If you take your organizational skills for granted, stop it! Right now. Some of us are born with skill-sets completely lacking in anything that remotely resembles orderliness. I am one of those people. Organization escapes me. Not that I can’t do it, it just doesn’t bring me joy or even the tiniest bit of satisfaction. “A place for everything and everything in its place.” – What does that even mean? The concept is completely lost on me. Forget the KonMari Method…I find clutter to be oddly soothing in a way I’ll never be able to explain.
I’m not lazy, I simply choose to focus my efforts on things that are rewarding. Things like cooking, running, reading, random craft projects (hello, countdown calendars and stateroom door decorations), and learning new things. I don’t mind grocery shopping or vacuuming or giving Junior a bath, but I’d rather visit the dentist than actually tidy anything. I’m also a terrible procrastinator, but that’s because I really do work better under pressure most of the time. Now that you know some of my worst character flaws, you’d think it would be difficult for me to pull off a successful Disney vacation, right? Ha! Turns out ALL of my normally non-existent organizational ability awakens with laser-like focus when it’s time to make trip plans.
I’ve Got ONE Superpower and it’s Disney-related!
I can plan a Disney vacation with military precision. I often begin the process a year (or more) in advance and no detail is too small to escape consideration. I make lists and scour the internet for new restaurant and attraction reviews. I have not a single qualm about booking scores of dining reservations 180 days in advance. I plan park arrival times, park-hopping options and know exactly what the park hours will be each day. I even plan to be unplanned for big blocks of time because some of our happiest vacation moments have occurred during those hours.
Honey, where IS my super suit?
I plan food kiosks to try during Epcot’s festivals. I make notes about what craft beers are available where. Our FastPasses are booked during the first moments of the 60-day window and I even have a carefully considered strategy for those choices as well. Packing lists? You betcha! It matters not if there are only two of us traveling or more than half-a-dozen, I’m up to the challenge. The planning brings me nearly as much joy as the actual vacation and this may sound weird, but I’m not bothered in the slightest if after we’ve arrived for our vacation things don’t go precisely as planned. Hurricane Matthew comes to mind…our plans were completely blown for a day and a half and we still had SO MUCH FUN!
Mention the possibility of a Disney getaway to me and I spring out of a virtual phone booth ready to get to work. I can’t explain how or why these über-organizational tendencies appear only for trip-planning, but as far as superpowers go, I’m not complaining. I’m busily working right now on three up-coming visits to Walt Disney World and a Disney cruise. If my family is bothered by any of this, they love me enough to keep it to themselves.
How about you? Do you have a Disney superpower?