We did it, you guys. We went to Disney World without our boys. This time it was to celebrate our 3-year wedding anniversary. Brian and I weren’t able to go on our honeymoon in March of 2020 because of covid. We decided that we needed to do something fun for our anniversary and my husband came up with the bright idea of just us going to Disney World.
Disney World Trip for Adults
We both love Disney World and this was our second time going there. We only went for 3 full days. So if you are looking to do either a solo trip or go with your partner. This post may be helpful. Cause I am going to share with you what we did in the 3 days and if we should’ve added maybe an extra day. I’m going to be extremely honest about the cost of our trip because I think it’s helpful for those who are on a budget or want to go for a little less.
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Here’s what our itinerary looked like for our trip:
- Day 1: Arrived in Orlando at 10:30 pm. We took the Mears Connect shuttle which was $15 for each of us. We stayed at the All-Stars Music Resort.
- Day 2: Epcot
- Day 3: Magic Kingdom + Mickey’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party
- Day 4: Hollywood Studios + Park Hop to Animal Kingdom
- Day 5: Check out. We took Sunshine Flyer Shuttle which was $16 for each of us.
For our 4-day trip, this is what we paid for. We get our rooms + park tickets + park hopper as part of their Disney+ subscription promo. We got 25% off.
- All-Star Music Resort – $1876.48 (this is including travel insurance + park tickets + park hopper tickets)
- Mickey’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party Tickets (Event) – $296.08
- Food + Drinks Budget $800. We spent: $542.10
- Genie+ & Individual Lightening Lane Budget $200. We spent: $157.66
- Shuttles – $64
- Shopping – $309.28
Are there benefits of staying at a Disney Resort?
Yes! You have access to their transportation to get to and from the parks and you’re able to get early entry (by 30 mins).
Do they have affordable resorts?
Yes, they do. Their value resort hotels are the ones you will want to stay at for a more affordable option. We’ve only stayed at Pop Century Resort and All-Star Music Resort. We do plan to continue to use the value resorts because that’s what fits in our budget as adults and when we have our boys.
Please keep in mind you’re able to book your trip a year in advance giving you plenty of time to pay off the package.
What is Genie+ & Lightening Lane? You get to skip the long wait time and scheduled ride times. Ex: With the Genie+ service we were able to book 2 rides that are included in the Genie+ like Haunted Mansion for 10:30 am and Splash Mountain for 11:00. You get 1 hour window time to show up and skip the long wait time. Once you’re done with that ride you’re able to select another ride for a lightning lane. It is $15 per person per day. It’s so worth it.
For some rides that require virtual queues like Guardian’s of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind or Star Wars Rise of the Resistance, you will have to pay a little extra to get the individual lightning lane. The cost can range from $7-20 per person + tax.
What rides do you have to pay extra for Individual LL?
- Magic Kingdom: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Hollywood Studios: Star Wars Rise of the Resistance
- Animal Kingdom: Avatar Flight of Passage
- Epcot: Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind
What would we have done differently?
Skip the park hopper. We thought we could fit in Animal Kingdom on our last day but some of our rides at Hollywood Studios we couldn’t get on until later in the afternoon because when you have Genie+ those rides get booked up fast. You basically take whatever time is available.
We would have definitely added an extra day so we would’ve done 4 park days instead of 3 park days. Cause not going to lie I am a little bummed we had to skip out on Animal Kingdom.
Definitely buying snacks to pack in our backpacks so we could save a little extra money for snacks throughout the day. And also buying water bottles by the case. We will never drink water from Orlando, it’s nasty. We learned we could use Insta-Cart to have groceries delivered to your hotel.
What are the best rides for adults?
Magic Kingdom: Splash Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Big Thunder Railroad, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Ranger Spin, and Haunted Mansion
Epcot: Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind, Test Track, Ratatouille, and Soarin’.
Animal Kingdom: Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest, and Kali River Rides
Hollywood Studios: Star Wars Rise of the Resistance, Slinky Dogs, Tower of Terror, and Rockin’ Rollercoaster