large family coming out of Cinderella Castle
  • On Jun 14, 2021
    Crystal 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.

    How far in advance should we plan our Disney vacation ? We want to go October 2022. We will have about 18 people. Is there any helpful useful way I should plan?

    Hello, Crystal! Welcome to planDisney. You've certainly come to the right place to chat about your next Walt Disney World vacation! I am so excited to hear you’ll be planning a large group trip in the fall of 2022! Disney Vacation Packages can be booked about 500 days in advance, which means that your dates will soon be available for booking. The sooner, the better, when it comes to planning, in my opinion! I would suggest starting to make plans as soon as you can or starting to think about the makeup and preferences of your group and how you’d like to structure the trip. If you have varying ages and energy levels in your travel party, be sure to have plenty of options for guests to start later or take breaks when needed. This will make sure that everyone feels heard and enjoys their favorite type of trip!

    Each separate Disney Resort Hotel Room will be a separate reservation. During the booking process and after bookings are complete, you can make notes that will let the Cast Members know that you are all traveling together so that they may place your rooms near one another if that is your preference. If you need 10 or more Resort Rooms, you may reach out to Disney Group Getaways for assistance. If you need fewer than 10 rooms, Disney Reservations can help via phone. Make sure you keep an eye on the Special Offers pages to check for deals that may be perfect for your group! Also, know that even if you book now, you can change that booking to reflect any deals that may be available in the future. Fees may apply if you make changes within 30 days of your travel dates, however. 

    Lastly, I recommend that you keep every member of your travel party on your Family & Friends list! This will allow you to make plans such as Dining and Experience Reservations on behalf of your Guests! Plus, everyone you invite to join the list will be able to view the Plans right from their Mobile Device on their My Disney Experience Mobile App!

    Crystal, I hope that this information helps you start to make plans for your group! I am sure they will be thrilled to enjoy the results of all your hard work in planning and dreaming. Please know that we are here for you whenever you need us during any step of your journey! 

    Wishing you many magical memories,
thumbnail image for Clara

Meet the Panelist: Clara, Ohio

Hi, friends! I'm Clara, a Pediatrician from Cincinnati, OH, a mom to two Disney-loving boys and married to my college sweetheart.  As a native Spaniard and Spanish speaker, my happiest early memories of life in the United States were formed at Walt Disney World. I love to find ways to sprinkle some R&R and good food among the hustle and bustle of our Disney vacations, and I would love to help you do the same! Learn More About Clara

Related Video

  • thumbnail image for Resort Tips for Traveling with a Large Family

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.