stop. Better than the last, I suppose. This time, we were the second stop! We celebrated with a glorious feast of peppermint cupcakes at BoardWalk Bakery. I’ve mentioned in the past that this is the best cupcake at Walt Disney World, and it definitely lived up to that reputation. (more…)