Forum Search Button Mouseke-Calendar Forum Memberlist Button ModEARator Team Forum Help Button
This is the Vault: Disney Echo archives. The new Disney Echo is now open!
...Now accepting registration for new members...

» Welcome, Guest
[ Log In ˚◦˚ Register It's free! Only takes 30 seconds! ]

Pages: (3) Jump to first page Previous Page 1 2 [3] No Pages Jump to last page

[ Mouseke-Track this topic :: MickEmail this topic :: Print this topic ]

Reply to Topic New Topic New Poll
Topic: "Magical Gatherings" & "Grand Gatherings", Press Event 10/8-10/10/03< Next Oldest | Next Newest >

RichKoster Offline

ModEARator




Group: Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter/AdministratEAR
Posts: 5119
Joined: Aug. 2001
Posted: Oct. 26, 2003 9:53 am/pm Quote

Coming Together: The More The Merrier
New trend in travel: Guests are discovering parks in packs

by Mark Sunderland




It's almost three o'clock in the afternoon. The matriarch of the McCormick Family stands in a huddle around a Magic Kingdom@ Park map with her two sons.

The sons strategize the best route to Pirates of the Caribbean once the parade is done. But Barbara McCormick isn't listening. Instead she gazes just over the map, smiling at the rare sight of her six grandchildren all together, jostling for the best spot to see the parade. They've all been to Disney before, but never like this, never all together, sharing every magical moment.



Three generations of McCormicks gather around a Disney-MGM Studios park map.


Something compelled three generations of McCormicks to gather together from as far away as San Diego for a week-long adventure. And they're not alone.

Each year more than five million family vacations include three generations, according to the Travel Industry Association.



Families gather to enjoy a parade at the Disney-MGM Studios.


In fact, multigenerational travel has become one of the fastest growing areas of the travel industry, as many families are now including grandparents, aunts, and uncles in the family vacation.

And according to Walt Disney World@ Senior Vice President Alice Norsworthy, it's not just families but also groups made up of friends and neighbors that are traveling together more often.



Adventurers spin their way through Kali River Rapids.


Always the innovators, Walt Disney World Resort is not only recognizing the group travel trend, they're celebrating it.

“With so much to see and do for everyone, Walt Disney World really is the perfect place to celebrate the magic that happens when people come together -- Magical Gatherings," said Norsworthy.

The Ratliffs of Memphis recent1y visited with their longtime friends and next-door neighbors.

“We've all been here before, either with our families or for Spring Break,” Christopher Ratliff said. "We've been telling each other stories about coming here as kids. It's just a completely different experience coming here with people that also have a Disney history. We've already decided to do it again.

The architects of Magical Gatherings™ vacations have created a variety of planning tools for small groups like the Ratliffs, for instance, pre-arrival' online assistance. And for larger groups, like the McCormicks, there are additional services, like group dining arrangements, theme park. experiences and itinerary planning assistance.

“We're going to make planning a group vacation not just easy, but fun also,” Norsworthy said.

“There really is something here for everyone, and if you can experience it all and still stay close to your group, well, that's where the magic is."

Whether it's a large family like the McCormicks, a few couples getting together or vanload of soccer moms, when it comes to Walt Disney World vacations, the more the merrier.



Copyright 2003, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.
Back to top
Profile PM WEB MSN YIM 
20 replies since July 24, 2003 12:04 am/pm < Next Oldest | Next Newest >

[ Mouseke-Track this topic :: MickEmail this topic :: Print this topic ]

Pages: (3) Jump to first page Previous Page 1 2 [3] No Pages Jump to last page
Reply to Topic New Topic New Poll




Featured Sponsors of the Disney Echo:
>
Your Ad Here!
Disney Ink Shop

© 2007 Rich Koster & FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club & Disney Echo. The Disney Echo is for like-minded individuals who gather here to discuss all aspects of the Walt Disney Co. All participants are welcome. We're not affiliated with nor endorsed by The Walt Disney Co., so you are free to share your opinions and join the fun Disney Spirit without having to toe the company line. The Disney Echo and FANtasEars Fan Club are not responsible for any damages that may be a result of the use of the information supplied on these pages. The viewer agrees to this by viewing the pages. The words & phrases "Disney Echo," "Disney EchoEars," "EchoEars," and "MousekeEars" are ©2007 Rich Koster.
Our Privacy Statement


Get FREE FANtasEARS MickEmail
Get FREE MickEmail And Hear Mickey's EarMail!


A Proud Member of

The FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club and Disney Echo has been visited times by Disney fans since June 18, 1998. We're glad you dropped by!
Disney.comFANtasEARS Disney Fan
Club The pages and images on this web site are ©2007 Rich Koster, except for Disney Character images & logos copyrighted by The Walt Disney Co.
All rights reserved.