I landed here about 14 months ago. It was 10 days before my trip and I was overwhelmed. As a matter of fact, that was pretty much the title of my first post. From the first thought that we should do WDW to departure it was just about 8 weeks.
I was so afraid I was going to mess it up. And I did - in a spectacular and very EXPENSIVE fashion before we even departed. My master plan was to red eye into MCO and spend that first day just getting acclimated. Well...because there was so much back and forth about the dates - and the flight being a red eye - and which airport we were going to depart from.....we showed up at the airport and there were NO flights out. Our flight was actually for the next day.
While a one day delay might not be too big of a deal, it was the red eye. We would've left out the next night and gotten in the morning after that. And instead of having a whole day to adjust, we would've had to go straight to the park to keep our schedule...or skip one of the parks.
So after paying a handsome fee - changing outgoing airports AND splitting up our routing - dh took one flight - ds and I took another. We arrived in MCO about the same time. We boarded the ME and we were back on schedule only about 4 hours late and with much much stress.
Now I'm planning next years trip and looking back, I can say that without the touring plans and the members here that helped me get a visit strategy in place our trip would've been a NIGHTMARE! The stress from the botched flight, having to fly separate, the $$ it took to make those changes happen. It would've been a big cloud over our entire visit if we had to wing the whole trip too.
I beat myself up a lot over the mistake. I tried to heh heh let it go, but that's just not me. Thankfully the touring plans and ADRs had been set and we just started to follow the plan.
I don't think I even came back here afterward to thank everyone for their help. I know I didn't. I should have and I am sorry that I didn't. I would like to offer a very belated "thank you" to everyone that helped me out last year. And I would like to let those that are new here know there is a lot of knowledge and experience here and everyone is so generous with their time and thoughtfulness in their responses. I'm looking forward to planning with you over the next year. And I can't wait to do a trip report.