You do countless hours of research. You obsess over CL predictions to determine the best days for each park, and set up Crowd trackers to notify you the instant they change. You check KtP’s calendar for advance notice of the actual park hours, because WDW is too lazy to post them before Day 180. You pour through menus, making sure that there is something for the picky eaters, the allergy-prone, and the people with imaginary food issues. You determine the best PPO breakfasts, and then worry that WDW will change the park hours and make them worthless.
You then plan obsessively. Main plans, backup plans, backup backup plans. Hard to get later in the stay, several options for the “must have” Character Meal, etc. Every “what if” accounted for. All while making sure that you get good value out of the DDP. And don’t forget the tactical plan for getting the ADRs on Day 180.
And then Day 180 arrives. You are up at 0-dark thirty, making sure that everything is up and running. You have multiple devices going, with more keyboards than Rick Wakeman. Then at the stroke of 6:00 you are madly clicking and typing. Unless MDE is having a spasm, and you are dialing the reservation hotline at the stroke of 7:00.
But you survive, and all looks good - you got everything you wanted, and if not you have cued up the Touringplans Reservation Finder to get the rest. You sit back, take a deep breath, and bask in the glory. And think about how great these meals are going to be.
And then it hits you.
IT’S 6 FREAKING MONTHS UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY GET TO GO TO THESE RESTAURANTS!