One of my favorite things about Disney is it is a great place for a multigenerational family vacation. Why? Because families from tots to grandparents can enjoy the best Disney World rides and attractions together.
Having done this many times with our own family, I can say with certainty it is truly a magical experience. And because you are never too young or too old for Disney, I'm not sure who has more fun – my kids or their grandparents!
If you are considering planning a Disney vacation, check out these 17 best Disney World rides for multigenerational families to enjoy together.
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Walt Disney World is a great place for family gatherings. And, Disney with the grandparents is a vacation the kids won't forget.
With something for everyone, it a great place for family magic, joy, celebrations, and family memories. There is a reason you see large family groups walking together with matching T-shirts. Being together, having fun in such a special place is worth telling everyone about it.
Because of Walt Disney World's size, it can also accommodate large family groups. With hotels at all price points, onsite transportation, rides and attractions, and dining options for all, it is an easy place for a multigenerational family vacation.
Before we get to the best Disney World rides for multigenerational families, here are some of my top tips when traveling with a big family:
Download the My Disney Experience App to your phone so you can link your profiles for all members of the family. One person can be in charge of booking FastPass+ reservations and Advance Dining Reservations.
Make a list of everyone's top three things they would like to do on the vacation.
Don't try to do EVERYTHING together. Moving as one large group everywhere will be difficult. Dividing and conquering is really the best strategy to ensure everyone gets the most out of the vacation.
DO try to do SOME THINGS together! After all, being there together is why you are having a multigenerational family vacation at Walt Disney World in the first place!
Commit to meeting up for at least one activity or a meal together each day. You can even put ideas in a jar and pull out one each day. You can also pull them out randomly in advance and make advanced bookings, and have an itinerary that includes your meet up. Some suggestions:
Be aware of rides and attractions you choose to do together to ensure all age groups and abilities can participate. See my list below for the best Disney World rides for multigenerational families.
If you plan to stay in the same Disney Resort Hotel, you can make one room the “home base.” It's where you can have breakfast together or meet up there throughout the day to regroup.
Our family decides which meals we will enjoy together. Then, we set a budget for each family, and we all contribute a specified amount to a “pot.” This way, when we pay for meals, one person is in charge of the money and pays the check. It helps so we aren't divvying up the bill at the end of the meal.
If you are hoping for one group photo, be sure you plan your days in advance where you will all be in the same park or same place at the same time. You may also want to buy a Disney Photopass!
Be flexible, as sometimes things don't go according to plan. Communicate with each other, so everyone enjoys the experience and knows the plan. Sometimes grandparents don't know you are parking the stroller, and miscommunications in a crowded park can prove frustrating for all. And, most importantly have fun!
If you have read any of my other Disney posts, you know that I believe you are never too young – or old – for Disney! Walt Disney World has more than 100 attractions with no height requirement – meaning it's suitable for infants to grandparents – there is so much they can do together.
But, these are my favorite Disney rides for multigenerational families. I recommend them for a few reasons:
Multigenerational family vacations at Walt Disney World are a wonderful way for kids and the kid in all of us to spend quality family time together. Enjoying the best Disney World rides for all ages is a great way for everyone to experience the magic together, and make lasting family memories.
Help spread the word. You're awesome for doing it!