I have read a lot that the people who say they never want to do Disney again are the people who didn’t plan properly. But we just finished our trip and I am pretty sure we are done for a decade or so, even though our planning worked well. We did EMM the first 2 days, and our touring plans worked great. Everyone was thrilled with how well our plans of attack worked. Even though we only did 7-3 our first day, our second day the kiddo was done before the parade and went home early (7-1:30). We dropped our Pandora rope drop plans for day 3, but used the planning knowledge to pick up FoP Fastpasses at 11:01 and 1:01. That day was a 9-4 day, but included a long sit down lunch. Day 4 was planned to be short (9-2 including a Pirates League appointment and character meal), but kiddo was done by 11 and refused to ride anything. Day 5 we planned to be short, but ended up only being 8-10 (including breakfast at Akershus). She just refused to ride or do anything and my husband didn’t want to stay without us. She doesn’t nap; she just wanted to be home playing in the pool instead of being at the parks.
It’s cool with me if all she wants to do is play in a pool, but I can make that happen for a lot less money than a trip to DW or DL. If she isn’t interested in the parks, then why spend the time and money? We had planned to go to DL in about a year and I don’t know that it is worth it. If we go again, and that is a big if, we will probably only do hard ticket events and plan to spend the rest of our time at the house or hotel. Or maybe Disney will just become an adult only vacation.
I guess this is just a vent, but, my takeaway is no amount of planning can make a kid who doesn’t want to participate have fun. And I should have expected this because we have had days where she asks to go to our local theme park and then refuses to do anything when we get there.