Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Jul 6, 2015
    Erin from AB Asked

    We are looking to book a trip to celebrate our parents' 40th wedding anniversary in late 2015/early 2016 - 19 people in total (2 grandparents, two families of 6, a family of 4, and 1 single adult.) Where should we start? Where should we stay? Any tips?

    Erin:

    I planned a reunion at Disney for several families a few years ago, and the first step I'd recommend you take is to get everyone on board for the date. Keep in mind that early 2016 will be less expensive than late 2015 and the holidays.

    Then it's time to look at the resorts. I would recommend that you go online to www.disneyworld.com and simply plug in your dates into each of the resort categories (Deluxe, Moderate, and Value) to decide your budget before getting your heart set on--and recommending to your family--a resort. When our family gathered, we chose to stay at the Fort Wilderness cabins for the outside decks on which to gather. The resort also included activities like Chip 'n' Dale's Campfire Singalong that we could all do together. If you won't have a car, though, look at Beach Club and its Villas for lots of varying accommodations. Its proximity to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios allows the group to come and go as they please. 

    Next, plan your dining. Consider the dining plan that will help you budget expenses and solve the awkwardness when the check comes with a group your size. Eating one meal a day together allows everyone space yet togetherness. It worked for my family because we all went to the same park each day but didn't tour together. (We broke up in "family groups:" grandparents with the grandchildren and the teens went with aunts and uncles, etc.) Some days the meal was a counter service location and other days it was table service. You'll have a better chance of sitting together at the buffets.

    Then plan your FastPass+ selections. I like www.touringplans.com to help decide the attractions you'll plan. And lastly, consider a special celebration like booking a fireworks cruise. We splurged on the Hoop Dee Doo Revue for our final night. 

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney











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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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