So we just got back from our best WDW vacation ever. It was DD13, DW and myself. First time staying on property and we loved the resort (SSR), buses, Disney Springs, themed dining, Waterpark, and of course the parks themselves. Was without doubt the best trip ever for us. This trip was mainly for our DD13 so we left the rest of the crew behind.
Found the trip easy to plan for. Received the UG for a Christmas present and finished reading by Mid January. Started booking by end of January and we went on our magical vacation in May.
Now it's time to start planning for the next trip. Not so easy this time. This past trip I focused on DD13 and DW and planned things around them. Had a short window but didn't matter. Got to do everything we wanted. (Stay in a nice resort, visit all 4 parks + waterpark, multiple EMH, EMM, HDDR, character dining, Disney Springs, MM, resort time, afternoon breaks, fast pass galore via the loophole, etc..) The next trip will involve multi generations but I have more time to plan ( and save).
So no dates are set in stone but we are thinking around December of 2018. It will be my 50th B-day and when DW asked what I wanted to do, naturally I said "WDW". (Place just makes me smile, what can say. ) So anytime within a few months of Dec. 2018 will work for us. Will be looking for some feedback on best dates to go.
It will be 8 of us this time. 3 groups per say. 1st group will be DD14, DW, and I. (Same 3 that just went). 2nd group will be DD29, her DH30, and their DD3 (our granddaughter), 3rd group will be my mother in law and my sister in law. Everyone has different type tastes. If I had to explain the best way I could it would be like this.....
1st group is resort moderate type ( prefers moderate type resort, loves rides, RD, EMH, and the occasional show)
2nd group is resort value type ( prefers a value type resort with lots of theming for the 3yo, limited to rides for toddler but the adults in this group would love some thrill rides as well, will need afternoon breaks/naps or early evenings)
and 3 group is resort deluxe type. (Prefer a more adult themed resort, love to walk, explore, dine and shop, laying out in the sun is their idea of a vaction, little to no rides, occasional
show and signature dining,)
Trying to come up with one resort to fit everyone. Not necessarily one room. I'm thinking if we go with a DVC resort (rent points) either 3 studios for overall privacy, or a 1-2 bedroom for groups 1&3, and a studio for group 2. If we stay moderate or value it would be 3 preferred rooms or a family suite and an additional room. I'm leaning towards AKL but welcome any insight on other options. I figure AKL meets most of the standards for all groups. (Theming for both adult and little one, moderately priced but deluxe type grounds, signature dining, beautiful landscape for walking)
So dates and location are the first of my worries. I'd like to get them out of the way right off the back. Thought about polling the group but not sure that would go well. I will be funding the lodging aspect for everyone. And will also be funding the transportation and park tickets for groups 1 & 2. So I feel comfortable making the decision regarding resort. Also im the only one with Disney knowledge. As for dates I will get input/availability from all parties and come up with a few different options for the group to choose from. We have barriers like grade school, college classes, work schedules to deal with. 2 of the adults are limited and can't go during week of Xmas due to job requirements (retail).
Never been to Disney during Nov., Dec., Jan., or Feb. And those are the months we have to choose from . I know there is Christmas parties in Nov and Dec, which can reduce park times. Id like it to still be warm enough to enjoy the pool and laying out for group 3. Thanksgiving time is an option but I hear it's super busy as is around Presidents day in February but that is also a good time for school vacations.
So I guess my first 2 questions to all of you is.... Now that you know a little about our group what would your choices be for resort and dates?
After I can make decision about resorts and dates it comes to itinerary. I'll leave that for a later post. Right know I just need input on resorts and dates. So what do you think?
P.s. the vacation will be for 7 nights and 8 days.