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Old 04-17-2013, 05:17 PM   #16
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I would love to go and not have to plan. Unfortunately, I am a serial dining plan doer. So I at least need to plan food and kind of what area we need to be in at that time. I don't think I could plan any less than that. I think my anxiety would be through the roof lol I wish i could just wing it. Maybe one day ....
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:25 PM   #17
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DH did a few trips when he was a child/teen without a plan. He thought I was insane for wanting to plan.

One morning in a park, he looked at me and said that we had already done more in a few hours than he had done in a whole day with his father.

To each their own, I say. Plan, don't plan - just make sure you have fun.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:57 PM   #18
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Like others here I've been to Disney World several times. Basically the only thing I do is decide what parks to do each day, and make any ADRs that I need to. I do both because they kind of go hand in hand. We don't get park hoppers, so we're going to eat in or near whatever park we're in that day. Once in the parks, we do whatever, although there are certainly some attractions we make sure we get to.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:30 PM   #19
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Thanks for all your posts! This is our daughters first trip to Disney (age 9 & 6) so I think with or without a plan its going to be a blast! I am thinking for our next trip we may have more of a plan when we know more about what we want to do at the different parks.
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Um...I am a super crazy planner. That being said I learned many trips ago that the best plans can go while on vacation.

I don't know when you are going..but I would plan (even just a little tiny bit) for the first trip for a 9 & 6 year old.
I know..I know...there are tons of people who have very happy trips without planning..but I can't help myself and say... Do you have *any* plans??
Even if you make a list of things they really want to see or a few must do meal reservations.....
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:38 PM   #20
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My BFF is going without a plan for the first time! With two kids and a husband who doesn't like heat or walking....in JUNE. Can I tell you how much this pains me?! She doesn't want my help, so I'm trying very very hard to be quiet! It's not easy.

As for my family, we go with a vague plan. I do our ADR's at 180 days, but we don't plan every day or every park or every ride. We've been there enough that we are also in that "smell the roses" phase.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:39 PM   #21
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I think there's a huge difference between someone who goes on a regular basis "winging it" and the same move by someone who hasn't been there before.

People who go regularly know where the lines will be. They don't need any sort of plan because they know the lay of the land. They know how to use fastpass, the value of rope drop, and lots of other ins and outs.

Newbies who attempt the same thing sometimes end up spending a good portion of their one and only WDW trip waiting hours at a time on lines.

A few years ago I waited at rope drop at the Magic Kingdom and chatted with the woman next to me. (MY husband and kids were at the back of the crowd; I was the fastpass runner.) She asked me where the shows were. "Shows???" I asked. "Yes, the shows and things my (13 year old) son will enjoy."

I asked him whether he liked roller coasters, and he said yes. I directed them to Big Thunder and Splash Mountains (Space Mountain was being rehabbed that year) along with Pirates of the Carribbean, Haunted Mansion, Monsters Inc and Buzz Lightyear. I hope it made a difference to them.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:01 PM   #22
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I think there's a huge difference between someone who goes on a regular basis "winging it" and the same move by someone who hasn't been there before.

People who go regularly know where the lines will be. They don't need any sort of plan because they know the lay of the land. They know how to use fastpass, the value of rope drop, and lots of other ins and outs.

Newbies who attempt the same thing sometimes end up spending a good portion of their one and only WDW trip waiting hours at a time on lines.

A few years ago I waited at rope drop at the Magic Kingdom and chatted with the woman next to me. (MY husband and kids were at the back of the crowd; I was the fastpass runner.) She asked me where the shows were. "Shows???" I asked. "Yes, the shows and things my (13 year old) son will enjoy."

I asked him whether he liked roller coasters, and he said yes. I directed them to Big Thunder and Splash Mountains (Space Mountain was being rehabbed that year) along with Pirates of the Carribbean, Haunted Mansion, Monsters Inc and Buzz Lightyear. I hope it made a difference to them.
Good point.

Dh and I are Florida residents (no kids) and have been going to WDW several times per year for 27 years. We don't plan or make dining ressies. We don't have to "do" everything because we know we can catch it next time.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:06 PM   #23
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I think you've gotten good insight from the pp's. If you've never gone before, at least figure out what parks you are going to, find out what your kids are especially excited about doing and make those a priority, and figure out how the fast pass system works and use it.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:27 PM   #24
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We are sort of going to wing it. I have planned out which park we are going to on each day based on crowd level and that's about it. DH has been many times to disney so he's familiar with the layout and what to ride first. I do have a feeling that we will focus on rides that the kids can go on first and then come back in the evening while my parents watch the kids and do the bigger rides.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:40 PM   #25
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I will make ADRs for a few meals, but otherwise we get a park hopper and just totally wing it!!!! The flexibility helps ~ if a park is too crowded we go somewhere else. In reading the boards it seems that sometimes people make a specific plan and then when things don't go as planned they get really upset.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:58 PM   #26
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We are winging our entire 8 day trip. When we get up in the morning is when we'll decide where we are going that day. I plan on walking in the park and head in 1 direction around the park and hit everything along the way until we are back at the beginning again. We changed our pkg from the regular dining plan to the quick service so we don't have to plan dinner reservations. I want to eat wherever we are. Absolutely no plans involved and I can't wait!
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:27 PM   #27
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No Plan is a Plan in my book. Most of us that "Wing it" actually have a rough estimate of a plan in our heads; sort of a built in road map, if you will. After a decade of 1 to 3 trips a year, you know what has to be done to get maximum benefit. You have the flexibility to work between the "uber planners" and the "clueless masses" And if you want to sit on a park bench, you know you will be back. If Magic Kingdom is getting too full, you can head to AK after the morning crowds begin to clear out etc.

You know to eat lunch at 1030 or after 2 and that with the Disney Apps you can make an ADR for 2 hours from now somewhere in the parks and don't have to decide what you want to eat in 6 mos.

Well that's my plan, and it has never failed me. I also must say that as a solo traveler I do benefit by not getting tied up in the "I don't know, What do you want to do" trap.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:13 AM   #28
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When we (dh and 3 kids) went with my in-laws for everyone's first trip in 12-20 years, and the kids' first trip, my MIL was determined that they didn't want to study a guide book or have a plan, then spent the vacation complaining about everything we didn't get to do or see. So if you're not going to have a basic knowledge of how to manage your touring, just don't put a lot of expectations on yourselves. :-)
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:03 AM   #29
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I think you can wing it pretty well if it's just adults and you know the parks well. I don't think it's ever wise to completely wing it with children or large groups. Two adults no stroller can get a lot done though winging it, especially with single rider lines.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:54 AM   #30
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We are DL veterans I guess (we've had passes for 4 years and go dozens of times a year), but we have only been to WDW once. We make ADRs and go from there. For our honeymoon, we never made rope drop (didn't even try - not even close!) and we had an amazing time. We do not like to plan out every detail of our vacation. And that was in June. We knew what rides we wanted to go on (we researched ahead of time). Since we are used to DL crowds, WDW was like a breath of fresh air (MUCH less crowded feeling!!) Even entering a park at 11:00am, we didn't feel like the lines were too bad.

This time around we will hit rope drop and morning EMH a few times, but not every day. We have ADRs and an idea of what we want to do the first couple of days, but we don't like to stick to a strict schedule. I like having the freedom to do what sounds fun that particular day. We have park hoppers and we just go where we want to go! It's interesting because I am a HUGE planner in daily life, but I just refuse to vacation that way and have no desire to do so. We know what our very favorite things are and we'll do those repeatedly I'm sure, and we'll fit in the other things we want to do.

When we make our Christmas trip (it WILL happen), I think we will plan in much more detail because of the crowds that time of year. But we're going in May this year (24 days!!!!!) and I really think we'll be fine.

Do what works for you, I say!
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