Playing the Disney Vacation “Waiting Game”……..


Hurry up and wait……

I don’t know about you, but for me, Disney is one big waiting game. It feels like I’m always waiting for something when it’s Disney related. The biggest wait, of course, is waiting for your Disney Vacation to finally come around. It’s torture. It’s like watching paint dry. Maybe worse than watching paint dry. I have never in all my life felt this way about any other destination. If I knew I had a trip planned for, say, Cedar Point for the weekend, I’d be happy. Happy and looking forward to going I’d say. Would I be jumping out of my skin, counting days, planning an itinerary, pre-planning on what snacks I want to get? Umm, no. Only Disney stirs up those feelings. The wait isn’t fun.

So, your vacation has finally come. You’re checking into your resort, getting all your goodies from the front desk, etc. You go check out your room, look through your maps, and the excitement is flowing. What a great feeling! The wait is over! Or is it?? No, not really. What else are you waiting for? Well, waiting in lines at the parks, waiting for your FastPass time to come around, waiting for your reservation time at your favorite restaurant, or waiting for a parade to start. Those aren’t bad waits, but I think they still count. See, Disney is a waiting game! I would take waiting in line at an attraction over waiting for a vacation any day!

Unfortunately, your vacation flies by. All that waiting and planning, and it’s over so fast. The memories are wonderful, and you can’t wait to go back. Hence, the wait starts over. How long until we can go back to Disney? You start to plot and plan. Here we go again! For me, I’m still in the plotting and planning phase. I’m itching to get back to Disney. But, I’m waiting. At this stage of the game, I’m watching to see the offers that Disney has yet to put out. In the past, the last week of August, into the first week of September, has been a great time for Disney deals. It’s our time. Actually, many dates in the Fall have been good previously for travel specials. Disney usually offers Free Dining starting then, but they haven’t announced anything for late Summer thus far. If history repeats itself, it’s coming. If not, then we make a new plan. Either way, we sit and wait. If we get lucky, we book a trip, and wait for it to come. It’s a vicious cycle, but oh so worth it.

No matter where you are at in your Disney waiting game, there is excitement somewhere behind it. Disney is different. We get irritated when we have to wait at the doctor’s office, standing in line at the grocery store, getting stuck in traffic, etc. Not fun. Waiting on Disney isn’t so bad. I guess I should enjoy the moments, no matter where I’m at in the waiting process. It’s like the movie Groundhog Day. Plan a trip, wait for that trip, trip goes by fast, wait on another trip. Wash, rinse, repeat. Same thing over and over again. Would I change it? Probably not. It comes with the territory when you love Disney. So, until the next phase….. I wait.

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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