So we finally got out to Disney Springs.
When we arrived, I have to say, it was lovely! So quiet, strangely so, but just lovely.
It was peaceful, but the energy a little sad, if I’m honest.
However, as night fell and the parks closed, it got a bit crazy and mask wearing go a lot more lax.
While it was nice to see music again, the energy right now just isn’t right. Even the music couldn’t raise the vibe much above wounded puppy. I found myself just wanting to hug the ground and tell it somehow it would be okay eventually.
Fall decorations were up, but not many, and no themed music that I heard this year.
There was a new sign on the big stage… advertising to make those extra bucks I guess. At least it’s not overly obtrusive. But last year there was some lovely fall décor, there so that’s a bit sad.
We wandered around World of Disney for a bit. It was fun to see all the new merchandise. Then we went looking for music, which starts at 5:45 currently. Nicholas Marks was the only musician we recognized, and it looks like music is mostly just at Waterview Park and Orange Node at the moment.
Then we had dinner at Cookes… my fave. Amy and I split a chicken dinner with fries and we got onions rings and water. The soda fountain is shut off for now, so unless you buy a water, you have to get it from the little bar next door. Which was awkward as it was hot and I was thirsty and ended up drinking 3 cups of water.
The bartender was super sweet, though. I just felt awkward asking him since I had no money to tip him.
That was about it, really.
I have to mention, we arrived by Uber on the Marketplace side, and have since come in through the garages. Uber is the way to go, if you can. Very quiet there, good set-up.
Plus, they had this mask vending machine there which cracked me up.
All in all, it was really easy to get in and out, and the time there was overall nice.
Honestly, it’s not amazing or even all that fun, but it was nice.
We’ve since been on the weekend and that was not nice. It was busy and stressful. The wait to get into World of Disney was a half hour, there were lines at the bathroom, and no one seemed to be all that mask mindful.
I also noticed the mask situation at Disney Springs doesn’t seem all that well minded. I think it’s because you have so many people working there who aren’t Disney cast members, and don’t care about the overall environment. I saw no one watching for mask policy following, although there was a pesky overhead announcement that went off constantly.
Now, as for weight times… ugh!
We arrived at the Marketplace entrance, I had to sit down by the time we reached the little train. I had to sit down again after going through World of Disney. Then again by the time we got to Paddlefish, and so on. I pushed myself as hard as I could, and I still had to sit down often and without much distance between stops.
Granted, this is me just setting the bar, but I know me at Disney Springs, and this wasn’t it. It was a real moment of having to face how far my fitness level has deteriorated.
As an update to this post, when my sister was here last weekend, she went to Disney Springs twice, and on the second occasion, I backed out. And the honest truth was that my back hurt and my knees hurt and I knew I’d be physically miserable if I went.
Y’all, November’s coming and October hasn’t been much of anything other than tracking how bad it is. I have to make some serious shifts next month, because I will not accept this as my life or as my future.
It’s SO easy to just avoid things that make us uncomfortable, but I need to stay uncomfortable and pay attention to how uncomfortable I am. Because I need to change this. Period. End of story.
Here’s to November and getting it going for real. 🥂