Happy TUESDAY! I’m home from my #adultsatdisney trip and now I am snuggled up in my bed trying to recuperate from my flight home and am reliving my Disney vacation in my head. I had the BEST time with my mama and Erica from Coming Up Roses and all of the other amazing influencers I met this weekend. Disney is a magical place – but this weekend was even more magical because of the people involved. I am so blessed to have been able to experience these last few days and I am not gonna lie – I’m already planning my next Disney vacay (only this time I’m bringing my hubby because #starwars). This was a quick trip – 4 days start finish, or 3.5 days at the parks total. That would be TOTALLY daunting to some people but luckily – I am not some people. I am a planning QUEEN when it comes to vacations. SO. If you are taking a quick trip to the parks and want to know exactly how to get as much in as possible – read on!
Day 1: Fly to Orlando, ride to the resort, dinner at Disney Springs
Day 2: Animal Kingdom from open to 3:00pm, Magic Kingdom from 4:00pm to close
Day 3: Epcot from open to 3:00pm, Hollywood Studios from 4:00pm to close
Day 4: Animal kingdom from open to 10:00am, ride to airport and fly home
It’s a packed schedule – seriously. HOWEVER. You CAN get everything you want to get in with a few helpful tips.
This is not necessarily a MUST-HAVE – however – it does make things a lot easier when it comes to transportation. Disney resorts have busses that run every 20 minutes, they’re central to the parks, some of the resorts have monorail transportation and you don’t have to pay any extra for these features. In addition to easy transposition, you get early fast pass action. You get the ability to choose your fast passes 60 days prior to your trip as opposed to 30 days prior. That means you can get first dibs on popular rides like Pandora Flight of Passage (for reference – those who didn’t have a fast pass for this ride were in line for upwards of 6 hours). The resorts are GORGEOUS – I’ve personally stayed at the Coronado Springs resort and the Grand Floridian resort and they are both fantastic.
This is a non-negotiable. You have to have fast passes to make this work. Because you are doing 2 parks a day, you don’t have time to stand in 4 hour lines. You get 3 fast passes per park with your park ticket and you have the option to add more later. Choose your must have rides and get fast passes for them. If there is a ride you want to snag at the park you arrive at first thing in the morning, you have the opportunity to get in line before it gets super long and you can save your fast passes for other rides. We were able to do the Expedition Everest roller coast twice first thing Sunday morning because we got there right as the park opened.
I can’t stress this enough or you WILL be hungry. You want to make sure you make these reservations WELL in advance so that you don’t have to wait in line for food. You want to be doing fun stuff like rides – without sacrificing the AMAZING food available at the parks. There are so many incredible restaurants in the parks (especially Epcot) so be sure to do your research and take full advantage of them!
My mama is going to be our real-life testimony on this. She needs a new pair of feet after all of the blisters she has now. Take it from her: bring good walking shoes (even if your sandals are super cute). There are SO many adorable sneaker options available that you don’t have an excuse. Break them in before you go and then prepare to still have sore feet (promise it’s worth it though).
Ok this one is arguable one of the most important parts. We managed to get in every single ride we wanted to do this trip, mainly because we stuck to a regimented schedule. The night before, we planned out which rides we all really wanted to do. Then we created a path of least resistance – aka how to get from one ride to another in the least amount of time. It’s easiest to go through each section around the park in order. The new My Disney Experience app makes it easy to see which rides are where so you can do this. Plan your restaurants that way, too! It will make your life SO much less stressful.
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Basically, you don’t have to be a little kid to enjoy Disney. It’s for adults, too! Between the food, the rides and the resorts, there is something for everyone.
I am so thankful to Erica for inviting my mama and I on this beautiful trip and for the memories we will have FOREVER.
Have you ever been to Disney World?? What is your favorite park? Let me know in the comments below!