Posted by Danny
Trip to Disney December 27, 2010
We are a Disney family – my parents are Disney fans and my in-laws are Disney fans. Lisa was the worst however, dedicated to the mouse in a deep fanatical sort of way. Her absence in planning was painfully obvious this year.
On park hours
With Lisa: A spreadsheet with crowd level predictions; at the door when the park gates open; a strategic plan for “fast passing” the most popular attractions.
Without Lisa: Stroll into the park at 10; hope you get to ride something.
With Lisa: The dining plan purchased along with our tickets; reservations for almost all of our meals; eating at off times from the crowd so we could maximize our ride times while they all stood in line for food.
Without Lisa: Pretzels, soda and ice cream at a rolling cart at noon.
With Lisa: A spreadsheet with parade times and shows; reserved front row seats for all; autograph books for character signatures; Princess breakfast for our gaggle of girls; tour of the park that climaxes with a personal meeting with Tinker Bell and Peter Pan.
Without Lisa: Saw the top of parade floats behind the massive crowd; Princesses? Are there Princesses at Disney?
With Lisa: A short boat or monorail ride to the park.
Without Lisa: Drive the family van from the hotel, wait in line, walk two miles to the park and pay $10.
With Lisa: Each child has time to shop alone with mom to pick out the perfect souvenir to remember our trip; a Christmas ornament for posterity.
Without Lisa: No shopping.
The wonderful thing about our family is that even without the organization, even without seeing a half of the attractions, even without going into one Disney World store, we still had an incredible time!