It’s no secret that I am a planner. A crazy-nutcase-super-planner (I admit it). I don’t take even a short trip to Disney World without planning FastPass + selections and Advanced Dining Reservations at the earliest opportunity. I mean, have you read my articles on planning for spontaneity? If my introductory and advanced courses in leveraging MyMagic+ didn’t paint a vivid picture for you of my planning love, I’m not sure what would.
As I was planning for our upcoming trip over Labor Day weekend, a wild thought occurred to me. What if, for one of the days of our trip, I didn’t pre-plan anything? (Cue intense hyperventilation.) I know that some people are critical of MyMagic+, citing that it “forces” them to plan their trips months in advance. I don’t share in that sentiment, and even though I don’t personally go the non-planning route that doesn’t mean I believe it can’t be done. (Did everyone follow that convoluted sentence? I plan because I want to, not because I believe that one must plan in order to have a good time at Walt Disney World.)
Now you might be asking yourself, “How would this type-A planner know that someone can enjoy a day in Disney without planning?! She probably doesn’t even know how to have an impromptu day at Disney World!” Valid points, dear readers, and those thoughts are precisely what have led me to this particular experiment. And YOU are the key to this experiment. Essentially, I need you to tell me what to do.
On Saturday, September 5th my husband and I will be in Disney World, and we have zero plans for that day. No FastPass+ selections, no ADR’s. In order for this to be truly spontaneous, it is crucial that I not actually know which park we’re visiting until that morning. And the only way for me to be completely in the dark is for me to not have a choice in where we’re going. Do you see where this is going? YOU have the power to send me to any (non-water) park in Disney World. All I ask is that you take to Twitter that morning and tell me where I’m going! The park with the most votes is the park we’ll visit. (If you don’t use Twitter please feel free to make your vote in the comments below.)
Now to the rules. (Every civilized society has rules, why should this experiment be any different?) When we get up that morning I will post on Twitter the question of where we should go. I will not look at the responses until after we finish our morning routine and are ready to walk out the door. (This part depends heavily on people responding on Twitter, so make sure you follow me @Angela_Wilhelm!) If people voted in the comments of this blog article, I’ll factor those votes into the Twitter tally. If for some reason I don’t get any responses either here or on Twitter, we’ll write the four parks on slips of paper and draw one randomly.
We will be allowed to use MyMagic+ to book FastPass+ selections and ADR’s, but we aren’t allowed to do either of those things until we’re physically in the park. I’ll post updates on Twitter so that you know I’m following my own rules. Best of all, I’ll be looking for your input WHILE we’re in the parks regarding what we should do. Attractions to experience, places we should visit for snacks and drinks, and even photo ops we should take advantage of.
There is a single caveat for the audience participation segment of this experiment; I’ve got some back problems so I have some restrictions on attractions I can experience. For example, for me Space Mountain is akin to that scene in Finding Nemo when Darla violently shakes Nemo in the bag. That is not a good time for me. If I’m having a “bad” day, anything where I have to brace myself is a no-go. (I actually had a bad experience on Winnie-the-Pooh once because of the Tigger segment…) Most days I’m just peachy doing everything from Big Thunder Mountain to Star Tours to Test Track to Dinosaur, but in the interest of full disclosure for this experiment I wanted to throw the info out there just in case it becomes a factor.
The final rule for the day is that if we decide to park-hop, we’ll revisit Twitter and take new votes on where we should go, just so we don’t try to sneak in any covert planning. The purpose of this experiment? Aside from raising my blood pressure to critical levels, I want to see how valid the arguments against MyMagic+ are. Do people who don’t plan their vacations months ahead of time miss out on quintessential Disney experiences? Or can you make it up as you go along and still enjoy numerous attractions and activities? Those are the questions I’m here to answer!
Okay, it’s time for your input. What do you think of the structure of this experiment? Are there any additional rules you’d like to add? Or would you like to amend any existing rules? If you’re not able to chime in on Twitter, feel free to tell me now which park you want us to visit. I’ll be reporting back after this experience with everything I learned, and I need your help so that I’ll have something to report!