During my trip to Chicago for the Disney Social Media Moms On The Road conference, one of the things that was discussed was the new push to encourage more grandparents to visit Disney with their grandchildren. Called The Grand Adventure, Disney has a portion of their Walt Disney World website dedicated to guests visiting with multiple generations. Our children have been able to with two of their four sets of grandparents at different times and it’s been such a wonderful experience. For me, planning to travel with grandparents was the same as planning to travel when my kids were younger. Here are a few tips when traveling with the grandparents:
We’re not sun up to sun down park goers and take a break in the middle of the day for resting. That plan generally works well when visiting with grandparents too. Florida’s heat and humidity can sneak up on you and the last thing you want to do is have someone get sick while you’re on vacation.
Another thing we made part of our plans were character meals. Not only do you get a great meal and a chance to cool off, you meet some of your pals without waiting in crazy lines or using valuable FastPass+ slots to meet and greet your Disney pals. Be sure to note any additional dietary needs on your Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) when making them to accommodate for the additional guests.
Consider things such as medical conditions or accommodations that may need to be made during your trip. Is it easier to be on the first floor of the resort (some resorts don’t have elevators – if you’re not sure, double check when you book)? Will a wheelchair or scooter be needed during the trip (if you don’t have one, Disney has some available as well as off site vendors)? Be sure to review Disney’s most recent information on guests with disabilities if someone in your party has an issue that may need to be addressed during your vacation.
All over Disney property, there are lots of family friendly attractions and shows that you’ll all be able to do together like it’s a small world or Dumbo. Shows like Festival of the Lion King are also great for everyone to enjoy together. There’s no need to worry about not having enough to do together.
Staying on Disney property also makes it super easy to get around from your resort to the different parks. Going back to rest or starting your day out at different times is a breeze when you’re not relying on each other for rides to and from different places. Let Disney do the driving while you sit back and enjoy each other’s company!
Just remember to take it slow. There’s so much to do at Walt Disney World that you won’t fit everything in this trip. What a perfect excuse to plan the next trip so you can revisit old favorites and discover new loves together.
What tips do you have for multiple generations visiting together? Have you done it? What’s worked and what didn’t work out?