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If you follow me on Instagram @livingthekeptlife, you know we just spent four glorious days at Disney World. I would consider myself somewhat a Disney-Pro as this was my 13th trip to see the mouse, however we were traveling with several who were visiting Magic Kingdom for the second time and Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios for the first. Here was the plan I set up for us.
Day One: Flight & Arrival
Disney World is just a little over a hour flight on Allegiant (our preferred flight) which lands you about a hour away from the park. Typically we can get a flight for under $100 a person, which really makes it worth it. Once we arrived we rented a car, but have also taken a taxi or pre-arranged Disney transportation on previous trips.
Once there, we checked into our hotel, Hilton Buena Vista Palace located at Disney Springs. I had booked dinner at T-Rex for later in the evening which gave us time to get settled in and head to Disney Springs for a little shopping/exploring.
Day Two: Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios
Luckily, Animal Kingdom had magic hours in the morning so we headed there first. You want to visit the animals of a morning because that seems to be when they are the most active. We arrived at 8AM to take full advantage of magic hours and headed straight to the Safari. The Safari didn’t disappoint. Lions, Giraffes, & Hippos were just a few of the animals we were able to catch wondering around their home.
From the safari, we headed to hit a few rides: Dinosaur, Expedition Everest & the Na’vi River Journey before catching “It’s Tough to be a Bug”. Avatar Flight of Passage is another great ride in Animal Kingdom, however, the line was LONG and we decided to skip it this time and head to lunch. For lunch, we grabbed some quick service BBQ before heading over to Hollywood Studios via the Disney transportation buses.
Hollywood Studios (formally known as MGM) has several MUST SEE shows, two of which we used Fast Passes for: Indiana Jones & Beauty and the Beast Live. The perk in using a fast pass for these is getting a great seat. For both shows, we were able to grab seats in the center and a good height to see the shows in all their glory. Both shows are held in their own outdoor arena which are shaded pretty well with giant fans over the seats in Indiana Jones.
A Frozen Sing-Along & Voyage of the Little Mermaid are indoor shows we watched to cool off and re-energize. Our last FAST PASS went to an indoor ride, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which never disappoints. I highly recommend grabbing a fast pass for it if you can. Finally, make sure you ride Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land & The Tower of Terror (if you dare). Seriously, they are both great rides….DO IT.
If you manage to stay in the park until dark, make sure you check out “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular”. We weren’t able to catch it this time, however saw it back in the summer. It was AMAZING and I’m not even a Star Wars fan. If you are traveling with a Star Wars fan, you’ll probably want to check out the Star Wars stage and some of the events that go on there. You never know when you will run into some storm troopers.
Day Three: Magic Kingdom
Before I get into our day I want to say two things:
1. Magic Kingdom, to me, is true Disney. You want to go there.
2. I would swap day three and day four if possible.
Magic Kingdom is my favorite park. The feeling when you first walk down Main Street USA and see Cinderella’s Castle is indescribable. Make sure you stop to grab a couple photos. You should allow an entire day in Magic Kingdom, hands down.
Our Fast Passes were for Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Peter Pan. Peter Pan had just re-opened from a remodel and it looked great! I might be a little biased though, because it is one of my favorite rides. If you can get a Fast Pass to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, grab it, however, if you are like us and don’t book way in advance, they seem to be hard to come by.
Other Must Rides include: Winnie the Pooh, Pirates of the Caribbean, “It’s a Small World”, Under the Sea (Little Mermaid), Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, & Barnstomer. Basically, ride everything and then rest up inside Mickey’s PhilharMagic. We hit quick service meal for lunch at Pinocchio Village. If you are looking for a sit down meal check out: The Jungle Navigation Company or Be Our Guest Restaurant, two of my absolute fav.
I grabbed a snack I’d never had before, a Dole Whip Float from Aloha Isle. I must admit I had never tried any of the Dole Whip items at Disney before this trip and I’ve been missing out. Don’t be like me, get one. It was delicious.
For dinner, we decide to head back into Disney Springs and grab some pizza at Blaze’s. If you decide to stay in Magic Kingdom, I recommend grabbing dinner at an indoor restaurant and watching the Wishes Fireworks.
Day Four: Pool
Again, I would swap days three and four, but on day four we headed to the pool for a day of relaxation. The pool is one of the reasons we stay at Hilton Buena Vista Palace. We love the heated pool and heated lazy river.
After a day of relaxation, we ate dinner at the Rainforest Cafe in Disney Springs.
Day Five: Fly Home