Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Mar 23, 2009
    Karen from OH 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 have a trip planned for October of '09. There are 8 of us with 2 children (5yrs.) Trying to decide on gg event. It's between the Good Morning Gathering and Illuminations Dessert. With kids and older adults (50 and over), what do you recommend? Thx

    Hi Karen,

    Going to Disney World with a large group is really a fun experience, and you're in for a real treat when you book any of the Grand Gathering experiences. 

    Having said that, I recommend the International Dinner and IllumiNations Dessert Reception.  Waiting for parades and shows is one of those things that my child would classify as "boorrrinng", so any way to shorten the wait or eliminate it completely gets a gold star in my book.

    Your party will be treated to a dinner buffet with food from around the world, complete with entertainment and you maybe even a visit from Mickey.  After dinner, you'll be escorted to a private viewing area where you can enjoy dessert and have a spectacular view of Illuminations without having to wait or be pushed and shoved about as others try to nudge their way in to your space.

    To be honest, I have never experienced the Good Morning Gathering, and I hear it's a lot of fun.  However, there are so many other great character dining experiences, that this event has been the last choice on our list of Grand Gatherings.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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