Doing Disney with a Mutli-Generational Family
There is something special about watching your entire family enjoy the magic of Disney together. Planning a Disney World vacation with grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles is a little different than your “normal” family vacation. When you venture off to Disney World with a large group, you are about to create some of the most magical memories you’ll cherish forever. Here are some important tips to help you plan a magical multi-generational Disney adventure!
Tip 1: Accommodations
Disney resorts offer many different options for your entire family to enjoy. A wonderful option are the grand villas. Grand Villas are offered at Disney’s Deluxe resorts, and are nothing short of amazing. These villas are three bedrooms and will sleep up to 12 people. They will also offer a full kitchen enabling you to fix meals and snacks, so you don’t have to eat out at every meal. The Gran Villas also offer a washer and dryer, so going home with clean laundry will be pretty magical. If the grand villa isn’t your thing, having your entire family stay at the same hotel will offer major convenience, and will be key to pool days as well as an easy location to check in after having a midday break. Be sure to talk with your favorite MickeyTravels Disney Vacation planner about your vacation needs, budget, and timing, and I can help find the perfect resort for you!
Tip 2 : Begin planning early on
When you have a large group and you want to ensure you have special dinners together, booking your accommodations prior to 180 days is key. At 180 days prior to check-in, you’ll be able make all the dining reservations for your entire vacation. When you’re planning on a large party eating together, you’ll want to secure those reservations early on. Another reason to plan this far in advance is to be certain we cover everyone’s needs and wants for the trip! With so many different options and opinions, you will want to spend some time coming up with a plan so everyone is happy with their choices, this includes all your FastPasses. FastPass Plus reservations can be made at 60 days prior to check in. When deciding on FastPass choices, you can make some FastPasses for your entire group, but you’re also able to split up your party as well if you like. For example, if Grandpa wants to ride It’s a Small World, while you’re intent on riding Space Mountain, no problem! It is vital to plan these out in advance, so when making the FastPass reservations we can map out which rides you want to go on based on which parks you’ll be in, etc.
Tip 3: Plan not to be together the whole trip
Yes, you read that right! When you’re going to Walt Disney World with your multi-generational family, everyone will want to do something different and have varying energy levels. It is so nice to start the day together, connect during breakfast, ride a few rides together, and then break off so the little ones can nap, while the teens can hit up Expedition Everest! The you can come back together as a group for your dinner reservations. This will keep everyone happy and energized. having some alone time during your vacation helps everyone accomplish what they want to! Some may want the thrill of riding on Splash Mountain, while others are happier taking the leisurely train ride around the park. A little separation here and there will do your family well!
Tip 4: Purchase the Memory Maker!!
The Memory Maker package is a wonderful way to capture your family’s unforgettable moments and memories. The Memory Maker works magically with your Disney-issued Magic Band. Whenever you see photographers around the Parks you can ask them to snap a family photo for you. You don’t have to rely solely on selfies! The photographers will scan one person’s magic band in your party, and the pictures will magically appear on your My Disney Experience account! Select rides have photos and or videos that’ll also appear on your my Disney experience account. It is so nice to not have to worry about dragging your camera around the parks. Even if you’re a photographer at heart, this will give you the chance to be in the family pictures too! Don’t worry if your party is separated during the day you, can still share the Memory Maker, as it is linked to each person’s Magic Band!
Tip 5: Take your time and enjoy
Naturally, with a large party you just can’t move around as quickly or easily as if you were a smaller group. Often times, it’s actually very relaxing and enjoyable going through Disney at a slower pace. You can take time to enjoy a show like Finding Nemo- The Musical or Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. These shows are sure to amaze everyone in your party. It is also a nice way to reconnect and join back together after some time apart. Sitting the air-conditioned theater is also a nice way to take a break from the heat too!
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