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    Default Solo in September - Final Thoughts

    Back home!

    I still can't believe how fast the week went.

    Travel back home went smoothly. Did the Magical Express with no issues. Flight was on time. Bumpy flight but otherwise non eventful.

    Was very excited to get home to my kitty cats, who have been crawling all over me since I returned.

    Anyhow, here are my final thoughts.

    Solo travel:
    • Recommended if you have the chance!
    • Very safe traveling to and around Disney
    • Very easy if you're doing Magical Express and don't have to worry about driving
    • Can do what you want, when you want
    • Downside is I wound up doing way too much; if I were with someone we could have balanced each other but instead I was on go, go, go mode
    • Could get a little lonely, especially at table service restaurants, but I did encounter several other solo travelers


    Contemporary Resort, pros:
    • Location, location, location! I'm not sure if I would stay outside the tower, but the MK view was worth every penny. And if you don't have a MK view room, plenty of observation areas to watch fireworks or just stare at the castle
    • Walkway to MK
    • Room was HUGE and bed comfy
    • Room was very quiet at night; after the fireworks ended you really couldn't hear anything at all, and I'm very sensitive to noise
    • Great amenities in the room; more than I've had any other Disney resort
    • Loved how everything was contained in one building and was easy to access. I could be inside my room and then down in the shops or refilling my mug in 2 minutes. When I stayed the Beach Club it could easily take 6-7 minutes. And all other resorts I've stayed at you have to walk outside
    • Great shopping. Great food selections


    Contemporary Resort, cons:
    • Travel to/from Epcot was not pleasant. It took forever, especially the return trip. I expect the same is true for Grand Floridian. At least at the Poly, you can walk directly to/from the TTC and not transfer. The transferring is what made it such a pain
    • The hotel is ugly from the outside. There, I said it. It's not a pretty design
    • The grounds aren't that great either. Like, the pool is just surrounded my concrete. Sure, there's a marina, but it lacks the appeal of other resorts like Wilderness Lodge, Port Orleans, etc. I always try to walk around the grounds of my Disney resorts a few times each trip and this one there was nothing good to see
    • Buses shared with Wilderness Lodge and sometimes also Fort Wilderness
    • Hotel lobby (on the first floor) also really boring. No ambiance at all. That said, the 4th level concourse is pretty cool
    • Not nearly enough dresser drawers in the room. I was one person and barely had enough room; not sure how a family of 4-5 manages
    *Cindy

    Sep18 - Contemporary
    Oct17 - Offsite
    Sep16 - POFQ
    Sep15 - Poly
    Sep14 - Disneyland
    Sep13 - Beach Club
    Oct11 - POR
    Sep10 - CBR
    Sep09 - POP
    Sep08 - WL Villas
    Sep07 - POR
    Feb95 - WL
    Jun90 - GF
    Aug86 - Big Red Boat

    Plus Disneyland (x3) and Offsite (x5)

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    Glad to see the pros and cons about staying at the Contemporary. I agree that it is ugly, but you made the views sound amazing.
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    Thank you so much for your reporting! I am glad you had a good time. Pacing yourself while solo is hard, I know!
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    You write the BEST trip reports. I love every word. Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us.
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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!! I'm sure many folks will find your observations useful for their own planning!!
    Linda aka: Faline
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