- Apr 3, 2017
I just wanted to add an experience on the flip side. Not with me, but with my cousin, whose trips I've helped plan. They took her husbands parents, her mom (her dad HATES crowds and knew Disney was not the place for him), and their two young kids 3 and 6 at the time. Not only that, but they got a two bedroom unit for all 7 of them to share, and they ended up having an amazing time. They had such a great time that they are going again this summer now with a third child in tow. Since costs went up dramatically, they were looking into other hotel options including possibly splitting up into studios, but the oldest really wanted to all be in the same room as that was one of his best memories so I helped them find a discount on a 2 bedroom.Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences and thoughts. I appreciate it and I think you’ve helped me avoid a minefield After reading through these, I will not be inviting my parents or brother on the trip with us.
You guys raised some really great points that I hadn’t thought about. I was caught up in the pixie dust. But the normal “frictions” of both travel and family would still be there. And may even be amplified by the expectations and cost of a Disney trip. My in laws and my parents don’t have a lot in common, besides us and wanting to spoil their granddaughter. (She’s the only grandchild on both sides!) I can see them all wanting to spend as much time with us as possible, and keeping a mental scorecard of who got to spend more time with the DGD.
We have never travelled with either set before. And it’s an odd dynamic because they are relative Disney newbies while my 4 year old knows exactly what she wants to do.
Will turn my thoughts to how to plan a fun, relaxing, once in a lifetime trip for my in laws that works for their expectations and health. And learn from this and plan another for my parents at a later time.
Thank you all again. This is such a great community
Both sets of in-laws are focused on just spending time with the kids there and catering to their needs, which is very similar to their lives at home as well. They usually spend almost the whole day each day together and it works out great for them. There are little things like paying for meals that can cause some tension so they buy the dining plan ahead of time even though it probably costs them a little bit more, it keeps the peace. They had never traveled together before, but it worked out very well since everyone put the kids first.