One of the worst things I hear is when someone comes back from a trip and had “no idea” about major happenings at the park. What do you mean, Haunted Mansion closes before Halloween? Halloween party? Never heard of it. While we can’t all know every tiny detail that only a seasoned regular would, we can be up to date about our own trips.
To accomplish this I’d recommend reading a blog or two (hopefully ours!) – but keep it simple. Disney Parks official “Disney Parks blog” covers all the major happenings so adding 1-2 others that are reputable, report good information (not random rumors!), and have good writing that you like the style of is what to watch for. We’ll talk more about that another day.
The other thing you’re going to want to do is lay out either on paper or via computer your plans. I recommend doing a spreadsheet style for this so that you can see the days lined up back to back. Why? Well doing this you’ll catch things like “hmmm, booked 2 buffets in a row” or “whoops! Late night is next to an early morning!” and other small details that could derail your perfect trip.