Collect memories, not things
- Mar 29, 2008
I honestly think I learned most of my info from the boards. I used Touring Plans personalized touring plans, picked the rides and let them tell me the order so I didn't "really" learn too much from them. It was the knowledge from the Dis that helped the most. Some other goodies I learned from the DIS that helped a lot: eat your meals during off peak times, know when the monorail isn't running, rider swap, how FP+ works, etc.But you probably learned at least some of that common knowledge by making a detailed touring plan. There's no way I'd ever have figured out as much as I have without that kind of discipline. People don't know what they don't know- it's those unknown unknowns that really muck up a plan!
It's like studying hard for a test, then showing up and finding it's open book. You're still going to do far better than the folks who kind of just glanced over the material ahead of time.
The other thing I've found is the parks are a lot busier than they used to be. We went a lot right around the turn of the century (hah- weird saying that) and things have changed quite a bit. In 2012 we used a plan- more or less- and the family all agreed it went much better, even though we all had fun before. I think it's probably even more important now. I'd rather make and not need it, for sure.