5 Ways to Make Your Girls’ Trip to Walt Disney World the Best Ever!
Grab the ladies and head to the “World” for some fun! Below are some suggestions to make the most of your girls’ trip to Walt Disney World the best ever!
1. T-shirts are a must
No Girls’ Trip is complete without a fashion statement, and matching t-shirts are a great way to easily celebrate the occasion. There are many options out there to find t-shirts. A popular place these days on the internet is Etsy to find customizable shirts where you can order multiple sizes, add names, celebrations, etc. For those creative souls, there is the option of purchasing blank t-shirts at a local store and designing them on your own. Craft stores have many resources such as stencils, fabric markers & paint. In fact, this could be a fun way to get all the girls together before the trip to discuss plans and create extra excitement.
2. Go for a festival or special event
The Walt Disney World Resort is host to several festivals and special events throughout the year. Some of these events would be a great excuse to plan a girls’ trip, as if you needed one. Is your group a bunch of Broadway babies or arts enthusiasts? If so, check out the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. This is a new festival that takes place during the January timeframe. The gardeners of the group would very much enjoy the Epcot International Flower & Garden Show which takes place in the spring. Attend seminars, enjoy outdoor kitchens, concerts, and take pictures with the beautiful topiaries throughout the park. Perhaps my favorite festival of them all, however, takes place in the fall and is known as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Beverage seminars, wine pairings, outdoor kitchens with numerous food & wine offerings, and concerts are just some of the highlights of this festival. In addition, this festival usually coincides with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. There, ladies can play dress up and don their favorite costumes for a bewitching night of fun and folly.
3. Run around the parks, literally
Ladies can grab their tutus and running shoes and head to Walt Disney World for a race! RunDisney has grown over the years and now has race events throughout the year. A great way to spend a girls’ trip is to gather the ladies together for the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend! These races have great festivities and photo opportunities along the race course (if you aren’t running for time). Some of the courses even take you through Cinderella’s Castle and along Main Street USA for a truly special experience. If a half marathon is too daunting, there are other race options such as a 5k or 10k that are offered in conjunction with the weekend’s events. For the true runners of the group, there is the Glass Slipper Challenge which has you run the 10k one day and the half marathon the next day! These races are a fantastic way to get the ladies together ahead of time for some extra bonding time while training. On race day, grab hands and cross the finish line together to celebrate victory!
4. Monorail Bar Crawl
I’ve made my way around the monorail with friends stopping at each resort for a drink as part of a self-created bar crawl, and it can be a lot of fun! My suggestion would be to eat an earlier dinner to get some food in your stomach. Then start at the Grand Floridian and stop by Mizner’s Lounge for a beverage. If you are lucky, you will catch the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra playing outside of the lounge area to get the festivities started. Then return to the monorail to travel to the Contemporary by way of the Magic Kingdom where you will sit tight and simply wave to the castle from your seat! Once at the Contemporary, head to Outer Rim for a cocktail. If you’ve timed your evening right, hopefully you will be able to catch the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom. Finally, board the monorail one last time for the Polynesian by way of the Transportation & Ticket Center (be sure you board the monorail resorts track). At the Polynesian head to the fun & festive Trader Sam’s Grotto Grog for a tropical end to the evening. If the ladies need a bite to eat, this is a great place to grab a late-night snack. Trader Sam’s Grotto Grog has some of the best cocktails and frozen libations on the menu, so be sure to pace yourself as you won’t want to skip one of these! At the end of the night, depending on the location of your hotel, be sure to have transportation options available should it be too late to catch Disney transportation. Cab services are available, so be sure to take advantage should you need it.
5. Fireworks Cruise
What could be more special than to spend an evening with your girlfriends on a chartered boat to watch fireworks? Fireworks cruises are available for both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The 21-foot pontoons carry up to 8 people and the 25-foot pontoons carry up to 10 people. Guests can add balloons and banners for special celebrations at no additional cost, and there is also the option to add private dining or special enhancements such as strawberries and champagne (these do require an additional fee). Talk to your travel agent about setting up a cruise for your girls’ trip, or for more information, visit this link for Disney World Specialty Cruises.
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