This had better be worth it.

It’s 2:45 a.m. I should still be in bed, but instead I’m sitting at the kitchen table with my laptop powering to life.

Two years ago, I told Chuck I wanted to go to Disney World. I told him I wanted to go before babies enter our lives to emphasize that I’d like to go sooner than later. He agreed, and I began researching. We are Disneyland pros, but I didn’t realize how much work goes into a planning a Disney World vacation. I sure didn’t think I’d be up before 3 a.m. just so that I could ensure we’d get the dinner reservations we wanted.

The things you do for Disney.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan has a bit about why he thinks adults who go to Disneyland without children are weirdos, but I’m happy to be a weirdo. I …

For folks staying at a hotel resort on the Disney World property, which is the size of San Francisco, you get to make your “Advanced Dining Reservations” 180 days from your check-in date.

When I first started my Disney research, you could make the reservations at 12:01 a.m. EST on your ADR day. That would have been 9 p.m. in California, and that would have been fabulous, but Disney decided to rejigger the system last summer and change the reservation window to 6 a.m. EST.

So, here I am, half awake, hoping I can score reservations at Disney restaurants that I won’t even set foot in until September. I know this sounds crazy, but I’m going to do it anyway.

As I wait for 3 a.m. to roll around, I think back to a conversation Chuck and I had while out to dinner last month.

“I think I’m going to go back to that work conference in St. Louis this fall,” he said.

“When this fall?” I asked.


If looks could kill, my dear husband would have been vaporized on the spot.

“September?!” I spewed in a venomous tone.

“Yeah, that’s what I said,” he replied pensively.

“What have I been planning for months? What have I been talking about daily – for months?!” I said while holding on to the table to keep myself from rocketing out of my seat.

“Oh, right. I forgot when it was,” he said.

I had a glass of wine next to me which I’d intended to savor for the duration of our meal. Instead, I swiped it off the table and drained it.

I’ve said for years that Chuck is too brainy for his own good. He’s so smart that the little things just don’t have space in that genius mind of his. “I’m sorry,” he said with a shrug.

In that moment, I was so frustrated with him, but now the memory makes me smile. This is why I am handling the reservations.

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When the clock on my computer changed over to 3 a.m., I logged into the Disney system and began working my way through the dining plans I’d picked out for us. I’d consulted Chuck as much as I could, but he said he trusted my judgement. After 40 minutes, I’d secured a dozen reservations. Turns out it was worth it to be up at 3 a.m. I got everything we wanted. I closed my laptop, beaming with satisfaction, and returned to bed.

As I wiggled myself back under the covers, Chuck wrapped his arm around me. “Did you kick some ass?” he whispered.

“Yes, I think so” I said as I snuggled up to him. At least next time won’t be so bad. Fast Pass reservations for Disney World rides and attractions open up in July … at 4 a.m.

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Samie Hartley is the Napa Valley Register online editor. Simple & Sassy runs every other Sunday. She can be reached at shartley@napanews.com.


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Samie Hartley is the Napa Valley Register online editor. Her column Simple & Sassy runs on alternating Sundays.