Avoid the Disney Commando
Even if you're not a worrier or complainer, you might suffer from another
common WDW visitor malady..."Disney Commando-itis". A
trip to WDW is supposed to be a vacation, so you don't want to be a "Disney
Commando" and attack the parks like Rocky fighting Mr. T.
On one of our previous trips, my wife and I arrived at the park entrance
a half hour or so before opening in the morning. While we waited, we listened
as a woman explained to her disinterested husband how they were going
to attack the park. Literally, she had planned where they were going to
start the day (not a bad idea in itself), which attractions they were
going to skip (because her guide book told her to crisscross the park
in a pre-specified pattern), and what they would have to get accomplished
before she would be willing to quit for lunch. Their afternoon was outlined
in a similar fashion. I felt sorry for the poor guy.
That is an extreme in planning that I would never recommend to anyone.
Developing a list of the major attractions, restaurants, and shows that
you'd like to enjoy can help to make your vacation go well...but it does
not mean that every item on the list is a "do or die" proposition.
Quite to the contrary, I see the list as a starting point or framework.
After you've enjoyed your first day, you can adjust for the following
days "on the fly" to make sure that you do what you want, but
at a reasonable pace.
Now comes one of the most important pieces of unsolicited advice I'll
give on this entire web site... allow yourself the blessings of spontaneity
during your vacation. If you see a parade coming that you didn't
notice on the schedule, sit down at watch it! If a group of musicians
is playing some ragtime or blues in one of the cul-de-sacs off Main Street,
walk over and listen. If you happen to walk by a favorite attraction and
the line seems shorter than normal, jump in! If a group of ducklings are
playfully swimming in the moat of Cinderella's Castle pause and enjoy
them for awhile. If a comedy troupe is hamming-it-up in the United Kingdom
Pavilion, get involved (the old story of "Romeo and Edna" is
one of my favorites.) Tired feet? Jump on the double-decker bus or the
"friendship" and ride to the other side of World Showcase. Memories
like that will be thought of more fondly than the fact that you hit every
attraction at Walt Disney World in record time.
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