Planning a Disney Vacation, in our opinion, is the most fun part! However, when you are traveling with extended family on a multi-generational trip, there are a lot of wants and needs that you’ll have to accommodate.
Multi-generational Trips that include Grandparents to young children are a big trend- and rightfully so! It is a great way to make special memories with everyone. We have a few tips to make traveling with the entire family smooth.
#1: You Can’t Control Everything
Decide as a group what are the things that really don’t matter as long as you’re together for the trip. Some of the questions you’ll want to ask are:
- Is it necessary for everyone to stay at the same resort? Keep in mind that budgets may differ. If Grandma & Grandpa are staying at The Polynesian while you’re at Port Orleans, is it a deal breaker?
- How will everyone get to Disney? Some may choose to fly and others may drive if it’s within a reasonable difference.
- Will you want to do every single activity together, or will each family unit make their own plans with a few activities that you all enjoy as a group?
Whatever you decide, being flexible will be important, especially with large groups. A common suggestion for our clients with large groups is to plan to be in the same park each day, but let everyone explore and do what feels right and comfortable for their family unit. In the places that overlap, you can experience those together.
#2: Decide On Your Must-Dos
There will be some experiences you will absolutely want to have with everyone in tow, such as certain dining experiences and attractions. Your planner can help with prioritizing attractions, taking height requirements and thrill factors into consideration- along with Fastpass+ selection. Dining recommendations, including menu reviews are always a part of our service.
#3: Adult Time
One of the biggest pros to traveling with other adults is the ability to get away for a romantic evening or just hang out with your significant other (or by yourself!) at the pool with no responsibility. Grandparents or Aunts and Uncles can help out with your crew while you sneak off for a bit to indulge in the adult side of Disney. Then you can return the favor!
#4: Get The Memory Maker!
Trying to get everyone to look at the camera at the same time is hard enough- imagine that with a large group! Having the Memory Maker allows you to include everyone in those special moments. The whole family has to be in a photo in front of Cinderella’s Castle, right? You’ll only need to purchase one Memory Maker, as you can link it to be shared with all traveling parties.
#5: Use Your Planner!
One of the perks of working with a Hi Ho Vacations Planner is your planner! We’ve navigated many multi-generational trips and can give you tips, best practices and suggestions specific to traveling with large groups. Don’t hesitate to share any places where you’re having breakdowns in communication, or not sure about a particular event working well for a large group. Conference lines are available to all who want to be involved in the planning.
Have you traveled as one BIG happy family on a Walt Disney World vacation or Disney Cruise? What was your experience like?