There’s a lot to look forward to on your trip to Disney World with the grandkids, whether it’s your first trip or your twentieth, but there’s a lot to pay attention to as well! Take a look at this thought provoking article called Tips for Grandparents at Disney World, or read our favorite points below. When you follow these tips, you’ll be on your way to a magical vacation no one will ever forget!
To stay together or stay separately?
When you’re traveling with your kids and their kids, and possibly even more family members, you may assume that your only option is to stay in several hotel rooms. However, you do have options! Orlando vacation homes are much more affordable than you likely realize, and everyone can get their own bedroom. However, with many different speeds of living and bedtimes, it may make more sense for everyone to get their own resort room. It’s up to you!
Start your day off together
No matter what you decide on for sleeping arrangements, your best bet is to start your day together. The mornings are the time when everyone will be happy, fresh, and so excited to start the day. The grandkids will be rested, the temperatures will be cooler, and crowds will be at their lowest points of the day. Ideally you’d spend the first hour or two of park opening riding everything you can ride together as a family.
Come together to eat meals as a family
After spending the first few hours together, kids of different ages may want to go off in several groups – supervised, of course! And the grandparents may want to take a more leisurely pace. However, try to meet up for meals. It’s a great way to reconnect throughout the day and provides a perfect opportunity to spend quality time together. You can book table service meal reservations up to 180 days in advance, just be sure that everyone has a copy of the itinerary and knows where you’re eating and when.
Don’t try to overdo it
The reality is that spending the day in Disney World can require walking up to 10 miles or more! If you’re not used to walking this much at home, don’t expect that you’ll be able to keep up with the young ones when you’re at Disney. You may need to go a little faster than you normally would, and your grandkids may need to slow down a bit. This compromise may work for a few hours, but know that you won’t be able to keep up with it all day. Take the opportunities you get to sit down, have a drink, and make the most of air conditioned attractions and shows.