Hello, after a few weeks of what has felt like herding cats, I am trying to get prepared for our upcoming ADR window (this Saturday). This is the first Disney trip for most of the group and we are going light on ADRs for a variety of reasons. We are paying for the hotel, park tickets, “extras” for everyone so ADR’s will be limited due to piggy bank going broke!
Our group consists of myself (DF46) and my Fiance (becoming DF47) - this will be our third trip together to Disney (we have NEVER travelled with kids - this will be an important reminder throughout our planning ). The two of us arrive 12/5 and have 1 night at Poly club-level, checking out 12/6. At that time, we will check into POP for the rest of our stay from 12-6 to 12-12.
On 12/6 we will be joined by
- My Fiance’s son (DS24),(DDIL23) and (DGS18mos). First time to Disney for All!
- My Fiance’s daughter (DD30), (DSIL31) and DD7. Also first time to Disney for all!
We are all flying in from different parts of the country and the kids will arrive 12-6, with the plan to meet at the hotel in the afternoon and head to Disney Springs for early dinner, possibly check out The Void, see Christmas decorations, then checking out the hotel.
A few notes:
• DD7 loves princesses and we will try for BBB and CRT; FEA dessert party is also on the consideration list
- We have the advantage of the group not knowing what they don’t know - they are not planners and usually
approach things by just showing up. So, no pressure if I can’t find the “perfect” plans
*We will have 3 rooms at POP, bringing a stroller for the youngest (18 mos)
- Will not have a car - relay on /DME/bus/monorail/Minnie van when needed
Only planning the following ADR (if we can get):
CRT at MK;
GG at EP;
BOG at MK;
Tusker House at AK.
Remaining meals will be quick service to save costs. We have lots of basic/picky eaters so bland offerings are best. We have no dining plan so kids pay for their own food!
- We are unsure how the youngest will do with seeing characters his first time so we want to keep character meals limited - only Tusker House and Garden Grill
(12/7 )Day 1 Park MK - Will try for BBB and CRT, optional mid-day break for those who want it, fast passes for those who stay, will return for MVMCP - parade, projection, and fireworks (7 dwarfs and Pooh if time)
Day 2 Park Hollywood Studio and Optional Resort Day; those at resort day can come to HS for the afternoon, Jingle Bell Jingle Bam
Day 3 Park MK - BOG breakfast, more relaxed day riding top rides, meeting characters; festival of fantasy parade, early evening for some or park hop for others
Day 4 Park Epcot- GG breakfast do top rides then casual afternoon around world showcase, optional stay for illuminations for those who want to
Day 5 Park AK - RD for FOP if no FPP; optionally, Tusker House breakfast PPO and secure FOP FPP and stay at the park through ROL (option to return to the hotel for those who need it)
Given the wide age range, schedules of the kids and interest levels, yet the common desire to have at least some time together each day (ie arrive at parks together for photo pass pictures),does this seem doable at first glance? This is my basic framework, the next challenge will be figuring out which rides people want to go on, how much walking is acceptable for the group and how often and when to split apart and putting the touring plan together.
I really want to splurge on extras like dessert parties and wonderful experiences but after adding up all of the $$ for those plus what we have already spent (and we are getting married in Jan…
Would love your thoughts, especially those who have traveled with larger families with children of different ages. This will be an adventure!