Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Feb 15, 2013
    Michelle 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.

    Does Disney offer "Grand Gathering" experiences any more? We will be there this August with a group of 18 and will probably meet up with 4 more at some point. I can't seem to find anything dedicated to large groups like that.

    Hi, Michelle!

    It sounds like you have a wonderful trip ahead of you this summer. Traveling with a large group can be so much fun, especially if you’ve done plenty of advanced planning and organization!

    The Grand Gatherings Program at Walt Disney World was discontinued in January of 2012. Guests still have the ability to link multiple reservations and vacation packages together, but this can now be done through the general booking department of the Walt Disney Travel Company rather than the Grand Gatherings department. The special events that were previously offered through Grand Gatherings are no longer available. 

    However, there are still many wonderful opportunities for large parties to enjoy together, such as the Sunrise Safari, Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage and Disney’s Family Magic Tour. Check out the Special Events & Tours page on the Walt Disney World website for more ideas and call (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687 to reserve an experience for your group. It’s best to book tours and meals up to 180 days in advance for large parties. 

    You may also be eligible to take advantage of some fabulous group rates and specials—including specially-priced theme park tickets and advance-purchase discounts—through Disney Group Getaways. A Disney Groups Specialist can assist with planning your itinerary, making reservations and booking special experiences only available groups who reserve 10 or more Walt Disney World Resort Hotel rooms.

    I hope this information helps, Michelle. Please feel free to ask me more questions as you continue to plan your pixie-dusted vacation!

    Wishing you magic,

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Meet the Panelist: Courtney, California

I'm a lifelong Californian who's been making magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth since I was a little girl! Now that I'm the mom of a spirited son and daughter, I love seeing the Disneyland Resort through their young eyes. Our family is perpetually planning our next Disney Parks adventure, and I'm excited to help make your dream vacation a pixie-dusted reality too! Learn More About Courtney

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