Background: We are a couple in our 30s, taking 2 children (7 & 4). We are going to WDW in May 2019 for 7 days (5 days of parks). We are first timers, although my husband and I have been to Disney Land as well as Disney World Paris. I have been to WDW a few times, but it was in High School. So we get the gist but consider it our first time since we have children to create memories for
Question: How do you plan enough so that you are familiar with where to go and when, but without over planning/scheduling to where everyone is miserable? I am definitely a PLANNER when we go on vacation, but I realize with 2 young children, we will need to be flexible. And we are fine with that! But I read others’ amazing trip reports and how they knew to be at the Tomorrowland entrance at Rope Drop so they could ride such-in-such, and then head over to Frontier land because it’s nearby (clearly I have no idea, I made that up). And then later in the day they rescheduled their FP for so-in-so and went to ride some other ride because it had a shorter line at the time, and my mind is blown by their knowledge. Obviously I’ve looked at maps and understand how to follow it, but it seems there’s more to it at WDW. Do you suggest making a Touring Plan and just blindly following it? And memorizing the maps of each park? (I’m being sarcastic but… seriously? Ha!)
Side note: I’ve researched a lot. Which is probably why I’m panicking hah I’ve scheduled my ADRs and chosen which days we’ll be at which park. I’ve done some “test run” Touring plans, but I’d like to familiarize myself with the parks as best I can so I won’t be fumbling with my phone trying to figure out where to go if we need to adjust. Lets be honest, once we get on the plane to go, Mom (aka Me) will be the only one who has done research. So my 3 guys (husband and 2 sons) will be 100% following my lead. Between park hours changing and FP updating and which direction to go at Rope Drop, etc etc… whats your best tip for being prepared?