Family Reunions at Walt Disney World Resort

    By VISIT FLORIDA staff

    Make it fun! Bring your family together with some of America's most beloved characters at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

    Walt Disney World in the Orlando area is much more than the Magic Kingdom, the first of the Disney theme parks. The Walt Disney World Resort encompasses three other parks – Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom – as well as hotels (both luxury and affordable), campgrounds, water parks, golf courses and Disney Springs, a shopping, dining and entertainment district.

    Disney's "Magical Gatherings" feature special experiences for groups staying at Disney hotels. As a first step in your reunion planning, check out the Magical Gatherings section of the Disney web site noted above for a list of rides, shows and recreational activities that are appropriate for all ages, as well as restaurants that cater to larger parties. For example, the list includes the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom, as well as the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.

    Next, download the free Magical Gatherings Planner, which allows you to chat with other members of your group and select activities, plan an itinerary, choose a resort and send e-mail invitations. Once you know the number in your group and your preferred dates and Disney hotel or hotels, book your trip online or call the number above.

    However, if your group needs 10 or more rooms, call the group sales team at 800-327-2989. A representative will coordinate accommodations, park tickets and special theme park events and entertainment for your reunion. Large groups can receive special rates at Disney resorts, blocks of adjacent rooms and group transportation. And if you purchase in advance, you can receive up to 10 percent off Group Park Hopper tickets.

    In addition, even small groups can enjoy special benefits at Disney, as the park offers "Grand Gatherings" for parties of eight or more.

    For more ideas on how to make your family vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort perfect, see these 5 things families must do at the Walt Disney World.

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