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Old 04-23-2013, 03:12 PM   #16
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Advice for trip with mom

Originally Posted by AquaDame View Post
My biggest tip would be to get separate adjoining rooms if you can afford it! After three trips with them I am spent and don't think I can do it anymore because they both snore HORRIBLY and my Mom takes forever to get ready which means the lights are on by 5am daily to make it to rope drop at 8...
Have a good plan, let her pick some things or at least agree to what you have planned and then go in with a loosey goosey attitude. KNOW your Mom as best you can!
Ok, AquaBabe pretty much said it all and it's making me laugh because I travelled with mom a couple years ago to visit relatives who put us in the same room and I got practically NO SLEEP that week because she snores like a freight train which is why we, too, are getting separate rooms when she and I go next January.

Went to Disneyland with both mom and dad last fall and had a great time but it's because we all like pretty much the same stuff and were fairly clear on what to expect. I'd say review expectations of how early/late you want to sleep, go to the parks or wherever, where to eat and how much you like to eat when and if one of you wants to do something the other doesn't, can you compromise or split up for a bit?

BrerEthan, is your mom a planner? I see she hasn't been in about 20 years so it's probably really different now with a couple new parks and big changes. We've never been and my mom doesn't like to plan so what's making her happy is for me to learn about WDW and then all she has to do is let me show her what they have to offer and let her pick what she thinks sounds good to do. Other than that she just packs her bag and shows up. She's very sweet and we are pretty good travelling companions. But she doesn't travel super often so she gets stressed during the "travel" parts (like leaving the house and at the airport) so the more I can handle so she doesn't have to, the better.

Other than that, I think just being as prepared physically as she can - impress on her how big this place is and that they have a lot to do and that she won't be able to do it all. Do whatever it takes - spending the $, resting, stopping, sleeping - to have fun. If she's paying her half, help her up front to get a good idea of the prices for your trip so she won't have sticker shock when you get there...that could take some fun out of it.

And wear comfy shoes. And take lots of pics & video. And take hand wipes on the plane and stuff to help you not get sick in case there are cooties.

Last edited by Gamegrl1; 04-23-2013 at 03:20 PM. Reason: added the bit about travel w. both parents.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:24 AM   #17
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I surprised my Mom with a trip for just the two of us last Sept, and we're going again this Sept as she really did love it!

Obviously, with your Mom being, your Mom, there can, and probably will be moments that get a little tense, even on vacation, but just let everyone cool down, maybe get some sugar and into the shade for a bit and it will all calm down.

I lucked out as I had been to Disney so many times that I'm the person who doesn't need a map, and knows what to do when, and Mom knew that so she was content just doing what I had planned.

I also played up things I knew she would like, and things that might get her some special attention. She loves all things Africa, so we stayed at AKL, and ha extra time planned at AK to absorb everything. It was also near her birthday so I noted that on the adr's and had a bday button for her.

It was an absolutely amazing experience and I know she loved every minute of it, the most magical was definitely seeing her being pulled out in to the street at the Move It Shake It and Timon would only dance with her. It's kinda the same as seeing Disney through your kids eyes (I assume ahha] as you're sharing this magic with someone you love so much and it truly is amazing!!
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