Visiting Disney as a Multi-Generational Family

Disney World is a wonderful vacation destination for family members of ALL ages! If you’re searching a possibility that works well as a multi-generational option, this is it. Keep reading, for tips on how to get the most out of a trip of a lifetime everyone will enjoy. You will find below our tips on Visiting Disney as a Multi-Generational Family!


Visiting Disney as a Multi-Generational Family
Families and grandparents visiting Disney


Visiting Disney as a Multi-Generational Family


1. Let Someone Take Charge

It’s sometimes hard to plan an organized vacation when more than one person is trying to take charge. To remedy this, choose one person to make the final decision on things like hotel rooms and trip itinerary. Of course, this doesn’t mean the whole family can’t give their input during the planning process. In fact, in situations like this, the more input the better!

2. Plan Everything

Any trip ends up much more organized when you spend time planning beforehand. But, it’s totally crucial in regard to a Disney vacation. There’s SO much to explore in each of the parks, which makes it difficult to decide where to go first without being overwhelmed.

If you head into the park with an itinerary in hand, you use your time more efficiently. This, in turn, allows you to see as much as possible before it’s time to go. I created a Disney Park Planner printable that will allow you to enjoy the park and plan out the perfect vacation.


Visiting Disney as a Multi-Generational Family
Sign on the highway entering Walt Disney World


3. Get the Right Accommodations

Since you’re going to spend every night of your vacation in a hotel room (or rooms), make sure you book accommodations that are right for the whole group. If you’re traveling with kids, choose a Disney resort with kid-friendly activities such as a pool or play area. If there are elderly members in your party, it’s important to establish they have access to everything needed in order for a comfortable stay.

4. Visit Everyone’s Favourite Attractions

Before you set out on your trip, ask everyone to do a bit of research and write down one or two of their favourite Disney rides or attractions. Obviously, younger kids will probably need assistance with this. Next, compile a list to take with you. It’s the best way to ensure everybody gets to see what they want to see, even as part of a rather large group.


Visiting Disney as a Multi-Generational Family
Slinky Dog Dash at Toy Story Land ~ Photo credit: Disney


5. Take Turns Watching the Kids

Assigning one person to keep an eye on the younger set for the entire trip is a bad thing to do, especially for the designated individual. It’s a MUCH better idea to ask the adults in your group to take a turns with babysitting duties.  This way, everyone (including parents) get some downtime to just relax… if only for an hour or two.

Most Disney resorts offer child care services as well. Although you pay for the service, it’s another affordable way to treat yourself to “adult time” when visiting Mickey and his pals. You typically get the choice of in-room service or taking advantage of one of the child care centres. All babysitters are certified in first aid and child/infant CPR.


Visiting Disney as a Multi-Generational Family
Visiting Disney as a Multi-Generational Family


6. Be Prepared to Splurge

Traveling to Walt Disney World with kids can be expensive for many reasons. That being said, set aside a daily spending limit (if possible) to use for souvenirs, entertainment, etc. The last thing you want to do is spend the whole vacation saying no to fun requests and possibilities.

These are just a few things to think about when traveling to any Disney park location as a multi-generational family. For most, it’s a beyond magical adventure… not soon to be forgotten!

Have a magical trip!


Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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