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  • On Jan 12, 2012
    Jenna Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Planning a reutrn visit for me (29), husband (30), sister (31), and parents (56) as well as first time visit for daugher (2 1/2) and grandparents (80s). What is the best advice you have to accommodate all parties including a hard-to-please grandfather?

    Those gruff grandfathers can be tough business, Jenna; I ought to know!  I have made three four-generation trips to WDW and I've picked up a few tips along the way.  First and foremost, I would recommend that you not try to tour as a group 100% of the time.  By that, I mean that you should allow each individual family some time to explore on their own, at their own pace.  In my experience, everyone is happier that way.  That said, do make time to enjoy experiences as a group.  Perhaps you can plan to enjoy breakfast together before heading off in separate directions for the day.  Maybe make plans to meet up again at a specified time to enjoy a scheduled show, like Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage.  Not all of your group activities have to be within the theme parks; perhaps you can all enjoy a drink by the pool or maybe a dinner show (Hoop Dee Doo is great and will likely leave even Grandpa chuckling).  My recommendation would be to plan two or so group gatherings each day and leave the remaining time open.  Do plan ahead and give some suggestions to both mom and dad and grandma and grandpa so that they're not left wandering aimlessly.  Approaching your grand gathering at Disney this way will almost assure that each and every guest from the young to the young-at-heart will want to come back again and again.  Have a great trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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