Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Mar 2, 2010
    Julie Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are traveling to Disney in November with a group of 15, 8 adults and 7 children age ranging from 6 mos. to 7 years. Can you offer any advice on large group travel and any special things we should look into?

    Julie:

    For groups, visit www.disneyworld.com here.  Also, talk to a Grand Gathering specialist who can let you know what Grand Gathering Experiences are available for your travel dates--don't wait too long to book.

    Dining events have huge pros in my book:

    • Illuminations Dinner and Dessert Reception: There's nothing worse than trying to find good seats for a crowd to view the fireworks show at Epcot. This ensures you won't have to send Uncle Bob  to save seats at 5 p.m.
    • Safari Celebration Dinner: A hot ticket for groups, you'll be treated to a sundown safari at Animal Kingdom. Keep in mind that the food and seasonings are a bit more adventurous (think Boma).  If you have picky eaters, you may want to choose something else.
    • Good Morning Character Breakfast: Held at Tony's at Magic Kingdom, this breakfast will allow your group to mix with Goofy and the gang but, best of all, allow you to get in the park before General Opening for a photo op on Main Street without the crowds.
    • Hoop dee Doo Revue: Our family went for our finale night!  The entertainment was perfect for all ages. Book the 5 p.m. show and then head to Chip 'n' Dale's campfire sing-a-along afterward at 7 p.m.
    Additionally, consider a Fireworks Cruise. Our family chose the Pirates & Pals Cruise on our last trip and the view of Wishes from the water was amazing. (TIP: choose a night when there is a special party in Magic Kingdom for an extra-long fireworks spectacular!) For a few other tips, check out my answer here to another family.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation! 
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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