As we officially enter the holiday season, what better way to celebrate than by taking a trip back in time! Throughout the fall and winter, the Historic Williamsburg area in Virginia has so much to offer!
Here’s a sample itinerary for you and your family as you plan your, “Picture Perfect Getaway”!!!!
Dinner possibilities: Your arrival evening is the perfect time to try a local favorite for dinner, Second Street American Bistro, if you’re looking for a casual night out.
If you’re excited to try something a bit more upscale and would love to sample the region’s famous seafood dishes, I totally suggest Berret’s Seafood Restaurant. From oysters on the half shell, to steak and lobster – there’s truly something for everyone!
A Day in Historic Williamsburg
Spend your Williamsburg day wandering through the historic town:
- access to all the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area sites
- access to the museums
- use of Historic Area Shuttle buses
- programs throughout the property
* You can even check if the Musket Firing is available (at an extra cost) to add to your ticket for anyone 18, or older.
CURATED TIP: If your travel party would love to visit this area throughout the Fall, I would suggest purchasing the “Fall into Holiday Savings Ticket” available for purchase between now – Oct. 31, 2020. For the price of a regular 3-day ticket, you get unlimited visits until Dec. 31, 2020.
A Day at Busch Gardens
If you’re visiting during the month of October – you can celebrate the Halloween season. At this time, the traditional park is reinvented so that guests can sample special treats and participate in themed activities while still enjoying the thrill of the roller coasters!
This year, contactless trick or treating will take place on select days, to keep in the spirit of this favorite fall activity! Pumpkin carving for all, kid-friendly activities, like the Sesame Street ® Forest of Fun, and in select areas and times, ghosts and ghouls will seek you out – an amazingly fun way to spend your day!
Dinner possibilities: If you’re wanting to stay for the evening shows, eating a quick dinner at Busch Gardens is a great idea. However, if you plan on returning back to your hotel, this might be a night to try a local favorite – either pick up, or delivery – Sal’s Pizza!
A Day in Yorktown or Jamestown
It’s time to round out your “Picture Perfect Getaway” with one last travel through time. Both Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Museum have such fun exhibits and museums, it’s hard to choose which to visit. Each location is a full day’s activity and they’re located a bit apart from one another.
For your “Getaway”, I suggest choosing one and then saving the other for a return visit.
If you’re looking to learn more about the earliest settlers in the Virginia area, Jamestown Settlement is the perfect choice!
With both indoor and outdoor activities, you will learn about the first settlement made as the Virginia Company sailed from England to the “New World”. Your family can participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the museum of the settlement, then move outside to explore re-creations of the colonist’s fort, a Powhatan Indian village, and a re-creation of one of three ships that sailed from England to Virginia.
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
This is the location for you, if you are interested in learning about the Revolutionary War! Like Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown has both indoor and outdoor activities. You can start your journey in the museum detailing the battles and strategies of the American colonists through galleries with period artifacts and immersive films.
Then move outside to visit the newly renovated Continental Army encampment and a Revolution-era farm. Here you will learn to write your name with a feather quill to “sign up for the army” and participate in army drills. You can also take part in discussions and demonstrations given by costumed museum guides. As you learn about medical treatments, gardens, crops and 18th century family life -- you might even be given a few chores to do!
CURATED TIP: There are TWO “Yorktown sites” – the actual battlefield and the interactive museum. I totally recommend checking Google to make sure that you are heading to the right location (Um – not that we’ve done that---eeek!!!!)
Dinner possibilities: We always love heading back to the Williamsburg area for our dinners! After your tour through history, this is a great night for a quick bite to eat at The Cheese Shop. They will custom make sandwiches (I love the chicken salad sandwich) and you can dine al fresco – a perfect way to end your stay!!!
You’ve had a chance to read about our “Picture Perfect Getaway” – I can’t wait to hear about your recommendations when you return!
Let me know how I can Curate the perfect getaway for you!!!
EARS TIP: While relaxation, coupled with spontaneity, are the norm for our Hawaiian adventures, we totally recommend having reservations for these restaurant experiences BEFORE you arrive!
Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki
Breakfast seating starts as early as 7:45 am and continues through 11am.
***Be sure to make your reservation during this time frame; although the buffet continues throughout 12:00pm, reservations are not accepted past 11:15am.
When you arrive, you are taken on the lanai (if the weather is cooperating!) for character pictures! While characters vary, many times this can be an awesome time to see Mickey!!!
After pictures, you are seated and able to hit the buffet!!! Your server will take drink orders (including any fun specialty drinks that the over 21 group members might love!!) and you’re free to enjoy the amazing food. The buffet is spread over one entire wall of the restaurant and includes cold offerings (fruits and yogurts), as well as hot breakfast items: waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. The choices don’t stop there – as there is even a “make your own omelet” station and offerings with an Asian flair!
Throughout your meal, traditional characters will visit your table, interacting with everyone and posing for pictures! Be prepared for your “keiki” (little ones) to be up and moving, as there are character parades, and games throughout the breakfast!
Typically, this Character buffet is offered on the following days: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday with seating starting as early as 4:00pm and ending at 7:30pm. While the buffet continues past 7:30, the restaurant stops taking reservations at this time.
Again, when you check in, you’ll have a character photo opportunity – characters vary, but many times you will see the more traditional Disney characters. We were lucky enough to see Donald!!
EARS TIP: For Large groups dining together- I totally recommend having a photo “game plan” before your Character picture. The process is quick and it’s good to know who’s standing next to whom beforehand!
During the meal, “Uncle” will weave a story about the Menehuene (the island’s spirit mischief makers), inviting the children in the audience to join in the fun. There are musical instruments, Hawaiian games and of course—a character parade throughout the restaurant!
This is an open air restaurant that specializes in fresh fish and seafood, as well as amazing steak offerings! Of course, we had to try ALL the options – from appetizers and salads to main courses with shareable sides, we almost didn’t save room for dessert (almost!)
EARS TIP: When making a dinner reservation – take a look at when the sun traditionally sets in Hawaii during your stay (I can totally help with this)!! We were able to enjoy a sunset meal on our last night in Aulani!
We had the best vacation in Aulani -- CANNOT wait for you to go!!!
“On the road, again – I just can’t wait to get on the road again!”
If you’re looking for an amazing adventure, and see Walt Disney World through a whole new lens—I totally recommend a visit to Fort Wilderness!! With so many options, Fort Wilderness is truly a community in itself – it’s a culture within itself, it’s Disney – a different way!
Checking in and setting up
No matter what type of camper you are – pop up tent, RV, or even a Cabin – there's a place for you at Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness Campsites!!!
PRO TIP: Don’t forget your Magic Bands if you run to the bathroom in the middle of the night; both the Comfort Station and Laundry Facilities require Magic Band access – added security in the middle of the night!
How to Spend your Days?
While visiting the theme parks is often people’s #1 reason to visit Disney – a “Fort Wilderness” Disney trip adds so much more!
PRO TIP: If you're thinking of visiting Fort Wilderness at the holidays, be sure to reserve your campsite WELL in advance. These are very popular locations – regular campers love to set up their area for a month to enjoy their time!
With so many magical activities at Walt Disney World – Fort Wilderness is a way to slow down and enjoy them all at your own pace!
So much love to the Hatch Family for sharing their most magical memories of their stays at Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness!!!
This year’s dates are: Aug. 29th – Nov. 23rd, 2019. Here’s a brief overview of the best that EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival have to offer!!
In each of the EPCOT pavilions there are kiosks set up with amazing foods to try. During this festival – you will even see EXTRA kiosks pop up that are associated with each Pavilion. NEW this year are tastes from “The Alps”, and “The Donut Box”, along with returning favorites, like “The Chocolate Studio”!!!
In each kiosk, you can find small portions to nibble, which often range between $4.00 - $8.00. You are also able to use Dining Plan snack credits – depending on the location and the sizes of the portions you are purchasing.
As you are eating your way around the world, and have dietary needs, or even picky eaters, you can totally look for symbols that help your food choices. Next to each menu item, you will see (GF) Gluten Friendly, (V) Vegetarian and (KA) which indicates Kid Approved – samples that have been created to cater to children’s tastes!
In addition to the food kiosks, there are a variety of beverage stands around the World Showcase. Each beverage reflects the theming of the lands – anything from Sake in Japan and Guinness Beer in Germany --- to the Kir a la Grenade in France (Sparkling wine and pomegranate juice) and a Pear Cider in England!
Soooo many options to choose from!!!
EARS TIP: I recommend having a game plan before you try to drink your way around the World Showcase; try to split up your “beverages” with rides, shows and WATER!!! If you’re with a partner—a great way to try it all is to get one drink in each “pavilion” to split.
…AND BE MERRY!!!
Not only will you encounter amazing food and beverage choices, you could also attend different demonstrations, tastings, seminars and classes during the Food and Wine Festival.
These options are usually for an additional cost and have age requirements. Prices range from $19.00 per guest (culinary demonstrations with gourmet chefs), to $90.00 per guest (seminars with a fromger). There are even kid-friendly choices – like the Candy Sushi class!!!
Food and Wine is ALWAYS best when shared with friends and family. CANNOT wait for our Girls Trip next year!!!!
Totally let me know your favorite Food and Wine stories and tips!
Trials of the Temple
If your child has ever wanted to experience what it’s like to interact with the Star Wars characters – then Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple ©Disney/Lucasfilm, Ltd. is a TOTALLY a must do!!!
EARS TIP: I recommend getting to the park early and making your way to the sign up area right away. In our Ears of Experience packet, we will give you suggestions for exactly what to do here!!!
Once you sign your “young-ling” up at the Indiana Adventure Outpost area – you will receive a return time slip for your child to complete their “Jedi Training”; they will learn to use the Force and light sabers. Once the training is complete – all young-lings will march to the show stage and prepare to battle the forces of darkness – at the time of this posting, the villains that your child could come face-to-face with would be either the Seventh Sister, or Darth Vader!!!
Kara and Lucas battling the "Dark Side"!!
Star Wars Launch Bay
A great way to spend the hot hours of the day, or a mid-afternoon rain shower, would be to explore Star Wars Launch Bay. This is located in the Animation Courtyard – really close to the Disney, Jr. show. If you have a group with mixed ages – this is a great time to split up and have the “littles” go to the Disney, Jr. Dance Party, while older siblings and friends visit the Star Wars area. The Launch Bay is a museum like setting with exhibits, models, costumes and replicas from the Star Wars films, including “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.
While you are there – take a photo minute for Character Meet and Greets! As of this posting, both Chewbaca and Kylo Ren are available for pictures and you can even say Hi! to BB-8 (be prepared – the droid is a quite a bit smaller than the one seen on screen!). And of course – there are tons of merchandise memorabilia to be purchased while you roam and explore!!!
EARS TIP: Before you enter the simulator – have a talk with your littles about who they would like to sit next to --have the order of your family ready before you enter. The seat belts can sometimes be a bit tricky – so I would recommend having smaller children next to an adult.
EARS TIP: Be sure to prep everyone for the long line that could be at the Build your own light saber station! My son LOVED light sabers – so we went through this process 4 times in one trip – I have definitely learned my souvenir lesson!!!
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular -As your evening draws to an end- get ready for a combination of: lighting, lasers, special effects and fireworks. The entire show will be centered around Star Wars scenes and set to your favorite Star Wars music! The scenes will be projected onto the Chinese theater with the fireworks surrounding and enhancing the projections.
Star Wars Guided tour
If you’re going to Hollywood Studios to fully immerse yourself in the Star Wars experience – you might think about taking a full day for Star Wars themed attractions! Disney offers an All Access Tour that incorporates VIP access / preferred viewing for some of the most coveted Star Wars attractions, Meet and Greets and shows, a lunch at the Back Lot Express, as well as a sign up for the Jedi Training!
Let me know what you are MOST excited about as Star Wars, Galaxy's Edge is ready to open!!!
Although I am still reveling in Christmas spirit and our Chicago Winter Wonderland, I am finding myself longing for the moment when Spring has sprung!
Two years ago was my very first opportunity to experience Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival and I would totally recommend this event to everyone! The Flower and Garden Festival has always been held as a welcome to the spring and the months of March, April and May in Epcot show that Spring is ready!!!
This years dates are: March 6th - June 3rd, 2019
Here is a sneak peek of what you can look forward to!!!
Children’s Play Areas
Throughout Epcot there are children’s playgrounds set up in the theme park. All three areas were specifically designed for children 2 – 5 years old with play equipment and a lawn area for children to spread out and run around. One of the areas also had a separate section for older children to play and explore.
Often multiple locations!!!
NOTE: These play areas are not supervised by Walt Disney World personnel – you would need to stay with your children as they play.
Set up throughout Epcot there are also a variety of fun activities that the whole family can participate in!
I was also able to spend some downtime inside a butterfly tent. Set up along one of the walk ways was an enclosed tent; families could enter and enjoy an afternoon butterfly encounter! All types of butterflies flew around the tent –sometimes landing on you! Inside, there are stations detailing information about the different species; you can leisurely wander the tent searching for your favorites!!
I totally recommend having family members split up and try foods from the different kiosks – that way everyone can try a sample of everything!
If you are lucky enough to attend the festival on a weekend, you can enjoy the “Garden Rocks ™ concert series. As the sun sets, this is a fun way to end the day – grab a snack and a drink and settle down for live entertainment that is included in your admission!
Some artists have included: Gin Blossoms, The Pointer Sisters and Expose – I can’t wait to see the 2019 line up!!!
So, “while the weather outside is frightful…”----as you sit and snuggle into your comfy chair, under your comfy blankie – you can start to dream about the spring and your next visit to Walt Disney World’s Flower and Garden Festival!
P.S. – I totally want to see pictures of your favorite topiaries (you totally know mine!!!)
Our family took a break from our usual fast paced Disney / Universal vacation and it was the best decision that we made!!
Here are the Clark’s TOP FIVE reasons to add a day at
Discovery Cove to your vacation!!!!
During the day, we were also able to enjoy lunch (again - something for everyone: burgers, Caribbean fish, BBQ, club sandwiches, cobb salad, chicken tenders, hot dog, pasta), as well as unlimited snacks and beverages (including alcoholic beverages!!)
For our stay, we were also provided with snorkel equipment (for the day) and had access to lockers (price included), changing areas (super clean!) and sun screen (specially formulated for the marine life). There were also life jackets there for “littles”, as well as flotation devices (noodles!)
#2: Animal Encounters
Discovery Cove’s water ways opened at 9am and we began our day with the activities that were included in the Basic Package!
The Grand Reef – A large lagoon area that has giant sting rays (barbs removed) swimming. You are able to snorkel with the rays the entire day. While I do recommend getting there early – be prepared that the water in the Grand Reef is cold!!!
Within the Reef – there is also a Plexiglass wall that you can swim up to and see the sharks on the other side! I totally did NOT believe my son when he mentioned this – so I swam over and came face to face with a huge shark. I did freak out a bit – and this has become my kids’ favorite story!
Explorer’s Aviary You can enter the Aviary and hand feed varieties of birds (they have cups there to fill with the “preferred” snacks for the bird types).
Fresh Water Oasis – As you swim through the lazy river – you can pop into areas that allow you to come face to face with otters! Separated by plexiglass, you are able to have above and below viewing of these super cute animals.
EARS TIP: On the far side of Discovery Cove there is a lazy river that winds around through areas to interact / view animals. I highly recommend taking your snorkel gear with you as you move around the facility -- you never know when you might need to submerge!
#3: Exclusive Adventures
In addition to the included adventures – you are also able to add encounters into your package throughout the day: Feeding the Sting rays, Shark swim, SeaVenture (underwater sea helmet walk), Dolphin Swim and even a Dolphin Trainer for the day!
We added the Dolphin Swim into our day and it was amazing! Our family was grouped with a few other people and positioned around a lagoon and met our dolphins: Stella, Hutch and Dexter! Our trainer taught us some amazing facts about dolphins as we were allowed to feed & take pictures with Stella. The highlight of the visit was being able to take a ride on Dexter!! Mackenzie and Tyler talked about this for years after!!
EARS TIP: If you plan to add additional packages to your visit -- I highly recommend arriving early in the morning to check in (right when Discovery Cove opens), in order to pick the time you prefer for each adventure!!
When we left, everyone said that this was the best day, ever!
Let me know what your family's "Tips and Tricks" for visiting Discovery Cove would be!
Edition #3: Planning your Days at the Theme Parks!!
This blog is the third and final edition in a series to help you plan your extended family vacation – Disney style!!!
Hmmmmm…where should we eat tonight?
Here are some great ways to help ensure you get a reservation together
in one of your favorite restaurants:
1) Be ready to book your restaurant choices the first day that your dining window opens. This date is: 180 days from your check in date @ 7:00am EST. Many signature dining experiences and character meals book quickly; if you were thinking of dining at “Cinderella’s Royal Table”, or visiting the Beast at, “Be Our Guest”, you will want to be online first thing in the morning.
EARS OF EXPERIENCE TIP: If you book through me, I can help you with dining suggestions AND even reserve your meals for you, so you don’t have to get up early in the morning!
2) Consider eating during non - peak meal times. Often times, we will grab a snack in the morning as our breakfast (either at the resort, or in the parks). When we arrive at the parks, we try to do as many rides as possible in the morning and then sit down for lunch at a Quick Service restaurant around 11:00am. There have been so many times that we’ve been one of the only families in the restaurant – we’ve had our pick of lunch tables and get everyone close together!!
For dinner, we’ve found that eating earlier has also allowed us to find reservations for the entire dining party. On our last trip – we found a 4:35pm reservation for the coveted “Be Our Guest” restaurant – for all 12 people!! By the time the later evening hours arrive, everyone was ready for a favorite snack (Dole Whip or Mickey Bar – your pick!) and no one was too full to indulge!
IMPORTANT PAYMENT NOTES: All groups that are 6 or more will automatically have an 18% gratuity added. Additionally, if you plan to dine at a restaurant that requires prepayment (like Cinderella’s Royal Table) don’t forget that you will have to prepay for everyone unless you are on the Dining Plan.
Lets ride some rides!!
Now that your dining plans are taken care of, your next big park planning decision is which attractions to reserve a Fast Pass for. Walt Disney World’s Fast Pass + system allows each guest staying on property to pre select- FOR FREE - three Fast Passes each day of their visit (based on the number of park tickets linked to the reservation). Your Fast Pass + window opens 60 days from your check in date @ 7:00 am EST and on site guests can select Fast Passes for the entire visit, again based on the number of theme park tickets purchased. Fast Passes can be used for theme park attractions, theatrical performances and even evening shows and Meet and Greets!
When traveling with a large group, here are a few tips to help the process go smoothly:
EARS OF EXPERIENCE TIP: In booking thorough Ears of Experience, we will provide you with a list of all the attractions that allow Fast Passes (along with height requirements), as well as our suggestions for which rides are the best use of your Fast Passes!!! I'll be able to help you through the entire Fast Pass process!!!
That’s everything!! Room booked … My Disney Experience accounts linked…dining reserved and Fast Passes selected – whoo hoo!!! The last piece of the puzzle is to sit back and let the excitement begin because… EVERYONE'S going to Walt Disney World!!!
Let me know if you have other tips and tricks to help other families that are traveling together have a magical experience!!!
Edition 2: Pre-Planning Family Activities
Now that your Walt Disney World vacation is booked - the fun part of planning starts!! When travelling with a large group - the fun just expands! As each family begins to envision their "magical" vacation - you might find that each family has different ideas of what the vacation should look like.
After planning several Extended Clark Family Vacations - I have a few tips to make the process a little easier!!
Linking your “My Disney Experience” accounts
An easy way to proceed with large group planning is to link everyone’s “My Disney Experience” accounts together. Everyone with a separate reservation will need their own “My Disney Experience” account in order to customize their Magic Bands and link their reservation to their own account.
Once everyone has their account set up-- you can now “link” accounts together in order to allow everyone in the group to make common dining and Fast Pass reservations. This will be done by adding everyone to each others "Friends and Family" list.
To get to the "Friends and Family" list -- hover your cursor over the area in the top right hand corner of the site that says "My Disney Experience". A list will appear and you will choose the "My Family and Friends List" option (see image below) to get started.
When linking everyone’s “My Disney Experience” accounts together, there are a few steps to follow; calling Disney’s Technical Support for help is a great way to help make sure that everyone's account is linked correctly. A quick way to ensure that everyone is linked correctly is to have everyone go into their account --- you should see everyone’s names in each separate account.
EARS OF EXPERIENCE TIP!!! If you have booked your vacation through me, I will totally be able to help you with the entire linking process– no worries!!!
Once everyone is linked, I suggest choosing ONE person's account that you will work through. All group dining reservations AND Fast Passes can be made for everyone at the same time. If different families are planning on separate Fast Passes, or dining reservations - no worries! Even though your "My Disney Experience" accounts are linked - everyone is still able to make separate reservations!!!
NOTE: Although linking accounts makes planning large group dinner reservations and Fast Passes super easy – everyone will now see EVERYONE’S plans in their own accounts.
Pre- planning discussion topics
With everyone's "My Disney Experience" accounts linked, I totally recommend taking some time for everyone to "talk" - Text/ Face Time/ Snap Chat :) - together about what is important for each family while visiting Walt Disney World.
These are the questions that we take some time discussing when traveling all together:
Does everyone want to visit all the theme parks?
Walt Disney World has four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. If you are traveling with different ages of children – the older ones might want to spend some more time at Hollywood Studios riding the Rockn’ Roller Coaster while the littles are busy riding Dumbo at the Magic Kingdom. Take a moment to decide - in which park would you like to start? Do you want to split up and go to different parks on different days?
Does anyone want to reserve an “extra”?
Walt Disney World theme parks are so magical – but there is even MORE magic to be added! Does your princess want to dress up and have her make up done at the “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique”? Does your little man want to transform into a pirate at the “Pirate’s League”? Do grandma and grandpa want to take an afternoon golfing?
Who will be taking advantage of Disney's Extra Magic Hours?
Walt Disney World offers “extra magic hours”; each day a select theme park either opens early, or closes later for their guests staying on property.
I totally recommend finding out who is the night owl and who is the early bird BEFORE you arrive in Walt Disney World!! When you’re in your resort room – you never know when your 4 year old niece is waking you up at 5:00 am to get ready for the Early Magic Hours at the parks, while your family had planned to sleep in that day and go to the Late Magic Hours in the evening!!!
How many meals do you plan to eat all together?
Another great pre-trip conversation would be your dining options. Not only is this a good time to discuss which restaurants you would LOVE to visit – but also discuss how many meals everyone would like to eat together. Does everyone want to eat their Table Service meals all together, but go their separate ways for Quick Service?
Let me know when you are ready to take the whole family to Walt Disney World!!!
Edition 1: Before you book
Many of our family’s favorite trips to Walt Disney World have been when we’ve travelled with our extended family. While Disney is ALWAYS amazing, I am definitely of the opinion, “The More The Merrier"! With multiple generations travelling together, experiencing the magic is that much more fun!
However, when you get multiple families together, trying to plan a trip could be a little overwhelming. The typical Clark trips include 9 – 12 people from three or four different families; over the years I’ve picked up a few tips for how to make an extended family Disney vacation truly a magical experience!
This blog is the first in a series to help you plan your extended Walt Disney World family vacation!!!
We’re going to Walt Disney World – who’s coming with!
When it comes to Disney planning – there is no such thing as “too early”. When you start thinking ---“Hmmmmmm – I would LOVE for everyone to go to Walt Disney World” – I recommend contacting everyone you were thinking would LOVE to come along, right away! I know it's January 2018 but I totally just booked our next extended family trip to Walt Disney World for New Year’s 2019 -- let the phone calls begin!!!
Trying to decide what type of rooms to book is the next conversation to have. I recommend everyone being open and honest with how close they would like to be :) We’ve learned it’s better to discuss this on the front end to avoid any hurt feelings at the theme parks.
Are we all at the same resort?
A big decision is to determine if everyone would like to stay in the same style of resort. Walt Disney World offers accommodations for Value, Moderate and Deluxe level resorts – each with varying price levels. If everyone is wanting to stay at the same resort – be sure that everyone is comfortable with the location and price.
Are we all in the same room?
OPTION #1: A Disney Villa or Suite
Walt Disney World offers one, two and even three bedroom villas, as well as Suites so that everyone can stay under one roof. These have different sleeping capacities so that even a group of 12 can be accommodated!
Three Bedroom at One Bedroom at Two Bedroom at
Bay Lake Towers The Wilderness Lodge The Boardwalk
A positive of a Villa / Suite option is that everyone is in constant communication with each other – super easy to coordinate plans and use all family members as a support network for getting kids out the door on time! Questions like: “Where are we going today?”, “Can someone brush Kara's hair?”, “Can I borrow your hairspray?” … and most important… “Who’s making coffee in the morning?”, are easily answered! If there are plan changes, the villa gives everyone the ability to easily coordinate.
My Dad invading our "space" at the
With OPTION #2, you are able to request a “Travel With” number. This allows cast members to see that you are a large group traveling in multiple rooms – but still together. When you check into your resort, Disney will try their best to place your families in rooms close together!!!
Watch for next month’s edition of “The Happiest Place on Earth – Extended Family Style!” as I talk about linking your My Disney Experience accounts and activity planning
If you have traveled as a large group- I would love for you to add your advice to families traveling together!!!