- Nov 12, 2006
There is a large segment of the population that prefers a more spontaneous vacation with very little planning involved. I can remember when you could do that at WDW. All restaurants took walk in reservations only, everyone stood in the same line (which moved efficiently), you could change your mind on the fly about where to go and what to do without worrying about a cancellation fee for your meal. My first trip to Europe involved less planning and was booked in a shorter timeframe than the WDW trip I took the same year - and it’s only become worse.I always thought Disney Planning was easy once you just read up on it. Barebones is ADRs at 180, FP at 60 and then all your normal vacation planning of figuring out where you want to go each day.
With the 1000s of dollars your're spending on this vacation, if you don't put some forethought in to it, it's your fault for not getting the most out of it.
I am not saying people shouldn’t preplan any portion of their WDW trip. However, when that planning feels like an unpaid part time job, it’s a bit much.
I managed to get an AP renewal voucher from AAA at the old rate, so I will be visiting for another year, but these days I find myself stopping to consider whether or not to do so, whereas before it would have been a given. That’s where the danger to Disney lies. The more people who stop to think about it, the more people there will be who decide the answer is no.