Trip was postponed due to medical issue.
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Trip is back on after DW’s succesful surgery and now its a Party of 12 in June vs. a party of 9 in October
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No specific questions, just needed a place to vent for a spell and maybe pick up some worthy tips on planning for a large group.
9 of us going in Oct . 4 generations. Here’s the breakdown by age starting with 3yo Dgd ( her first trip), DD14, DD29, her DH30, Dsister-in-law, DBiL, my DW, Me, and DMiL.
We are all going down to celebrate a few things. Its my 50th, but also Dgd first Disney experience, DMiL’s birthday as well, and most importantly to fulfill a wish for my DM who passed last year. Her last wish was for this trip to happen but her illness progressed rapidly before we could get everything planned. So DW & I decided to plan this trip in her honor as well.
After my mom passed I found an envelope with a note and a few thousand dollars in with her things. It said for me to plan the trip anyway and use the money to help fund it. So that’s what we are doing. DW and I are funding the trip for the group but putting moms contributions towards some special experiences while we are down there.
I’m the planner and the only real Disney enthusiast so its all on me. Don’t get me wrong, planning is probably my favorite part, but its really perplexing planning for this diverse group.
I know I’m 240 days away but I look at it as 60 days away from ADR’s.
I’ve already got off site home booked. I must have looked at 1,000 homes before I found what I thought was the best fit for the group.
I already purchased our park tickets. Got a good deal this past black friday.
And since I’m the only one who will be driving I decided to rent a passenger van for us all.
I guess my biggest dilemma is how to create the TP’s to best accommodate everyone. What I’ve come up with so far seems to be working. I’m planning RD’s and planning all morning activities/attractions around Dgd3. Then putting in a 4 hour midday break, those who want to return to home can do so and those who want to stay and tour can do that. I’ll bus em back to the house and bus em back for the evening portion of the plan. I figure half the group which will include Dgd3, DMiL, DW, and myself will head back to rest up each day.
I’m doing mostly family oriented attractions that can include everyone during mornings and evenings and planning thrill type rides for those who want that during the midday. Not planning any late nights. Plans stop after evening fireworks and in some cases we are skipping the evening attractions altogether. I’ve got down days planned strategically after each 2 full days in the parks.
Well be doing character breakfasts on each park day so we don’t have to get up extra early as we will already be doing RD. Plus this will cut down on the long waits for character meet and greets in the park. I’ve planned the ADR’s for brunch time so we can get in most of the headliners we want prior. Most dinners will be back at the house between am and pm touring. Obvious snacks in between.
OK my batteries dying so I’ll update more as I go along. I’ve got a ways to go yet but if you have experience planning please feel free to leave me some advice.