• On Jan 13, 2010
    Hilda from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We will be a large family traveling to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. We all want to go our own separate ways. What are good sites in both parks to have as central meeting places throughout the day?


    There is nothing like a large Disney family vacation.  It's a great idea to have a set central meeting place in the parks when traveling with a group, even if the group doesn't expect to separate during the park visit. In fact, I recommend designating a central meeting place in the parks even if traveling with only one other person. It's possible some members of the party may spontaneously decide to ride a certain ride while other members of the party decide they want to shop and grab a quick bite to eat. Or one member of the party may get a sudden craving for a french pastry at Epcot's France pavillion while the other members of the party ride Test Track. You never know when or how a party may get separated.

    For park meeting locations, my family usually picks a centralized landmark easily identifiable from a distance. At Magic Kingdom, our meeting place is behind Cinderella's Castle (the far side of the park entrance). I would avoid the bustling Main Street area. Space Mountain is also a well-known landmark easily spotted from afar, but it is not as centrally located. At Epcot, our family meeting place is behind the iconic Spaceship Earth (the far side of the park entrance). Depending on how Disney park savvy your party may be, you can choose more out-of-the-way meet-up locations, such as the rose garden in the Magic Kingdom or the uncrowded Odyssey Center area at Epcot.

    As a back up plan, carry your cell phones in the parks and remember to exchange numbers with all of the members of your party. Every party member should also carry a map of the park, which is available at the park gate entrances. Inform any young children in your party to find the nearest cast member in case they get lost. It's also a good idea to teach any younger children in your party your cell phone number and the names of the party members. This information will come in handy to help Cast Members reunite a lost child with their party.

    Enjoy your family vacation.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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