Is Disney World your happy place? You’re not alone. From the majestic castle, friendly faces, fond childhood memories, and uniqueness of each theme park, it’s the ideal destination for anyone looking for a fun (and slightly magical) getaway. While Disney World is known worldwide as a family destination, it also makes for a pretty perfect bachelorette weekend. Yes, it’s totally possible to have an “adult” Disney bachelorette without princess and character overload—we promise. Here’s how!
Believe it or not, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, offers incredible experiences for relaxation and pampering. The resort boasts 11 spas, six of which offer spa services and massages unique to your personal preferences. For a truly unique experience, head to the Mandara Spa within the Dolphin hotel. With a Balinese-inspired theme, you can begin your spa day within the Meditation or Tea Garden before indulging in a variety of services. Opt for the full “Mediterranean Journey,” which begins with a Welcoming Ritual followed by Elemis Cellutox Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap, Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial, Citrus Body Gloss, and Mediterranean Bathing Ritual, culminating with delicious Mediterranean inspired tea. This, and all spa treatments within the resort are once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their own touch of Disney magic while being completely princess free.
Disney World Resort actually has world-class dining opportunities (especially if you visit Epcot during the annual Food and Wine Festival). Within each resort lies unique dining options, ranging from quick service to gourmet and fine dining. For a bachelorette, check out Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Luau Cove within the Polynesian hotel. In its tropical, energetic atmosphere, you’ll fill up on Polynesian favorites while surrounded by the music and traditional dances of Hawaii, New Zealand, and other cultures, as well as (of course) a full-service bar.
Equally incredible dining options exist within the theme parks themselves too. While in Epcot, you and your girl squad can hole up at the Biergarten in the Germany pavilion, a traditionally styled German beer hall. Grab a long table and hit the buffet as you fuel up on traditional sausages, sides, and steins of beer. Cheers!
Did you know that at one theme park, you can quite literally drink around the world? It’s becoming increasingly popular to see large groups attempting to conquer this feat, and it’s a fun, festive and feisty way to bring your bachelorette crew across the continents, all without leaving the park. Within Epcot, the World Showcase represents 11 countries with cultural exhibits, rides, restaurants, shops, and, of course, cocktail offerings. Fresh margaritas in “Mexico,” imported champagne from “France,” assorted wine in “Italy,” and sake in “Japan” are only a small sampling of the beverages and countries you can cross off your list as you navigate your way through the park. To make it extra fun, consider creating a scavenger hunt to check off each “accomplishment” as you go. (Just be sure to pace yourselves, and hydrate!)
Aside from the endless offerings in Epcot, three of the four major theme parks offer beer and cocktails for your enjoyment throughout the day, with the exception of the Magic Kingdom, where they’re only available at certain sit-down restaurants.
A visit in the warmer months is perfectly complemented with some good ol’ R&R at some of the incredible pools. If staying on property, you can enjoy full access to these outdoor oasis, with a fan favorite being the pool at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. With two pools to choose from, the Beach Pool is 111,261 gallons of refreshing water alongside a lounge and bar, while the Courtyard Pool is a bit quieter and also has a relaxing whirlpool spa. Essential for groups, poolside cabanas are also available for rent, so grab a few for your group as a home base and enjoy lounge chairs, towels, television, speakers, fans, and a fridge for all your snacks.
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While nightlife might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Disney World, perhaps it should be. Disney’s BoardWalk and Disney Springs are two non-theme-park locations. The BoardWalk, styled after some of the country’s most beautiful seaside attractions, features games, restaurants, bars, and shops that make awesome destinations for a night out. Head to Jellyrolls (21 and over!), where you can enjoy dueling pianos and singalongs before you dance the night away at Atlantic Dance Hall, a popular nightclub. Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney) also offers world-class dining and tons of night-time fun. Check out Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba, live entertainment at House of Blues, or some cold pints and traditional Irish entertainment at Raglan Road. With endless options to choose from, you’ll find something for everyone when the sun goes down.