Laid back planners.... where ya at?! *DESPERADOS UNITE!*

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  1. maxsdad18

    maxsdad18 Earning My Ears

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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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  3. Pineapple Whip

    Pineapple Whip Burning My Ears

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    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
    Exit
    Out of park time
    Sleep

    "Honey, let's do this", "Mommy, Daddy I want to do this", "Friggin sweet, let's go" are all acceptable phrases.
     
  4. Mrs. Charming

    Mrs. Charming I'm not your entertainment, get a life.

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    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.
     
  5. Pineapple Whip

    Pineapple Whip Burning My Ears

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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.


    Definition:
    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.
     
  6. Mrs. Charming

    Mrs. Charming I'm not your entertainment, get a life.

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    LOL I'm SO doing that. Arrrrr, Matey! (Ok, ok it's cuter when my DD says it.)
     
  7. gracielou

    gracielou Mouseketeer

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    This is us exactly! I'll read and make notes and lists for 11 months before we leave. I have color-coded index cards organized by park and attraction (even organized in order by land or street or pavilion) where all the hidden gems are and the stories behind everything. I have charts of park hours and show times that cross-references the UG best/worst parks with TGM's red/yellow/greens. I even sketch out a 2 to 3 park-a-day plan to make sure we get a good mix in over our 10 days. However, after checking into the CBR at 8am (the only day of the trip that I'll be out of bed before 10am!) and heading to our traditional first park--AK--all notes, charts, and lists are just for informational purposes only. We have MNSSHP tickets and birthday ADRs but everything else is just spur of the moment. And the few reservations we do have almost give me a panic attack at the thought we're locked in to being anywhere at a set time. I think going on the dining plan would make me rather stay home!
     
  8. pooch

    pooch Still feeling special!!

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    I will now proudly, abheit not very artistically, draw eye patches on my new LGHMs! The trip is 9/4 to 9/11 so look for me if any of you are there!!!


    ARRRRRRR pirate:
     
  9. Howellsy

    Howellsy :)

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    Yeahh I'm sort of between the two :) We always have the DDP so we make ADRs but that's as far as it goes really, we normally decide the night before what we'll do the next day. I don't think I could plan where to go and what to do everyday, but I go for two weeks with UK tickets which have hoppers and water park options, so it may be slightly different for me :goodvibes
     
  10. scdak

    scdak DIS Veteran

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    I have to say I have done it many ways, early to parks vs late to the parks, midday rest during extended hours but no rest period during shorter days, general idea of what park on what day but no specific plan of action once I am there as long as I don't miss special events like the parades, shows, fireworks etc.
    My upcoming trip is a little more planned in that I am staying onsite for the first time and doing the dining plan for the first time. So,some ADR's are made based where I will be / when I will be there, park days are set based on the park hours, Fantasmic showing, etc. and of course MVMCP but plenty of leeway during the days to relax, eat the other meals when we choose to, swim, hit the attractions we enjoy the most, so its sort of a trip with the best of both worlds. Now, if Nov. 30th would just come!!!!
     
  11. kwitcherkicken99

    kwitcherkicken99 <font color=deeppink>Sleep keeps me pretty. CAFFEI

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    I'm around! We plan what park on what day and plan our food around that park (TS meals) and that's it. Whatever else happens, happens. We break for characters, extra play time wherever the kids are entertained, etc.

    I will probably pay a little closer attention to the clock this go around, but that's only if we are lacking in character experiences - I have a wish list I'd like to hit - we'll have to call the character line to see if characters are out and when so we don't walk in circles! We front-loaded our trip with Character Meals (Akershus and CM) and we're ending with CP. I know we'll see the Fab 5 and some of the girls and Pooh, but DS would be over the moon to see Beast and Mary Poppins so I've follow Berlioz's page to figure out where they are hiding. That's about it all we have planned. The rest is up to the Mouse.
     
  12. A_Princess'_Daddy

    A_Princess'_Daddy DIS Veteran

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    No, you're definitely not alone! I'm as Type-A as they come in "real life", but when it comes to vacations, especially to WDW, I'm very laid back and relaxed. I cannot do commando touring, have no interest in rope drop (even though we're up and going at that time), would rather be on the balcony with a glass of wine than in the parks riding rides at 10PM, am happy to hit the parks for three or four hours and then go back to the resort to swim, etc.

    Now, I do really enjoy the ADR planning process, but mainly because it gives us something to look forward to in the months leading up to the next trip. We don't stress about whether we get every one we want, or the right times, and we move them frequently in the time leading up to the actual trip.

    Growing up, vacationing with my father was much like a forced prison march to never waste a second, and while I love him dearly, I'll never choose to vacation that way now that I'm the adult.
     
  13. Pineapple Whip

    Pineapple Whip Burning My Ears

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  14. whatcateydid

    whatcateydid Mouseketeer

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    I'm in! I'm going in 8 days (!!!), and although I feel like I've been planning for ages we still have a lot of time where we're going to see how we feel on the day. We're staying offsite, so I've spent a lot of time figuring out the best ways to get to and from the parks and looking into restaurants around our hotel, etc. We're also going to a Star Wars convention while we're there, which thankfully my boyfriend is going to plan because I don't know where to start with it! I like to know my options and then plan as we go. I don't know which park we're going to on each day, but I've got a note of the opening hours and touringplans rating for every day so we'll make informed decisions while we're there. I've booked one ADR, and have a loose plan for our first day because we have a couple of places we need to be at specific times that day. Other than that, we'll see how it goes and have fun! I'll let you know how it goes!
     
  15. DisneyFirefly

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    I plan what park on what day, and my reservations for those days. That's about it, aside from MNSSHP for this trip.
     
  16. JoShan1719

    JoShan1719 DIS Veteran

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    We plan what parks to do which days and maybe two or three ADRs at special places. Other than that we pretty much wing it. I do look at and print off menus from different places ahead of time so we have an idea of where we'd like to eat, but that's about it. I planned like crazy for our Disneymoon and when we got there we ended up changing most of the plans.
     
  17. Mamu

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    Here, reading about all the things I'm not going to plan.
     
  18. Donut23

    Donut23 Long-Time Disney Fan

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    6 years ago - our first trip together - I asked my now DB to try a non-commando day. Just a day. If he hated it, we would be commandos. He discovered he enjoyed the trip far more at a more calm pace.

    We make, at most, 1 ADR p/day for about half of our trip. We make other decisions based on how we feel that day.

    It's less stressful and we have plenty more smiles at the end.

    Our early December trip requires a little more planning with the additions of Candelight Processional and the Christmas Party...but otherwise, we try to go with the flow of the day.

    Perhaps it's because we are now in our 50's and have been going to WDW and DL for a long-long time as singles before we met. We no longer worry much if we miss something....we'll catch it the next time.
     
  19. Doc CW

    Doc CW Dallas Cowboys Football #1

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    We make a few ADR's, but thats about as much planning as we do, I mean we talk about rides we would like to do and such, but we dont ever actually plan to hit rides in a certain fashion like we will FP rides that have that option and stand-by if its less than a 30 min wait. We are pretty laid back, considering we used to be commando and made the great switch to chill out :thumbsup2
     
  20. TxRabbit

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    I have given the super duper ooper smooper planning way a try...we went with the deluxe dining plan on our last trip.:scared1: I've never had a touring plan other than picking parks and feeling like we needed to get there early. I could always go with the flow once we got to the parks. Still...it wasn't a very relaxing vacation...

    For our up-n-coming trip, we have QSDP. DS wanted one character breakfast (he LOVES Donald) so I made an ADR for that. I made one other ADR that I think DS will love for the one day where I know which park we will be in. But it's okay if we don't keep it. Other than that, I'm so clueless as to what we are going to do on our WDW vacation!:rotfl:

    I've researched WDW til my eyes cross. :upsidedow I appreciate what are POSSIBILITIES and there have been times when things have happened that DH looks at me and is like, what do we do now? and all that research has saved the day. I feel totally prepared to take it as it comes ENTIRELY now. I'm so looking forward to not feeling like my vacation has already been played in my head!;) For the first time, our Disney trip will be completely a day by day, what do you feel like doing today kind of trip! I can't wait!:cool1:
     
  21. CocosMeme

    CocosMeme DIS Veteran

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    We pretty much just pick which park we will go to and make ADR for that park. When we get there we just do whatever appeals to us. If a line is too long we skip it and come back later. Fast passes are a must for us. I went last Feb on a spur of the moment trip and had no ADR's and it was not fun. We wound up eating fast food all week due to no walk ups available. Never again! ADR's are a must!!
     

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