Over the last few years, I have personally been to Disney with family and friends who have ranged in ages from 4 months to 80 years old. One of the (zillion!) things that I love about a Disney trip is the truly magical way that people of all ages and generations can come together. It is not uncommon to hear people say that they want to see Disney through a “child’s eyes”, but I can’t help to be overly thankful that I get to see to it through a child’s, a parent’s, and a grandparent’s eyes, year after year.
But once your trip is booked, how do accommodate your co-travelers who may drastically range in age? While each family – and each trip – varies, here are some basic tips to make your multigenerational trip as spectacular as can be!
Pay for the Memory Maker! It is so nice to have photos of your entire group throughout your stay. Disney PhotoPass photographers are very easy to find and are in all four of the Disney parks. Only one member of your group needs to purchase it, and you can share the cost among the travelers in your group, making the purchase super affordable. The photos will be something that you cherish for years to come!
Add the Disney Dining Plan to your package for endless dining possibilities. Whether your favorite dining location is in the Magic Kingdom or Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios, you are bound to be treated to amazing meals and dining experiences to share with your loved ones. For my family, we always like to come together for at least one big meal a day and having the dining plan allows us to plan ahead and dine together with ease. Plus, it is always fun to see what everyone chooses to get with their snack credits. Personally, my go-to are the caramels in Karamell-Kuche in the Germany pavilion at Epcot!
Have fun together. With such a variety of attractions and rides in Walt Disney World, there is always something for everyone to see and do. Due to height restrictions and/or health issues, some of the more adventurous rides may not be doable for everyone in your group. No problem! Choose rides and attractions that you can all enjoy together. it’s a small world, Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, the Festival of the Lion King show, and Spaceship Earth are just a few that come to mind.
Split up with a plan. When it is time to split up for a while, come up with a plan. While one of your group members wants to stroll through World Showcase, those feeling up to it can head over to Test Track for a ride to remember! It is okay to split up so that everyone is able to see and do everything on their list. Have a set plan to meet back up for meals or other experiences together.
Here at Never Grow Up Vacations, our agents can help you with these plans and even more unique experiences to meet the needs of all of your loved ones, no matter what their age. We provide complimentary white glove concierge service to every guest, and can help provide that extra magic to make your family trip even more memorable.
Kristy Strobl is a Travel Planner at Never Grow Up Vacations.