What an incredible time in our lives we currently find ourselves in. While it is true that life is full of uncertainty, there have always been a few things we can count on in our modern world. For many of us, an annual vacation to Walt Disney World is one of those certainties, a privilege and a gift that many are now longing for.
I had been aching to plan a two-night stay at a Walt Disney World resort and before this all happened, and I had booked a trip for mid-March. Then my husband’s work schedule got in the way, so I moved it. Then something else came up, so I moved it again to the first weekend in April. Even though our Gold Annual Pass would be blocked out for part of the stay, we still planned lots of fun ways to enjoy our weekend getaway. Then COVID-19 happened and it all shut down. The weekend getaway I’d been hoping for just wasn’t going to happen.
Like so many other families we let it go and focused on what is most important – our health and the health of our community. Once we got into our new groove of staying at home I started to hear the call to re-book our trip. I decided to check on annual passholder rates for June. Currently, June 1, 2020 is the earliest arrival date you can book at a Disney-owned hotel. I am thankful that as a local family we can be flexible with our dates.
We found a good rate at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The moment I booked the stay a new feeling of hope bubbled up. Then I booked a few dining reservations, including breakfast at Oga’s Cantina at Star War Galaxy’s Edge – despite hearing that breakfast there is not so great. I’ll blame it on the euphoria that had taken over in that moment. The “I’m going to Disney World” pixie dust high is a real thing.
After becoming reacquainted with this feeling of excitement, the joy that comes from planning at vacation, I became curious. Are others out there still planning a Disney trip in 2020? Or, is everyone in wait-and-see-mode? I took to Twitter for a quick straw poll.
Are you still planning a WDW Vacation for sometime in the near future?
— This Social Distancing Life (@thisfloridalife) April 6, 2020
- Most respondents indicated they do have a Walt Disney World vacation still planned for 2020
- The second most respondents indicated their WDW trip is planned for 2021
- About 20% of respondents indicated that they have no plans for a WDW vacation in the near future
For anyone who does have a trip planned any time in 2020, there is one thing we all have in common: our plans are in limbo. It would be comforting if we all knew without a doubt that this age of uncertainty will be behind us sometime in 2020, but that’s just not true. So although I am enjoying the positive feelings that come from having a trip on the horizon, I know in the back of my mind it may be cancelled yet again. More than anything I am grateful to even have the two-night stay as a possibility.
Do you have a trip planned in 2020? How are you dealing with all this uncertainty?