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  • On Jul 17, 2023
    Mary from SC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My sister and I want to travel to DisneyWorld to celebrate our 50th birthday. We want to visit for three days in mid-August. We have a group of 12. What are our best options?

    Hi, Mary!  Thanks for bringing your question to planDisney!

    Is there any better place to celebrate a birthday than Walt Disney World Resort?  You and your sister are sure to make some special birthday memories together, and bringing along a large group to celebrate with you will make this trip even more fun!

    If you take a look at the top of the screen on the Walt Disney World Resort website, you'll see "Build Your Vacation."  You can enter your travel dates and the number of Guests in your party to check Disney Resorts Collection hotel availability.  With a group of 12, you could book three standard rooms at any resort hotel that has availability.  If you prefer a larger room that can accommodate more Guests, you might want to look into booking a couple of family suites at Disney's Art of Animation Resort.  Another option would be the Deluxe Villas found at several resort hotels.  The Deluxe Villas vary in size, so you might need to book a couple of smaller villas.  However, there are some Grand Villas that can accommodate up to 12 Guests.  If you need some help choosing a resort, our planDisney Resort Hotels Pocket Guides are a great resource.

    When planning for a large group, making dining reservations can pose a bit of a challenge.  Dining reservations are available 60 days in advance, and I recommend booking as soon as possible.  When I visit Walt Disney World Resort with a large group, I find that it's easiest to break up into smaller groups when making dining reservations.  Most restaurants don't have a lot of tables that are large enough for a party of 12, so you may not find much availability.  I recommend working with a couple of people in your group to book your reservations.  You can try to make two reservations for parties of six or three reservations for parties of 4, and try to select similar reservation times at the same restaurant.  When you check in for your dining reservations, let the Cast Members know that your parties are together.  While there's no guarantee that you can be seated together, in my experience, the Cast Members will do their best to place your parties near one another.

    Since you and your sister are celebrating a milestone birthday, take a look at the Enchanting Extras Collection for some ways to make your occasion even more magical.  Also, don't forget to pick up complimentary birthday buttons at the front desk of your resort hotel or at any Guest Relations location.  All of the well-wishes you receive when wearing your birthday buttons will add some extra pixie dust to your special day!

    If you have any additional questions as you're planning your trip, please visit planDisney again.  We would love to help you and your sister have the best birthday ever!  Have a magical day!


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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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