Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Feb 2, 2013
    Eenia Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We're planning Disney Mid August 2013. Myself, 32,  husband, 34. Children, 4, 8, &11. The only boy in the middle. We're also traveling with my mother-in-law, 64. Main problem, different ages and interests. How do we plan/budget for all to enjoy?

    Hi Elenia,

    We have also traveled with our daughter and our parents at the same time, with similar age ranges as you. I think that the best thing that we did was to decide that it was okay not to be together all the time. We found that dividing up into smaller groups for part of the day and then coming together for part of the day worked out well. Sometimes you may decide that you are splitting by generations. If your kids are early birds and your mother-in-law wants to sleep in, you and your children head to the park first thing and she meets you later. Or, if there is a special "boy thing" that your husband and son want to do, maybe you split up by gender for a couple of hours one day.

    We found it helpful to ask everyone in the traveling party to come up with a list of things that they really want to do while at Walt Disney World. You can look at the lists and see what appears the most often. Those can be the things you do together. Things that we have done with our daughter and her grandparents together include tamer rides such as most of the rides in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, or taking in shows such as Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Also consider the recreation activities at the resorts - many of the resorts have low to no cost activities such as fishing and crafting. Hanging out at the pool at your resort together can also be really fun. Even if someone doesn't want to swim, they can grab a drink and a lounge chair.

    We found that a really good thing to do as a whole group was meals. Everyone has to eat! I would recommend for a group that size that you make advance dining reservations to ensure that you get a table when you are ready to eat. This will also give you a time and place to meet if you have split up ahead of time.

    I hope this information is helpful for you, Elenia. Please let us know if you have any further questions.
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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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