Going on a Disney Girls Trip was the experience of a lifetime! Spoiler alert: Walt Disney World Resort isn’t just for kids! With the help of an experienced Disney travel planner (whom you can hire at no extra cost to you), I am sharing where to stay, what to do, and what to eat during your girls-only trip to Walt Disney World. Plus, download a free Disney World Planner you can use for your next Disney adventure!
Why You Should Put a Disney Girls Trip on Your Travel Bucket List.
Going to Disney World with kids is magical but it’s can be a lot of effort on Mom’s part! Believe me, I still have a blast but most of my energy goes towards making the kids are fed, entertained and on track with our travels which leaves little time for me to actually enjoy the trip. Let’s face it – Sometimes a family vacation is more work for parents.
However, visiting Disney World with adults only is a completely different experience. Make it a girls’ trip and you are in for the time of your life. You worry about one person only – yourself! You can ride the rides when you want, enjoy dining options your kids may not enjoy and so much more!
This trip also gave me a chance to think of how I would plan a Disney trip with my family. Of course, I missed my family – I am not completely shielded from Mom Guilt.
Gather your girlfriends and get your Disney girls trip t-shirts ready! It’s time to experience Disney World through a different lens!
The Ultimate Disney World Girls Trip Guide
How long should you visit Disney for a Girls Trip?
We stayed at Disney World for three nights and four days, leaving the Dallas area on a Wednesday morning (the earliest flight) and arriving back to Texas on a Saturday evening. This time frame gave us ample time to enjoy our Disney vacation.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the beautiful Coronado Springs Resort located near Animal Kingdom. This moderate hotel offers a beautiful lakeside oasis, eateries, and a gorgeous pool with a waterslide.
The architecture inside the resort is stunning and inspired by Spanish, Mexican, and Southwest American cultures. We chose this resort because of its feel and sophistication. Given that we haven’t really traveled as much (thanks, pandemic) we spoiled ourselves when it came to our accommodations. There are plenty of places to stay in Disney depending on your budget, transportation wants, and needs.
Walt Disney World Parks
We had three park dates and did not buy a park hopper ticket. A park hopper ticket allows guests to visit multiple parks in one day. Perhaps if we stayed longer we could’ve found this option useful but there was plenty for us to do at each park to last us all day. Here’s what our park schedule looked like:
- Wednesday – Epcot
- Thursday – Hollywood Studios
- Friday – Magic Kingdom
We went to Epcot first because of our afternoon arrival. At this time, Epcot was open until 10 pm. (Please check park hours before arriving as they are constantly being updated). Visiting Epcot with adults only is such a different experience. We were able to taste more food, explore the grounds, and sample tasty adult beverages.
Taste of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Visiting Epcot during this springtime event was so much fun! The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is happening through July 5.
There were gorgeous topiaries, gardens, and living sculptures of Disney characters throughout the park.
We enjoyed a variety of dishes, desserts, and drinks from around the world. It was fun to sample so many different flavors. My favorites included sweet corn spoon bread, La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy, DOLE Whip topped with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, and avocado toast.
My Favorite Epcot Attractions
Soarin’ Around the World, Frozen Ever After, and Test Track. See all Epcot attractions here.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios will always be at the top of my list when visiting Walt Disney World. There’s so much to do and explore!
My favorite Disney’s Hollywood Studios attractions
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was phenomenal and you don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to acknowledge that – ask my friend who has never watched a Star Wars movie but was excited for me to experience this Star Wars adventure. We rode Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Due to my motion sickness, Smugglers Run wasn’t as enjoyable for me as the Rise of the Resistance but I still highly recommend riding it for the scenery alone.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is unlike any amusement park attraction I have ever experienced. It’s hard to explain, but it’s immersive and exciting!
Tip: Boarding groups are required for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. With limited capacity to the parks, it is more challenging than in the past to get a boarding group. You will need the My Disney Experience app to join a boarding group to be part of the virtual queue. Make sure the app is updated, all family and friends are listed in your app and you have the fastest wifi available. There are two boarding times, 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. All three of us got ready two minutes before the 7 a.m. boarding time and one of us was able to join the queue with us attached. Once it’s your boarding group’s turn, you will be assigned a one hour window to arrive at the attraction’s entrance.
There are plenty of fun attractions in Hollywood Studios. My favorites are the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Slinky Dog Dash, and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
A Disney girls trip is not complete without a visit (or two) to Magic Kingdom. We arrived early to hit up all the major attractions, shopped and went back to the hotel for a break, and came back to experience the park at nighttime. There’s nothing like seeing the castle at night. It’s stunning!
My Favorite Magic Kingdom Attractions
There are so many to choose from! My favorites are Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, and Haunted Mansion.
Is the Disney Memory Maker worth it for a Girls trip?
Absolutely. Especially, if you can split the expense among the group. Everyone can get in the shots, they provide creative shots and you can get unlimited digital downloads.
It’s extremely convenient as professionally-trained PhotoPass photographers are located throughout Walt Disney World Resort. Another bonus: on-ride photos and video clips are included. You can use these photos on social media or get them printed!
At the time of our visit, masks were required to stay on during photos, but now the Disney mask policy has changed allowing guests to remove their masks when standing away from others in a photo area. This policy may also help you make a decision on whether or not you want to budget for this expense. (Please check with Disney directly as these policies could change without notice).
There are three prices for Memory Makers:
- One day pass – $69
- Memory Maker – Advance Purchase $169
- Memory Maker – $199
Since we were kid-free, we wanted to make the most of our dining experiences. Our travel agent aka my best friend made us advance reservations. It’s highly recommended to make reservations far in advance given they go fast since there is limited capacity right now! When we wanted to grab a quick bite at the parks we used the mobile ordering options.
French and Italian cuisine with spectacular rooftop views
For lunch at Hollywood Studios we dined at a star-studded restaurant called The Hollywood Brown Derby. The upscale atmosphere harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood. I highly recommend the famous Cobb salad, a recipe created by Bob Cobb, owner of the historic California Brown Derby.
Located on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, California Grill delivers Californian cuisine and exquisite panoramic views of the shimmering lagoon, Floridian woodland, and Cinderella Castle. This Disney dining restaurant was my favorite! We enjoyed a variety of dishes including the braised beef short rib wontons that highly praised before we ordered.
We also shared the the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli and California Combination Roll. Our wait staff surprised us with a delicious cake and a keepsake I will cherish forever (Our trip was close to my birthday).
Another advantage of staying at a Disney resort is having the option to relax at the resort’s heated pools. Your body and feet will thank you! We were only able to enjoy the hotel pool for a few hours, but it was a nice change of pace during our busy trip.
World of Disney
World of Disney is home to the world’s largest collection of Disney Merchandise – a must visit before you head back home.
We headed to The Boathouse for waterfront dining! This restaurant has something for everyone. I enjoyed the Main Style Lobster roll, but I will admit the macaroni was underwhelming. Stick to the truffle fries!
More Disney World Girls Trip Ideas
There’s nothing I would’ve changed about our Disney Girls’ Trip except for adding one more day if I had the time. With more time and budget, I would’ve entertained these options:
- Visiting Animal Kingdom – I’ve never seen Pandora – The World of Avatar!
- A resort day to relax at the pool
- Exploring Disney Springs longer
Ways to Save Money during a Disney Girls Trip
- Hire a travel agent to get you the best deals on tickets and resort reservations. Your travel agent can keep an eye out for the best promotions that are released throughout the year.
- Buy base tickets instead of park hopper tickets.
- Use a credit card that allows you to earn points to use on free flights.
- Bring your own snacks/food inside the parks to save money on food.
- Choose restaurants that are budget-friendly like quick-service dining.
- Stay off-site outside of Walt Disney World resorts.
The Benefits of Hiring a Disney Travel Agent
Are you overwhelmed simply thinking of booking a Disney girls’ trip? Hiring a Disney Travel agent might be your answer. I am a Disney rookie and even I have so much to learn. Girls Trips are supposed to be fun and stress-free so leave the planning to a Disney expert. You can be as hands-on or hands-off as you like. Deciding if you want to book with an agent is personal. If you go often to Disney and are an expert yourself, it may not be a service you need. Here are some pros of hiring a Disney travel agent:
- Travel agents save you time with their expert knowledge. They worry about the details so you can just show up and enjoy the experience.
- Travel agents can find you the best prices and deals.
- They help with dining reservations.
- Disney travel agents earn a commission from Disney and are completely free to use.
- Disney travel experts are your advocate and there for you before and during your trip should you need assistance.
(Disclaimer: I am not being sponsored by my Disney travel agent, but she does such a great job that I always recommend her services).
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