According to a recent survey by AARP Research, about 40 percent of grandparents say they travel with their children — and why wouldn't they? Parents love the extra hands, grandkids love hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa, and everyone has more fun! So before you plan your next Disney trip, consider inviting your parents along. Walt Disney World is a place filled with magic and countless memories from family vacations, and you'll make even more with Nana and PopPop on the trip. Wondering how to pull it off? We've got answers to your biggest questions. Keep reading!
Where should I stay at Walt Disney World with a big family?
No matter how big your family is, there's a resort to fit everyone in the group and their needs. If you're family is headed to Walt Disney World you might want to consider staying at the cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness, a two-bedroom villa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, connecting rooms at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter, or reserve a family suite at Disney's All-Star Music. Both the cabins and villas offer full kitchens for cooking meals, and a lot of space to spread out and relax while on vacation. The cabins sleep up to six adults and the two-bedroom villas sleep up to nine adults. Port Orleans French Quarter would be better for families who might be on a smaller budget, and want to spend more time in the parks than hanging out in the rooms which sleep four. The family suites, which sleep up to six, offer two separate sleeping areas and a small kitchenette with a microwave, refrigerator, and a coffee pot for easy morning breakfasts.
What's the best way to travel as a big family at Walt Disney World?
Disney offers a variety of ways to get from Point A to Point B, making it super easy to get from your resort to the parks, Disney Springs, or other resorts. The first option, which is available to all resort guests for free, is to take the bus. The Disney buses will take you from your resort to the parks, Disney Springs, and the water parks. If you need to get from your resort to a different resort for a nice dinner or something similar, your family can get a Minnie Van. The vans are run through the Lyft app and can pick you up and drop you off at any location throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.
What are the best Walt Disney World attractions for all ages?
Inside the Walt Disney World parks is where much of the family fun is going to happen. There are attractions for every age group, but doing some things as a family is the best way to create magical memories that will last a lifetime. At Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, everyone in the family can enjoy an authentic African safari on Kilimanjaro Safaris. Over at Epcot, Living With the Land offers families a tour of Epcot's greenhouses, where they grow food for the whole Walt Disney World Resort. Toy Story Mania is a great family attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios where everyone can play against each other and get points with various 3D games. At Magic Kingdom, anything in Fantasyland is great for families, but the quintessential Magic Kingdom attraction is Peter Pan's Flight. Almost every child remembers this as one of their first rides, and to relive those memories with older generations is a truly special moment. Each of the rides listed do not have a height requirement to experience, making them great for families with little kids and adults alike.
But if Grandma and Grandpa aren't wild about riding Expedition Everest three times in a row, it's totally OK to split up. Everyone in the family is on the same vacation, but it doesn't mean you have to spend every minute together. It may even make family time more special if you have a few hours to do your own thing.
Where are the best places for a large family to eat at Walt Disney World?
Eating together as a family is one of the best ways to reconnect with loved ones. At Walt Disney World there are endless options for dining, and whether your family is more on a budget or wants every meal to be fine dining, eating together is important. One of the best ways to make the most of a multigenerational family trip is to eat at least one big meal together. That could mean making breakfast for everyone in the room to enjoy before heading to the parks, or making a dining reservation for the whole group for lunch or dinner. Some of the best options for families are Satu'li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, Rose and Crown at Epcot, or Wine Bar George at Disney Springs.
No matter how many people you bring, multigenerational family vacations to Walt Disney World are sure to be one of the best vacations you'll experience. So pack up Grandma and Grandpa and head to Orlando to create magical memories to last a lifetime.