• On Aug 29, 2016
    Erick from TX Asked

    Hello Moms, We are taking my brother and his family of 5 along with our family of 5 to Disney World. Do I need to make 2 separate reservations or should I do one reservation? Each family will have their own room. Advantages to doing it either way?

    Hi Erick,

    Thanks for your excellent question. I've often vacationed at Walt Disney World with my sister's family, so I'm happy to offer my advice. My recommendation -- unless one person is paying all the expenses of the vacation -- would be to create separate reservations for each family.

    That way, each of you can easily make your own decisions about dining plans (whether to have one or which one to choose) and keep track of any expenses you charge to your room during your stay. 

    Even with separate reservations, it's simple and convenient to request rooms that connect or are near each other. We like to have adjoining, but not connecting, rooms for privacy. Just note your preferences when you make your reservations.

    You also can coordinate your FastPass+ reservations, your advanced dining reservations and other plans in your My Disney Experience accounts. You just need to link your brother's account to yours using the My Friends & Family function. 

    We have found on multiple-family vacations that it is unrealistic to expect everyone to be together at all times. For instance, on one trip my sister and I took the younger children to breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table while our husbands took the older kids to the pool. Or we've split up for golf and spa outings or separate dining reservations.

    I hope that's helpful for you. Please let me or another of my Disney Parks Moms Panel friends know if we can offer other suggestions. Enjoy your family time!


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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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