I will be going to Disneyland on June 11 with a group of 12(all family).
I've never gone with such a big group, its always just my hubby and kids.
Any tips when going with a big group?
Yay for big groups! We are going with 11 family members in September. I am really looking forward to it! - PixieMom194.9 #1698 6-4-11 11:28PMLike Reply
Make sure you don't lose anyone! Or maybe you could split and rendezvous at a set time - DonaldMissingPants296.2 #631 6-4-11 11:32PMLike Reply
Just wanted to say I will be there that day! It's my anniversary! :) hopefully we can see you there!! - kritomiester328.3 #482 6-4-11 11:34PMLike Reply
Lately, I've only been with groups of 12 or more.
It's good to have something stick-like to wave in the air so everyone can follow you (especially good if it doubles as water ride protection), matching outfits are always a plus, keep a headcount and stay together in the queue, have a plan in case you get separated besides using your phones. - bluefairy627.0 #174 6-4-11 11:41PMLike Reply
I have been with a large group before and unforantly that's usually when my husband and I fight cause I always want to please everyone and he feels like he gets hosed. So good luck and have fun enjoy it all - Sasha513286.6 #689 6-4-11 11:50PMLike Reply
Ladybug umbrellas are must when leading a large group. - Mrsblue692.4 #144 6-4-11 11:51PMLike Reply
We split up by "lil kids" and "older kids" so we could all enjoy Disneyland differently. When we were together for the shows and stuff, the tallest person was holding up my cousin's light saber thingy so we all knew where we were going. Have fun! - StephiePooh572.6 #191 6-4-11 11:53PMLike Reply
You'll need a leader or someone to just keep things moving, otherwise you'll just spend a lot of time standing around, talking about what you want to do next. - Zooter1361.8 #58 6-4-11 11:56PMLike Reply
It's a trade off it's great to have a bunch of people to share the magic with but there is a lot of standing around talking about the next move. Enjoy it relax have a churro:) - jdmouse9.9 #6794 6-5-11 4:29AMLike Reply
I strongly suggest breaking into smaller groups and meeting back. Especially if there are some strong personalities in there. It can get miserable and stressful. Agree on a couple of rides to do as a group at set times and meet for meals. Otherwise, keep to smaller groups according to age group/interest. - BLG1049.5 #81 6-5-11 4:32AMLike Reply
Lots of good advice! I went with a large group a couple years ago and it was exhausting! Fun though. I say listen to @BLG. Her advice will save you headaches. - lockshockbarrel245.4 #1049 6-5-11 5:36AMLike Reply
Yup BLG is the one with the plan. And don't take it personal if everyone is not having a perfect time. And live in the moment, not in what is next.
- PrincessDuckie586.6 #187 6-5-11 6:01AMLike Reply
Totally agree with BLG. We r 15 (2 handicap) and it is too stressing to keep up pace w/so many people. - SeñorBuzz&Jessie62.4 #3525 6-5-11 7:57AMLike Reply
if you don't want to split up, wearing the same shirt will help keep everyone together. Easier to find those in your group. make sure all cell phones are fully charged before going into the park. Have fun!!
- PrincessLani110.2 #2896 6-5-11 8:04AMLike Reply
I agree with BLG and others about splitting up. We have gone with a large family group for the last 2 years. We end up at the end of the day no longer talking to others. Some are real slow with little children, others don't want to stand in any line longer than 15 min, etc. I felt like I was just standing around trying not to add to the tension while my husband and I argued cuz I was not doing the park the way he and I do. Break into similar groups and meet up for meals, parades and the rides that u want to ride together. - jjdq326.7 #490 6-5-11 8:43AMLike Reply
Don't feel bad about splitting up. Make sure you break off to do your own thing. Don't let one person run the show. Enjoy yourself and the company of your group and have a great visit. - donduck21.8 #4899 6-5-11 8:49AMLike Reply
Buddy system is useful. Plus we always have the Family walkie talkies in case everyone doesn't have cell phones. - proudcanuck476.4 #249 6-5-11 8:52AMLike Reply
Split up when you need to! When you are all together, walk single-file with one adult in the front (preferably one who is comfortable walking through a crowd), and another adult bringing up the rear. It will be easier for everyone if the adult leading wears a brightly-colored shirt (making him/her easier to spot). If there are rides you all want to go on together, be sure get fastpasses for them. And I agree: delegate a leader who is comfortable making decisions so that you don't spend hours just standing around dithering! Another tip is to have everyone write down what one thing he/she really wants to do, and try to work out a schedule to do these things (whether you do them all together or not). This way, no one leaves the parks feeling disappointed. - Spoonful_O_Sugar435.8 #284 6-5-11 8:53AMLike Reply
When we take a large group we use ride max. It schedules the whole day so noone needs to be in charge the kids don't argue - we all know what we are doing and we are doing it. It really simplifies the day. - mommamouse4.8 #10795 6-5-11 8:58AMLike Reply
You can do the same color shirt thing- everyone wears a bright green shirt for example. Also make a meet-up spot and time,this way if someone gets lost they can have a CM escort them to the spot and wait with them until meet-up time and then you can take the group with you to get them. Also I should have said that a group like this can be in two or three groups to get the most out of the park! - calidream1383.4 #350 6-5-11 9:20AMLike Reply
Thank u for all the suggestions. These r all great ideas. I will definetly be using them. As far as choosing a leader that lucky person would be me....lol. Hopefully our day is not too stressful and everyone has a good time. - JewelsLuvsDisney196.3 #1680 6-5-11 9:37AMLike Reply