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  • On Jun 19, 2009
    Michelle from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family is planning a trip in June 2011 to WDW and there will be approx. 15-24 people from the ages of 2-55yrs. Are there any discounts offered to groups of this size? What would be the ideal way to tour the parks with this many people?

    Michelle:

    My experience with taking two large groups of family and friends (a group of 19 and one of 25) is that the general discounts offered through the website's special offers are as good as anything you might find.  My recommendation is to book as far out as you can, but keep your eye on sites like www.mousesavers.com for deals that may come up that you can take advantage of.

    As for touring, here are my top tips for traveling to Disney with a large group:

    1. Get a magical gathering number for everyone's reservation.  This number will link all of you together so that when you have 8 in your party, you can qualify for the Grand Gathering experiences the park offers and can get your rooms in close proximity to one another (provided they have the same attributes like standard view vs. pool view).
    2. Plan to visit one park per day ONLY.  Your group can only go at the speed of your SLOWEST person, and I've found that the park hoppers were not a good value with our large groups. 
    3. Do not tour a park in one large group!  In March, my group all met up at Test Track and were going to make the 5-minute walk over to ride Spaceship Earth.  It took 30 minutes after some went for a restroom break, others stopped for cokes and a third group visited  the camera store! 
    4. Split up into smaller groups by age or interest.  Toddlers, Preschoolers, Pre-teens and Teens and then put an adult with each group.  Older adults with the younger children are a good fit as their pace is similar.
    5. Meet up for one meal a day.  This is always my favorite part as we share our memories and, for some, change up our touring groups.

    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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