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Goodbye, Grand Gatherings

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If you're the type that travels with large parties, be aware that Walt Disney World is discontinuing its Grand Gathering Events. As of January 28, 2012, the Safari Celebration, Good Morning Breakfast, and International Dinner & Illuminations Dessert Party will no longer be offered. Grand Gatherings were introduced in late 2003, and were part of the "Magical Gatherings" promotion. It now seems that the need to promote special events designed for groups traveling together has passed, and that any special event planning will be a la carte from now on.

Thanks to Sue Pisaturo of Small World Vacations for the heads-up!

What do you think about this? Were you thinking of planning a Grand Gathering event, are you happier that you can plan events a la carte, or do you not care in the least? Comment below and let us know!

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  1. Drince88's Avatar
    Wasn't there more to Grand Gatherings than just the events - like the ability to coordinate multiple room reservations and being able to make meal reservations for larger groups?
  2. TinaMouse's Avatar
    Yes, that's what I understood as well.
  3. Mark Goldhaber's Avatar
    Yes, the rest of the planning stuff is still there. They've just killed off the special events, or more likely rolled them into their standard special event planning group rather than having a special Grand Gathering Events category.