WDW Should I X or Y?

Posted by jwsadmin on May 18, 2015

My more general "rant" inspired by recent "I have X reserved, but Y is available, should i switch?" posts regarding Walt Disney World planning...

Pardon me if I'm getting a little philosophical/abstract, perhaps even obtuse, but, well, why does it matter?

I see a *lot* of these "X vs Y" posts these days, reflecting perhaps that factor of, "I only go to WDW so many times so I want it to be *perfect*" and, well, it can get tiresome.

I just went to Disneyland, for the first time since 2009 (which then was a rushed parkhopper day of "lets get every ride that's not on the east coast, 'cause I don't know if/when I'm going back...).

I made no extensive plans. All I did for prep was to watch the "mouse wait" times the week before, which helped me decide which day was primarily DL and which was primarily DCA.

Granted, I wasn't pressured by the current WDW practice of having EVERYTHING PLANNED OUT 6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE AND I HAVE TO HAVE EVERY DETAIL DOWN INCLUDING WHICH RIDE I HAVE TO SAY I CAN'T DO, WHILE PICKING WHAT TIME OF DAY TO DO THE OTHERS, BECAUSE WDW WILL ONLY GIVE ME 3 FAST PASSES THIS FAR IN ADVANCE practice. But there-in lies the problem.

'Cause, yeah, that's what I see. WDW's current approach has actually introduced more stress than joy, particular for those who understand the limitations, and I see it in the contrast of just how easily I managed to get 5 (plus two season-pass local friends) through Disneyland, 3 of whom (incl my 3 1/2 year old) had never been to such a park before.

I wish it wasn't that way. I wish Disney could successfully project that all of the experiences they offer at WDW are equal in quality, because that is very much what we felt over those 3 days at Disneyland last month.

So to those who have that question come up, I would say take a step back.

Have you done something before? then either decide you can't go without doing it again, or embrace the new. Both are valid ideas, but the *choice* should be yours, not ours (the other followers of these Disney groups).

if you haven't? then stressing over picking X when Y *might* be better is actually going to make *neither* of them enjoyable, since the choice was always tempered by the back of the head nagging of "what if I...". Make the choice, forget that it was a choice, and enjoy the moment...and don't be afraid that by not nailing down *everything* 6 months ahead of time that there won't be anything to do on the days you left empty.

things do open up (well, unless you're a family of 7) and keeping a little spontaneity in the schedule can do wonders for leaving room for unexpected magic to happen, because it is the *UN*expected magic that is the most memorable of all.

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