My family trip is less than a week away! It seems like only a few days ago I was going to my brother and sister-in-law’s house to discuss where we’d like to stay and figure out our dates of travel. I couldn’t be more excited to be closing in on our family vacation to Disney World! In case you missed it, I’ve been documenting our planning along the way with a series of blog posts. This week I’ll focus on all the last minute items I’m taking care of this week before we head to Disney World!
Now that we are less than a week away from our departure we have finally decided how we’re getting to the airport. My brother and his family will drive to the airport and self-park. My parents will be doing the same thing, but picking me up along the way. I’m sure we’ll do a drop-off of kids and luggage before the guys make their way to the parking lot. I thought we might hire a car, but it turned out to be a better idea to drive ourselves since we’ll be coming from three different households.
When we arrive at the airport we’ll need transportation to the gate for my mom since walking long distances isn’t an option for her. Since he bought her ticket, I had my brother call the airline in order to arrange for someone to pick her up in a wheelchair or golf cart to get her there safely. Likewise, someone will be waiting for us at our gate when we arrive in Orlando. We will also be using this service on their return trip back to Newark. I have never used this kind of service before so I’ll me sure to report back on how it went.
As I’ve mentioned, a lot of walking isn’t possible for my mom. She has wicked arthritis in her knees, so she will need help getting around Disney World. So I’ve gone ahead and reserved her an ECV using a third-party company that will deliver the scooter directly to our resort and have it waiting for her upon our arrival. This is often more cost-effective than renting directly through Disney, and she will be able to use it out of the parks as well as in while touring the attractions. Since we’re staying on the monorail at the Polynesian and will spend most of our time at the Magic Kingdom, getting around in her ECV should be fairly easy. She is pretty nervous about operating it (she keeps telling everyone to be on the lookout for a headline that reads “Jersey Grandma Runs Over Disney Tourist in Scooter”), but I’m sure she’ll get the hang of it in no time. I’ll be sure to report back about our experience with the ECV and the company we used.
Whenever I’m going to be away for more than a couple days I put a hold on my mail delivery. This is easy to do by simply logging onto USPS.com. You will fill out their form, submit it, and they will instantly send you a confirmation e-mail. I always opt to have my held mail delivered in bulk on the last day of my vacation, but you can also pick it up at your post office. You may also consider putting a hold on newspaper delivery so they do not pile up in your driveway while you’re away.
Now that we are getting closer to our trip weather forecasts are becoming available. Checking them will allow us to pack appropriately and comfortably. The men in my family were both very happy when I told them I saw forecasted temperatures in the 80s next week! If you have already begun packing at this point, there is still plenty of time for tweaking your planned wardrobe to fit your needs.
A seasoned traveler will probably remember to charge his or her phone and other gadgets before leaving for the airport. My family is not made up of seasoned travelers so I’ll be sure to remember to charge theirs before we head out. I’ll also remind them to pack chargers. Likewise, making sure the batteries on your camera are charged is a must before a Disney World vacation. You’ll want to have enough juice to capture all of those great moments with your family on your trip!
I think that covers most of my last minute trip prep bases. How about you? What are some of the last minute things you do before a trip to Disney World? Let me hear them in the comments!