by The Princess
Hey Y’all, The Princess is here with more trip planning help and stories. Last week, we talked about planning in a trip in 5 months when most people take at least 6-12 months to plan. We talked about making ADRs a month after most other people and how I have never planned a trip before. This week I thought we might dive into how planning is a team sport and there is no I in team.
You need to communicate in person, by email, and on the phone in order to plan a trip with family members! Photo by Laurie Sapp
Getting the Family Involved
So, let’s talk about who is going on the trip and where they live and their lifestyles. Dad and Mrs. Mom live just down the street from Prince Charming and I, so it is super easy to get a hold of them and if I can’t reach them by phone, I can just pop over and talk about the trip. Dad and Mrs. Mom are both “retired” homebodies, who are usually home. I live in the same house as Prince Charming, and he is a very laid back, go with the flow guy. So, easy to just tell him the plan and if he wants to add something we can.
The Man-Child, Southern Belle, and T live about 8 hours away. So, I can’t just hop in the car and go talk to them about the trip. The three of them are always on the go and very busy. It is hard for them to find the time to plan the trip. The Southern Belle is very busy with work during the summer and the Man-Child and T are busy with activities. So, one of the biggest challenges, was getting their input about the trip.
Communication is Key
Communication is key when planning a trip to WDW. When I first started planning the trip, I sent out an email with a rough outline of the trip. One member of the family thought I had just decided to take control of the whole trip (not true!). My email was just some ideas, so that we could see which ADRs needed to be booked quickly. I was thinking about each member of our family and what ADRs were available. But that didn’t come across in what I actually wrote.
When I sent this email out, it was also the busiest week for the Southern Belle at her job. So, instead of bothering her, I just called the Man-Child on the phone and talked to him and made sure the ADRs would work for them, since the trip is all about T and what he likes. Since we know T loves spaghetti, we found a few restaurants with spaghetti. We also booked a few burger places with milkshakes, because who doesn’t love a good milkshake?
Even Princesses Need Patience
One thing planning this trip has taught me is patience. Planning a trip for 7 people, who are part of 3 different families, and live in 2 separate states can be overwhelming. I am the kind of person who wants answers right away. If I send you a text, I want a response with a few hours, if I call, I expect a call back within 24 hours, if I send an email, send one back at least acknowledging it. You might say I am very Type A.
Most of my other family members are not, so I have had to learn to be patient and wait. My goal is for this trip to be amazing for our family, so if I want everyone’s input, I have to patient and wait for it.
We are 127 days away from our trip. ADRs are booked and now we are waiting to book FP+. Check back next week as we talk about another fun topic, traditions vs. new and different experiences. It is going be so much fun, you won’t want to miss it.
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