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9 Planning Tips For Large Groups At Walt Disney World

Any vacation to Walt Disney World is sure to be totally magical thanks to the four theme parks, two water parks, over two dozen Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs. With so many things to see and enjoy, guests are sure to have a blast from the first moments of their trip to the final attraction. One way to make a Walt Disney World vacation even more magical is to travel with a large group of friends or family. With lots of people in a travel party, there are endless instances of fun and plenty of memories to be made. However, while large groups can be a lot of fun, they can also be a little stressful in terms of a Walt Disney World vacation. This stress can be easily avoided so long as guests properly plan for large groups and remember to make the most of each moment together. Here are nine planning tips for large groups at Walt Disney World.

8. Stay At The Same Disney Resort

Large groups who travel together to Walt Disney World should definitely plan ahead and agree to all stay at a single Disney Resort. So long as groups coordinate this plan well ahead of time, the Disney Resort is usually able to book them in rooms that are next to each other, making it easy to hang out, coordinate, and spend time together.

7. Share A Common Schedule

Guests who are traveling in large groups should also aim to coordinate schedules and decide to spend time in the same theme parks, water parks, or Disney Springs each day. By having a common schedule, guests in the group will easily be able to meet up, see each other, and make lasting memories while on a Disney vacation.

6. But Don’t Be Afraid To Break Apart

While staying together and coordinating schedules is definitely recommended, breaking apart and having time away from the large group is also totally necessary. Large groups can become overwhelming after a while and individual guests are sure to have certain things that they would like to experience that not every other group member might be interested in. In addition to scheduling time together, groups should also plan on spending time apart in order to make the most of their time in Walt Disney World.

5. Enjoy Full Service Meals

A great way to spend quality time together as a large group in Walt Disney World is to make Advanced Dining Reservations and enjoy full service meals at restaurants throughout the property. By taking time to sit down and enjoy delicious meals in wonderful restaurants, guests are sure to have a fantastic time and always remember the special moments. While enjoying full service meals together is a great thing to do, large groups shouldn’t feel that they need to do so every day, but rather once or twice throughout the vacation.

4. Have Everyone’s Information

With large groups inevitably comes the chance of discoordination and getting separated. An important detail to plan out ahead of time before arriving at Walt Disney World is making sure that each member of the group has the contact information for all of the other members. This will make it easy to coordinate when plans change, someone is running late, or something great happens, so large groups had better be prepared!

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3. Plan Some Special Experiences

A great way to make a Walt Disney World vacation with a large group even more memorable is to plan on enjoying some special experiences. Guests can enjoy special behind the scenes tours, dining packages that are combined with nighttime shows, and seasonal special events depending on the time of year. These out of the ordinary experiences are sure to be totally memorable when enjoyed with a large group!

2. Coordinate FastPasses

Guests traveling to Walt Disney World in large groups should be sure to coordinate when booking their FastPasses. Guests staying on property in a Disney Resort can book their FastPasses up to sixty days in advance and guests staying off property can book up to thirty days ahead of time. By booking FastPasses together, guests can be guaranteed to enjoy popular and thrilling attractions together to make lasting memories!

1. Collect Attraction Photos

After enjoying attractions together, guests in large groups should definitely plan on purchasing the attraction photos taken during certain experiences! When riding together in large groups, guests can all be featured in the attraction photo making it a great thing to collect to always remember the trip. A great way to save money in regards to collecting attraction photos is to purchase Disney’s Memory Maker before arriving in Walt Disney World. The package includes all party attraction photos, making it an easy way to collect them all!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.