Not like I am counting, but in 34 days, I will be 800 miles South of Charlottesville, VA – immersed in a land of Fantasy, basking in the warmth of the Sunshine State once again. For three wondrous days, I’ll be living the life…with a waterfront address and not a care in the world…
Yup, I’ll be in THE ZONE – the Disney Dork Zone.
Haha, yes, I am fully aware of how ridiculous I look in this very old photo. Can you believe that this was taken the first time I took hubs to the Disney parks? We had been dating for one month, and I made him wear the ‘First Visit’ button and everything. See, there’s proof here:
Anywho! Enough of that…it’s time to talk about PLANS!
…okay, this is really rough, but this is the idea: our arrival and departure times, the race and everything else is peachy (hence, the pink shade). I am trying to decide if I want to make dining reservations (so weird to be on this end of the equation now, btw) and can I just say I am TOTALLY stoked to stay at an Epcot area resort for the very first time? I know, I worked at the International Gateway forEVER but never ever stayed at the resorts that the guests I served were staying at.
As I approach the planning of this trip, I return to the advice that I used to dispense when speaking to guests over the phones at the Disney Reservation Center (ahh, the beloved CM days) which boiled down to this simple suggestion:
“Create a Vacation Top 5 - this way, everyone gets a say in the planning.“
See, most people don’t realize that Walt Disney World is much more than an ‘amusement park’ – it is, legitimately, a whole WORLD of attractions, entertainment venues, restaurants and so much more. To try and do it all is WAY TOO STRESSFUL – and aren’t you on a vacation to alleviate stress? The Top 5 approach is a realistic (and fun) way to see what you want to see – and anything else…well that’s just an awesome bonus!
Here’s my Princess Weekend Top 5 so far…will need to confer with my other girls’ weekend half to complete this!!
- Run Princess Half Marathon
- Go to Babycakes NYC (I really liked my cupcake there last Half Marathon weekend!)
- See my BFF
Are you a trip planner? Or more of a spontaneous sort?
I like to say that I am spontaneous, but I am sure this post proves otherwise…