How I Do It: The Disney Itinerary

      Confession: I didn’t create this itinerary, the hubs planned the Fast Passes (skipping to the front of lines, three rides each day), and the restaurant reservations, but other than that, once we arrived at the each park, we winged it each day.  We had the BEST trip, and did not want to leave on Saturday!  We did miss the boys, but would rather have had them come to us, rather than us travel back to them.  The weather couldn’t have been better, and thankfully it was warmer here upon our return, but now snow is in the forecast this week…  Seriously though, we couldn’t have asked for a better time!  So many memories, that we’ll savor forever!

Checked in to Wilderness Lodge at 2pm.
Took girls to the pool (they loved the slide!)
Took boat to Fort Wilderness for the Hoop-De-Doo Musical Review* (we loved this, but if you go, go early in the trip because the cheese factor is pretty high)
Watched Magic Kingdom fireworks from docks at Fort Wilderness
Boat ride back to Wilderness Lodge

Monday – Magic Kingdom
Boat service wasn’t running in the AM due to fog.
Took bus to Magic Kingdom
Saw Minnie Mouse after entering the park and took pictures
Walked up Main Street and through Cinderella’s Castle
Met Fairy Godmother
It’s a Small World Ride
Rode Carousel in Fantasyland
Peter Pan’s Flight (Fast Pass)
Ariel’s Under the Sea Adventure (Fast Pass)
Watched magician spin plates on the street
Lunch at Pinnochio Haus
Belle’s Storytime Adventure
Mad Tea Party (the teacups)
Purchased sunglasses for girls
Tomorrowland People Mover
Met Stitch (from Lilo & Stitch)
Tomorrowland Speedway (Fast Pass)
Rode boat back to Wilderness Lodge
Arcade at Wilderness Lodge
Cocktails near pool
Dinner at Whispering Canyon* (at Wilderness Lodge)

Tuesday – EPCOT
Road bus to EPCOT
Spaceship Earth (the ride inside the big ball)
Journey into the Imagination (they’re discontinuing this ride soon)
Turtle Talk w/ Crush
The Seas with Nemo (Fast Pass)
Circle of Life Movie
Soarin’ (Fast Pass)
Met Snow White in Germany
Lunch at the Biergarten* (danced with the polka band)
Walked through World Showcase
Met Pluto at base of the ball
Rode Monorail and took boat back (should’ve just ridden the bus from EPCOT, but girls enjoyed getting to ride the monorail)
Pool time
Dinner at the Roaring Fork

Wednesday – Magic Kingdom again
Watched Opening Ceremony before park gates opened
Thunder Mountain Railroad
Pirates of the Caribbean
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Enchanted Tiki Room
Dole Whip Snack
Tinkerbell’s Nook (Met Rosetta and Tinkerbell)
Jungle Cruise (Fast Pass)
Princess Fairy Tale (Met Aurora and Cinderella)
Lunch at Be Our Guest
Princess Fairy Tale (Met Rapunzel and Snow White) (Fast Pass)
Carousel in Fantasyland again (per E’s request)
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Fast Pass)
Mad Tea Party again (per W’s request)
Town Square Theater (Met Mickey – he talks too, very interactive)
Purchased pink Disney Ears for the girls, and got their names embroidered on them
WDW Railroad around Magic Kingdom (rode around 1 1/2 times, for a little break)
Pete’s Silly Side Show (Met Donald, Daisy, Minnie, Goofy)
Ariel’s Grotto (Met Ariel)
Astro Orbiter
Dinner at Crystal Palace* (Met Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore)
Watched performance in front of Cinderella’s Castle
Rode boat home

Thursday – Hollywood Studio
Bus to Park
Met Chip and Dale
Great American Movie Ride
The Little Mermaid Show
Met Jake and Sophia the First
Lunch at Hollywood and Vine* (Met Jake, Sophia, Handy Manny, Doc McStuffins)
Toy Story Midway (Fast Pass)
Met Green Army Man from Toy Story
Indiana Jones Stunt Show
Disney Jr. Live on Stage
Rode bus home
Short break at home
Rode bus to Downtown Disney
Dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s Chef’s Kitchen
Girls were coronated as princesses at toy store (given certificates)
Rode bus home

Friday – EPCOT again
Breakfast at Roaring Fork
Bus to Downtown Disney
Watched Frozen at AMC (it was raining)
Bus to EPCOT via other resort
Spaceship Earth again (per the girls’ request)
Mission Space/Seas with Nemo again (Fast Pass for both)
Ate at Mexican Cantina
Boat ride in Mexico
Test Track (Fast Pass)
Walked around World Showcase
Watched Off Kilter Band in Canada
Met Alice in Wonderland in England
Dinner at Akershus Palace* (Met Belle, Ariel, Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella)
Rode Maelstrom
Saw Anna and Elsa from Frozen (line was cut-off before we could get their autographs – there’s always next time!)
Fireworks at EPCOT
Bus back home
Watched Water Parade from beach at Wilderness Lodge

Breakfast at Roaring Fork

* = made reservations in advance

       Planning a Disney trip can be overwhelming, but there are plenty of resources available to help.   We reached out to Ginger McKinney at TMC (The Mouse Connection) Travel to help book our reservations, explain the various packages and options offered by Disney, and offer advice on everything from what to take with us to the parks each day to which rides to Fast Pass.  She did a great job of breaking the planning of the trip down to manageable and prioritized pieces and we found ourselves more excited than overwhelmed as the trip approached.  Like any other trip, you can certainly plan it on your own, but having the expertise of someone aware of which resorts were conducting renovations, the monorail downtimes due to maintenance during our stay, how to evaluate and maximize the meal plan, etc. was very valuable.  Thanks so much, Ginger, for all of your help!
Be sure and tell Ginger, Sweet Southern Prep sent you!
“Maximize the magic with our free planning services!”

Thanks again for following along with me last week, via the blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
I had so much fun sharing our Disney experience with you!  I’ll be back on Wednesday, to share more photos of our trip!

Hope y’all have a great start to your week!
Back to school for the girls today!

7 thoughts on “How I Do It: The Disney Itinerary

  1. WOW! That was quite a post and I cannot wait for more pictures! Planning a Disney trip does seem way too overwhelming (and I used to go yearly growing up – so I feel like I'm cheating my kids a bit 🙂 ). You make it sound a lot easier than may Disney goers!

  2. Loved your recap and enjoyed the daily Insta pics! Makes me miss Disney and we were just there in December. There's nothing like the happiest place on earth!

  3. Hey there! Sounds like you had a PERFECT time (minus the boys, of course!)
    We have been 3 x with our daughter (starting at age 2) and this sounds like our itenerary last year… planning another trip in october, and will def keep this handy to keep it all straight!
    didn't you just LOVE Belle's castle? It is def my princesses' favorite!
    stay warm …. im in boston and this winter has been full of snow. dreaming of our fla vaca — thanks for sharing yours!

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