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Need help planning a trip to WDW for 12 people

Walt Disney World: I would like to stay on premise, but I'm having trouble booking a room.

From matt mornan
Posted August 30, 2011 at 1:09 PM
I'm trying to plan a trip for 12 (4 kids under 10) to WDW. I would like to stay on premise, but I'm having trouble booking a room. Are there any rooms/condos/suites that can handle all 12 of us?!

From Orrin Carstarphen
Posted August 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM
I think your best bet would be adjoining rooms. My family and I went this past May and had 2 sets of adjoining rooms(4 rooms total)at the All-Star Movies and it really wasnt a problem at all. Good Luck and have fun!

From Tony Duda
Posted August 30, 2011 at 3:03 PM
The deluxe resorts have Grand Villas, Saratoga Springs has the tree houses and Fort Wilderness has cabins which may be big enough. Just be prepared to pay a lot.

From Anthony O'Neal
Posted August 30, 2011 at 4:57 PM
I would agree that it may be a better option to try to get multiple rooms. . . if you can get adjoining or adjacent, then that's probably your best bet.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted August 30, 2011 at 6:32 PM
Grand Villas are your best bet. There are pretty big ones at the Boardwalk and Old Key West.

Still, I think the best idea is the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs. They just opened not too long ago and they are designed for large families.

Check out the Deluxe or DVC resorts because they almost all have big, nice, giant rooms. You can always call over to Disney World as well. They are very good with large groups.

As for the rest of your trip, you might want to check if they still do Magical Gatherings (I think they do). You and your family can do a special event together such as a Fireworks Cruise around the Seven Seas Lagoon by the MK

From Tony Duda
Posted August 30, 2011 at 7:04 PM
Another thing to remember is that WDW is doing "free dining" into early 2012. Get a Disney-centric travel agent to see where you can get accommodations and if free dining is an option.

From matt mornan
Posted September 1, 2011 at 11:05 AM
Thanks everyone for your advice.

From Nick Markham
Posted September 1, 2011 at 2:24 PM
Can you book a grand villa if you aren't part of the DVC? If so, book one of those as others have said. I am pretty sure it will accommodate up to 20!

From Katie White
Posted September 1, 2011 at 3:55 PM
Matt, just wondering, but it there a specific area you'd prefer to stay in (ex: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, EPCOT) and with there being 12 people, how much are you willing to spend on a room? I now that on the WDW website they have room rates for the time of year, and tells how many each room type sleeps, you may want to check those out.

From TH Creative
Posted September 1, 2011 at 4:56 PM
I love the concept of a party of 12 at Walt Disney World. Everytime you guys queue up for an attraction the cast members will have to jump the wait time by ten minutes ... (or 45 minutes when you get in line for Soarin').

From Rob Viala
Posted September 7, 2011 at 12:26 PM
just to let you know you are qualified for disneys grand gatherings not to sure here but that should entitle you to certain perks. If you were to call disney and let them know they are able to help you and that does include veiwing areas for the fireworks shows and other great perks and they can assist you with dining as well if you are going to dine on the resort

From matt mornan
Posted September 11, 2011 at 9:27 PM
I don't know which area I would prefer. I'm not even sure of a price. I've never stayed on Disney property before... Really I've only been to 1 Disney park in the past 15 years (this after growing up in Orlando and going to Disney almost monthly for 8 years).

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