Disney World Trip 2014 Pre-Trip Report
We are less than a month from our next family trip to Walt Disney World. At this point, the plans are mostly finalized. As I write this, Disney has just opened up FastPass+ availability for their latest attraction, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. I was able to make a couple of FP+ reservations for the ride early this morning before the demand for FPs crashed Disney’s system. So with those FPs taken care of, there isn’t much left to do but wait.
For our 2012 trip (pictured above), I shared an extremely detailed step-by-step plan in my pre-trip report. I did so in the form of a countdown from Day 50 until Day 8. I stopped at Day 8 because readers who were not interested in the details of my trip complained. Here is a quote from the comments section:
Dude, after you finally go on your trip and come back from it, do you promise never to write about Disney trips, ever again? I am an avid reader of your blog (I especially like the Walking Dead reviews and WTHH series), but the constant OCD-style posts about Disney are flooding – and shifting attention away from – an otherwise VERY interesting blog. These are not interesting to anyone NOT going on the trip.
I decided to spare my regular readers the “OCD-style posts” this time. Instead, all of my pre-planning will be contained in this one post. Also, my plans are a lot less detailed this time around. Last trip, we were squeezing in all four parks in 5 days. It required a tight schedule to see and do everything I had planned. This time, we have 4 full days at the Magic Kingdom. So we can afford to be spontaneous.
Before I get started on the details, let me re-introduce the players. I of course am your humble narrator, lebeau. I am the planner of the party. My wife, Mindy, typically tolerates my Disney obsession. Although frankly, this trip would not have happened this year if she hadn’t pushed for it. She denies it now, but this trip was her idea. For reals.
Then there’s our two kids. Josie is our oldest daughter. She will be nine at the time of the trip. Perfect age. Disney charges 10-year-olds as adults. This will be Josie’s fifth trip to Disney World. She’s a veteran at this point and will ride almost anything. Kara is our youngest. She’s recently turned 5. This will be her 3rd trip. Plus 1/2 credit from the time we went while Mindy was pregnant. Kara is really in this for the princesses. She has told us repeatedly she will not do anything that has villains. And she means it.
In 2012, my mom came along for the ride. This year, unfortunately, she can’t join us. Which is a shame because having her along was a big help last time. Hopefully it works out next time. Last time, since we were a party of five, we stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation in one of the Lion King suites. But since we’re back down to a family of four, we’ll be returning to the moderate resorts.