Hiya! First-time poster here I am heading to WDW in November, the week after Thanksgiving, with a group of 10. I know I will have some questions as we continue planning, so I thought I’d say hi and introduce myself first…HI!
I will be traveling with DH’s family, three groups of us together…
-Me, DH, DD5, DS1 (hoping I get all these acronyms right!)
-BIL, his wife, their daughter (3)
-MIL, FIL, BIL (who has special needs and we are hopeful they will allow all 10 of us to use DAS)
While I am super excited to be going of course (I haven’t been since 1995, when I was only 15), some things are stressing me out! MIL/FIL are footing the bill for most of this trip, so they are having a big input on a lot of aspects of the trip, but they are allowing me and SIL to plan FPPs and TPs. We have very different interests, though, and it’ll be interesting to see how we manage to fit everything in. BIL/SIL are huge Star Wars fans, so that’ll be important to them. DD is into everything princess, so that’s going to be our focus (lots of M&Gs!). Meanwhile, FIL wants us to stay all together as much as possible.
The three families are staying at three different resorts (we are at POR, royal room, BIL/SIL are at AoA in a suite, MIL/FIL are at BC). We are on the Deluxe DP and have at least two TS meals a day, lots of character meals (MIL did ADRs).
So, my approach for planning is going to be to focus on the morning, getting all the must-do’s in as early as possible, scheduling stuff in the afternoon and playing it by ear at that point (see if DS1 will take a little nap in the stroller, or go back to the resort if we need to…which I have already told everyone might be a possibility). We have dinner reservations between 4:30-6:30 each night, and I am fine with heading back to our room after that, not overly concerned with fireworks or anything. Our plan is this:
Saturday: arrive, Rainforest Cafe DS lunch, Cape May dinner (not sure we’re going to make lunch, but we shall see)
Sunday: AK, breakfast at hotel, TH lunch w/ROL show, Y&Y dinner
Monday: MK (probably…still kind of up in the air), 'Ohana breakfast, 1900 PF dinner
Tuesday: EP, Akershus breakfast, Coral Reef lunch, GG dinner
Wednesday: HS/EP, H&V Disney Jr. breakfast, 50s PTC lunch, Teppan Edo dinner
Thursday: MK, CP breakfast, Chef Mickey’s dinner
Friday: MK, CRT breakfast, BOG dinner (then we are heading to an off-site hotel, visiting family on Saturday, leaving Sunday)
Whew! I feel like I jumped all over the place! I have already picked up so much great info by searching and browsing through the forum, so thanks already for your help! And like I said, I know I’ll have some questions going forward as well!