Best Tips for a Multigenerational Family Vacation to Disney World
Be Flexible on your Multigenerational Trip to Disney World
Schedule Meals for Off-peak Times
Set Rules and Expectations
Bring a Car – Like the Mazda CX-9
I appreciate Walt Disney World’s complimentary transportation when I can’t have a car or my budget doesn’t allow it. However, if I had it my way, I would have a car every time. It just takes so long to get anywhere on Disney’s transportation, and time is money. On our last multigenerational trip to Disney World, we were able to drive a Mazda CX-9, and let me tell you, I fell in love.
The Mazda CX-9 is a midsize SUV that seats 7 passengers! Hallelujah, because this mama cannot drive big ‘ol SUVs. I am just incapable and often I am afraid of running over small children.
With all the safety features on the Mazda CX-9, I always felt in control. There are so many cameras on this vehicle, even my husband was impressed and wondered where all those cameras were. You get a 360 degree view monitor which allows you to see the front, rear, and both sides. It seriously is my favorite thing along with the beautiful interior!
Plus I loved having this car, because we were able to decompress as a family. Sometimes when you get on the Disney buses late at night, they are so crowded, it’s standing room only, and you can barely hear the person next to you. I was surprised at how roomy the back seat was. The 3rd row has two seats, and the kids had plenty of room.
We were able to chat about the day’s events and talk about our favorite memories. Those who were sleepy could fall asleep. Sometimes we switched on and off with either mom or dad or Nana or Papi taking the little back early who couldn’t quite hang. That was when we had the extra option of Disney transportation.
I would 100% purchase this car as an extra car for my family only due to lack of trunk space. If I had a family of 5, easy decision for sure, then you can easily fold back a seat for extra storage.
You Can Split Up
Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
If your budget allows for it, then I recommend staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. You can absolutely have magical memories and fun times off-property. For a multigenerational family vacation to Disney World, I think it’s easier for younger children and even grandparents to go back to the hotel to relax and rest midday or even for an early evening.
Not everyone will stay happy for fireworks each night. With free Disney transportation, you’re just a bus, monorail, or boat ride away to your hotel. This is also great for teens to give them some extra independence if they want to stay late for evening Extra Magic Hours. You can also get multiple rooms at the same resort and still have your own space without being on top of each other.
Now that you’re ready for the big trip, relax, forget about your worries and your strife, and get ready to watch grandma’s heart melt when she sees the kids meet Mickey Mouse for the first time. My daughters ask for their grandparents every trip, because we’ve also taught them that family is everything.