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  • On Apr 23, 2018
    Carla from IN Asked

    Hi! I'm curious if you have any advice on traveling with extended family, or thoughts on the best places to stay. We will have about 11 people, 3 are kids. Should we do dining and accommodations as big groups or split up? Thanks

    Hi, there!

     Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Carla. I'm so glad you stopped by! Traveling with extended family makes for an extra magical visit. My extended family traveled as a group of 14 (8 adults and 6 kids) two summers ago, and we had an unforgettable time! What worked for us was a healthy balance of doing some things together and splitting up for others. 

     There are so many benefits of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, that staying "on property" was a must-do for us. There are a few Resort hotels that can accommodate your party of 11, like Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village. With six kids under the age of 6, we chose to stay in adjoining rooms at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside so that each immediate family had their own space. This made each family's personal routines (naptime, bedtime) easier to manage with the kiddos. I encourage you to explore the Walt Disney World Resort website to find a Resort hotel that would best meet your family's unique needs!

     As a group, we met each morning to leave for the theme parks together. We maintained a daytime itinerary that included FastPass+ experiences and advanced dining reservations, giving us a chance to spend a lot of quality time together. In the afternoon, everyone returned to the Resort hotel for a break. Sometimes, we'd meet again to enjoy the theme parks in the evening, and other times, each immediate family would do their own thing. 

     I hope this was helpful, Carla. Please visit us again soon with any new questions you may have!

    Ashley
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all things Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, world-class food offerings, and unparalleled park attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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