Vacations can make the best memories! What about when we want to vacation with our extended family and make lifelong memories with a larger group? Travel is better together, but it can be more complicated. My family has visited Disney World twice with my extended family and made amazing memories with grandparents and aunts & uncles. There is something at Disney for every member of the family and lots for all of you to see and do together.
As a travel agent and Disney vacation planner, I see how taking a big group to Disney could look like quite a big undertaking! But it is totally doable and I would love to help you do it.
To start lets talk group size. Accommodations for larger groups can be made a few ways. Guests can get a room for each family group, like my family has done. We traveled with my brother & his wife as well as my parents. So we had 3 rooms at the Pop Century Resort, linked together by reservation “travel with” numbers. Guests can request adjoining (close to each other) or connecting (joined with an in-room door) rooms. These requests are not guaranteed but Disney always does their best to accommodate guests if possible. Another option would be a suite. A standard suite will include one bedroom, as well as sleeping space in the living room, a kitchenette, and often a second bathroom. Suites are available at each resort price level and generally sleep 6 (larger deluxe suites to accommodate more also available at Deluxe resorts). Disney also offers cabins at the Fort Wilderness Campground. They are beautiful little cabins that sleep 6, with a full kitchen and a single bathroom.
As your Disney vacation planner I am always happy to make dining and FastPass reservations for you, no matter the guest group size. I would happily suggest some tips and tricks to help you make your own reservations. In a large group it may be hard to keep each member of the family happy at once. Not everyone in your group has to tour together constantly, but it’s always exciting to meet back together for dinner and hear about the adventures everyone had that day! Little ones can be riding Dumbo while the adventurers of the group can be screaming down Splash Mountain. But everyone can enjoy The Jungle Cruise or Pirates of the Caribbean.
Transportation for large groups is easy on Disney property, and is free! Disney buses will meet you at the airport to take you to your Resort, as well as taking guests to and from all Disney Parks. Transport is not just buses at Disney, boats and Monorail rides will also get you where you need to go. I love the boat rides in Seven Seas Lagoon!
One recommendation I would give for a larger group, be it a group of friends or a family, would be to purchase the Memory Maker. While in Disney Parks or around property you will see Photopass Photographers everywhere. They will happily take a group photo for you as well as individual shots, family shots and some fun magic shots as well. The Disney photographers are fun and creative. Always ask your PhotoPass Photographers if they have any magic in their cameras. The Memory Maker will insure you get photos of your whole group… including the photo taker of your group! Are you considering a family or group trip to Disney? I would love to help!
Remember- there is never a bad time to See the Mouse!
Travel Agent- Disney Parks and Resort Specialist