Traveling to Disney Outnumbered by Kids
We all know that Ohana means family, but in my family, the adults are outnumbered! On our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, there were 5 kids and 2 adults. The kids ranged in ages of 10 years old to just a year old, and to say that my Fiancé and I were a little stressed out about it would be an understatement.
Booking a room for 7 can sometimes be a challenge in and ofitself. We decided the best plan for us was to book two separate but adjoining rooms at All Star Sports. The older kids loved the fact that they were able to have their “own” room, even if we never shut the adjoining door. Plus, it also allowed us enough room to store all of our luggage and since there was double the space, we had double some of the items that you need when traveling with toddlers and young children - like the pack n play.
Trouble can also arise once you get to the parks and are looking to ride some rides. Many times, not everyone wants to ride - Haunted Mansion might be too scary for little ones - and in other cases, they may not be old/tall enough to ride the rides. This is where Disney’s Rider Switch Service comes into play! This allows one adult to ride with the first group, while the second adult waits with those who don’t want to or can’t ride. Then rather than waiting in line from the very beginning, the adults can swap and catch the next ride so that everyone who wants to gets the chance to ride! This option was a lifesaver for our family!
Another thing to note when traveling with larger parties is that an 18% gratuity is automatically added at most restaurants when you have a party of 6 of more. This is important to keep in mind when planning your food budget for the trip. When you are outnumbered by kids, it can also be important look over the menus ahead of your travel date for the restaurants your family is interested in. While it may seem simple, this tip is helpful for budgeting how much you can expect to spend on a meal, and it is also helpful to know ahead of time that there is something on the menu for everyone in your party to enjoy! It would be a shame to sit down for a reservation only to find out your little one is on a trend of only eating dino chicken nuggets, cheesy poofs, and PopTarts, which aren’t offered at that particular restaurant.
So yes, Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. I love my big family, and I am looking forward to our many years of traveling and enjoying everything that Disney has to offer as the kids get older! I always look at Disney vacations as an adventure, and it seems like every time we visit it’s a brand new adventure, who knows what it will bring next!