I’m from a large family so planning a weekend trip for a big group isn’t out of the ordinary. However, planning a long weekend for 18 people to LEGOLAND Florida took a bit of planning.
For us, staying in a condo-style resort makes sense for the roominess – and having a kitchen makes "cents" for food costs. You’ll find hundreds of these types of resorts around Florida, especially in the Orlando area. One of my favorites is Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa. Here’s why:
- Choose one- to four-bedroom lodging
- Washer & dryer in each unit
- Full kitchen
- Onsite spa
- Adjacent outlet shops & restaurants
- Fun pool area with a pirate ship and slides
With families sharing costs, it’s even more affordable to enjoy larger accommodations. And you can request units together, on the same floor or same building.
With a group, you can almost always get a deal on admission. Call the theme park you’re interested in and find out what they offer. For LEGOLAND, we booked a birthday party, with 18 guests, and the price was $57 per ticket. That’s currently $7 dollars less per ticket than the regular admission price, and it included lunch and drinks.
Since we stayed in the Lake Buena Vista area, we were going to need transportation to the theme park. Instead of driving five different cars, we were able to book a shuttle service. Super Shuttle offered door-to-door pick up and return. With each family pitching in, this was very affordable – and very enjoyable. Other transportation options are Mears Transportation and catching the LEGOLAND Shuttle from the Premium Outlet Mall for only $5 per person, each way. Just make a reservation for your preferred option.
If you’re staying in the Orlando area, you don’t need to worry about bringing groceries with you. There are major grocery store chains conveniently located all over town. You’ll also find warehouse-style membership clubs (like B.J.s) so you can purchase items in bulk. (Trays of muffins on the shuttle can feed everyone breakfast for pennies!)