EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Nov 9, 2010
    Kathy from MS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Will be at WDW Dec. 15-19th w/2 sets of grown kids and 4 grandkids, ages infant to 9 years. Cannot get adult children to agree on same parks, restaurants, etc. Supposed to be family vacation. Am ready to cancel whole thing-any suggestions?

    Hi, Kathy!  We've taken quite a few family trips, and it can almost make a girl wish she was an only child!

    The thing we've learned is that not everyone is going to agree, so your best bet is to pick your battles.  We usually agree to get together for one meal or one activity for each day.  We may all do a character breakfast one morning, then go our separate ways, or plan to all ride Space Mountain at the same time.

    Another thing you could do is suggest that each family gets to plan one day of the vacation.  I wouldn't force the whole clan to stay together the whole day - unless you are hoping there's a mutiny - but maybe one family plans a Magic Kingdom day, including meals.  As long as you continue to keep in mind the budget of the rest of the family, this is sometimes a good option.

    I learned the hard way one year that it isn't always feasible to do everything together.  My oldest daughter loves the EPCOT Food and Wine festival, and on a trip with my brother, we planned our day around that.  My brother's children are younger, and they couldn't care less how awesome the pierogi was at the Poland kiosk.  When we arrived at Test Track, only to find out that after patiently waiting all day to actually ride something, my nephew wasn't tall enough, I thought my brother might strangle me.

    I'd say let everyone have a hand in planning some part of the trip.  This is, after all, everyone's vacation, and they should be able to do things they'd like to do.  It's better to plan short periods of togetherness, and let the rest of the vacation fall into place.  
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My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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