Suggestions for a family group of 11 - all adults

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Suggestions for a family group of 11 - all adults

My family will be going to Disney World on July 14th for the week. There are 11 of us with ages ranging from 18 to 58. Eight of us have been as a group before. The 18-23 yr olds want to go to a park everyday but I am wondering if there are other ideas we should look into. We are not staying at WDW resorts. Also, my older brother is handicapped and will be using a wheelchair. Two things we are celebrating will be my son having just turned 21 and myself turning 50 in October. I know a lot of suggestions will be to let the younger ones do their own thing but they are VERY family oriented and want us all to do things together. Odd, I know but we are lucky. Any suggestions will be very appreciated.

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We went as part of an all-adult family group in April (mostly Universal parks but a little Disney thrown in). In the parks, we'd stay together some of the time and split up other times. At Blizzard Beach the 20s bunch did the Summit Plummet and other thrill slides while the 40s/50s crowd floated around in the lazy river. Nobody had to spend the whole day doing something they didn't want to do, but we still had plenty of time together.

So for your bunch, let's say everybody goes to a park in the morning. Midday the younger crowd stays and plays while the older bunch heads back to the hotel for a break, or visits a nearby Disney resort for a long lunch and lounging in the climate-controlled lobby or a bar, or visits Downtown Disney or an off-site outlet mall for some recreational shopping. Or any combination of the above. Evening everybody goes back to the park and has dinner together etc.

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My only suggestion is to have a plan in place for what everyone is to do should you get separated leaving the park at night. My mom has joined me twice & both her & my stepdad have joined me once & our plan all three times was that if we got separated leaving the park at night, since we were staying at a Disney resort, that we would head back to the hotel & meet up at the rooms. Obviously that wont work since you're staying off property & most likely everyone wont have their own vehicle but you could still set up a place to meet at outside of the park before heading back to the cars as a group. My folks & I never got separated leaving the park at night but it knowing that each of us would make our way back to our hotel rooms on our own if we did get separated gave me some peace of mind.

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Park time is fantastic, but so are other sorts of loosely structured recreation time. Here are a couple of suggestions if you want to add some family time on the fly outside of the parks as well!

- Rent boats at one of the Marina's and have some fun on the water
- Do a monorail crawl for snacks & cocktails
- Shopping at Downtown Disney
- Mini Golf at Fantasia Gardens

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I agree with non structured time. I did a triple graduation trip with 10 people and some of the best times we had were just hanging out at the pool. There was food, drinks for the adults, activities and a relaxed atmosphere with no time constraints.

I had arranged a couple of fancy dinners that were mandatory for everyone. Those dinners also had the air of parties with plenty of drinking and laughter.

I also agree that the waterparks are a good choice. They are more all inclusive than the parks.

On a rainy night we did drinks around Crescent Lake and wound up the night at Jelly Rolls. That was a blast.

A couple of things that are a lot of fun when celebrating at WDW:

Get the buttons at the park. The graduates had theirs and I had my "No More Tuition" button.

Get tee shirts or silicone bracelets made. I prefer he bracelets because you can wear them everyday and they are cool keepsakes.

Decorate the room and the doorway. Don't forget scotchtape.

Most importantly don't stress..relax and go with the flow. You'll never get everyone to do what you want all the time, even if you are the Disney expert and know best.



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Colonel I just muchlove your NO tuition button. It reminds me of when I had my two daughters go to college a total of eight consecutive years, I had a bumper sticker on my car that read "MY daughter and all my money go to UNH"

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Vette Lover- All three of my girls went to private school Kindergarten through College. Thank God my youngest got a scholarship to grad school. I am so done with tuition!!! clapping yay laugh

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