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  • On Sep 1, 2021
    Jaylenjasmine from VA Asked

    I have a large family vacation we are planning to bring to Disney in June of 2022 and i am not sure where or how to get started.

    Hi JaylenJasmine,

    Welcome to planDisney! We are happy to see you dropping by with a great question!

    Large family vacations, pack your patience! The planning fun is just beginning. When planning for a large group, I start with determining what the costs will be because I know folks in my family are all on a budget. I try to find different accommodations that will suit different price points, so that folks can choose. My first step is to choose our dates because those dates will affect the price. Then, I think about the number of people that will be in each room. Generally, standard rooms that sleep four or five will work for our family units. So, I search the Disney Resorts Collection list and pick a few options based on amenities. 

    We adore resort hotels within walking distance to one or more theme parks. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Contemporary Resort are within walking distance to Magic Kingdom and have access to Walt Disney World® Monorail Transportation. We just returned from a stay at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. We walked to Magic Kingdom and, when taking the monorail from EPCOT, we disembarked at the Transportation & Ticket Center and walked from there, through the Polynesian Village resort to our room in the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. 

    When I am looking for a resort hotel that is more budget-friendly, I typically find myself at Pop Century or Disney's Art of Animation Resorts. Both of these resort hotels have fun decor and both have access to the Disney Skyliner. Once you choose a resort hotel, search for vacation packages and do some comparison pricing for the dates of your visit. Keep your eye on the Special Offers page because offers are released periodically throughout the year.

    After you pick a resort hotel and price out options, give everyone the estimated budget so they can plan accordingly. If you will need 10 rooms or more, contact Disney Group Getaways and someone will get in touch to help you book those rooms. Once everyone has a resort hotel and theme park tickets, be sure to make sure they link those reservations in My Disney Experience. Once everyone has a My Disney Experience account and reservations are linked, they can start making Disney Park Pass system reservations. Finally, I suggest that you try to make some advanced dining reservations. When I last took a group, we did one dinner altogether at the beginning of our trip and, for the rest of the time, everyone dined in smaller groups.

    Sending you a little extra pixie dust as you valiantly lead the planning efforts!

    Magic and memories,
    Donyell
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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