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Old 02-24-2017, 09:06 AM   #16
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I still have a little one, age 8, he's my only kid. He's also not as much of a fan as I am. Here's a little of both...

Gone are the days when....
I could carry him around everywhere, and didn't have to think about feeding him, just whip out a boob! (OK, I never took him to Disney as a baby, but we traveled to lots of other places.)
I could put him to sleep in a stroller and tour the parks "alone" at night.

Right now I love:
Matching shirts!
Character meets are special!
He still loves iasw!
"Mom, this is the BEST!"

Looking forward to:
Going on thrill rides, finally. Will this day ever come?
"Mom, let me carry that for you."
"Have fun tonight mom, I'm fine to stay in the hotel by myself"
"I don't want to go to Disney, mom. But you have a good time!" OR
"Only 5 days? Why don't we plan for a time when we can stay for 2 weeks?"
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Old 03-01-2017, 10:50 AM   #17
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Here's something you can think about doing in 2019 that you didn't do last time: pay for every...single...thing...! Take advantage of your good fortune, and that you have 2 years to plan and save.

Maybe you can look forward to the conversation:

"Hey...now that you're an adult, do you think you would be able to help contribute to our vacation with a few extra bucks?"

I know that money is tight, especially for new adults just out of college. And WDW vacations are expensive. Even if they can only put away a few dollars a week, by 2019 that could add up to an extra day or two in the parks! Just $5/week = $260/year...that would definitely take care of a CBR resort cost for a night with a little left over for a snack!

Not only would it take some of the pressure off of you, but it would help your kids feel personally invested in the success of the trip. And a little proud that they "own" it too and aren't just guests!

just a thought
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Old 03-03-2017, 09:24 PM   #18
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Here's something you can think about doing in 2019 that you didn't do last time: pay for every...single...thing...! Take advantage of your good fortune, and that you have 2 years to plan and save.

Maybe you can look forward to the conversation:

"Hey...now that you're an adult, do you think you would be able to help contribute to our vacation with a few extra bucks?"

I know that money is tight, especially for new adults just out of college. And WDW vacations are expensive. Even if they can only put away a few dollars a week, by 2019 that could add up to an extra day or two in the parks! Just $5/week = $260/year...that would definitely take care of a CBR resort cost for a night with a little left over for a snack!

Not only would it take some of the pressure off of you, but it would help your kids feel personally invested in the success of the trip. And a little proud that they "own" it too and aren't just guests!

just a thought
Thank you for the thought...but this would be my Graduation Gift to my youngest son. But I am not quite sure if my oldest will want to go...And if he did I would ask him to contribute because he does have a full-time job!

But I could not ask my college-graduate son to help pay for his Gift! Maybe he might offer to pay for a few meals, but I couldn't flat out ask him. Doesn't feel right....and I want him to save his money for other reasons, like moving out & living on his own!

Maybe his trip to Disney might be him & me.... I think that would be Special...since I read from another Passporter member did that with her daughter and it was memorable.
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Old 11-19-2017, 05:06 PM   #19
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Planning a trip THEN: choose a date. Done.
Planning a trip NOW: choose dates, try to get discount deals, design entire trip around advanced dining reservations and fast passes, whether it's rain or shine, whether you're tired or not, not knowing how the crowds will be - keep to the itinerary!!!
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you're looking at it the wrong way. you should be asking: what can i do NOW that i could not do back then?

the answers (i'm assuming) are things like:

-yes, you can book two rooms at a moderate (or even at a value) and have so much more room (and two bathrooms!) rather than spending the money on a deluxe. because they are old enough to be alone.

-you can pack less!

-you can enjoy the meal plan with adult children, who get the full meal experience.

-you can go on the scary rides!

-you can buy them a drink and cheers to your vacation!
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