Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jan 9, 2012
    George Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the best way to experience Disney with a mixed age group? There will be 4 adults and 8 kids ages 14,13,10,8,8,4,4, and 1. How can everyone do things that are enjoyable for their age and well as be able to spend time together?

    Hello, George!
    A mixed age, and interest, group of kids isn't too difficult to juggle. We've done it before, and will be doing the same thing, again, this summer!

    First, choose a portion of time at each park where the little ones will want to do certainattractions while the older ones want to ride those attractions which the little ones are too small to ride. Then, send an adult or two with the younger group, and the other adults with the older group.

    Those chunks of time apart can be planned around those attractions that your entire party does want to see, such as Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios or The Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. Those attractions which are presented at only certain times a day should dictate where and when your group will meet up again. From there, you can stay together for all of those attractions which are everyone's "must see" list. 

    If you haven't yet booked your accommodations, I highly recommend that you stay on WDW property, since you can also have a tuckered-out group return to their rooms for an earlier bedtime, while the late-nighters can catch a movie by the resort pool or linger a little longer for Extra Magic Hours at a WDW park.

    Next, set aside pool time. Little ones can nap in the rooms, along with the grownups who need a nap, too, and the older ones can check out the arcades, slides and other activities sure to be going on poolside.

    Finally, one table-service meal a day, or here and there, will also bring your entire party together for some time to share the day's memories, enjoy some delicious food and chat about the next day's events. 

    Please send me any additional questions you may have while sorting through your many options for your WDW vacation!  I love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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