Well, 1st…relax. Chill - THIS IS VACATION!!!
Now, what type of person are you. B/C I read an article about planning for Disney that really helped me. Look at the 3 categories and where do you fall?
I got to be at the opening and spend as many hours in the parks as possible. I have to ride every ride, take every tour, see everything before I leave (BTW, that just WILL NOT happen)
I will get to the parks sometime before lunch and stay until we feel like it might start to get unpleasant due to kids being tired or spouse tired of lines…etc. But I know that on this day I want to do this, this, and this…For example - I am going to Animal Kingdom and I want to ride Kiliminjaro, take a Safari, and see the Little Nemo show. Ask your spouse the things they have to do while there and set those as your goals for the day - Everything else done before, after, or in between is BONUS - and there will be alot of BONUS.
It’s vacation. We arrive when arrive - we leave when we leave and we see what what see. Lets just have a BLAST!!
Being that you are making dinner reservations and you do not have ParkHopper - you have to be somewhat planned. You will already know what park you will be in on what day. So you are either planning by 1 or 2. When I went I was a #2. We would wake up around 9:30 or 10:00 and would hit the parks. We had ParkHopper so there were many times we went to one park like AK in the day, go to hotel and rest and clean up, and then hit another one that night. All of this sounds like there wasn’t much planning involved…but there was.
- I planned to use our snacks for breakfast, our quickservice meals for lunch, and our table service for night.
- This in turn forced me take Dinner Reservations for nights.
- I then found out when and what parks had EMH for what nights
- I then made my dinner reservations for those places in parks having the EMH.
Besides this, we did not plan our quickservice meals. We ate when were hungry and what we were hungry for. We generally slept in a little. Our goal was to hit EVERY park and do at least 5 or 6 things that WE HAD to do, be at our dinner reservation on time, and then walk, ride, observe and watch some fireworks…and stay at the EMH as long as our kids were able to remain happy and controllable(which it was Disney, so they closed the parks down EVERY night).
We got to see and do EVERYTHING each one of us wanted to do and sometimes 2-5 times. And we had a blast.
The only time I got a little ticky was I made us go and find our place of dining as soon as we entered the park so we could get there quickly when the time came and would confirm reservations.
Sit your spouse down and pick out 5 or 6 MUST DO’s for each day. And go from there.