• On Aug 26, 2021
    Debbie from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am hoping to plan a family vacation for my husband and I, a daughter's family with 3 children, and another daughter's family with 2 children.

    Hello, Debbie and welcome to planDisney!

    Debbie, just as every great Disney hero has a trusty sidekick to help guide them along the way, we are hEAR to help you create an Incredible vacation. Since it looks like you’re planning a multi-generational trip with your daughters and their families, let’s talk about some specifics to get you started on this journey to the Most Magical Place on Earth.

    I’ll encourage you to start by creating a My Disney Experience account where you can manage all of your (future) plans and then visit THIS page that gives an overview of vacation packages. I find booking a vacation package (your Disney Resorts Collection hotel and theme park tickets bundled together) easier to manage. You can book the trip now with a deposit and then pay over time. Since it looks like you’ll have three smaller families all traveling together, you’ll want to think about what accommodations best fit your traveling party. You can book multiple "standard" hotel rooms or explore larger accommodations like the Family Suites at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. These sleep up to six and boast two full bathrooms and a kitchenette! Other larger options include The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Villa accommodations at a number of resorts.

    If you’re each paying separately, it might be easiest to have the lead guest for each room book individually. Debbie, if you are coordinating for all, I would encourage you to call (407) 939-5277 and speak with a Cast Member to book as you aren’t able to book multiple rooms at one time through the reservation system. Each room requires a separate booking; however these can be linked together.

    In booking your package you’ll also want to consider how many days you’d like to visit the theme parks. If you haven’t been in a while (or this is your first visit) I would recommend a 4-day ticket which would allow you to dedicate one day to each park. My family typically likes to have a “rest day” built in for a week-long trip so that we’re able to spend a day (usually mid-week) sleeping in late and enjoying all the amenities at our resort. If you have extra vacation days or room in your budget, a 5-day ticket is a great way to revisit a new favorite park!

    Once you've secured your hotel reservations and tickets, you'll want to think about dining around the Walt Disney World Resort. Advanced reservations for Table-Service restaurants are available 60 days in advance and you'll find some amazing options including character experiences!

    Debbie, I know this is a lot of information, but remember, you’ve got a friend in us here at planDisney, so come on back with any additional questions you might have. We’re also happy to give recommendations for Disney Resorts Collection hotels and dining around the Walt Disney World Resort.

    As my pal Mickey would say, we hope to "see ya real soon!"

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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