• On Mar 21, 2021
    Regina from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have 13 adults, 2yr old, 9mo old traveling from 4 different airports. We would like to visit WDW Dec 18-27 (flexible). What is the best way to plan the trip and best accommodation for this many people? Park tickets, meal plans available?

    Hey there, Regina!

    You've come to the most pixie-dusted place for recommendations to plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation because everyone here at planDisney loves to share their ideas collected from their own Disney vacations.

    A Walt Disney World Resort vacation is always fun, and even more magical when the whole big group of partygoers gets to play together. I think the best way for you to plan your trip will depend on your group's vacation planning styles.

    If you all prefer an approach where one person plans all the trip details for you -- your flights, accommodations, theme park tickets, dining reservations, and more -- you might want to consider getting assistance from a travel agent. If you do a web search for "Authorized Disney Vacation Planner," you'll see search results for travel agents who have earned this special distinction.

    If you all prefer to make your own trip plans, or perhaps prefer to have one of you act as the primary planner, then you can handle most of the trip plans yourselves. You can book your vacation packages online or you can call the Walt Disney Travel Company at (407) 939-7675. It's helpful to know that if you or a planner in your group will be making multiple Resort reservations online, the bookings will need to be made separately.

    For large groups who wish to experience the magic of a Disney vacation together, I suggest Resorts in the Deluxe Villa category for the comforts of home in spacious layouts featuring separate bedrooms, a kitchen, family room space, a washer, and a dryer. Depending on how your group will be staying together, you could find that a combination of 1 Bedroom Villas or 2 Bedroom Villas would be a great fit for you. 

    You'll want to consider Resort location. For example, if you'd like to stay close enough to stroll from your Resort to Magic Kingdom Park, you might consider Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort. If you'd like to stay an easy stroll from EPCOT, you might consider Disney's BoardWalk Villas or Disney's Beach Club Villas. Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is a great location choice for its proximity to all the shopping, dining, and entertainment at Disney Springs. 

    While Disney Dining Plans are currently not available, you can book your dining reservations online up to 60 days prior to your stay.

    Before you book your vacation package and purchase your theme park tickets, I encourage you to take a look at the Theme Park Reservation Availability calendar to see if the theme parks you wish to visit have reservations available for the days you want to visit. After you purchase your theme park tickets, you'll want to make your theme park reservations with the Disney Park Pass system.

    I recommend the Family & Friends features in My Disney Experience to connect everyone in your big group to share and manage plans together.

    Regina, I hope this information gets you started with your big group venture to experience all the magic of Walt Disney World Resort!

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The playful and creative optimism of all things Disney has enthralled me since I was a kid. I loved watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights, seeing all the live-action and animated classics in theaters, and — of course — visiting "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for the first time 45 years ago. These days, the big kid in me still loves to play Disney. As a long-time Disney destinations vacationer, I'm looking forward to helping you play Disney starting here at planDisney! Learn More About Jerry

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