When I tell people that I create personalized Disney itineraries and touring plans for a living, I often get the same response: “Why do I need a touring plan? Why can’t I just GO to Disney World and have fun?”
The answer is simple: Disney vacations are unlike any other trip you will ever take. They are a huge investment in time, money, and energy. And for most people, they are emotionally charged, representing the innocence of childhood. As a Disney buff, it makes me sad when people return from a Disney vacation, frustrated because they spent most of their trip waiting in line. I’ll never forget a conversation that I had with an old friend after his family vacation to Disney World. He recounted a story of bitter disappointment, crying children, and gigantic crowds that prevented his family from experiencing more than one attraction per hour.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way, as long as you are armed with a good touring plan (a list of attractions you plan to visit, written in the order that will save you the most time). On our Disney vacations, my family routinely experiences all of the headliner attractions (and some minor ones) before lunch, and we rarely ever wait more than 15 minutes for any ride. The trick is learning how to stay ahead of the crowds. With some planning, this is an easy goal to achieve.
One of the biggest concerns I hear from clients is that a touring plan will consume their entire day, leaving little time to stop and enjoy the magical details that make Disney parks so special. In reality, a touring plan does the opposite. With a touring plan, you will experience more attractions and spend significantly less time waiting in line. Then, while everyone else is spending hours standing in scorching hot queues, you will have tons of free time to explore the less-crowded areas of the parks, rest at your hotel, or just sit and people-watch!
So, how do you stay ahead of the crowds? Over the years, I’ve learned countless tips and tricks that help my family and friends avoid the crowds and enjoy memorable Disney trips. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share some of them with you on The Patch!! For more information about my Disney experiences (and even more tips), you can check out my personal blog, “Drinking the Kool-Aid: A Mom’s Guide to Disney World” at http://drinkingkool-aid.blogspot.com.
Until next time, have a magical day!