Returned from Magic Kingdom

I recently returned from a trip to Orlando, and unfortunately, it was not the vacation I had hoped for. The trip was plagued with difficulties from start to finish, and I find myself feeling quite disappointed and sad as I reflect on the experience.

The first setback came when my flight was delayed due to historic FAA computer glitch. This meant ensuing flight change and my bag was dropped at JFK, the connection airport. Not knowing until arriving at Orlando, I requested the bag to be shipped to my hotel, which turned out to be a big mistake.

The next day, I discovered that my camera and lenses had been stolen from my checked luggage. This was a particularly difficult blow to the trip, and not to mention the substantial financial loss.

To make matters even worse, on the last day of my trip, I got sick. This meant that I had to spend my final hours in Orlando feeling ill, which later found to be COVID-19. And of course, the return flight was delayed 3 hours, and I got home around 2AM.

Disney’s parks were eye-opening and Universal Studio felt more of a fun throwback, but overall, this trip was not the relaxing and enjoyable experience I had been looking forward to. Instead, it was filled with setbacks and disappointments.

While it is hard to find any positive side of this experience, I am trying to focus on the lesson learned: things do not always go as planned, and can we just stay home?

Published on January 19, 2023