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  • On Jul 14, 2023
    Ashley from PA 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 want to plan a family trip of 6 adult and 6 kids to Disney how can I do that

    Hi Ashley,

    Wow, planning a trip for a party of 12 to Walt Disney World sounds challenging and rewarding! We here at planDisney love a travel planning challenge, so let's dive in.

    First, I think that you likely want to consider accommodations for your stay. With a large group such as yours, if you want to stay at Walt Disney World, you have a couple of options. Many of the Deluxe Villa Resorts, such as Disney's Old Key West Resort or Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, have three-bedroom villas that sleep up to 12 adults if you all want to stay together. These three-bedroom villas offer amenities such as a living room, full kitchen, and laundry right in the villa. They are a great option if you want everyone to be together throughout the trip and to have informal spaces to hang out together. I also love the full kitchen because it allows me to save some money by preparing meals right in my villa!

    While a three-bedroom villa is one option for your party, you also might want to break down into smaller groups for your accommodations. Disney of course has lots of rooms that would sleep a smaller number of guests, and if having everyone in one space is not important to you, these are all options. You could even choose to stay at the same resort but in different rooms for a little more privacy if this is preferable to your group.

    As a planning tool, I suggest that you get your travel party connected with the Family & Friends list in My Disney Experience. Getting everyone connected here will allow you not only to see everyone's plans, but also to make them for each other. This can be really helpful if you have one person who is making a dining reservation for the whole group, or if you are making Lightning Lane selections for part of the group. By having everyone connected, you will be able to do this type of planning for your whole group as well as various subsets of your group.

    My most important tips for large groups traveling to Walt Disney World is to manage expectations and be willing to split up for a while each day. With six adults and six children, everyone will have different "must-do" attractions. On a day at Magic Kingdom, if you have smaller children in your group, perhaps some of the adults head to Fantasyland with them to ride it's a small world and Prince Charming Regal Carousel. At the same time, teenagers, young adults, and anyone looking for a thrill could be heading to Space Mountain, or even Magic Kingdom's newest attraction, Tron Lightcycle Run. My suggestion is that you find out what everyone's number one priority is on any given day and split up in a way that allows everyone to experience their number one choice. Then, meet back up at lunchtime and spend some time in the afternoon doing activities that everyone can do and will enjoy together - at Magic Kingdom, perhaps taking in the Festival of Fantasy Parade.

    I would love to help you plan more Ashley; however, I am limited in the space that I have to answer. Please write back if you have any further questions while planning your magical vacation!

    ~ Mona Leigh
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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