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Just the 7 of Us!

by The Princess

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Hey Y’all! The Princess is back with another TAWDA trip blog. So, if you missed last week’s blog, let me get you caught up. I am The Princess, Dad’s daughter and he asked me to plan a trip to WDW for our family. We recently gained a member to our family through The Man-Child and Southern Belle adding T! T is a great 12-year-old young man who we all love lots.

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We’re going to Walt Disney World! Photo by where we are stayingJudd Helms

Well, what else would you expect our family to do with a new family member? Of course, we are all going to WDW, A.S.A.P! We all put our heads together and decided that Thanksgiving break would be the best time to go as a family. So, we will be at WDW from November 22nd through November 30th. Also, per tradition our trip has to have a name, so we came up with T’s Amazing Disney World Adventure or TADWA for short.

The (Super Speedy) PLAN

Ok, now that everyone is in the loop, let’s talk about planning the trip. I have been to WDW 8 times in my life. Every time I have been Dad has planned the trip. Even my honeymoon with Prince Charming was planned and booked by him. I was too busy planning the wedding with Mrs. Mom. So, he had to save the day and book our trip for us, which back then was just booking our rooms and ADRs, because paper FastPasses were still available.

But this time Dad is very busy with trips to WDW and many other things and asked me to be in charge of planning the trip. I told him I would be happy to. Then my world came to a bit of a screeching halt. It dawned on me that we are leaving 5 months from when we started making our plans. Whoa. Most families going to WDW spend at least 6 months to a year planning their trip.

I knew this meant I would have to kick the planning into high gear. First things first, we had to pick where we are staying. We were already a month late on making ADRs, since guests can make them 180 days or roughly about 6 months before their arrival. So, we needed to decide what to eat. T’s favorite food is spaghetti so we will be eating lots of Italian food this trip. Next it was on to FastPass+ reservations. We like to get everyone’s input and pick the rides that are best for our family.

Planning Is Not a Solo Sport!

In order to make our trip extra magical, I knew I would have to make sure everyone communicated. This means lots of texts and emails and even a few phone calls each week to talk about the plans and make sure we were all keeping in mind this trip is all about T. I knew I would need to make sure everyone was on the same page and felt like they were getting to input their ideas.

There were a few comical moments during this time. I have never booked an ADR, so logging into My Disney Experience was a new adventure. It can be a little bit overwhelming, but so helpful and better than wasting so much time on the phone with customer service. It took a little navigating and trial and error, but I was able to book our ADRs successfully.

This is just the first new adventure I encountered, and I can’t wait to keep sharing them with you all. I will be sharing a new blog each week until we leave for our trip. Next week you will want to come back and read about how planning is a team sport and how there is no I in team but there is a T.


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