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unixadm
03-29-2006, 09:15 PM
For those who did not see my Spreadsheet last September, we are leaving tomorrow and I have my latest one all printed and ready to go.

Here is my CRAZY, Overplanner ITINERARY (http://www.kpog.com/disney0406/disneyitinerary0406_noconf.htm)

Everyone at work thinks I'm nuts....even my wife thought I was crazy last September....but after having a perfectly executed vacation, hitting all the rides we wanted with little lines (Thanks TGM!), and having fantastic dinners on the dining plan each night, she is a believer!

So, how many other OverPlanaholics are there??

MsLeFever
03-29-2006, 09:27 PM
Hi, I'm Barbara and I'm an Overplanaholic.

Please tell me that you also plan the order of the attractions that you will go on?

unixadm
03-29-2006, 09:34 PM
Hi, I'm Barbara and I'm an Overplanaholic.

Please tell me that you also plan the order of the attractions that you will go on?

Hi Barbara....

I have to admit that I do plan the order of the attractions. If you click on each day at the bottom of the spreadsheet, you will see that I have slots for each ride. I don't specifically mention which ones in the the one you see since I planned it based off of Tour Guide Mike's info and they have a NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) that I won't post specific info I get from his site.

slk537
03-29-2006, 09:39 PM
Hi, I'm Jennifer and I too am an OverPlanaholic...

I have to say...my excel spreadsheets aren't quite as extensive - I'm missing the budget and travel sections and only have four separate tabbed worksheets... :teeth:

My DH was the true Mickeyhead in our family when we met so he loves the fact that I have planning overload issues. It used to be him saying "so...what do you want to do when we're on vacation?" and now it's me IM-ing him at work saying, "so...do you want to try Spoodles on Thursday or should we stick with Cape May?" and "are you sure we want to stay at VWL? Maybe we should waitlist BCV?" and "I think I want to leave on Wednesday night instead of Thursday morning...can you get off work early to do that?" (I should add that this last strategy has actually added many days to several of our trips - the key is subtlety :p )

And this all happens MONTHS before the trip!! (And I should also add that he is the one who sends me DIS thread links at work via IM so he's a diehard too...!)

Unixadm - have a FANTASTIC vacation and travel safe tomorrow! I bow to your impressive planning...I only aspire to such greatness! :goodvibes

deana s
03-29-2006, 09:59 PM
wow.....those spreadsheets are just beautiful!!! you are my idol!!! :goodvibes

Foofness
03-29-2006, 10:28 PM
Too cute... LoL... This is as good a place as any to introduce myself...

Hello, I'm Foofness... I too am an Overplanaholic...

I'm glad to see I'm not alone... The first Disney trip I got to over-plan was our honeymoon in Sept. 1998... We stayed at POFQ for six night...

I'm currently over-planning our next trip... We are going to stay at CBR for six nights in Sept. this year... I'm sooooo excited!... I've been reading these forums for months now... I've gotten so much wonderful information from all of you that I think I've got everything pretty much figured out!..

Thank goodness for Excel!... :teeth:

my2boys1821
03-29-2006, 11:42 PM
For those who did not see my Spreadsheet last September, we are leaving tomorrow and I have my latest one all printed and ready to go.

Here is my CRAZY, Overplanner ITINERARY (http://www.kpog.com/disney0406/disneyitinerary0406_noconf.htm)

Everyone at work thinks I'm nuts....even my wife thought I was crazy last September....but after having a perfectly executed vacation, hitting all the rides we wanted with little lines (Thanks TGM!), and having fantastic dinners on the dining plan each night, she is a believer!

So, how many other OverPlanaholics are there??

GREAT JOB! :thumbsup2

I have just finished reading the UG. I have been taking notes since January on what I've learned from DIS on my Excel worksheets, highlighted and made notes from what I've read in the UG. Now my next step is to combine everything I've learned. :surfweb: You spreadsheet is awesome and colorful and I may use something like this for us, if you don't mind. Thanks so much for sharing. Your AWESOME! :cheer2: BTW, I am definately an OVERPLANAHOLIC!!! Can I join your group? :hippie:

natanya
03-30-2006, 12:06 AM
I thought I was an overplanner but I bow to the master. Have a great trip. We are staying in BWV in August. Can't wait to hear how your planning turns out.

MomWith2Cinderellas
03-30-2006, 12:35 AM
Hi my name is Karen and I too am an overplanner. :rotfl2:

I have a Word document that I have printed out. I also printed out all of the menus from the restaurants that we will be eating at so everyone can be prepared when we get to the restaurant. The list goes on and on. :lmao:

My husband thinks I am one fry short of a happy meal! :rotfl:
In the long run he knows that if we have a plan it will make our lives easier especially have 2 toddlers.

ArielDreams
03-30-2006, 04:16 AM
I'm so glad I am not the only overplanner/anal itinerary maker! My friends make fun of me all the time for it - but seriously, where would they be without me? Unorganized and not utilising the maximum amount of park time, that's where.

LeCras
03-30-2006, 04:46 AM
So, how many other OverPlanaholics are there??

Guilty and loving it! :wave2:

My newest pet project is putting all my info on my PDA, so I have all the information with me all the time, including park maps, ADR info etc... :goodvibes

Charlotte

Pixiedust34
03-30-2006, 07:24 AM
I'm a TGM'er planaholic, too. And I love it! Planning is the best way that you can squeeze the most attractions into your trip.

That said, I also plan for some downtime or a day "off" from the parks so we can relax to soak up the magic and do some spur-of-the-moment things.

I don't use a spread sheet. I use index cards.

Dh was skeptical about my plans, but once we followed them he said that I did a great job putting together our trip. He was impressed with how well those little cards led us through our day. :woohoo:

jj13
03-30-2006, 07:29 AM
I too bow down in the company of planning greatness!

I should show this to my husband and then I'd prove that I'm not alone!

eeyore45
03-30-2006, 07:38 AM
:wave2: Hello - I'm an overplanner, AND computer illiterate!!

For me there is no hope!!

I have seen some awesome spreadsheets - in 2004 someone posted it for all - and I erroneously deleted his plans and added mine (I believed this was the directions I somehow read!) Well, low and behold when I went to print - original itanary popped out!! uggg!!

So thanks for sharing... and I'll just step up and say, I'm jealous!! :teeth:

(and I also printed out menus, we went with my mom last year, so I made a huge daily itinary, and printed pictures of food, POR, etc etc... and put everything in a 3 ring binder, adding some scrapbook stickers, papers etc, it was wonderful!!)

(PPS for those using UG - do check out www.touringplans.com for the "Best Day calendar (free) if you havent already!!)

drewswife
03-30-2006, 08:02 AM
We generally go with 8 to 10 people & the overplanning absolutely pays off. Everyone gets a copy fo the spread sheet. They all thought I was nuts at the beginning but they saw how well it payed off.

Selket
03-30-2006, 08:07 AM
I'm a TGM'er and planner as well - on index cards though! I have 4 soft-sided photo albums with info on each park printed out from TGM as well as each day's schedule. I have a master booklet with the overall schedules, ADR's, food allergy/dining info stuff, etc. I ripped the color maps out of one of my old Passporters and stuck in the appropriate park booklets too - I love the Passporter maps!

We plan to be there the week after you! Have a great trip!

threeboysmom
03-30-2006, 08:08 AM
WOW! Those spreadsheets are beautiful!! I just use Microsoft Word (boring!!) to create mine. What did you use? I am so computer illiterate, maybe this will give me something to do to pass away the time (5 more weeks!!). Would you mind if I tried to create something similar to yours? Could you point me in the right direction? :goodvibes

Your trip is ALMOST HERE!! Have FUN!!! :wizard: :wizard: :wizard:

LaurieG
03-30-2006, 08:16 AM
All's I can say is WOW! I love the spreadsheets ! Great job. :cheer2: I am a Theme Park Comando and an obsessive over planner. I have to admit that I have never used spreadsheets and for the life of me I can not figure out why? :confused3 Have always gone with 8 millon pages of hand written notes. Well, let me tell you those days are OVER. Nothing but orginized spreadsheets now. If anyone else has ones they would like to share. It would be greatly appreciated

denanbob
03-30-2006, 08:17 AM
So, how many other OverPlanaholics are there??

Seeing as this was just sent to me as a reply to my post "Am I insane":

<<<lol, you plan to much, relax and get a pop>>>,

I guess the answer is MEEEEEEE!!!!!!! :Pinkbounc

Thanks for the spreadsheet! It's AWESOME! Have a wonderful time! All of your hard work and time will certainly pay off!

lillygator
03-30-2006, 08:19 AM
I think you made an oopsie~~!!!

denanbob
03-30-2006, 08:23 AM
I think you made an oopsie~~!!!

Who, me???? :confused3

lillygator
03-30-2006, 08:23 AM
no the OP!!

Marseeya
03-30-2006, 08:30 AM
I'm a TGM'er and planner as well - on index cards though! I have 4 soft-sided photo albums with info on each park printed out from TGM as well as each day's schedule. I have a master booklet with the overall schedules, ADR's, food allergy/dining info stuff, etc. I ripped the color maps out of one of my old Passporters and stuck in the appropriate park booklets too - I love the Passporter maps!

We plan to be there the week after you! Have a great trip!

I did mine on index cards too! I didn't think to put them in photo albums, but I did punch a hole in the corner of each card and then put a ring through it and carried it in the parks. I really like your idea, but I could combine them and still do my ring as well!

:thumbsup2

lindakmonty
03-30-2006, 08:31 AM
Hello, my name is Linda...I'm also a overplanaholic and computer illiterate as well :) I joined TGM have our days planned per attraction per tgm's suggestions... we're on the dining plan so we have all our adr's w/ confirmation #'s on our daily sheets, the show times...etc. I cant wait!!! 25 more days!!!! :banana: :woohoo:

your sheets are awesome!!! :worship:

the other micki
03-30-2006, 08:38 AM
I am very much an overplanner! I use index cards also, and I do plan the order in which we will do everything. I do it because I absolutely love to plan things anyway and what better thing to plan than a Disneyworld vacation! My husband does think I'm a little loopey, but that's okay. I know we'll only afford to go every few years and so I want to make the most of it! I'm also hoping that my husband sees the fruit of my planning and so enjoys himself that he'll take us back sooner than expected! :teeth:

eliza61
03-30-2006, 08:41 AM
Hello All,
My name is Eliza and you guys have converted me from the dark side of not planning our WDW vacations. All the ideas are great and I am stealing shamelessly! This year I'm planning a 11 day summer vacation for 10 people
:woohoo: so appreciate all the ideas. Wish me luck and lots of pixie dust.
Any other planning tips
08/23-09/02/06 Villas at the Wilderness Lodge

phoebusII
03-30-2006, 09:31 AM
Hi, I'm Phoebus and I'm an overplanner, especially for Disney trips.

However, I also try to make sure there is some flexibility in the plans. What I usually do is plan the first few days of the vacation nearly down to the nano-second, but leave the second half relatively open. That way we are not tied down to a specific park and can go park hopping on a few days if we want.

My DH is a non-planner. He simply trusts that we will get there and everything will work out. It always has in the past. But that's because I plan FPs and ADRs. I know what rides have huge wait times and which you can usually get right on. Also, I know which restaurants you must have ADRs for if you hope to eat there. I bought an updated guidebook for our coming trip so our kids could see the pictures. I asked him yesterday if he'd even bothered to look at it. I was told he didn't need to. He had me.

I find that planning actually makes the trip more enjoyable and less stressful.

threeboysmom
03-30-2006, 09:34 AM
Anybody know how to make these colorful spreadsheets??? Being the overplanner, Type A personality that I am, I want to get started on this RIGHT NOW!!! :surfweb: LOL!

Chester's Mum
03-30-2006, 10:15 AM
So, how many other OverPlanaholics are there??[/QUOTE]

Thank you for posting this again, I used it last year, but lost it. I've been looking for another copy. OverPlanning my Disney vacation gets me through the times when I'm not there. People just don't understand us.

new_mouser
03-30-2006, 10:53 AM
Count me in as a member. I am hopelessly addicted.

I've already created my spreadsheets for my trip - including factoring in ride duration, walking times, wait times, etc. - down to the minute. Shows and meals that have specific times are highlighted in yellow. I doubled the wait times to be on the safe side, figuring any "leftover" minutes will be spent browsing in the shops and/or watching street vendors.

Then I replicated them into business-card sized printouts, with ADR numbers of course, and laminated them.

Oh, did I mention we're not leaving until September?

mepperson
03-30-2006, 11:06 AM
OP - I used those EXACT spreadsheets last year (and in process for this year). Thanks go to snackystacky for posting them originally. I plan everything, using TGM for the rides advice. I am also a Professional Organizer, so you have no idea how I obsess about all this!

I do keep all my important info on the spreadsheet, as well as on cards that I keep in a pocket photo album (the super-cheap type from walmart). As I make purchases I also keep the receipts in there! I have my cell # on the front in case it gets lost!!!

Hello, my name is Mary, and I am an over planner... and LOVE it!!!

kaylie&laurensmom
03-30-2006, 11:10 AM
Yes, my name is Misty, and I am a complete overplanneraholic!!

I have the same problem - everyone thinks I'm "a bit much". I have several spreadsheets as well, and I thought I was the Queen - but the OP is definitely the King!

I have planned our September trip to the very last detail and have become depressed as there is nothing left to plan. I have read the UG and Passporter cover to cover, read every single article on TGM, and read these boards religiously every day.

Now for fun, I am helping a co-worker plan her trip!

Marseeya
03-30-2006, 11:56 AM
How do you save those to use in excel?

lillygator
03-30-2006, 11:59 AM
How do you save those to use in excel?

I would love to know too!

MSRSDS3
03-30-2006, 01:10 PM
OMG , this spreadsheet is the greatest. I too tend to overplan according to my husband, but wait until I show him this spreadsheet. LOL.
Thank you so much for sharing!! I'm going in August and was just starting to put some plans for us together.

I was able to save it to Excel the following way.

I opened the link in Internet Explorer.
Under File , a choice called 'Edit with Microsoft Excel' showed up for me.
I clicked on that, and it brought it up in Excel.
Then you can just save it.
I can't wait to start using this tonight :banana:

Anna114
03-30-2006, 01:19 PM
LOL I had to laugh....you plan your time for spur of the moment things! Think about it, how funny is that :rotfl: . However, I do the same thing!

Have a magical day,
Anna


I'm a TGM'er planaholic, too. And I love it! Planning is the best way that you can squeeze the most attractions into your trip.

That said, I also plan for some downtime or a day "off" from the parks so we can relax to soak up the magic and do some spur-of-the-moment things.

I don't use a spread sheet. I use index cards.

Dh was skeptical about my plans, but once we followed them he said that I did a great job putting together our trip. He was impressed with how well those little cards led us through our day. :woohoo:

golden1
03-30-2006, 02:38 PM
I love it! I have a spreadsheet going for my trip to WDW in Dec already and it is similar to yours although not as pretty. I think I enjoy the planning as much as the trip itself. It is like a challange to organize the perfect trip! My in-laws are coming and they are the best because they will just follow everything I tell them to do. Same with DH. We all went together 5 years ago and I planned everything to the letter and everyone had a great time so they are true believers!

JennyW
03-30-2006, 06:39 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one! I'm an overplanner, too. But, along with the person who planned some flexible time, I, too, create planned spontaneity. It's a must, or else you'll go nuts or miss out on something unexpected. We're going in August, and I plan to have every minute planned out, including plenty of flexible time in the afternoon and evening. I also will probably come up with several contingency plans in case some large part doesn't work out. =)

ncbyrne
03-30-2006, 07:42 PM
Hi I'm ncbyrne and I too am a compulsive over planner. I make no apology.
I don't want to quit - I won't go near a 12 step program, because I like my addiction! :cool1:
My life in general is full of lists. When I get up EARLY in the morning I think to myself that I will get more work done by noon than most people do all day. Now that I am retired, I get to plan vacations! I think that a good percentage of DISers are super planners too! It's what makes these boards so uniquely special. Planning makes all the difference.

Miller1412
03-30-2006, 08:38 PM
I'm Deb and I'm a planaholic!! But the planning is 1/2 the fun!!


I buy a lined journal and tab out several sections that I keep all my info in. I either write in, type and print info and other tips. DH says it's my "Holy Grail" book...like in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. :mickeyjum

anneofgreengables
03-30-2006, 08:57 PM
I am an overplanner-to-be. Unfortunately, I can't plan yet, as our trip is in December and the schedules are not out yet. Without the schedules (for shows, park hours, EMH, special events), I have nothing to do but go over last December's schedule and hope there won't be a lot of changes. Can't plan our itinerary yet, book ADRs or get touring plans. Sigh...

mommyintn
03-30-2006, 09:29 PM
I did mine on index cards too! I didn't think to put them in photo albums, but I did punch a hole in the corner of each card and then put a ring through it and carried it in the parks. I really like your idea, but I could combine them and still do my ring as well!

That is exactly what I did and then I put contact paper on them (so there was so chance of ripage). My husband thought I was insane (I too am an overplanner that uses tourguide Mike) but it payed off and he was glad I did it!! Our first trip to the World and everything went as smooth as butta. :) Now one week back I'm already planning our next trip there next year!

So I too am an overplannaholic and I enjoy doing it!! I'm in awe of the OP spreadsheets! :)

mommyintn
03-30-2006, 09:31 PM
DH says it's my "Holy Grail" book...like in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

:rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl: I love it!!

MouseEarsJenny
03-30-2006, 09:36 PM
Hi, I'm Jenn, and I'm an overplanaholic, too.

In fact, not too very long ago, I posted a thread called Confessions of an Over-Planner with my detailed day to day plan. Read like a trip report. Without the trip.

*sigh* Guess you better count me in for the weekly meetings!

JoeEpcotRocks
03-30-2006, 10:59 PM
Planners rule the "World."

:cool2:

Haveamagicalday!
03-30-2006, 11:03 PM
Oh wow! I am amazed! I admire you for your detailing, even down to the graphics at the bottom! Sweet! Hope you have fun on your trip! :cool1:

Stitch65
03-31-2006, 11:14 AM
I am having waaaaay too much fun making our spreadsheet! I'm ignoring laundry, dishes, vaccuuming, and yeah and those 2 kids, too. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN! :surfweb: :lmao: :lmao:

Karnak
03-31-2006, 11:47 AM
I can't imagine going to WDW without making detailed plans for each day. I guess if I had unlimited time and money I could skip the planning, but that's not the case for me.

Below is the first half of a plan (Sunday, March 19), I recently followed. I did make an adjustment following the 3-D show, since I found out that the new coaster (EE) was running. I skipped the items beginning at 1:30, and rode the Everest coaster a couple of times, (once in the standby line, and the second time as a single rider), leaving the park as scheduled, taking a break in my room and going to the Magic Kingdom for Extra Magic Hours, as planned on the second half of the page above. (I did not include it here because this post is already too long.)

7:00 Breakfast at the Food Court.
8:00 Bus to the Animal Kingdom (60).
9:00 Park opens. Stroll to Africa Section.
9:20 Get Kilimanjaro Safaris FASTPASS.
9:30 Walk Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. (20 – 25)
10:30 Ride Kilimanjaro Safaris, using FASTPASS. (20)
11:15 Stroll to Camp Minnie-Mickey Section.
11:40 See Festival of the Lion King. (25)
12:10 Stroll to Discovery Island Section.
12:20 Get Bug 3-D Show FASTPASS.
12:30 Lunch at “Pizzafari” (counter service)
1:15 See It’s Tough to be a Bug, 3-D Show, using FASTPASS (8).
1:30 Stroll to Asia Section.
2:00 See Flights of Wonder Show. (30)
2:40 Walk Maharajah Jungle Trek. (25 - 30)
3:15 Bus to Port Orleans. (60)

When I plan a daily itinerary I include only the attractions I know I'll have time for, include meals (usually counter service at lunch time and table service reservations for dinners), and I make an effort to avoid backtracking in the parks.

The estimated times are based upon Unofficial Guide crowd predictions, and are almost always on the money or result in extra time to people watch, etc.

Enjoy.

pixiepower1971
03-31-2006, 11:56 AM
Wow! And my DH thinks I overplan. I just sent him a link to take a look. He will now NEVER be able to pick on me again about my planning! I am not the worst(YET!)

I am amazed at people that can be so organized about planning.

FigNewton
03-31-2006, 12:16 PM
I can understand not posting specific info from his site, but not posting your itinerary based on what you read at his site? Man, that seems like one draconian agreement.

shoegal1032
03-31-2006, 01:03 PM
I thought I was an overplanner until I downloaded the itinerary in Excel and realized it's actually a workbook! I'm an uptight, tax accountant, type-A gal, and I can't even compete.

Bowing to the ultimate OP,
:worship: Amanda

Stitch65
03-31-2006, 01:59 PM
I can understand not posting specific info from his site, but not posting your itinerary based on what you read at his site? Man, that seems like one draconian agreement.

I "bought" Mike, too, and he's got some awesome info. And 18 bucks is pretty cheap... Cheaper than the unofficial guide. I can understand why posting his info is a no-no. :teeth:

FigNewton
03-31-2006, 02:09 PM
I "bought" Mike, too, and he's got some awesome info. And 18 bucks is pretty cheap... Cheaper than the unofficial guide. I can understand why posting his info is a no-no. :teeth:

So do I... in fact I said that. ;)

However, we're not talking about actually posting his info. We're talking about posting an itinerary which was developed from reading his info. Entirely different thing.

Tink901
03-31-2006, 02:12 PM
Those spreadsheets are incredible!!!!! I will be showing my family, that I'm not as organized as I thought!!!

Stitch65
03-31-2006, 02:21 PM
So do I... in fact I said that. ;)

However, we're not talking about actually posting his info. We're talking about posting an itinerary which was developed from reading his info. Entirely different thing.


Gotcha. I was half cooking/ doing dishes and posting all at the same time so didn't have my 100% attention on the posts. :crazy: I'm a DisBoard addict! :lmao: :lmao: My kids are like, "Mom, are you ever going to be done on the computer?" :surfweb:

unixadm
03-31-2006, 04:30 PM
Well, so far, I'm right on schedule according to my itinerary. Someone suggested to me that I get a GPS necklace, have my website linked to my itinerary, and allow people to send me a shock if I am not in the location I am supposed to be in!!! I know a few people that would enjoy doing that! :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

Thanks to those who noticed my "ooopssiie".....got it and fixed

For those who asked for the Excel copy, you can download it HERE! (http://www.kpog.com/disney0406/disneyitinerary0406_noconf.xls)

It isn't a complete "plug and play".....you have to know how to get around Excel a little to be able to edit and customize, but it's pretty easy to do. My workbook is built on other's work...I can't take complete credit for it. SnackyStackygave me the original spreadsheet, I revamped and designed the Main Itinerary page, and built new sheets for each day's park touring, etc.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Time to get back to my vacation...before I get a shock! :rotfl:

disneyjunkie
04-01-2006, 12:30 PM
Wow, that is great!! :thumbsup2

My coworkers laugh when they see my folder that I use to plan our trip. I know they will have a fit when they see a spreadsheet. :rotfl2:

Now if I can just figure how to use the darn thing. :rolleyes:

I know this may be a dumb question, but is there any way to get a blank copy? I love all the graphics but can't figure out how to input my info. :badpc: :furious:

disneyfreakjackie
04-01-2006, 07:38 PM
:thumbsup2 Overplanner here!!! Just to clear things up ... that's NOT a bad thing!!!

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who enters their Disney vacations on a speadsheet!!! I also print a fresh one out to scrapbook!!! ;)

mamaprincess
04-03-2006, 12:22 PM
I confess!

Planning is part of the joy and excitement for me so you will usually find me planning from the time I know of our trips right through our trips and after we come back home, I begin planning for our next trip. :cool1: