Welp, when you boast about your Disney planning skills enough, it eventually comes back to you. Over multiple post work HH discussions, my coworkers are trying to convince me to plan a Disney trip (not company sponsored). I don’t even know where to begin. Has anyone planned a large trip of non-relatives before? (some folks might bring SO’s) If it matters: I work for a CPA/financial services firm in DC.
I want to make this cost effective, but fun. My ideal situation is staying at a moderate resort and having some areas with tight planning and some with loose planning. i.e. we are doing dinner at Biergarten at 7pm, be there.
Date: It will likely have to be in the Fall due to enough planning time and our busy seasons. What months are the best? I know, most asked question there is…this would be a good group for Food & Wine.
Length: I am guessing we would do 3-4 nights, maybe some stay longer, like myself. OR, we could even combine with Wine & Dine race weekend, as my company is very into wellness and would pay for our entry fees.
Resort: ugh, I don’t even know where to begin. I have only stayed at Deluxe resorts and once off property. I am staying at All Stars Movies for a night when I fly in next month and it was $125/night just for myself (cheap!). I will have to get everyone’s budget and perhaps send out a poll where they click what they want to spend. I’d like to provide some options though: maybe two values, two moderates, and the Swan/Dolphin (some of our auditors that travel a lot might have points). Which resorts would you recommend providing? And now they have those perks at the non Disney hotels over by Disney Springs. I am honestly not sure how many people will be in a room, it could be 2, 3 or 4, it just depends on who signs up. OR, maybe some decide they want a value and some want a moderate or deluxe (some of these are Staff/Associates and some might be Senior Managers!)
Dining: I would probably make a reservation dinner or two (places that are easy for larger groups), but if we go during Food & Wine, that really helps. & we can always split up.
Tickets: probably park hoppers. Again, I don’t even known where to begin!
The perfect day would be: MK EMH RD, back to resort for a swim/nap, Epcot for Food & Wine, dueling piano bar at the Boardwalk and in bed by 11:30pm. I guess first I need to figure out dates and budget. Reminder: these are mostly CPAs I am dealing with, so I am going to need to be as precise as I can be.