Casual Disney Trip Guide

Hello all!

If you followed my Instagram a few weeks ago, you probably saw that I was at Disney World for one of my best childhood friend’s bachelorette parties! We really only had one full day at Disney to enjoy two parks (park hopping is limited during COVID, so you can only park hop after 2pm), but we definitely made the most of it! Our main spots were Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Disney Springs.

It was actually my first time back at Disney World since my high school senior year spring break trip in 2013, so this was long overdue. After spending time there, it made me really want to go back and visit for a few more days. I’d love to return for some of my favorites – Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. I was also so incredibly grateful we were able to go to Disney during the 50th anniversary celebrations – this was on my bucket list for a few years now!

The group overall was a very chill crowd – we wanted to check out the Food & Wine Festival happening at Epcot, embrace the 50th anniversary celebrations, and go on some low key rides (we’re not big roller coaster people). I’m excited to share how we did our chill, but productive day at Disney – we fit 8 rides/attractions into one day!

Day 1: Disney Springs

I arrived in the late afternoon to our hotel, the All-Star Movies Resort. Normally my family has stayed in Disney at the Swan or Dolphin hotels, so it was fun to see the different options around the parks. There’s also a free bus service that takes you right from the resort to any of the parks, so it’s incredibly convenient!

I took the bus to Disney Springs, where I met up with the rest of the group and we strolled around the area. There are a ton of fun shops, including the Lego Store with incredible sculptures, and the official World of Disney Store where you can snag a ton of really cool merch – especially 50th anniversary swag!

For dinner, we ate at Frontera Cocina, which had delicious Mexican food! I highly recommend the Frida Margarita as a fun drink treat!

Day 2: Hollywood Studios and Epcot

We woke up bright and early to head to Hollywood Studios. Here’s our schedule:

  • Beeline for Joffrey’s Coffee for some lattes and donuts – they also have fun seasonal drinks!
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – SUCH a cute ride that was the perfect way to kick off our time at Disney! It’s done in the new-vintage style that’s so cute and nostalgic!
  • Head to Toy Story Land and ride the Toy Story Mania – a fun target shooting game featuring your favorite movie characters!
  • Back at main Hollywood Studios, watch the Muppet*Vision 3-D show for some laughs!
  • Grab lunch at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano and relax in the shaded seating area.
  • Visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (hopefully spot Rey) and ride the Star Tours ride.
  • Head to Epcot via the Disney Skyliner Gondolas to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival that happens every fall.
  • Grab some snacks as you stroll around – Mickey pretzels are a personal fave!
  • Head to The Land building and check out the Living with the Land ride to learn more about Disney’s sustainability programs or ride Soarin’ to fly around the world for a ton of new experiences!
  • Head to the iconic Epcot ball to ride the breathtaking Spaceship Earth – it’s also a great ride to cool down from the heat. It’s also a great opportunity to take pictures by the Epcot ball!
  • Head to the Norway Pavilion to ride Frozen Ever After ride.
  • Stroll around and snag some theme park apparel from one of the many gift shops – I grabbed some Food & Wine Festival pins!
  • Check out the Japan Pavilion for the my personal favorite gift shop in Epcot – it has so many cool things!
  • Head to the Spanish Pavilion for a wine flight tasting.
  • Stop by the Morocco Pavilion for some henna and delicious food.
  • Visit the French Pavilion for some great rose and champagne – and maybe spot Belle!
  • Dinner at Chefs de France – where you MUST have the French martini and the ratatouille (and not just because of the movie) – it was possibly the best thing on the menu!
  • Swing by the Mexico Pavilion to ride the Gran Fiesta Tour – it will soon be turned into a Coco ride – I love that it’s actually inside of one of my favorite Epcot restaurants!
  • Take the free bus back to the hotel after a long day!

Day 3: Relax at the Resort

  • Snacks to eat: Mickey waffles for breakfast and the Mickey ice cream
  • Check out by 11am, but they will hold your luggage at the front until you leave.
  • Lounge by the All-Star Movies pool and enjoy the sunshine before heading out to your plane.
  • It’s about a 35 minute taxi/uber ride without traffic to Orlando Airport.

I hope this inspires you to relive your childhood by taking a chill trip to Disney World for a long weekend – it’s definitely worth it!

XOXO

Parisa

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