We are going on a family trip Dec 28-Jan 5. In my heart, I just want this to be one of our most special trips ever. Who wouldn't? It will be me, my husband, our 9 and 11 year olds, my dd 21 and her boyfriend. We are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge. A year and a half ago I had brain surgery and have since suffered from I guess what you'd call "chronic" fatigue. It's *ridiculous*. I have little stamina. I also have out of control diabetes, though I am on another new med which is finally helping to finally get my blood sugars under 200. I know the importance of having a good "plan", especially during the busiest time of year. I swore I'd NEVER go during this week, but we wanted to go somewhere, and we all love Disney. So, here we go. I have the touring plan idea down to a science, but I just don't know if I'm going to physically be up and at a park at rope drop. If I am, I sure as hell won't last the whole day. We hope to be at Magic Kingdom on NYE and have Crystal Palace reservations that evening. My "plan" was to get to MK later in the afternoon. Even if they are at a stage 3 closing, we'll be able to get in as we are resort guests. My *understanding* is that if they close a park to capacity, they may open/close several times throughout the day but that usually they start letting people in later in the afternoon. I know we would be chancing it, but there's no way I'll last from open to close so I'm not even going to try. Does anyone have any tips for doing the parks efficiently while also making sure to stay rested? I'm going to make sure to stay well hydrated and eat well. That's a WHOLE other thing for me: Disney while diabetic. ugh! Never had to worry about that in my prior trips. I just want everyone to have a great time...especially my children and dd's boyfriend. I just need to be able to get through it physically. I had even contemplated renting a wheelchair but call it pride, denial or stubborness, I just refuse to. HOWEVER, if it got unbearable and I HAD to, is that something you can do last minute? or do you have to reserve one? Any thoughts much appreciated!!!