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7 Travel Planning Tips for Large Families at Walt Disney World® Resort

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Large families know more people means more laughs, more surprises and more adventures to be had together. But planning travel for a large group, like families of five or more, comes with its own set of challenges. Never fear—with easy transportation to and from the Parks, options to choose meals ahead of time, ways to commemorate your vacation and more, Walt Disney World® Resort makes it simple to plan your next best Parks trip. So that you can focus on the more important stuff—like choosing a pose for your family photo!

Tip 1: Book a Comfortable and Convenient Stay

No matter the size of the group, a family at Walt Disney World® Resort has plenty of options, from connecting rooms to a cluster of cozy cabins. Or, consider booking a villa with amenities like kitchens for cooking meals, multiple rooms and in-room laundry. Whether it’s your immediate family or a multi-generational affair, you’ll find a stay to fit every group. Some popular Walt Disney World® Resort accommodations for large families include: one- and two-bedroom villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa; the exotic Savanna views possible in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village; and the rustic Americana charm found in the Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Large family at Walt Disney World Resort

Tip 2: Find a Piece of Home On Vacation

For families who want to return to the magic year after year, a Disney Vacation Club® Membership gives you the ability to travel in style and comfort—with amenities like a full kitchen, washer, dryer and private bathrooms—in destinations from Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i, to Disney’s Old Key West Resort in Florida and more. Cardmembers, find out how you can get special vacation financing on the purchase of a real estate interest, including a Member Add On, in a Disney Vacation Club® Resort that is charged to your Disney Visa Card.1

Tip 3: Enjoy Complimentary Transportation

When you stay at Disney Resort hotels, you can take advantage of complimentary transportation options like the monorail, motorcoach or water taxi. All of them depart for the Parks regularly throughout the day, which means coming and going (or heading back to rest and relax) is an easy option. You can also travel by Disney Skyliner aerial gondolas around Walt Disney World® Resort.

Family getting off of Disney Transportation bus

Tip 4: Pick the Right Dining Experience for Your Crew

When you book a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation package or upgrade a current reservation, you can include a dining plan option: the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, for casual and simple meals with counter service; the Disney Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan Plus, for quick-service and table-service restaurants; or the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, which also covers both quick-service and table-service, but also comes with an appetizer and dessert at table-service locations. Whichever plan you choose, you can use it to place an order on the go with the My Disney Experience app.*

In addition to your dining plan, you can check out our Cardmember Dining Guide for a list of select locations that offer Cardmembers 10% off meals most days when you use your Disney Visa Card—including family-friendly spots with plenty of delicious options, like Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom® Park and Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.23

Tip 5: Get Your Group Cheese On at Exclusive Character Experiences

Cardmembers, if you’re looking for the perfect opportunity to get the entire group in one unforgettable photo, look no further than these private experiences. Your Disney® Visa® Credit Card acts as a pass to special Disney and Star Wars Character Experiences just for Cardmembers—making it a bit easier to assemble your crew for a truly iconic encounter! Find these Character Experience locations next to Journey Into Imagination with Figment at EPCOT® and Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.24

boy posing with Mikey and Pluto Disney

Tip 6: Share Memory Maker with the Whole Group

Some other fun PhotoPass opportunities outside the private Cardmember locations include getting snapshots at the X-Wing at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom® Park and the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park.

And since everyone wants to check out the photos right away, there’s a fun and easy way to share them as a group. Let Disney PhotoPass collect all your photos in one easy digital interface that everyone in the family can connect to and look at together. Vote on your favorites as a team and you can purchase and download them at your convenience. (And share them with everyone online, of course!)

Tip 7: Take Advantage of Special Vacation Financing

Planning in advance is always a must, especially with a big family. When you purchase a Disney parks vacation package online with your Disney® Visa® Credit Card, you get special vacation financing, which not only helps you budget ahead, but also earns you Disney Rewards Dollars that can be redeemed towards things like dining, shopping, room upgrades, and more!56

Want more ideas on ways to get the whole family involved, excited and entertained? Check out our Top Ways to Play Beyond the Parks at Walt Disney World® Resort for inspiration. Happy planning!


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