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Old 07-31-2010, 11:18 PM   #31
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I fully agree with the above definition. I want to say I am a commando, but not in the sense that they define it on this board. I am type A/B all the time but B when I'm on vacation or in a park. When I'm in the park, there is a good chance I do not like many of the commando families, and usually it is one member that is commando and forcing the others to have a borderline un-enjoyable time at disney.

They are the rushers, the pushers, the move up to the front of the parade line, ram my stroller in front of you, "My Disney vacation is more important than yours" people.

I PROPOSE THE RISE OF THE "DESPERADOS". They have a name, we should have a cooler name because we are laid back and having a better, unscripted, relaxed time where we can laugh and not worry that the country bear jamboree starts in 5 minutes.

If you enjoy taking the park as it comes along.

If you enjoy saying, hey look the line is short there, let's do that now instead.

If you like showing up with your AP just to ride [insert favorite ride here] get an ice cream cone and leave.

If you're willing to skip the parade and/or fireworks and catch it next time.

If you feel that there will be an awful war for leadership between various commando factions.

If you're willing to defend a CM's honor when they are being berated by a commando.

If you feel psycho dad needs a frozen coke over his head to cool off.

I submit that you are a DESPERADO.

I also propose an Alien Green Home Depot Mickey with an eyepatch for our flag.


All in favor say ARRRRRRRRRRRR


ARRRRRRRRRR
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:19 PM   #32
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ARRRRRRRR

I plan our ADRs because we are on the dining plan and if I don't we'll end up eating at places we don't like.

Then we just go with the flow....
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:22 PM   #33
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Tomorrow, I'm off to Home Depot to get my Alien Green Mickey, put a patch on him, and see how many people notice him when I'm in the park.
GREAT IDEA!!!

I'm going to do the same thing! I think I can draw the eye patch on with a sharpie.
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:33 AM   #34
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Any other non-planning laid back planners out there?!
I'm a laid back planner, meaning I do plan, but I don't care if the plan works out. I plan pretty loosely - I put the "absolutely must dos" at the beginning of the day, so everyone gets their favorite even if we abandon the plan after the first hour, and there's a lot of "wiggle room" with "maybe this, maybe that" various places. Even when we want to do something scheduled, like the Pirate Tutorial, I keep a list of all the performances so we can switch around if we've wandered off in another direction and would have to rush to make the planned performance. We have more fun doing less, in my experience - all of us hate being rushed, and none of us enjoy stuff we're told we "have" to do.

My dad was commando and I did not enjoy it. I know you can't do some things if you don't plan ahead, but for us that just isn't a high cost to pay - we'd rather enjoy what we do than do "everything" while we're miserable. We don't even like to commit to ADRs, so committing to a plan is right out. I'm struggling a bit right now because I'd really like to do the Pirates Cruise next time -- except for that part where we have to show up at a particular place at a particular time.
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:01 AM   #35
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arrrrgh here too!
We planned what days to go, what resort, and where our ADRs are just so I don't end up eating burgers all 12 days.
I know what time parades and fireworks are just in case we want to stop and watch, if we don't then we don't. I know what parks we are going to on what days because we don't do park hoppers.
Other than that, we are a go with the flow family. We don't rush to do rope drop, we don't sit around waiting for parades or fireworks hours before it starts.
I think it's my vaction I will plan (or not plan) it the way I want. If I am rushing or waking up early it's just like being at home getting ready for work.
We paid too much to be doing all that!!!
I say to each their own but as for me and my mom we are the arrrrgh family!
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:12 AM   #36
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I must admit that I am your standard "Type A" personality! I obsessively (and very happily!!) planned our first few trips to the world.

Then I found myself insanely busy while going back to school for a double masters, and just couldn't find the time. On those trips, I planned ADRs, had a good sense of which park we wanted to be in on which day (we are big fans of early EMHs in particular), but not more than that.

I actually credit the fact that I was obsessive about those first few trips with having the less-planned trips go just as well also. Things like knowing which rides get ridiculous to wait for after 10am... that kind of thing.

I now have a bit more time, and find myself on the DIS "pre-planning" for a May 2011 trip.

I think that a good base of knowledge about WDW is VERY helpful to all... planning like crazy is just part of the joy of the trip for some... but in my experience doesn't make or break it!

Vive la difference, non?!?
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:13 AM   #37
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Ok, I plan which park (actually 2 parks, we love to hop) which days. The first park based on where I think it'll be less crowded, the second on the latest hours (we're night people). I make ADRs based on the above. That's my plan. Is it too much to be a ?? I have clean new LGMHs waiting for your answer!!!
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:30 AM   #38
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I fall some place in the middle. Plan hotel, ADR's, and a general idea of what parks to hit first. If a park is having EMH, then we head in a different direction. If we get to a park and it just seems too crowded, I've been known to turn around and head out to another part of the world. At first I thought we were wasting so much time, and to some degree we probably are, but hitting a park that isn't as crowded and being able to slow down and really enjoy the little things is worth it for us. I'm just happy be there........
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:42 AM   #39
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ARRRRRRRRRRRRR (that's me AND DD16!)

It's easier to let it all go once you accept the fact that there will ALWAYS be another trip to WDW! I am actually over-planned for this trip, as we are going for free dining. The GOAL of this trip is to try the Disney restaurants, so of course I need ADR's, and as we do not have park hoppers, park hours dictate the park we go to which dictated the adr (make sense?). We absolutely do NOT do rope drop; we are the folks you see at the end of the night, being swept out of the park at the end of EMH evening hours! My planning went something like this:

Which park has evening hours? That's the "Park of the Day."
Where do we want to eat in/near that park? That's the "ADR of the Day."

I did check to see when F! is showing, and which nights do/don't have MSEP, as we decided we want to see F! this trip (but won't stand in line 60 mins, just go about 15 mins prior and sit wherever we can) and haven't seen MSEP so feel the need. We also had to pick a day to go to IoA for WWHP. Needs to be planned as we won't have a car so need to arrange transportation. We are there for 9 days, so we'll have 2 days/park, and if we don't feel the need to go to the park, we won't! Might even cancel the adr and take our chances somewhere else! There are so many Disney restaurants we haven't eaten at (usually stay offsite and do cs or eat at the condo), we could go almost anywhere and have a new experience!

ARRRRRRRR !! Gonna go look for the black Sharpie to fix my mickey heads right now!!
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:47 AM   #40
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ARRRRRRRRRRRRR (that's me AND DD16!)

It's easier to let it all go once you accept the fact that there will ALWAYS be another trip to WDW! I am actually over-planned for this trip, as we are going for free dining. The GOAL of this trip is to try the Disney restaurants, so of course I need ADR's, and as we do not have park hoppers, park hours dictate the park we go to which dictated the adr (make sense?). We absolutely do NOT do rope drop; we are the folks you see at the end of the night, being swept out of the park at the end of EMH evening hours! My planning went something like this:

Which park has evening hours? That's the "Park of the Day."
Where do we want to eat in/near that park? That's the "ADR of the Day."

I did check to see when F! is showing, and which nights do/don't have MSEP, as we decided we want to see F! this trip (but won't stand in line 60 mins, just go about 15 mins prior and sit wherever we can) and haven't seen MSEP so feel the need. We also had to pick a day to go to IoA for WWHP. Needs to be planned as we won't have a car so need to arrange transportation. We are there for 9 days, so we'll have 2 days/park, and if we don't feel the need to go to the park, we won't! Might even cancel the adr and take our chances somewhere else! There are so many Disney restaurants we haven't eaten at (usually stay offsite and do cs or eat at the condo), we could go almost anywhere and have a new experience!

ARRRRRRRR !! Gonna go look for the black Sharpie to fix my mickey heads right now!!
You'll be there when we are!!! I'll have to look for your pirate mickeys
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:57 AM   #41
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I leave in 25 days with my 6 year old son (he still does not know he is going, I keep telling him we atr going to math camp). Just finalized renting DVC points for the AK savana view. Got airfare. I will buy some parkhoppers from undercover tourist this week. Third year in a row going to Disney, I always seem to do a lot but let the parks come to me.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:12 PM   #42
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Ok, I plan which park (actually 2 parks, we love to hop) which days. The first park based on where I think it'll be less crowded, the second on the latest hours (we're night people). I make ADRs based on the above. That's my plan. Is it too much to be a ?? I have clean new LGMHs waiting for your answer!!!
All are welcome, reasonable planning is fine. As long as you don't have hourly appointments with 5 minute travel times between rides, or anything that resembles a business itinerary, you're okay.

Wake up
Breakfast
Park Time
Lunch
Park Time
Dinner
Park Time
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"Honey, let's do this", "Mommy, Daddy I want to do this", "Friggin sweet, let's go" are all acceptable phrases.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:21 PM   #43
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I've noticed these boards are filled with type A personalities, and people who plan every step. and I say KUDOS to each and every one of you for your planning skill (that I've noticed from TRs result in FANTASTIC vacations). Disney vaca planning is really an art, as I've learned.

I, however much I'd love to, do not fit into that category. Anyone else? It makes me feel somewhat like a freak on these boards

Any other non-planning laid back planners out there?!
Count us in. I do ADR's and a general park or parks for the day, and that's it. Any more planning and I'd short circuit.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:24 PM   #44
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Mission Statement:
WDW is not a mission, or a project, it is an adventure. We are here to relax and have fun, and to contribute to the fun for us and others whenever possible. (Most) CM's try hard to bring the magic and we should try hard to contribute and receive that magic whenever possible. This may include screaming at the Haunted Mansion, or acting like a kid and playing along when you're singled out at the Laugh Factory.


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Being informed is not a commando. You know commando. Picture a cyclical spectrum between commando and jerkbag.

At the extreme commando side, they have their itinerary on their iphone and are running some form of time sync application, and using GPS in the park. They compete with other commandos to see who is more prepared and organized, and race to get in front of you as you both approach a line at the same time.

At the jerkbag side you have the loudmouth who has to make loud comments about everything to be a spectacle, because the 3 year olds on small world care that "LOOK THE CAN CAN GIRLS ARE FLASHING US". The children also don't care that you can't get a beer here.

Desperados are in the middle, people who take things in moderation and understand there is a time and place for everything. Desperados can lean a little toward either side of the spectrum and still be tolerable and accepted by most. Desperados have consideration for themselves and those around them, and have a good deal of patience. Desperados respect different cultures and individuals, even Commandos and Jerkbags, until our good time is trampled on, repeatedly, even after trying for a peaceful resolution, until we just lash out with "OKAY, NOW YOU'RE JUST BEING A JERKBAG, JERKBAG!" Please note you must post your Jerkbag experience later, feel free to vent.

The worst case is the "Commando Jerkbag" that went full circle and encompasses both sides of the spectrum, creating a sort of perfect storm. This is the dad that has 2 kids and a wife in meltdown and is screaming about "WE'RE HERE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME DAGNABIT, STOP CRYING."

I'm sure there are lovely people that are Commandos and even Jerkbags, but those are your styles and you should try to consider that not everyone enjoys your brand of whatever it is you do.

You only need to consider that you may be irritating the people around you, and you will be on your way to becoming a Desperado, but you actually have to stop irritating the people around you in order to get your patch.

Penalty for wearing said patch fraudulently is a frozen coke over your head.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:24 PM   #45
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GREAT IDEA!!!

I'm going to do the same thing! I think I can draw the eye patch on with a sharpie.
LOL I'm SO doing that. Arrrrr, Matey! (Ok, ok it's cuter when my DD says it.)
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