5 Reasons to Plan a Disney Parks VacationAmy Lupold Bair
I know, I know, of course there are more than 5 reasons to plan a Disney Parks vacation, but there are a few that have come to be a recurring theme in my Disney Parks vacation planning life. As someone who has visited Walt Disney World more times than I’m willing to admit publicly, I am often the person friends turn to when they’re ready to plan their family’s very first trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. Their newbie enthusiasm is contagious as they wade through the lingo for the first time, learn about the benefits of staying at a Disney Resort property, and begin to lay out the framework for their family’s first Disney experience. While I certainly enjoy helping my friends experience the magic, the truth is that I mostly just enjoy planning Disney vacations.
In fact, on any given day you could check out my browser history and find that I’ve popped on over to WaltDisneyWorld.com with my family calendar open at my side, just imagining when we might be able to sneak away for a couple of nights to cover ourselves in pixie dust before returning to the realities of life.
Of course I don’t actually book (most) of the trips I plan randomly in the middle of my work day, but planning what my friends and I call Phantom Disney Trips can be just the boost I need to get through the day, like that 4 o’clock cup of coffee or the 7th inning stretch. So why should you plan your next Disney Parks vacation? Here are my 5 reasons:
1. It’s Monday: Nothing cures a bad case of the Mondays like fantasizing about riding the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom just in time for rope drop, the sun still rising behind Cinderella’s Castle. Conference call at 9 a.m. with a tough client? Pshaw. Nothing a little Disney Parks vacation can’t fix.
2. The kids have gone back to school: They’ve packed up their shiny new backpacks full of their neatly labeled school supplies and headed out the door. You slink back to your house or off to work, confused by a mix of elation and sadness. What better time to sit down and plan your next family vacation to Disney Parks?
3. Your in-laws are coming to town: You’ve cleaned the house from top to bottom, stocked the fridge with your father-in-law’s drink of choice, bought the box of wine your mother-in-law requested, and now you need a mental escape to prepare yourself for being with your husband’s family 24-7. Would you rather be on a plane to a luxurious stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa? Then why not spend some time pricing room categories and reading through the lists of amenities?
4. You’re having a bad day: We’ve all had a perfectly pleasant morning go completely off the rails by mid-day, and sometimes the day simply can’t be salvaged. That’s when you take an hour to check-out and head over to a Disney Parks site to consider checking in.
5. You really want to visit Disney Parks…right now: Sometimes I find myself planning a phantom vacation because the truth is, I’d like to visit Disney Parks and now! These are the moments when I don’t just click through my options, but I actually pull out my Disney rewards Visa and click book now.
So what makes you wish you could fly to Disney Parks today?