Planning and being spontaneous may not seem like two terms that go hand-in-hand, but they need to when it comes to planning a trip to Walt Disney World. Lack of planning for a vacation to Disney World, when you are unfamiliar with it, is a sure way to lead you into a struggle to enjoy your magical vacation. On the other hand, over-planning every minute of your vacation will put you on a path to end your vacation tired and stressed. So how do you plan and be spontaneous at the same time?
Plan the Big Details
Plan the big parts of your trip before you ever leave home. Know which parks you are planning to go to on each day, take advantage of FastPass+ to avoid waiting in long lines and decide what things are the most important to each member of your group. Plan which restaurants you want to eat at and make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) to make sure you get the dates and times that you are looking for.
Our family likes to discuss what each person’s priority is for each day at the park. This could be a must-do ride, must-see show or parade or a snack that we are so excited to have. We then plan to make sure that our top five must do items happen for the day. Once those are planned we fill in a few more rides, shows and meet-n-greets that we really want to do. However, we do not plan our entire itinerary for the day. There is so much to see and do at Disney World and if you spend your vacation checking off items on your to-do list you are sure to miss out on the magic of it all.
Leave Room in Your Plan to be Spontaneous
One of the greatest things about a trip to Disney is being a part of the environment and taking in the sights, smells and sounds that are happening around the parks. Disney goes above and beyond to make sure each small detail is addressed to create an amazing environment for you to enjoy. Leave room in your plan to hit a ride with a short wait time as you walk by or to enjoy a parade you weren’t planning on watching. Disney is about relaxing, having fun and escaping the pressure of real life.
Have a plan, but leave room to live in the moment and allow your family to do the same!