Anyone that knows me can tell you that I love all things, Disney. As a very girly little girl, I loved princesses. Dressing up as Cinderella for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom is possibly my favorite childhood memory. When my husband and I got engaged there was only once place I could imagine having my bachelorette party, Walt Disney World. Disney World makes a wonderful destination for a bachelorette weekend. There is an abundance of things to do, more restaurants than you can count and if you haven’t been since you’ve been a child, you might be surprised to know there is plenty of nightlife. *This post may contain affiliate links, we will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on these links. All opinions are our own.*
After hours of planning, research and Disney knowledge from many previous trips, my bridesmaids threw me a bachelorette weekend made of magic. Here are my tips and tricks to have a magical bachelorette weekend that you and your friends will remember for a lifetime! Whether you want to bar crawl around the world, a modest family-friendly day at the parks, or (like me) a combination of the two, Disney can be a perfect bachelorette party.
1. Pick An Off Season Weekend
The timing of when you go can make or break your trip. If you have 6 or more ladies, trying to get fast passes, dinner reservations, and even accommodations will be a nightmare if you go during peak season. We went in early fall. Fall is a fantastic time to go, especially if you pair up your trip with the Food & Wine Festival or Halloween. Avoid going during holiday weekends, spring break and summer if you can. MouseSavers.com has a wonderful list of the best and worst times to visit Disney World and other great tips!
2. Stay In A Condo or Suite
Normally, I always stay onsite to use the Disney transportation and amenities. However, if you have a large group, you are going to want some room to spread out. A condo gives you the option to have a kitchen, laundry, and more than one bathroom. This can be a huge money saver, you can get usually get a better rate at a condo and split the cost. Also, having a kitchen allows you to cook breakfast, pack lunches or snacks, and have drinks without paying the price in the parks. HomeAway, AirBnB, and VBRO all have tons of condo options within a 5-minute drive from Disney World.
I suggest renting a car and having one person be responsible for driving, but if you don’t want that option the can split to take taxis, Uber, and some resorts even offer shuttles to Disney. If you can’t live without the luxuries of Disney when you stay onsite, pay extra for larger connecting rooms or a suite. You also have the option to get a condo on site at Disney World. Saratoga Springs is a personal favorite of mine and can be pretty economical when splitting with a group.
3. Plan One Park Day
This can help offset the cost of going to Disney, but you don’t want to pack too much into the weekend either. Spend one night out at Disney Springs, one day in the parks and one pool/chill day. This way you get to spend a good time with your friends as well as going to Disney. Get park hoppers so you can visit more than one park or make the Magic Kingdom or Epcot your only park. The Magic Kingdom has the most rides, but at Epcot, you can eat and drink around the world. We ate at Disney Springs on Friday night, ate around the world on Saturday and cooked dinner in our condo Sunday. This gave us something different every day! Our actual itinerary is at the bottom of the post if you want to copy it.
If you want more park time, arrive early or stay late! I arrived in Florida earlier and stayed after everyone else left with my maid of honor and one other friend. This gave us extra time to do the parks, since we are Annual Pass holders, without having everyone else shell out the extra dough. The rest of the attendees arrived Friday early evening and left late Sunday or first thing Monday morning.
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4. Pack Bachelorette Party Swag
One of the fun parts of a bachelorette is getting to play dress up! At Disney, there are so many groups with matching shirts and bachelorette parties have joined in the fun! There is no limit to the bachelorette swag you can get on Etsy or make your own! My bridesmaids did an amazing job with the swag. Here is a list of the swag we had!
- Personalized Tanks
- Team Bride Buttons
- Temporary Tattoos
- Photo Booth, with props
- Personalized Tumblers
- Drink Tutus
- Bachelorette Sash
- Bridal Mini Ears
- Mini Tiaras
4. Decorate the Rooms
Even though you are at Disney, if you are following our itinerary you will be spending some time in the room. My bridal party decorated the condo with a fun Team Bride theme and we even had a photo wall with props! It was so much fun taking photos before and after going out to the parks and having team bride drinking cups, team bride straws and such for Sunday when we laid low. My bridesmaids even saved all the decorations and brought them to decorate their hotel room at my wedding, which was the room I was going to get ready in.
5. Emergency Kits, Water & Starbucks Will Save You
Give each attendee an emergency kit as a gift with things like pain medicine, band aids, hangover supplies, Gatorade packets, water. This will actually be more like necessities, especially if you plan to drink about the world. Have a least one or two girls take in a bag or small drawstring backpack to have extra supplies during the park day, a water bottle or two & EXTRA CELL POWER CORDS. You can get free cups of the water at any quick service restaurant.
Learn where Starbucks and/or a coffee shop is located in relation to your condo and inside the parks. Stop here first before going to any rides! This will help keep everyone happy early in the morning. Plus the bride might get a special message from a Disney cast member written on her cup if they notice all the swag!
6. Book Restaurants & Fast Passes In Advance
If you have ever gone to Disney, you likely already know that you need to book everything early. This is even more important if you have a large group. We went to Disney Springs on Friday night. Since it’s outside the parks, it can be easier to get reservations for large groups. It’s also great to walk around, shop, or try out different bars. If you are staying offsite, it is free to park at Disney Springs and easy to get a taxi to/from. Epcot restaurants also typically have availability and they are all amazing. I highly recommend eating in Mexico or France. If you can’t get reservations, eat around the world!
Fast Passes go very fast. During high season, fast passes can be gone the first day they are available. For the most popular rides get fast passes as soon as you can. You can always change around fast passes once you have your day mapped out on the MyDisney App easily.
7. Get Everyone a Disney Account and MyDisney App
This goes along with my last point, but the MyDisney App shows wait times, dinner reservations, interactive park maps, park times and more. You can link each one of the people in your group to one person’s account and that person can be designated to control all of the fast passes, reservations, etc. The app drains phone power quick, so you will want to have extra power cords. There are multiple places to charge your phone at Disney, the Rapunzel bathroom in the Magic Kingdom happens to be my go-to.
8. Eating/Drinking Around The World
One of my favorite things to do at Disney World, especially during the Food & Wine Festival, is to eat and/or drink around the world. Here is where your party becomes the bachelorette party! Go here last after a day of park hopping to start the night and party off! Even if you aren’t drinking, you can have a feast and an amazing time. Epcot is host to the World Showcase, which has a pavilion from eleven countries and during Food & Wine food stalls from more. This means you can try different food items and beverages from a host of different countries all in one day! If you plan to drink around the world, it is extremely easy to get too drunk. Don’t eat and drink in EVERY location. Instead, pick a few and have fun. We always start in Mexico on the far left and work our way around to Canada. Here are my favorites by items country:
- Mexico – Tacos / Blood Orange Margarita (Margarita from La Cava del Tequila inside the ruin)
- Norway – School Bread / Viking Shot
- China – Pot Stickers / Plum Wine
- Germany – Pretzel / Warsteiner Dunkel
- Italy – Cannoli / Bellini
- The United States – Funnel Cake / Sam Adams Seasonal
- Japan – Sushi / Sake
- Morocco – Baklava / Casa
- France – Any of the Tartes / Grand Marnier Slushy
- United Kingdom – Chips / Black & Tan
- Canada – Beer Cheese Soup (during Food & Wine) / La Fin du Monde
9. Plan For Transportation Time
It can take a lot longer than you think to get buses, shuttles, walking, waiting, traffic and even getting ready with a large group of woman. Plan ahead and schedule around having an extra wait time. I would suggest you arrange for the early riser in your group to make sure everyone is awake and getting ready over an hour before you are supposed to be somewhere. The last thing you want during a bachelorette party is missing your fast passes, dinner, or arriving late and missing something!
10. Don’t Forget the Dueling Piano Bar
Disney has a hidden secret, well it’s really not a secret, but not enough people know about it. If you have ever stayed on the Disney Boardwalk you are probably well aware there are multiple restaurants, an ESPN Club and a wonderful Dueling Piano Bar, Jellyrolls within a short walk from the Epcot World Showcase gates. The piano bar can be hit or miss, but it’s always a good time on a Saturday night. Slightly overpriced and heavy poured drinks, this bar is your classic dueling piano bar that bachelor and bachelorette parties have always loved. The piano bar is the perfect spot to end a Saturday night during a bachelorette party, The musicians are sure to have your group singing along to your favorite songs at the tops of your lungs. Tip: If you stay until the last song, they may even take a horrible photo with you on stage, like below!
Bachelorette Party Weekend Itinerary
After you get settled in your room, take a thousand pictures and get all dolled up, head to dinner at Bongos Cuban Cafe in Disney Springs. Salsa dancers, bongos, lively music and an amazing Cuban menu makes this a perfect first spot on a Bachelorette Weekend. The salsa dancers may even steal you for a dance or two and make sure to join in the Conga Line! After dinner, head to another bar or some shops, but make sure to get to bed semi-early for the park day!
This is your park day! Purchase Park Hopper tickets and start with a coffee at the Magic Kingdom and get some fast passes for Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, and Buzz Lightyear. After your castle picture and possibly a few more rides head to Hollywood Studios for lunch, Rockin’ Roller Coaster and Tower Of Tower. The Frozen Sing-Along is fun for a group of ladies! For your final park hop head to Epcot to eat and drink around the World Showcase. End the night on the Disney Boardwalk at the Dueling Piano Bar.
Sunday morning, you will likely be tired. Head to the pool after a large delicious brunch. There are tons of brunch options at the Disney resorts or around town. We ate at a random brunch we found offsite and it was delicious! On Disney property, I recommend Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort. They offer both a full menu and a buffet, so your group will have tons of options. After brunch, relax at the pool or resort, make a taco dinner and play bachelorette party games in your room as you reminisce about the fun weekend you’ve had!
If You Plan to Stay and Eat On Disney Property These Are My Favorites!
Fun Disney Resorts
All Star Sports – ask for a room near the surf pool
Caribbean Beach – book a Pirate Room
Coronado Springs – largest Hot Tub, ask for the Casitas section
Port Orleans Riverside – ferry to Disney Springs, ask for a Royal room for a true Princess feel
The Grand Floridian – the very girly and gorgeous hotel with a monorail to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom
Animal Kingdom Lodge – get a Savannah view and see animals outside your window!
Yacht & Beach Club – very beach spa feel and walking distance to Epcot
Saratoga Springs – Spread out with a one bedroom condo or even a treehouses!
Restaurants great for a group
The Plaza Restaurant – Magic Kingdom
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre – Hollywood Studios
La Hacienda de San Angel – Epcot
The Rose & Crown Pub – Epcot
The Hollywood Brown Derby – Hollywood Studios
Bongos Cuban Cafe – Disney Springs
Be Our Guest Restaurant- the Magic Kingdom
Biergarten Restaurant – Epcot
Sanaa – Animal Kingdom Lodge
Tusker House Restaurant – Animal Kingdom
‘Ohana – Polynesian
Le Cellier Steakhouse – Epcot
Cinderella’s Royal Table -Magic Kingdom
Yachtsman Steakhouse – Yacht Club
STK Orlando – Disney Springs