This shows the limits of FPP as a cure all for disappointment. It’s only a solution if you can actually use them.
Great job rolling with the punches @planplanplan! Hope your girls are still talking about what a fun time they had! Funny how time can make the frustrations fade away and the true magic moments stand out. Not every vacation is floating from activity to activity with no effort and only joy- love your honest assessment, the good and the challenging, and hope you are able to laugh and enjoy the memories.
At least for me, a lot of my worry comes from feeling like I’m subjecting my kids to things that should be fun but that actually make them miserable, for the sake of “memories” or for the sake of my own fun or whatever. Hearing from my kids that they still think about our trip with positive thoughts and want to go back really is all that matters. Just like not everyday at home is perfect, but after a while it all blends into a generally positive feeling about your days.
My DD4 melted down in HS crying and said she wanted daddy (I took my mom with me and the kids… truthfully as a practice run since my mom is much more patient than DH lol) after just doing the Disney Jr. show, toy shopping, and Little Mermaid. So a whole day of park tickets on just 2 things and about 2 hours total. But it was about 199 degrees and humid and she was done. The trip is about the kids having fun, and she didn’t want to be in the park anymore, so we left (abandoning a FPP for TSMM and a dinner ADR for H&V). She tapped out at the Halloween party too before the first parade… so maybe 4 hours use on those tickets. No big deal but not what I expected. 9 months later she still talks about how much fun WDW was to basically everyone she meets, and has become obsessed with Disney even more than before… so we are going again next spring. This time with DH. It’s going to be a sh*t show I’m sure but bring it on.