Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Trials Of Getting A Disney World Park Reservation

We had plans to go to Walt Disney World in June to celebrate my son's graduation. Then the pandemic happened, Disney World closed, and we were like, "Um. Now what?"

Then it was announced that Disney World would open in mid-July and we were like, "Okay, we need to move our dates."

So we did. To August.

But we weren't done yet. It was announced that everyone had to make reservations for the Disney World parks, and oh, also no park hopping.

People were like, "What's the point of going then?" I asked my son what he wanted to do. I mean, this is HIS celebration trip. Some people get graduation parties: he wanted a trip to Disney World because he loves it there.

He said he wanted to go despite the changes. Some people are like, "But the pandemic and the the magic won't BE THERE!"

Okay, well, Disney has made masks a requirement and I know they'll help keep things safe. Also, you make your own magic.

Anyway.

It came time to make Disney Work park reservations on June 22nd. It started at 7 AM EST which mean 6 AM for me. I set my alarm, woke up, was confused, remembered what I needed to do, and logged on.

Only I got this pink castle:




I thought, "okay, cool, it's a few minutes before 6, maybe it'll click over to reservations."

It did not.

I got a bad gateway at one point.



Then I got the castle again.



Then I got this orbit waiting room.



Then I got a blue screen.




You see, reservations opened up for everyone who had a resort stay and tickets. So there was THOUSANDS of people trying to log in at once.

Finally, FINALLY, the orbit waiting room let me log in. But it said my password was incorrect and I was like:


I went BACK to the orbit waiting room. I was able to log in again.

IT LET ME IN.





We arrive to Disney World on a Monday and I was able to make a different park reservation for each day we were there.

The park reservations look like this in the My Disney Experience App.



That's another step down! We did it! Will it be different to not park hop? Yes. But it'll be okay. It's also odd that the parks aren't open super late. When Tommy and I went last year, we stayed until midnight. But. We'll still have a blast. Because it's Disney World!

Still. It was crazy getting those reservations.



Also, if you do call a Cast Member during all of this, BE KIND. It's not their fault they can't do certain things. For example, tickets for 2020 aren't on sale yet. Do not yell at them. They are only passing on information. Remember that they are human beings. 




We are looking forward to our trip and yes, we'll be safe.


37 comments:

  1. Thank you for the share. When we were overseas. We really wanted to visit a Disney resort and we regret that we never did and then the pandemic happened. I’m sure the world will heal and yes you are right. We make our own magic !

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  2. So interesting. I've only done park hopping like twice so I'd be ok without that!

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  3. OMG, that sounds like a nightmare to try and book. Glad you managed to get it done in the end!!!

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  4. It sounds like you had a bit of a trouble to change the tickets. I hate websites that crash when you have limited time to do something.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this! Looking forward to hearing all about your trip.

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  6. Good thing you got there in the end! I got stressed reading it :D

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  7. Glad you eventually got it sorted out. Have fun! I hope it's still a blast!

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  8. I just returned from spending three weeks in 18 different states. We took precautions and we're fine. We actually tested negative when we returned. Go your son deserves it and you deserve it. Graduating is hard and he did it. Let him shout it from the roof tops. Have fun!

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  9. Glad you got in. Have a great trip and enjoy the park

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  10. Glad you got it worked out and I hope you guys have fun!

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  11. Glad you got your tickets! I am supposed to be going for a run in November so I hope I can still do that.

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  12. OMG I think I would break my PC�� I'm happy that you managed to do your reservation!

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  13. I haven't even tried to get a reservation yet lol A few of my passholder friends have gotten reservations though recently! I am probably waiting til Fall to even try haha

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  14. Yea, I was planning on taking my boys this year. We went two years ago to the one in Florida, it rained so much. I feel your pain!

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  15. Wow, that must have been frustrating! But I have to say that I am soooo jealous that you're going to Disney World! I am a huge Disney fan and haven't been to Disney world in so long! Have fun!

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  16. Parking lot on a theme park can be difficult and frustrating. We are missing a travel because of the pandemic.

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  17. I like Disney's movies so much! I would like to visit Disney World someday and spend my time in this amazing place!!

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  18. Whoa! What a process! I know it's definitely worth it - we miss Disney so much.

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  19. It sounds like a struggle but as excited as you are about going, it is totally worth it. I hope you have lots of fun!

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  20. I didn't know you have to do those reservations. But glad you were able to get one. Enjoy your trip! -LYNNDEE

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  21. I can't imagine how overloaded the system is with people feeling so pressured with limited time and the reduced number of visitors.

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  22. I wish I was close enough to visit Disney! That is one place I do miss!!

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  23. How frustrating!!! System overloads happen all the time on websites and it's awful for those on both sides. I'm glad you got your stuff moved and excited to hear about your trip!

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  24. oh wow surely enjoy and get the full of your trip...It seems like it was quite a little bit difficult for you..Thanks for sharing the way..

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  25. wow! I am glad you made it! Have a lot of fum! I am sure everything will be great!

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  26. Just wow! Well, at least you got the reservation completed and you are lucky to get in while it is still summer. Looking forward to hear how it goes when you get back from the trip.

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  27. I bet right now it is especially tricky. I still would love to get there one of these days.

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  28. I was already planning on going next year. Hoping borders will open and we will be able to go. Too excited for this too!

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  29. I'm so glad you got your tickets. It will be fun no matter what, and you're right, so much of the magic is what you bring to the experience.

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  30. Yes it will be different but your son (and family) will come back with great memories!

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  31. Glad you got in, May be next year we will plan as it is not possible this year.

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  32. ahhhhh i'm nervous for when it's our turn for Disneyland!! whenever that will be....ughhhh

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  33. the process seams pretty complicated. I am glad you finally got it though

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  34. This sounds like quite the hassle but I'm glad it all worked out.

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  35. I wish I could go to the Disney World someday. It's hard to travel internationally at the times of Pandemic

    xoxo
    Lovely

    http://mynameislovely.com

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