I might have inadvertently created a planner last night:
As many of you may know, I am a very thorough planner - especially for my Orlando trips. Younger friends of ours are heading to Disney in December for the first time and they came over for advice. The wife wants to plan ahead with an itinerary and the husband does not. We were trying to meet half way until I explained it like this:
What is going to make this a successful trip? Is it for your children to see all of the attractions, characters and experiences they want to see - or - is this a relaxing, sit by the beach and pool and "see what you can" type of trip? When the answered that it was for the kids, I told them they need to make a checklist of all things they want to see and do. I recommended they place them in three categories of 1) Must See 2) Really Want to See 3) Wouldn't Mind Seeing. Then, I told them that I could put this checklist, based on their priorities, in an order that could guarantee they see all of their "Must Sees" and "Really Want to Sees" and most of their "Hope to Sees" based on how many days they will spend in the parks. Their very Top 3 "Must Sees" will become their FastPasses and everything else will work around that.
Planning is basically a checklist put in order of priorities and least amount of energy to accomplish (ie avoid waiting in lines).For others who prefer the latter to have a successful trip, their plan is to have no plan.
My sister is not a planner. When she comes back from Disney and I ask her how she liked this or that, she replies: "Where was that?". But she enjoys Disney and Universal just as much as I do.
But last night, I created a Planner!