So you’re planning a group trip to Orlando. Congratulations – your group is about to have the time of their life! Planning a trip for a large group can be overwhelming, but if you follow these simple 5 tips you’ll be able to avoid many of the pitfalls that can complicate group trips.
Though the policies at hotels may vary slightly, most of the time you’ll be required to make an initial deposit and then pay off the balance by a particular date. When you give the final cost and deadline to each member of the group, move up the deadline at least a few days. This gives you a buffer to make adjustments if it turns out one or more people aren’t able to come up with their payment.
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The largest expense during your trip is going to be food. The good news is that there are lots of options – the key is having a plan before you leave. The most successful tips tend to mix it up and eat a combination of the following options:
If you’re in charge of deciding who rooms with who, get those arrangements made well before you leave. Let everyone know who they’ll be staying with. So that if there are any issues you’ll have plenty of time to sort it out before you arrive at the parks.
The key to not going crazy as you’re planning the trip is to remember that you don’t have control over every aspect of the trip. If you plan to all go to dinner the night you get in, but your flight is delayed and you miss the reservation, don’t despair. You did everything you could do. If there is bickering or the dreaded teens who are too cool to enjoy the trip, don’t let it get you down. You can lead the group to Disney World, but you can’t make them embrace the magic!
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It may seem easier to do it all yourself, but the truth is that you’re not likely to enjoy the trip if you’re the one everyone is constantly coming to with issue after issue. Pick a person to be in charge of dining, a person to be in charge of rooms, etc. Then make it clear who the contact is for every issue. You will lose some of your control over the project, but you can oversee the bigger picture and have plenty of time for yourself.
There’s no question that Orlando offers some of the best group activities and is the perfect spot for a group trip, but some special planning can go a long way toward ensuring everyone has the best time possible.