Long Weekend in Disney or Early for a Cruise
This weekend trip is focused on Disney's five value hotels, the Art of Animation Resort, Pop Century Resort, or one the three All Star Resorts the Music, Sports & Movies hotels! However, we can also plan romantic trips or luxury trips up to $1000+ a night.
The All Star resorts start at $100 per night and the other two range closer to $200 per night. We also highly recommend the park hopper option for your park tickets, kids will like one park more than the others. With the hopper option you can visit each park as many times as you want.
Why stay at a Disney Resort - Get first access to reserve select shows and attractions up to 60 days before, extra magic hours, complimentary MagicBands, free shuttle to the Disney theme parks and the airport. Book a Magic Your Way vacation package with a dining plan that fits your travel style and budget*.
The All Star resorts typically offer 2+ pools, a kids' playground, an arcade and outdoor movies on select nights, plus a food court and a pizza delivery service*.
4-Day Weekend in Disney for 4
Luxury $5000+ (options)
1-Day at Disney and 3-Day Bahamas Cruise for two !
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Only $1000 for a weekend getaway !
2-Day at Disney and 3-Day Bahamas Cruise for two !
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Only $1250 for a weekend getaway !
Planning in 5 Steps
- Step 1: Pick your date - includes a chart showing the best times to visit Disney World
- Step 2: Choose where to stay - a table of all on-site Disney hotels is included and shows you price range, Yelp rating and transportation to/from all hotels
- Step 3: Make a daily plan - links to charts showing the best and worst parks to visit each day of your trip is included on this step
- Step 4: Pick dining options - includes a link to a restaurant search tool listing all 300+ Disney World dining options
- Step 5: Plan park touring - touring plans for all of the parks are listed on this step
Pick Your Date
The worst times to visit Disney World in 2018:
- First & Second weeks of January
- Last two weeks of February
- Spring Break - March -April
- Weekends in May
- August til school starts
- The week of Thanksgiving
- The week of Christmas through the week of New Year
Disney's Five Value Hotels
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
THE #1 HOTEL VALUE DISNEY HOTEL
Located 3.5 miles from Epcot, this colorful animation-themed resort is a 6-minute drive from Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Bright rooms and suites feature decor inspired by Disney movies, plus free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges. Suites have kitchenettes and 2 bathrooms. Room service is available.
There's a free shuttle to the Disney theme parks and the airport. The resort offers 3 pools (including 1 with underwater speakers which play music), a kids' playground, an arcade and nightly outdoor movies, plus a food court and a pizza delivery service. Childcare services, locker rentals and 24-hour laundry facilities are available (surcharge).
Disney's Pop Century Resort
THE #2 HOTEL VALUE DISNEY HOTEL
Experience the unforgettable fads of the 1950s through the 1990s all over again. From yo-yos and Play-Doh® to Rubik's Cube® and rollerblades, this Resort hotel salutes the timeless fashions, catch phrases, toys and dances that captivated the world through the decades.
Immerse yourself in the spirit of the 1960's at the sprawling Hippy Dippy Pool, which features flower-shaped water jets. For the little ones, a kiddie pool area with a pop-jet water fountain is located nearby. Two more pools, the smaller 1950's Bowling Pool and the 1990's Computer Pool, are also on hand for Guests looking to take the pop-culture plunge.
There's a free shuttle to the Disney theme parks and the airport. The resort offers 3 pools, a kids' playground, an arcade and outdoor movies on select nights, plus a food court and a pizza delivery service. Childcare services, locker rentals and 24-hour laundry facilities are available (surcharge).
All Star Resorts by Disney
The All Star Resorts are typically the cheapest way to stay on-property at Walt Disney World, which many guests like because it allows them to take advantage of on-property perks. As you will read in this review, this comes with some trade-offs, but we are generally in favor of All Star Music, so long as you have reasonable expectations for it and are comfortable with what you're getting-or aren't getting.
Here is a great review by disneytouristblog.com. This is a review of the All Star Music Resort, but basically applies to all three of the All Star Resorts by Disney since they are pretty much identical with different themes.
Disney's All Star Music Resort is a value hotel in Walt Disney World that is one of three All Star hotels, along with Sports and Movies. This review features room photos, observations about the hotel, and who might prefer staying here during their Walt Disney World vacation. Music generally seems to us like the least popular of these (based upon our highly unscientific observations), and is also quieter as it generally sees fewer groups (this doesn't mean it sees no groups).
Read more here.
Make a Daily Plan
There are 4 major parks, 2 water parks plus many other activities that you could choose. Let's start with how many days you should plan to spend in each park.
All families vary and this is just a suggestion. For instance, families with younger children and only 4 days in the parks might want to do 2 days in the Magic Kingdom & 2 days for the other three parks
It's also a great idea to have 1 day out of the parks for every 4 days in the park. Arrange it however it makes sense for your family.
Pick Dining Options
For any table service restaurants you want to eat at, make the reservations as soon as you can (up to 6 months in advance). You can make reservations online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
You'll see a screenshot below of the Restaurant Search at DisneyFoodBlog.com. Search by price level, Disney Dining Plan acceptance, recommended restaurants, etc.
Everything is listed there!
Plan Your Park Tours
People who plan their park touring wait in fewer lines and get to ride many more rides than those who don't.
Here are some strategies for getting the most out of your time in the parks.
Use FastPass+ it lets you reserve access to select attractions, entertainment and more. With the purchase of a ticket or Annual Pass, you can start making selections as early as 30 days before you arrive, or up to 60 days before check-in when you have a Walt Disney World Resort hotel reservation.
Plan the first part of the day fairly strictly and then be more flexible the rest of the day. Most people sleep in because they are on vacation, but you can get more done in the first hour than the rest of the day. During the hottest times of year, getting out early is also fantastic for taking advantage of milder temps. It also helps avoid the busiest, hottest time of the day in the parks.
Arrive before the parks open, use Extra Magic Hours (EMH) are extended them park hours available to Disney resort guests. On certain days of the week, guests can enter a park one hour earlier or stay in a park up to two hours later than normal park operating hours.
Consider taking a mid-day break after lunch and then returning to the parks in the evening. This helps keep people from getting warn out and cranky.