For many vacations, including other theme parks, you can plan when you're going to go, book your hotel and then just show up each day. For guests visiting Walt Disney World, this is absolutely not true. Blogs like this one (and many others!) wouldn't exist if it were really that simple. With all the rules and exception to rules, planning a trip to Walt Disney World is one of the most complicated things you can get yourself into. Combined with how tiring it is, the running joke when you return is that you need a "vacation from your vacation."
Does it have to be this way? What makes Walt Disney World different from other similar destinations (in large part including Disneyland in California, though that has some of these issues we'll discuss below as well)? What does Disney gain from making guests jump through so many hoops just to visit? We'll take a look at these questions in this post and see if we can make things simpler for everyone.