Thursday, February 17, 2011
The waiting game!!!
So so hard..especially when you're waiting for a Disney vacation to start!!
For me, the trip planning process always seems to start with a whirlwind. As soon as I find out the trip is a go...like our upcoming trip in November that my parents (especially my dad) have finally decided to take with us, I go crazy. We're 9 months away from the trip and I am already planning which days to go to which parks, possibilities for dining, checking on flights. This usually lasts til ADR day. By then, everything is kinda set in stone. I rarely change ADRs once they've been made. Once air is booked, and we usually do Southwest, I keep an eye just to see if fares drop so I can get a credit, but other than that, the trip planning stage is done.
Years ago, I used to make detailed itineraries and would spend the rest of the waiting time perfecting them. Now, I'm not talking down to the minute type stuff, but a list of attractions and what order, when to get Fastpasses, when to eat, when to go get a parade spot. It was a basic guideline that we usually deviated from, but it was a security blanket. I just had to have it. But I don't do it anymore. I do type up a mini itinerary for each day, but it's very basic- which park, dining confirmation # and time, if there are any shows we want to see and their times. We know the parks now...we know what stuff we can skip, and what ones are important and need to be redone several times each trip. We know what counter places we like to eat at and which ones we pass by.
So now that I don't do these itineraries anymore, that leaves practically nothing to do as the trip draws near. And the time just drags.