Taking the whole family to Disney World? Help!
by Brad Byrd
(Baton Rouge, LA)
"We are going to become a family of 5 soon which means we are delaying the next Disney trip until later in 2019 when the baby is about 10 months old. We have taken our other kids the past few years and planned it perfectly I feel like.
My ideal week for 2019 also happened to be your #1 week (Nov 17-24) so that made me feel like I knew what I was doing. BUT, all the grandparents are jealous they haven’t been invited and we cant just pick one over the other so my wife wants to invite them ALL. Crazy right?
So this makes ME plan for a party of 11 now it looks like which is already stressing me out. Do I need to book all the tickets together and have them on my account to make it easier for fast passes and reservations? Any other advice for making the planning go smooth?"
Crazy but fun
Here's the whole family going to Chef Mickey's
Congratulations. YOU'RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!
This is going to be fun. Crazy, yes, but fun! Trust me!
Believe me, I know how stressful it can be to plan a trip for the whole family. One of my first big planning ventures was to plan for 15 including some finicky people (you know who you are...). It was a great trip with memories we still talk about today. Including a pretty cool limo ride
The More the Merrier
I like to think when it comes to going to WDW the "more the merrier" adage is very appropriate especially when kids are involved. Yes, it can be a little hard to make everyone happy, but when everyone works together it can be a beautiful thing.
Get Everyone Involved
My number one recommendation is to get everyone involved in the planning. The very first trip I planned got off to a BAD start because I planned it myself. It was a total mess. Read about it...
I also talk about this in my book, Dad's Simple Fun Magic Guide to Walt Disney World Planning
. (PS. The book has everything you need to plan a trip, just saying.) I talk about how plans must be shared and how "Planning is not a Solo Sport".
It's important to get everyone involved and a great time to bond even before you get to WDW.
I also recommend you get some "professional help". Our partners over at Destinations to Travel are great at dealing with groups of all sizes. They will be able to help you tie all the reservations together so you (or they) can make joint dining reservations, FastPass+ reservations and more.
The more people you have going the more important it is to get some help. They will even do all the work if you want them too. The best part is it's all free if you make your hotel reservations through them. What a deal.
Just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be on your way.
The week before Thanksgiving 2019
You saw that I picked the week before Thanksgiving as a good week to visit WDW in 2019. I still think that's true, but one thing you need to know is it looks like Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is going to open late that week which will explode the crowds starting on Friday. The first part of the week will still be nice and calm but as the weekend approaches crowds may get a little crazy.
Dad's Bottom Line
Brad, the bottom line is you are going to have a blast. The family is going to have a big time. Yes, planning for the bunch can be a little stressful, but well worth it. Check out my book and get in touch with Destinations to Travel and I think your stress levels will go down a whole lot.