I just read this week’s Saturday Six in the Touring Plans blog. It was titled “6 Magical Reasons We LOVE The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade”.
I went to UOR last year during our trip. We went on three separate days, though we didn’t spend full days there each time. Yet reading that blog — and some others it linked to — made me realise just how little I actually saw when I was there. Indeed, I remember thinking it was a bit rubbish. Now I realise it’s amazing and I can’t wait to go back.
As I touched on elsewhere on these forums today, the limited access to WDW (and UOR) and the limited time we get to spend there that most of us have tends to make us frantic in our planning. I remember last year one of the first things I did was go through every ride at all six parks I was visiting (4 WDW, 2 UOR) and list all the rides I wanted to go on. I then scheduled them all. I’m fairly sure I ticked them all off. Some twice.
Ultimately my trip last year was mostly about action. Yet at times it was so frenetic that I cannot remember doing some of the things. I know we rode EE, for example, but I can barely remember any details. People keep saying it’s one of the best rides at WDW, yet I honestly couldn’t tell you if I even enjoyed it or not.
On one iteration of my current plans, I had a three-quarter day at UOR, followed by a quarter day at AK. This was because I found an FPP for FOP on that day. So the plan was I rush back from UOR to ride FOP. And, since you get three FPPs, I threw in EE and Dinosaur. And dinner at Satu’li, and regular line Na’vi.
Great planning, right? Except I’m worried I’m just going to be rushing from one thing to the next again with no stopping and taking it all in.
So tonight, I’m going to go through my plans — again! — and maybe do some pruning.
(But how do you stop and smell the roses? I’m reminded of when I first started going to art galleries. I didn’t know what to do. How long were you supposed to look at each picture for?)
Before you all rush in to comment, I know my spreadsheets are divided into 15 minute intervals, but they’re not actually as prescriptive as you think. They’re genuinely not that crammed. And I always set the TP planner to “relaxed” walking pace. Usually. But — for example — I’m wanting to visit all four monorail hotels. (I count Wilderness Lodge as a monorail hotel.) At three of them I have a meal, and then I’ve scheduled half an hour to explore the resort. Experts will no doubt tell me you could easily spend two hours at each one and not be bored. Probably?
I do have a trip booked for next year, which should take some of the pressure off, but there’s a part of me that doesn’t quite believe I’m really going to do it. There’s a big difference between paying a £50 deposit on a £2,419 hotel and ticket package, and actually paying the balance.
I wonder what I’m going to cut . . .