Saturday, March 6, 2010

OMG Disney is NEXT WEEK!

In an attempt to not think AT ALL about the flight to Guam, I have poured all my time and energy into the Disney Trip. Mom, Dad, Arika: YOU SUCKERS ARE TOTALLY MISSING OUT!!! It's gonna be such a BLAST!

Being me, I went out and bought this book. News flash: probably shoulda bought it a while ago. Who knew? Anyway, it was pretty much custom made for yours truly. PLAN PLAN PLAN! You know, people don't plan to fail. They FAIL to PLAN. NOT ME!

In addition to all the super good tips and tricks throughout the book, the back has TONS of daily itineraries for the parks! Like, Parents with Tweens and Preschoolers. Or, Grandparents with Small Children. I adapted the Two Day Parents with Small Children itinerary to come up with this Grand Plan for Magic Kingdom. Man, I really need to get back to work!

Wanna know what we'll be doing at any given time? Glad you asked! I just scanned in their provided itinerary and cut and pasted out the things we don't need. How fun, right?

Engelbrecht/Treadway Disney Vacation Itinerary
Friday: Magic Kingdom

1. Arrive at the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) forty minutes before park opens. Obtain maps and a copy of the daily entertainment schedule when you pass thru the turnstiles. First stop: FANTASYLAND

2. As soon as the park opens, ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Fantasyland.

3. Ride Peter Pan’s Flight.

4. Ride the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. (Note: there is a FastPass option for Winnie the Pooh. On our June 2008 trip, we waited well over an hour for this ride, but it was in the late afternoon.)

5. Ride the Mad Tea Party. (Note: Ava’s most anticipated ride.)

6. Ride It’s a Small World. While we are waiting in line (if there is a substantial line) either Nick or Andy needs to go to Mickey’s Philharmagic (also in Fantasyland) and get EACH MEMBER OF THE PARTY a FastPass for the show.

7. There is a playground in Fantasyland called Pooh’s Playful Spot. If we’ve breezed thru these rides with little wait-times, maybe we can play here for a few minutes to rest and relax and eat snacks, while the girls ride Cinderella’s Carousel. If we’ve been waiting all morning and it’s closer to lunch time, eat in Fantasyland or Frontierland, then continue on to FRONTIERLAND.

8. Tour Tom Sawyer’s Island. Book says to allow 30-45 minutes to run around this Island. Be sure to try the barrel bridges and to tour Fort Langhorn.

9. See Country Bear Jamboree (maybe).

10. Take a ROUND TRIP ride on the Walt Disney Railroad (no strollers allowed, so must ride all the way around.) The Frontierland station is accessed by stairs and is located just above the entrance to Splash Mountain. Andy and Mia may want to ride Splash Mountain at this time.

11. See Mickey’s Philharmagic when FastPass denotes.

12. Head for TOMORROWLAND. Ride the Tomorrowland Speedway. Restrictions apply, kids cannot drive or ride alone.

13. Ride Buzz Lightyear, if they kids are not too scared.

14. Ride the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. This is the elevated train type thing where you just sit back and relax. (note: this is Jenn’s favorite ride)

15. See the Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor Comedy Club (maybe).

16. Head for TOONTOWN. As you walk thru Tomorrowland, keep the Tomorrowland Speedway on your right and you’ll be at the entrance to Toontown in a couple of minutes. Once in Toontown, ride the Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacres Farm (roller coaster for little kids.)

17. Tour Mickey’s Country House. Have your camera and autograph book ready!

18. Experience Donald’s Boat. This is a playground located across the street from Mickey’s Country House. (maybe)

19. Tour the Toontown Hall of Fame. Parents take note: the character greeting area is inside a large retail space. (maybe)

20. Tour Mickey’s Country House. (Note: we got some SUPER cute pics here on our last trip-so fun!)

21. Head for ADVENTURELAND. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean. (note: this is Nick’s most anticipated ride)

22. Ride the Jungle Cruise. (maybe) (there is a FastPass for this).

23. Ride the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

24. Explore Swiss Family Treehouse.

25. Backtrack for anything we may have missed today.

For those of you (Mom!) who think I'm being ridiculous, just imagine if we DIDN'T have a plan. Can you imagine wandering around aimlessly, with FIVE SMALL KIDS AGES FIVE AND UNDER (our friend Dre and her little Dillon are coming!) All the grownups will say "where should we go next?" "oh, I dunno, where do you wanna go next?" "oh, I don't care, hey, where do YOU wanna go next?" NO THANKYOU! This way, we HAVE A PLAN. And so what, if you don't stick to it, it's no big deal! At least this way, it's all there in black and white, and we can just pick and choose if we need to.


PS: Mindy, if you're reading this, don't buy this book! We'll give you ours, trust me, you want it! Even if you're not a Schedule Nazi like me, it's got a lot of great info, and I made sure not to write in it. I did, however, fold some pages over. But they're probably the pages you would need to fold over too...

Now I gotta go get started on Animal Kingdom and Epcot! HOORAY!

1 comment:

  1. head up on Tom Sawyer Island. You can not take strollers there and you take a stand on boat over to it. Super quick ride. When you're ready to leave, have Nick or someone else check the line. This way you're not waiting in the sun to catch a ride back. It seemed like when we went everyone wanted to get off the island at the same time. Oh, they also had a riverboat/parade right by there for the new princess and frog movie. It was decorated like mardi gras when we were there in Nov. Ava might enjoy it. I think a ton of characters take part. You can see it from land or I think there's a spot on Tom's island where you can see it too.

    Hope you guys have a blast!!!!