This is mostly just a vent, so I’m looking mostly for consoling words.
So my niece (18) and my SIL are visiting next week, and I, the resident Disneyland expert, am taking them for two days (8/22 and 8/23) at the parks, and I’m getting anxious about making sure they have a great time, because this is a once-every-10-years type trip for them. I’ve been researching my itinerary for literally weeks, and I think I have a good handle on it, but it will also be hot while we’re there (88 and 84, respectively), and potentially pretty crowded on the first day (8 and 5, respectively), thanks to the D23 Expo.
Despite all the best laid plans, it’s bound to be exhausting. We’re rope dropping both days (I have to wake up at 5:30am each day to make sure I’m awake enough to drive at 6:30am…I’ve been getting up at 6am daily in preparation), and staying until WoC and fireworks, respectively. I’m hoping that having them with me is going to energize me, and I’ve told them that I may need to slink off for a nap somewhere, but I’m still worried that I’m going to be overwhelmed with being Magic Coordinator on a crowded hot, and incredibly loooong, day.
I’m prepared for just about everything. We will have frozen water, plenty of snacks, and I know where all the best air conditioning/napping places are. My itinerary is more rigid in the morning while lines are short, and a lot more flexible and room for plenty of breaks as it gets hotter and we potentially get more tired.
I seriously have all bases covered, even making egg muffins and regular muffins so we can eat breakfast on the road. So how do I get rid of this pressure I’m putting on myself? The first thing that comes to mind is, no matter what, pretend to be calm, even if I’m not, because most likely everything will be fine and we’ll have an amazing time. And my husband says, that even if my niece and SIL had to bumble around the parks without a plan, they’d still have a great time, so me organizing everything will let them be able to relax and enjoy even more (and they’ll most likely get to ride all their chosen rides too, if my plan goes accordingly). And the reason I do all this planning is so that I, too, can relax and just follow the map I’ve laid out for the parks. So maybe that’s my plan. I can stress all I want right now about making sure all my ducks are in a row, but as soon as I pick them up from the airport, the stressing stops, I’ve done all I can, the rest is up to the Disneyland gods, and I should just focus on enjoying myself and the company of my family.
But if anyone else has any words of wisdom, go for it.