Heading to Walt Disney World with a large group? Check out these tips and tricks to make it a magical vacation!
So you’re traveling with your extended family – your kids, your parents, maybe a few aunts and uncles or cousins and their families. It sounds wonderful when you’re planning…until you remember those tense Thanksgiving table conversations.
But you don’t have to worry! That famous ‘magic of Disney World’ works on even the trickiest of situations, especially is you use a few of these tips and tricks.
How to Survive Disney World with a Large Group
Use My Disney Experience
My Disney Experience is wonderful for large parties. If at least one person sets up an account and then makes profiles to each person they manage (kids/non-planning spouses), then you can link all your profiles together. You can get reservations and FastPass+ as a group. Plus you can see everyone else’s plans for dining, FastPass+, and resorts without calling grandma up a thousand times.
Plan a Few Experiences as a Group
We like to meet Mickey Mouse in Town Square Theater and see the Princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall together as a large group. Then we pick one or two meals to eat all together. We might plan a few things as smaller groups, but we don’t try to plan our whole vacation together.
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Don’t Be Afraid to Split Up
The chance that 7 year old Jimmy and great grandma are going to want to ride the same rides are slim. So don’t force it! If you’re trying to keep everyone together for the whole trip – that’s exactly what you’ll spend the whole trip doing. Just trying to keep everyone together without enjoying any rides.
Do a few things together as a group, then don’t be afraid to split up into smaller parties. Big kids can ride thrill rides, little ones can ride kid rides, and non-riders can see shows.
Don’t Try to Room Together
Disney says on their website that they will take requests for rooms close together, but they won’t guarantee it. In our experience, it’s not likely that you’ll get a room right next to your traveling companions, even if you booked the same resort. Go ahead and put in your request, but plan your trip as though you’ll be on completely opposite sides of the resort from one another.
Get the Memory Maker
If you have a large group, it makes a lot of sense to get the Memory Maker, especially if you can split the cost. Only one person in the party has to have the Memory Maker, as long as everyone’s My Disney Experience accounts are linked. That person will be able to download everyone’s photos and e-mail them.
Have you ever done Walt Disney World with a large group? I would love to hear about your experience!
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