There is a common complaint that I hear when it comes to planning a Walt Disney World vacation. It goes something along the lines of “Everything needs to be so scheduled these days. I miss the spontaneity.” The truth of the matter is that you do not need to schedule in advance if you don’t feel like it. If you like spontaneity, you can still have it.
Consider planning a trip without FastPass+. I hit the parks all the time without having made reservations in advance, and I still have a great time. You’ll most likely need to wait in line or skip the big attractions, but you can have a wonderful day, even if you don’t ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
If you’re in a park and don’t have FastPass+ reservations, you can still take advantage of the service. See what is available that day. You can search by time if you’d like, which will still give you plenty of room to be spontaneous.
Another place where you might want to take back control of your vacation is with your dining reservations. There is no rule that you need to book restaurants six months in advance to have a good time! If you want a full service meal, search for same day reservations while you’re in the park. You might find a new favorite. Some of the resort restaurants are easier to make reservations for, so consider leaving the park for a couple of hours. You can also walk up to the check-in stand at a restaurant and see if there are any open tables. You just might be surprised.
My point is this, if you miss spontaneity, take back control of your vacation. Too many people stress over getting the right FastPass+ or being able to dine at a certain restaurant. Instead, play it by ear a bit, and allow yourself to have a great time. Walt Disney World is the most magical place on Earth, it shouldn’t be the most stressful.