In 4 short days, it’ll be time to wake up bright and early and choose Fastpass+ reservations for my family for our Christmas trip this upcoming December. No matter how many times I’ve done this, there’s always slight panic. I go through the same process every time:
- talk with all adults and children to determine what the MUST DOs are so everyone gets a say in the plan
- look over our broad weekly plan, daily plan and any dining reservations to determine the optimal time for each attraction
- write down the priority attractions, best times for the aforementioned schedule, and alternates for the hard to get Fastpasses (looking at you Flight of Passage)
Do you ever wonder if planning a trip to Disney World is this complicated or if you just make it this way? Secretly, I think I enjoy all of it. It helps to “calm the itch” so to speak between trips. I get to collaborate with my just-as-Disney-crazy-as-I-am sister as we go over every possibility and all of our options. When you get to go through and plan what the day will be like, it’s almost like you’re getting to live it before it even gets there.
Maybe you aren’t like me, and the planning is stressful, I’m here to tell you just breathe. It’s never going to be a perfect plan. As much as I enjoy planning everything down to the smallest detail, do you know how often those plans change? All. The. Time. More often than not, my perfect plans get thrown out the window due to illness (yes, my kids have gotten sick on vacation), fatigue (we have skipped mornings and evenings in the parks simple because we were too tired), ride closures, evacuations (waiting 3 hours for Flight of Passage just to get walked out of the building at the LAST possible moment), and a host of other things. I’m on my phone searching for new fast passes and checking wait times more often than not and it’s all OK. I never come back to my resort thinking it was all a waste, I come back thinking “What a day! I can’t wait to do that all over again!”.