Last week, I spent five days in Orlando with one of my best friends, three of which were spent reliving our childhood dreams exploring Walt Disney World. This was my first visit to Florida and although we were hoping for more cooperative weather, the rain meant shorter lines and more ride time - our trip overall was a very successful one. Here is an overview of our adult trip to Disney (without kids and with lots of flexibility), as well as observations and tips for future Disney World visitors.
We had reserved our trip via Reserve Orlando and purchased a package which included the 3-Day Magic Your Way pass for Disney (one park per day) and the 2-Park 2-Day pass at Universal, as well as our hotel stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista (with complimentary shuttle service to/from each park daily and access to each area via the monorail). We planned to take Uber to/from the airport and the shuttle bus to/from the theme parks for convenience and to save some money on transportation. Most of our in advance research focused on Disney (since we both had never been there), while Universal, with my friend having been there 10+ years previous, took on more of a go-with-the-flow approach.
Day by Day:
Day 1 (Dec. 19) – Arrival in Epcot at approximately 1:30pm
Weather: Rain showers/heavy rain with partial sun and clouds throughout afternoon/evening
Day 2 (Dec. 20) – Full day at Magic Kingdom (unexpected early closure at 6:00pm due to ticketed event)
Weather: Heavy rain with flooding and tornado warning throughout day
Day 3 (Dec. 21) – Full day at Hollywood Studios
Weather: Rain showers with partial sun and clouds throughout morning/afternoon, clear sky into the evening
Overall Observations and Tips:
Blogs and Research Resources:
Disney Deciphered: Disney Vacation Planning (Spotify Podcast)
I’m working my way through life in Canada and traveling when I can afford to explore beyond the border. Sharing my tips, trips, opinions and rants on life and travel in the meantime.