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  • On Feb 16, 2012
    Katie from UT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Planning a trip for 4 fams around 2013 W&D half marathon. Wide variety of budgets, touring styles, family sizes. Any advice on how to plan a fun trip that will let us stay friends after the trip? Kids ranging in age from few months (expecting) to 7.Tha

    Hi Katie!  That sounds like a great trip!  Having just helped a family plan for a Walt Disney World trip for 19 people, I highly recommend that you go to an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.  These planners are highly trained to plan trips for any size group and any size budget.  I helped my friend with the basics, but then sent them to a planner.  It doesn't cost you anything to use one, and they can plan everything about your trip:  airlines, resorts, dining, etc.  You can Google "authorized disney vacation planner" to find one near you.  You could gather representatives from all four families and then sit down with the planner, and they can put the trip together for you in a neat little package.
    My own personal advice--  I would plan one time per day when everyone gets together.  We usually do a sit-down meal together.  Some fun ones are the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue dinner show and 'Ohana restaurant at the Polynesian.  Another fun thing for large groups is the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage.  It is just too hard for families to try and stay together all the time and it ends up being not fun for anyone.  When we travel with my cousins, who have girls, my boys are not at all interested in the things they want to do, so we just pick a time to meet each day and then go our own merry ways!
    I hope this helps, and I hope to help you plan for the Wine and Dine half marathon next year.  It is my favorite runDisney race!!
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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