Episode 5: September 2021 Disney World Trip Report w/Joe Cheung

Today we’re releasing an episode of “Checking In with Robert Dwyer” that’s normally reserved for subscribers of the Milenomics Podcast Network. Robert chats with Joe Cheung about what it’s like to visit Disney Parks these days, and what’s coming in the near future to Disney World.

0:22 What Joe has been up to since Saverocity Observation Deck

Producing Miles to Memories Podcast. Disney Deciphered Podcast. Disney Travel Agent.

1:30 What’s Disney like now, what’s it going to be in this “living with Covid” phase we seem to be in now. 

Use my trip report to reflect of what you’re hearing and experiencing with people you talk with. Planning changes (no Fastpass, but Genie+ coming). Dining reservation challenges, dining experience at this time. In-park experience.

28:40 Attractions

  • No doubt: Masks in Orlando in 90F can be uncomfortable. But we managed. Current policy is masks indoors and on transportation. Outdoor option, but wore then when crowds were dense.
  • No Fastpass seemed to make most wait-times shorter than posted, especially in the morning and evening.
  • No Fastpass was also pretty relaxing.
  • Flight of Passage was pretty great (rope dropped that w/family this time).
  • Mickey & Minney’s Runaway Railway is surprisingly good too (seemed to debut at the worst possible time).

38:20 Dining

  • Ohana
    Focus was on the return of the noodles, but the real killer is the absence of skewers. The quality of the proteins they dished out there for $55 pp is insulting. Went from being one of our favorites to “Avoid until further notice.”
  • Skipper Canteen
    Best place in Magic Kingdom for lunch in my book. Cold AC, but again – menu items missing. No salads? They can improvise steak on a house salad but the meat was again really terrible. Chewy. Almost inedible. I mean – who goes to these restaurants and eats everything except for the steak? No shame in their game.
  • Via Napoli
    Restaurant closing early at 7p I think (hard to get reservations) and hardly any of the employees are Italian at the moment. Thankfully the pizza is still really good.
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe
    First time there: It was fun. Some gags, but seemed toned down a bit. Just right I’d say. Good food. Menu touts “all you care to enjoy” milkshakes but…the machine was broken and they couldn’t get repair parts…due to Covid.
  • California Grill
    Other than them initially trying to seat us in an “annex” sort of room initially this was a fantastic return to form. Still my favorite Disney restaurant.
  • See also: Ratings of Disney World restaurants prior to Covid

54:10 Coming Soon

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– Written by Robert Dwyer, contributor at Milenomics. Connect with me on Twitter @RobertDwyer

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