So You’re Planning a Disney Trip with Friends | 5 Tips from a Disney Mom

So you’re planning a Disney trip with friends… I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason why you’ve decided to do this. Perhaps you’re headed there for a special celebration? Or maybe your daughter has insisted on experiencing all the princesses with her BFF? Any way you slice it, traveling to Disney in a larger group (outside of your own family) can quickly become stressful without some advanced planning. Especially if the friends you happen to be traveling with are Walt Disney World novices. Yes, they do exist! ūüėČ

Planning a Disney Trip with Friends

Here are some essential tips to make planning a Disney trip with friends as stress-free as possible!

Agree on goals in advance

This trip, my family and I definitely wanted to see Toy Story Land. Our friends, on the other hand, wanted their youngest to meet as many princesses as possible (it was her first Disney trip).  We divvied up our time at the parks and made sure we were able to accomplish both goals, so everyone was happy.

MBMom Tip: It also helps if all members of your group have the My Disney Experience App AND you are all connected as friends so you can coordinate Fast Passes for everyone in advance.

Planning a trip to Disney with friends

Rent a house vs. a hotel room

Between us and our friends, our group was traveling with 3 kids and 4 adults. One child just turned two and needed her own room to sleep in. The other girls were okay bunking together. That left the need for two additional bedrooms for the adults. There was no way we were going to make all of those special requests happen affordably at a hotel. So, we rented a 4-bedroom house…with a pool…for under $200 a family for the whole weekend. It had a huge tub to bathe all the kids in. Plus, we brought a lot of our own food (and wine). Winning.

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MBMom Tip: Bring a collapsible step stool for the bathroom. This came in SUPER handy for us when planning a Disney trip with friends for brushing teeth and washing hands!

Travel in a large SUV

I can’t say enough good things about the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander. We’ve tested¬†previous models of this vehicle and it’s the perfect size to schlep everyone from your rental house to the parks and back again. We were able to fit 4 adults, 2 car seats and a booster in this vehicle comfortably. Winning again.

Planning a trip to Disney with friends - 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2019 Outlander has standard third-row seating for family, friends, and everything in-between. If you need more room, just fold down the second and third row seats for space that fits your family’s needs.

I also became obsessed with the Apple CarPlay‚ĄĘ in this vehicle. It has a 7‚ÄĚ Smartphone Link Display Audio which makes switching playlists, getting directions, and safely accessing apps simple. All it takes is a tap.

Planning a trip to Disney with friends - 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

There’s also multiple cameras around the 2019 Outlander¬†to create a composite, bird’s-eye view of your vehicle in addition to a wide-angle view, helping to show what’s directly behind you. I love this safety feature. Plus leather. I love buttery leather seats.

Planning a trip to Disney with friends - 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

Planning a trip to Disney with friends - 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

You can learn all about the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander on the Mitsubishi website. Also, be sure to connect with Mitsubishi on your favorite social media sites! Like them on Facebook, follow Mitsubishi on Twitter Instagramand  to stay updated on all of their latest car trends and special offers!

Split up when it makes sense

On the third day…we split up. Don’t get offended if one or both of your traveling parties want to do this. Our family wanted to visit Pandora and ride Flight of Passage on the last day of our trip. Our daughter is finally tall enough! Their family wanted to go see¬†Enchanted Tales with Belle. Everyone had fun on their own. But that being said, if you decide to split up….

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Planning a trip to Disney with friends

Book at least one dining reservation together per day

That way, when planning a Disney trip with friends, you have a guaranteed time slot to spend a meal together as a group. We booked Disney princess dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot’s Norway this trip.

Planning a trip to Disney with friends

All who attend can expect to meet several of the following Disney Characters:
  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Belle
  • Princess Aurora
  • Ariel

Planning a trip to Disney with friends

The girls had an absolute blast while the adults were able to dine comfortably in air conditioning and get some great photos. I even ordered a Norwegian beer. Winning for the third time.

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