By the time you read this, I will have returned from a week’s vacation in Florida with my family. I will have celebrated Thanksgiving with my parents and uncle and, if the weather permits, spent some time visiting Disney World. Before getting on the road, though, I was given the responsibility to complete the tricky task of scheduling what we would do at Disney. It is not a task that I looked forward to doing, but a bit of hard work on my part before I left with my family would mean a very organized schedule for us all and more time for relaxation when we reached our destination.
My parents had already figured out the dates when we would be traveling, where we would stay while traveling, how long we would stay with my uncle, and when we would head back home. They indicated that we would have three days to spend at Disney, leaving us the rest of the week to spend with my uncle, including Thanksgiving Day. Since our excursion to Disney World was mainly for my entertainment, my parents left it up to me to determine how I wanted to spend my time there. This decision was totally mine.
To say that I found this decision-making to be intimidating would be an understatement. I would be heading further outside of my home state than I had ever been, so I had a bit of anxiety to start with. Now I was in charge of planning our activities at Disney. In addition, it played into my ongoing concern of having everything in my life be in a perfect, uncluttered state, or at least as close to that state as possible. I have stated many times that I work best when things go smoothly and are organized, which is calming to me. However, I realized that forming a plan was necessary for our vacation to go well. I wanted this vacation to be as organized as the Disney parks are clean (not a speck of dirt or trash to be seen).
To make the planning process easier, I purchased two guidebooks on Disney World which contained very helpful information about the parks and their attractions. After reading both, I determined that it would be best for us to visit the parks earlier in the week in order to avoid the crowds and long lines. I then looked through the guidebooks and chose which rides, attractions, and other features of the Disney parks I would most like to check out. After much consideration, these were my choices: the Disneyland-like Magic Kingdom, the technologically-focused Epcot, and the movie magic of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With the schedule we had worked out, we could spend a day at each of the three parks.
Finishing the schedule took some time to complete, but I knew that it was an important step to enjoying our time in Florida. It gave me some much-needed experience in determining how to best spend valuable time, a skill which I feel is essential to my life. I knew that we could not do everything during this vacation, so I had to figure out what I wanted to see the most this time around. For a person that loves everything Disney, I can tell you that I really had to consider my feelings regarding the features of each park to determine my choices.
Even though it took some time for me to do the research and choose from the many options Disney offers, I am glad that my parents gave me this task and included me in the decision process. Not only has it helped me to learn new skills regarding time management and vacations, I also know exactly what we will be doing each day because I was part of the planning. I feel glad that I put the work into my part to make this vacation possible, and I hope it will be enriching and fun!