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 Avoid the Disney Commando Mentality

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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