The first step in a Disney World visit is to determine when to go. The second is where to stay, the third is how to prepare and the fourth is what to see. This post is about the third one. There is so much to see at DW that it is almost overwhelming. We will be there for six days and five nights. I want to see it all but realize that is not possible from both a logistics and personal health standpoint.
One of the first things the literature warns us older folks of is that you will walk probably four to five miles day. That is an impossibility for my wife and a challenge for me. So, along with reserving the room I also reserved and ECV for her. ECV is short for electrical conveyance vehicle or scooter for most of us. We could maybe get one at each theme park but they are on a first-come-first-serve basis so we decided to rent one for the week from a recommended local vendor. For me, I thoroughly investigated walking shoes to ease the stress to my old knees and hips. They came from Amazon a few days ago. With them, knee braces and a bottle of Ibuprofen I am hoping that will do the trick.
I know that when we talk about what to take most people might think of clothes but I am a photography nut so I am talking about that stuff. I will be taking the full range of equipment with me. My Canon EOS 6D will be a constant companion while roaming Disney. I will probably take a thousand pictures or more while I am there and will bore you with hundreds of them after the adventure is complete. The 6D with my standard 28-135mm lens weight in at about three pounds. That doesn’t sound like a lot but carrying it all day/every day will prove to be burdensome. I have investigated alternate ways to carry it instead of a neck strap. I found a waist holster that I think will do the trick. It keeps the camera accessible but out of the way and not adding any undue pressure to my back.
Then it was on to all the other small things that have to be carried. Extra batteries, maps, water bottle, maybe an iPad mini along with other things. I really don’t want to have to stuff all these things in my pockets so I have decided to use a “drop leg utility pouch”. This is something that was developed for the military. It can hold all the aforementioned items and more. With the camera waist holster attached to the belt this will provide an easy-on, easy-off thing when I get back to the room.
Now on to snacks. I am in the process of putting together my own trail mix blend for snacks to be used throughout the trip. It will be stored in gallon zip-lock bags and is made up of peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, sesame sticks, raisins, and full grain chex. It should be healthier and less expense than alternatives found in the hotels and resorts.
I think I have all the “essentials”, at least as I define them, in place now with the exception of maybe sun block and I’m sure a few dozen other unidentified items I imagine but I do still have another three weeks to think about it. Next time I will report what I have scheduled for us to see while we are there. For me planning is a big part of the joy of this bucket list visit…. 🙂