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Planning a fun girls trip to Disney World is a great way to make lasting memories with your best friends. From organizing the perfect itinerary to finding the best hotel, there are so many aspects to consider when planning a trip to the happiest place on earth!

With a bit of imagination and a lot of planning, you and your friends can make your girls trip to Disney World the most magical trip ever. I’ve been going to Disney my whole life and my favorite is when we can get a group of girlfriends together for a fabulous girls trip to Walt Disney World. So, grab your mouse ears and get ready for an adventure!

This blog post will cover how far in advance to plan, where to stay, and where to eat. We’ll also share some special experiences to make your trip extra special. With our tips and advice, you can plan a girls trip to Disney World that is sure to create lasting memories.

Disney Pre-planning Tips

It’s important to decide upfront what type of experience you’re looking for on your girls trip to Disney World. Whether you’re looking to ride all the rides, drink around the world, or celebrate a special occasion, make sure your group is on board and that everyone is on the same page.

If the idea of planning a trip to Walt Disney World seems a bit overwhelming, you can always book through a Disney travel planner to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Meet and Greet with Mickey and Minnie in their 50th celebration outfits at Magic Kingdom

How far in advance should you plan your trip to Disney World?

A good rule of thumb when planning your girls trip to Disney World is to try planning around 6 months in advance. If you’re looking to score a discount (like Disney+, Disney Visa, or Florida Resident) those are usually released 3 – 6 months in advance. If you’re using a Disney Vacation Planner, they can advise you on when is a good time to book and what discounts are available to you.

Definitely, don’t wait until the last minute, but you don’t necessarily need to do this more than six months in advance (unless you’re trying to stay in a specific resort or on very specific dates).

On the bridge overlooking over Cinderella's castle in Magic Kingdom

Deciding on the perfect dates

It’s important to find a balance between school and work schedules, seasonal weather conditions, and Disney’s annual calendar. There are certain times of the year when certain parks are less crowded and certain activities are offered, so it’s important to consider the weather, your travel dates, and the parks’ hours of operation when planning your trip.

The best times to visit Disney World are between late September and early November and from mid-February until the first week of April when the weather is cool but not too cold. You also want to avoid any times when kids are out of school.

You’ll find that there are many festivals and special events at the parks throughout the year, but that doesn’t mean that those days will always be crowded. The summer months (June through August) and holidays, such as Christmas Day and New Year’s, are high-traffic times in Orlando, which can make the parks more crowded and expensive.

WDW Prep School is a great resource for all things Disney and updates its crowd calendars and the best times to go to Disney World on a regular basis. AllEars.net is also great and offers videos, blog posts, and more.

Personally, I go to all of the EPCOT festivals and visit Disney World every year to see the fall and Christmas decorations. I have found that if we plan our trip around dates that do not fall when the kids are out of school or when people are likely off work the parks are less crowded and a lot more enjoyable.

Planning a budget-friendly itinerary

After deciding who’s in, what you’re doing, and when you’re going, it’s time to decide on a budget. Walt Disney World is not cheap, so it’s important to be realistic about what each person in the group can afford.

If you’re traveling with a large group of friends, planning an itinerary can be tricky. There are so many things to consider, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Start by deciding what you and your friends want to do while visiting Disney World.

  • Are there specific Disney attractions you want to see?
  • Do you want to go to a specific park each day?
  • Are there certain character meet and greets or parades you want to see?
  • Is there a specific resort that you want to stay at?

Once you’ve decided on the top priorities, it’s easier to create an itinerary. One way to make your Disney itinerary budget friendly is to plan one park visit per day. Visit the parks you want to go to during the low-traffic times, like early mornings or late evenings.

Here are some ways to save money and budget for your girls trip to Disney World:

  • Get a Landry’s Select Club Card, this could save you money on some restaurants in Orlando. Plus you’ll get discounts and rewards.
  • Purchase discounted gift cards at stores like Costco or Sam’s Club. You can purchase gift cards at Target with your RedCard and get 5% back.
  • Use Points and Miles on airfare, hotels, or theme park tickets.
  • Plan a shopping day at Disney Springs instead of going to the theme parks. There are many restaurants, shops, and activities and there is no charge for admission or parking at Disney Springs. You can spend a whole day there easily.

Another way to keep your itinerary within budget is to use the my Disney Experience app to find out what activities are available at each park each day—and which ones come at a cost. You’ll definitely want to read my post on things you need to know about Disney Genie+ before you decide to purchase that service.

You can also find more trip-planning tips in these blog posts on how to plan a weekend trip on a budget and ways to save money for your next vacation.

Staying at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort
Staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Choosing the best hotels

Next, you’ll want to book your resort. There are plenty of great accommodations at Walt Disney World, including some of our favorite Disney resorts for a girls trip!

There are plenty of options to choose from when booking hotels while visiting Disney World. From budget-friendly hotels to luxury resorts, there’s something for every kind of traveler. It’s important to think about how many people will be staying in a room, how many nights you’ll be staying, and also how much you’re willing to spend on accommodations.

Disney’s Boardwalk area offers close proximity to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is technically a Marriott property, so you can use Marriott Bonvoy points to book.

For those on a budget, the Disney value or moderate resorts are also a great option. My favorite and most underrated moderate resort is Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. You can also check out the many Disney Springs hotels.

You can also stay off-property to save money and open up possibilities to explore other areas of Central Florida. You can rent a vacation home, which can be cheaper than booking a hotel, and comes with a kitchen where you can prepare group meals.

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Where to eat

Walt Disney World is home to a wide variety of amazing restaurants, ranging from casual to fine dining. Whether you’re looking for a delicious character breakfast or just a fun night out with the girls, you’ll be sure to find something that meets your needs.

For when you’re in the parks, you’ll want to read my post on the best places to eat at Disney World on a budget. You’ll find info on the budget-friendly quick service and table service options at the Walt Disney World parks.

Here are some of my dining recommendations for a girls night at Disney World:

Cheese and Charcuterie plate at Baseline Tap House in Hollywood Studios
Cheese and Charcuterie plate at Baseline Tap House in Hollywood Studios

Booking tickets for the parks

Regardless of when you plan to visit the Disney theme parks, it’s best to purchase your tickets in advance as soon as you’ve finalized your travel dates. You can purchase park tickets online and link them to your My Disney Experience app so that you can make park reservations immediately after purchasing.

It’s not necessary for everyone in your group to purchase tickets and make park reservations at the same time. So if you have friends that are on the fence, don’t wait for them to decide before buying your tickets and making park reservations. Just keep in mind that park reservations may not be available for desired dates if you wait too long!

*If plans change, you can always update your ticket dates and park reservations based on availability and you may have to pay the difference in price changes.

Depending on how many days you will be visiting Disney World, I would recommend skipping the park hopper add-on. You can save a lot of money by visiting one park per day and you won’t get burned out as easily. Try visiting the park early in the morning, going back to your Disney resort for a midday nap, and then going back to the park in the evening.

Organizing transportation

Disney offers several different types of transportation between theme parks and hotels. The Disney transportation options include bus, boat, monorail, and water taxis.

If you’re taking Disney transportation between parks, keep in mind that certain transportation options, like the bus, stop running at certain times of the day or at certain hours of the night. You can keep track of the buses via the My Disney Experience app.

Also, keep in mind that you can order Uber and Lyft that will take you from the parks to your resort or wherever you want to go if the other transportation options are not convenient. The Disney Minnie Van service via Lyft is available for accessible options as well.

Shopping at Disney Springs

Packing the essentials

If you’re traveling during the hot summer months, it’s best to pack light and bring plenty of water. The Disney parks offer free water refill stations, so if you’re bringing your own water bottles, make sure to keep them with you so you can refill them throughout the day.

If you’re visiting during cooler weather, a light sweatshirt or jacket is a must-have. A pair of comfortable walking shoes are also recommended, especially if you plan on visiting more than one park per day.

And don’t forget, this is Florida so it’s probably going to rain. You need to bring ponchos, umbrellas, or whatever you need to help you keep dry. If it looks like it’s going to rain I always bring an extra pair of underwear, socks, and shorts.

Planning Magical Activities

There’s plenty to do for a girls trip to Disney World that does not include going to the theme parks or shopping at Disney Springs. Disney World also has a huge list of Enchanting Extras that include unique tours, wine-tasting experiences, food-tasting experiences, fireworks viewing, and more! If your girls are interested in trying one of these activities, it’s best to book them as far in advance as possible, as the availability is limited.

It wouldn’t be a girls trip to Disney World if you don’t experience the various nightlife venues as well. If you love a fun night of dueling pianos, make sure you check out Jelly Rolls at the Boardwalk. There is a cover charge just to enter, so budget accordingly!

You can also plan a Monorail Crawl! The monorail crawl is a fun, unofficial drinking challenge (can be non-alcoholic as well) in which you utilize the free Walt Disney World Monorail System to visit the bars at all three Monorail Resort Hotels: Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Bars, lounges, and restaurants along this adventure include Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Steakhouse 71 Lounge at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Enchanted Rose at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

It is free to ride the Walt Disney World Monorail System and visit the iconic Magic Kingdom Resort Hotels, whether it is to participate in the crawl or in other areas, as well as take joy rides to and from EPCOT. Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.

The view of Spaceship Earth at EPCOT lit up at night

Let’s book a girls trip to Walt Disney World!

Many people believe that the only way to plan a Disney girls’ trip is to rack up thousands of dollars in travel expenses and stay at a Disney resort. Not only is that untrue, but there are also plenty of budget-friendly options that will still allow you to have a magical girls’ trip to Walt Disney World!

The key to planning a budget-friendly girls trip to Walt Disney World is knowing what to do. Even the most expensive Disney resort can be affordable when you plan around the crowds and use the hotel’s amenities and discounts when they’re available. Planning a girls trip to Walt Disney World is all about balance. You can still get the most out of your vacation while staying within your budget.

Now that you know what you need to plan a girls trip to Walt Disney World, it’s time to start planning your trip!

Need more girls trip ideas? Check out my post on the best girls weekend trip to Scottsdale, AZ.

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