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Planning a Family Reunion at Walt Disney World

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Planning a Family Reunion at Walt Disney World

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World for the family family is a feat, but if you want to plan your family reunion at the parks, it requires an entirely different level of planning. Coordinating the family reunion is a job that will most likely require outside help, but there are a lot of planning aspects that the family can organize together. The most important thing to remember is that you want to avoid over planning, which tends to make things more hectic and can create more friction and work than necessary.

These tips will help in planning a family reunion at Walt Disney World no matter the size of y0ur group.

SELECT A FAMILY ORGANIZER

A family reunion at Walt Disney World is going to start with one person having the brilliant idea, but this does not automatically mean that this should be the family organizer. Leave the job up to the person that is the best at contacting everyone, arranging details and information, has the time and has a proven track record of handling family squabbles– which are bound to come up. This also makes it easier for getting details and information to an agent or Disney representative, avoiding confusion and mistakes in your booking.

HIRE HELP

Organizing a Disney World trip for immediate family is a big task, so sometimes you need help to get every family attending situated and taken care of. Travel agents are used to handling and coordinating multiple schedules, and can sometimes save you a bundle on airfare, ground transportation and even your park stay. Even better, they might be the best source of information and advice for the family and can handle any travel issues faster than you ever could on your own.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GROUP RATES

If your party is any larger than the average family size, you will definitely qualify for some group discount rates. Try to book travel to arrange for arrival around the same time, which makes it possible to book a larger shuttle vehicle, or at least cut down on the number of rental cars needed.

KEEP GROUP ITINERARY TO A MINIMUM

The idea of a family reunion is to celebrate the family together, but when at Disney World, it’s actually a better idea to keep group activities and gatherings to a minimum. Get rid of the notion that the entire family is going to visit all the parks and attractions together. There are too many people, too many interests and too wide of an age range to do that in a place as awesome as Disney. Instead focus on arranging for an initial and ending gathering for the family and then let the family explore at their leisure.

ENCOURAGE SMALL GATHERINGS

Because the extended family is together, it is ideal to arrange for small gatherings amongst different family members. Maybe cousins that only see each other once a year want to have a fun night together, so use your Disney coordinator to help arrange a special meal or pair up families for park fun. These small gatherings ensure that anyone that wants more time with each other gets it, but still gets to see plenty of the parks.

BOOK ACCOMMODATIONS TOGETHER

While not every family attending can plan for the same budget, a large booking might offer discounts that make it possible to book all accommodations together, in the same hotel. Staying on the same floor makes it easier to coordinate, help out with sitting when parents want a special night on their own or just to gather together in the evenings.

We hope these tips have helped in planning a family reunion at Walt Disney World.

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  1. Robin Masshole Mommy

    I am all for Disney anything. We are leaving for Disney World tomorrow actually.

  2. How fun! A family reunion at Disney would be a blast! I can only imagine how much fun it would be for my family to be making their mark at the park. LOL

  3. Pam Wattenbarger

    I have heard about so many reunions at Walt disney. It seems like a fun place to get the family together.

  4. Planning a family reunion is hard enough, I can’t even imagine planning one at Disney World. Sounds like fun though.

  5. I can’t imagine my family having a reunion at Disney! What a riot that would be! haha. We are a large family and I am pretty sure we’re going to be bringing Disney a lot of revenue if we decide to hold a family reunion in any of their parks. It would be great though. Come to think of it, why not? Thanks for these tips!

  6. Meagan

    These are some great tips. I would suggest looking into a Disney photographer so you can just focus on the fun.

  7. I’ve never been to Disney World before! I think that a family reunion at Disney World sounds like a ton of fun for the whole family!

  8. Nikki Wayne

    Family Reunion is the best happened in our lives! Disney World is really great for whole families especially on kids.

  9. It would be nice to plan a family trip along with the people you haven’t seen in a while. It’s a chance to catch up while having fun! I really think these tips are awesome and it would be nice to actually make it happen! Thanks for the tips!

  10. These are such great tips I think planning a reunion at a place where there are activities for all ages is a really smart move and Disney definitely caters to every age and stage! And the photo oops at Disney are priceless family memories!

  11. We love Disney and this is such a great idea! I’ve been going back and forth with my cousins about a destination and never thought to do it at Disney! 

  12. I’ve never thought of this idea! It sounds expensive but well worth the cost!

  13. Those are some nice practical tips I must say. I might add that an organizer doesn’t need to be one with that profession, my Aunt does that like a real pro and she gets everyone connected.

  14. Nicole Escat

    Oh, this is a nice post. We will be having a family reunion and I will share this with my aunt.

  15. Aziel Morte

    This is a great post, It’s so fun to have a family reunion but that is one of unforgettable moments

  16. I this the first tip is the best one. The person who thinks up an idea is not always the best person to execute it.

  17. I think the first tip is the best one. The person who thinks up an idea is not always the best person to execute it.

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