5. Get Group Ticket Deals
Using a MagicBand to enter a theme park | Image © Disney
Look into group ticket options and vacation packages offering savings for reunions with 10+ people. Bundled deals include discounts on hotels, multi-day tickets, dining, and more.
For smaller groups, take advantage of multi-day ticket discounts on stays of 3+ days. The more days you purchase, the more you save!
Strive to visit each Disney theme park at least once, or two days at each, if possible. Park Hopper tickets let you visit multiple Disney parks in one day, which is great if you have a variety of interests or limited time.
If you want a diverse experience, plan to visit Universal Orlando Resort in addition to Disney parks. You can also consider adding a Disney water park for more theme park variety.
Discuss park plans as a group ahead of time to ensure everyone gets to experience their must-do attractions and family-friendly entertainment.
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6. Schedule Epic Group Activities
Survey family members on their Disney wish lists. Make a master list of must-do rides, shows, characters, restaurants, and experiences. Use this to build customized daily itineraries that work for all ages.
Schedule interactive group activities like:
- Family photos in front of Cinderella Castle
- Character dining experiences to interact with Disney friends
- Finding a local premium golf course for a fun reunion tournament
- Booking Disney fireworks dessert parties for premium viewing
- Rent a boat for quality bonding time, or take the free boat from Disney Springs.
- Reserve a Disney Private VIP Tour solely for your group, or join a pre-planned tour like Keys to the Kingdom at Magic Kingdom or Behind the Seeds at EPCOT.
There are many fun things to do at Disney World, inside and outside the theme parks. Choose activities that will appeal to everyone to make your family reunion enjoyable.
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7. Reserve Dining For All Tastes
Make reservations at popular restaurants and character dining experiences 60+ days in advance to ensure availability. Request tables together for large parties. Review menus ahead of time to plan for any food allergies, diets, or picky eaters in the group.
Offer a diverse mix of quick-service stops for on-the-go budget meals, upscale signature dining for the adults, and fun character meals for the kids to please all ages.
Character meals allow the whole family to interact with beloved Disney characters while enjoying a meal. Book favorites like Chef Mickey’s, Tusker House, and Cinderella’s Royal Table.
Quick-service locations allow for convenient, budget-friendly dining around the parks. Use mobile ordering to skip queues at many quick-service spots.
Book signature restaurants like California Grill and Be Our Guest for a memorable upscale dining experience. Or head over to the counties of Epcot’s World Showcase to experience authentic global cuisine.
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8. Map Out Seamless Transportation
Use Disney’s complimentary transportation via bus, monorail, Skyliner aerial gondolas, or Friendship boats to get around the resort and parks. Study our Disney Transportation Map to get an idea of which transportation you will need depending on the resorts you stay in.
With Disney transportation readily available, and ridesharing options around the resort, you really don’t need rental cars or vans. But it’s something to consider if you plan day trips near Disney World and go off the resort.
When planning an airport transfer, compare rideshare services like Uber/Lyft with shared shuttles and taxis. The cost of rideshares may be lower, even though more vehicles may be required.
The Vacationeer can arrange seamless transportation for airport transfers, daily Disney transport, and excursions outside the parks. They can also help to arrange transportation between Disney World and Universal Orlando if your family reunion takes you there.
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9. Streamline Planning with Disney’s Apps
My Disney Experience app | Elements © Disney
Maximize efficiency and fun by using the My Disney Experience app. This free, user-friendly mobile tool incorporates Disney Genie features that allow you to:
- Make dining, attraction, and activity reservations
- Access park maps and real-time tip boards
- Update plans and reservations on-the-fly
- Communicate via convenient group chat
- Consolidate all trip details under one organizer
Appoint a tech-savvy family leader to coordinate everything within the app. Effortlessly sync everyone’s tickets to facilitate reservations for your whole group.
My Disney Experience with built-in Disney Genie optimizes organization and flexibility, ensuring your family reunion features streamlined, magical experiences.
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