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Thank you everyone for your advice.

I did also post a thread on the "Planning" forum to get some advice on when I should start looking at getting things booked. See..
https://www.thedibb.co.uk/forums/sho... php?t=1111939
The most common piece of advice I received was "don't do it" as it is going to be a nightmare! But as I need to know we have got the best deals as a group I would rather be the main organiser. I also do enjoy the planning part!

Things have changed somewhat from my initial plans. This is mainly due to most people in the party wanting to wait until the end of the holiday to stay in a villa, as most of the outlet/Walmart etc shopping is going to be done whilst we are in a villa and have access to a car. We didn't want to have to worry about lugging cases full of shopping from resort to resort etc.

I have also managed to book a lovely Villa which is at Formosa Gardens which has helped confirm our holiday dates.
villabellagio/

We have stayed at Emerald Island and Indian Creek before, so know the area well and we love how close it is to the parks and also the 192 and all of the shops and restaurants located there.
My main criteria for a villa was:
- large enough to house 13 people, so minimum of 7 bedrooms
- clean and modern looking
- no one directly behind us so we have privacy
- south (ish) facing pool - to confirm this, I always find any villa I am considering on google maps. This can take some time as a lot of the villas look the same but it can be done when looking at the photos of the villa closely and noting the shape of the pool, where the hot tub is located, what side of the villa the drive is on, any large trees etc.
- added bonus for this villa was that the owner was UK based, which means the villa can be paid for in GBP and we don't have to worry about the price increasing if the exchange rate weakens.

The dates I have secured for the villa is Saturday 22nd Aug - 27th Aug - so 5 nights at 1589. We will then have a car and will be able to drive straight to the airport without the need to get transport.

Soooooo...our plans are now-

Thurs 6th Aug - fly out and all check into a Disney Hotel
Wed 12th Aug - Set 2 check out of Disney and go on road trip
Fri 14th Aug - Set 1 go on the 3 night cruise Disney Cruise
Mon 17th Aug - Set 1 come back from Cruise and check into Universal hotel
Tues 18th Aug - Set 2 come back from road trip and check into Universal hotel
Sat 22nd Aug - All check out of Universal and into Villa
Thurs 27th aug - All check out of villa and fly home

Now Disney free dining plan has been confirmed to be released for booking on 25th April, I think this will be my next job.
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