Walt Disney World is a staple in the childhoods of so many of us. But what about in adulthood? Can it still be fun and festive enough for a grown-up bachelorette party without being "too much?" The answer is a hard YES! An increasingly popular bachelorette destination for full-blown Disney lovers and casual fans alike, Disney World in Orlando, Florida offers endless opportunities for fun in the sun, world-class cuisine, trendy cocktails, and of course—incomparable and iconic Disney experiences.
To help plan for the perfect Disney bachelorette, we spoke to Disney travel professional Becca Magnusenfor her expert insight.
Meet the Expert
For starters, Magnusen advises bachelorette groups to work with a planner to coordinate the trip. "Their services are free and you'll have expert advice at your fingertips from start to finish," she says.
When is the best time to visit Disney World for a bachelorette party?
The best time to visit typically depends on what you’d like to do. Magnusen says you'll find the lowest crowds in mid-January and early February, early May or September. There are fewer children and families there during those times because it's not a great time to be pulling kids from school, so crowds are lower." Disney World is also extra magical during the holidays but tends to be a bit more crowded then and in the summer.
How much does a bachelorette party in Disney World typically cost?
Magnusen explains, "There are so many factors that could determine the cost per person. You can go for a weekend, stay at a value hotel and only spend a day at the parks and eat a few dinners out and spend $350 to $400 per person, or you can live it up at a deluxe suite with club level access, hop from park to park, splurge on a fireworks cruise and a spa day and expect to spend substantially more.”
Ready to party in the most magical place on earth? Read on for the ultimate Walt Disney World bachelorette party planning guide.
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Why You’ll Love Walt Disney World
Disney World is just that—its own world. (Or, a "whole new world" if you will.) Within the span of just a few miles, you can sip on cocktails, receive world-class spa treatments, indulge in five-star dining or the best boardwalk grub, see incredible shows and entertainment, and of course, meet everyone’s favorite mouse—all while reconnecting with your inner child and having a blast.
"Where else can you dress like a princess and no one looks twice, enjoy adult beverages 'drinking around the world' at EPCOT, spend a day at a spa or the pool and then see fireworks at night, take in incredible shows and ride awesome rides and also have over 50 restaurant options right at your fingertips without having to rent a car?!" says Magnusen.
Nowhere but Disney! Here are a few reasons why we love a Disney bachelorette party, and why you might, too!
- Nightlife. Of course, Disney World is first associated with children, but once the sun goes down, the nightlife in Disney Springs can’t be beat! Disney Springs, Downtown Orlando, or even Universal Studios’ CityWalk offers a wide range of evening activities from drinks and dinner to dancing, and more!
- Food. From quick-service sandwiches to fancy five-star dining, there’s a meal (and cocktail!) for everyone.
- Theme Parks. Choose from one of the four major theme parks, or spend the day park hopping as you take in all the attractions and ride all the rides! If you’re feeling adventurous and time allows, you can even head over to Universal Studios for some variety and to experience the famous Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is also in town.
Where to Stay in Walt Disney World
Selecting a hotel or resort is perhaps the most important part of your WDW bachelorette. Whether you want to stay on Disney property or off will be your first decision, and it’s a big one! It can affect your transportation, access to the parks’ special hours for hotel guests, dining options, pool and lounging options, and more.
- On Disney Property: Magnusen says, "Depending on your party size, there are great perks to staying on site. A two-bedroom villa at Bay Lake Tower gives you great access to Magic Kingdom, an awesome fireworks view, and convenient transportation to anything along the Monorail." For more bang for your buck and more space, she says to consider a villa at Old Key West Resort.
- Off-Site: There are plenty of other great options in the Orlando Area, but Magnusen recommends Margaritaville Cottages or Encore Resort at Reunion. "Both of these off-site options have accommodations for a large group, some larger rentals even have private pools, and either way, there are great amenities within the resort for the girls to enjoy."
- Luxury Properties: For a truly indulgent and luxe experience that can balance out your trip, perhaps you can spend your day frolicking around the parks, and your evenings living in luxury at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Fine dining, an oasis-like spa, and an adult-only, outdoor heated hotel pool just might be the perfect retreat after a busy day!
Where to Eat in Walt Disney World
When it comes to food, the opportunities are endless within the Walt Disney World Resort and Orlando. From five-star dining to quick counter service and quite literally everything in between, the only difficulty you’ll have is trying to decide where to eat first!
- Best Brunch Spots: Toppolino’s Terrace at Riviera Resort, Chef Mickey’s in Epcot, Grand Floridian Café in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
- Best Dinner Spots: 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort, Teppan Edo in Japan at Epcot, Wine Bar George in Disney Springs
- Famous Restaurants: Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom, Yachtsman Steakhouse in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada at Epcot
Reservations can be made up to 500 days in advance, so plan your itinerary early!
What to Do in Walt Disney World
While you may not be able to squeeze in everything Walt Disney World has to offer into a long weekend, with proper planning you can definitely see and do quite a bit!
Best Daytime Activities in Disney World
Sleep in, spend some of the day by the pool, and then enjoy park hopping! Look at the theme park hours ahead of time to strategize where to go first, and end wherever is open the latest on that day. Be sure to buy a park hopper ticket! Book spa services, a delicious lunch, or drink around the world in the World Showcase section of Epcot.
Best Nighttime Activities in Disney World
When the sun sets, it’s time to put on your party pants and enjoy dinner, drinks, fireworks, or even a private cruise around the Seven Seas lagoon. The theme parks look even more magical by night, too!
How to Get Around Walt Disney World
Traveling around WDW resort could not be easier. If you’ve rented a car, it may be a bit of a pain navigating where to go, where to park, paying for parking, etc. which is why utilizing their transportation system is recommended! Between their ferries, monorails, busses, and the new skyliner, you can get from point A to point B with ease.
Also, getting an UBER of Lyft is quite easy, too. And if you’re taking a car service to WDW from Orlando airport, Magnusen says, "Many of them will be happy to stop at the liquor store and/or grocery store before taking you to your hotel."
Walt Disney World Bachelorette Party Itinerary
Here is Magnusen's idea of a picture-perfect three-day bachelorette party in Walt Disney World.
- Morning: Check in and enjoy the pool.
- Afternoon: Do a bar tour along the monorail! Hit up bars at the Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and end at the Polynesian.
- Evening: Enjoy a fun family-style meal at 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort. Then, book a private boat (seats 10) from the marina at Polynesian to enjoy fireworks and dessert in the Seven Seas Lagoon
- Morning: Start your day at Animal Kingdom enjoying Kilimanjaro Safari and Festival of the Lion King before hitting up Avatar: Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest.
- Afternoon: Then, hop to EPCOT to enjoy a few more rides and then take in the Food and Wine Festival (if you are there from August to late November!). Enjoy drinks and snacks throughout World Showcase and you don't even need a dinner reservation!
- Evening: If you want a sit down dinner, consider Biergarten in Germany, Teppan Edo in Japan, or La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico. Enjoy fireworks and close down EPCOT
- Morning: Start with an upscale Breakfast with the Characters at Topolino's Terrace at Riviera Resort followed by a spa day at Senses Spa at Disney's Grand Floridan Resort.
- Afternoon: Go shopping at Disney Springs—there are some amazing stores that have nothing to do with Disney.
- Evening: Make a dinner reservation in Disney Springs (consider Wine Bar George or bowling at Splittsville Lanes, depending on the crowd). Treat yourselves to Cirque de Soleil: Drawn To Life.