Apr 042012

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! – Jiminy Cricket


Q. Hi,  I am planning a “reunion” with a group of childhood friends and their families.  It will be about 15 people all together, ages eight to forty-eight.  We were looking for something to do as a group and would like some suggestions.  (Submitted by Susan R.)

A. Hi Susan!

A reunion trip is one of the most fun types of trips you can take!  Whether it’s with family or those friends you call your family, it can be such a rewarding experience for all involved!  With that in mind, we’ve got some great ideas on things you can all do as a group.

The first idea is to try to eat together for at least a dinner a night.  One suggestion for a fun place to dine would be the Hoop De Doo Revue.  This is a dinner show that takes place at the Ft. Wilderness Campground and is a huge hit for the entire family.  It includes fun music, dancers, comedians, corny jokes and be prepared to sing along in fun!

Another meal idea would be to visit 50s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Here, the whole family can enjoy a home-cooked meal around Mom’s kitchen table.  Be prepared to be told to keep your elbows off the table, have your Dad scold you for having your “walkie talkie” (cell phone) out and if you don’t finish your veggies…well, just make sure they don’t show up in your dessert.  You could visit another fun favorite; Whispering Canyon Cafe.  Make sure to try the All-You-Can-Eat Skillet!  It is quite delicious!  They even have “pony” races for the kids and be sure your table asks for ketchup!

Of course, there are other ideas besides eating at least one meal together.  You could rent two boats to watch Illuminations (each boat holds 10 people) together or experience the Pirate and Pals Fireworks Voyage.  With this voyage, you have snacks with Mr. Smee and Captain Hook and then you’ll take off on an evening around the Seven Seas Lagoon where Captain Patch will take you on a journey to enjoy the Electrical Water Pageant, Wishes from the water and then a telling of the story of Peter Pan.   Plus, there is a surprise waiting for you at the end of your voyage which I won’t spoil!  The cost of this tour is $53.99 for ages 10 and up and $30.99 for ages 3 – 9.

One final idea would be to challenge everyone to a game of mini golf!  Disney has some amazing mini golf courses, with my favorite being Winter Summerland located near Blizzard Beach.  This course has two sides; the snow covered side similar to Blizzard Beach’s theme and the summer side which features a tropical holiday theme.    Cost of mini golf is $12.52 for adults and $10.39 for kids ages 3-9.  (Prices include tax.)

Keep in mind that you don’t have to do anything “special” to have a great reunion with your friends.  Just the fact that you are all together – in one of the most fun places on earth – is going to be special.  Hope you have a Magical Trip!

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