Planning the Perfect Bachelorette Trip — Disney Edition
The Drunkest of Them All take the Bibidi Bobidi Bride to Disney
If you're like us, you have reached the stage where it is physically impossible to scroll through Instagram without seeing an engagement, wedding, or baby announcement. And if there's anything us gals at Wishes and Wayfinding know, it’s how to plan the perfect Walt Disney World girls trip. Here’s a list of tips, tricks, and ideas to plan a Disney Bachelorette trip.
Tip #1 On-Property vs. Off-Property
Weddings are already extremely expensive and a big financial responsibility for your bridal party as well. Discuss options and budgets for the bachelorette trip/party with all attending members to ensure everyone will be able to go. Now, of course, we always advocate for staying on property but know that those resorts are more expensive.
If the trip is solely to visit Disney, we recommend staying on property. It allows for the convenience of never having to leave Disney property for the parks, transportation, food, drinks, entertainment, etc. Pop Century is a great resort that is a step-up from the All-Star resorts but still in the lower price range.
If the trip is also going to include nights out in Orlando or beach trips, a hotel or resort off-property in a central location might be a better fit. Calculate the budget of adding in transportation fees when looking at the numbers. Side note: we recommend Uber over Lyft when traveling to and from the parks.
Tip #2 Bride Tribe Gear
If there’s ever going to be an appropriate time to dress in matching shirts and ears, this is it. Many Etsy shop owners offer customizable Disney bachelorette attire. Try picking your bridesmaids’ shirts to match the colors of the wedding and the bride’s white. Ears with the corresponding colors will complete the look! If you’re looking for something less obnoxious or unique, try matching Magic Bands, sunglasses, fanny packs, scrunchies, hats, sashes, pins, or temporary tattoos.
Tip #3 Dinner for a Princess
While there are plenty of restaurants and places to celebrate in the park, we recommend booking a sit-down meal outside the park to get away from the crowds and focus on the bride! California Grill, located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, offers a stunning view of Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon. This is a more-expensive restaurant, but amongst the delicious food, breath-taking views, and the opportunity to see MK’s firework show from above, it is worth the expense.
Tip #4 Extra Magic Fun
Add in games and activities while at the parks to make it an extra special trip! For example, create a photo challenge. Give each person a list of pictures and a timeframe to meet back and tally the points or create a list to do together as a group. The list could look like: take a selfie with a character, take a picture of a fish, take a picture of a jewel bigger than the one on the bride’s ring, get advice for the bride from a princess, take a selfie on a ride, take a group picture in front of the castle, or make a wish at the wishing well.
Tip #5 Bill Splitting
Create a Splitwise for your trip. Splitwise takes splitting bills to a whole new level of easy. Have everyone download the app, create an account, and join the group. Everyone is able to add in the expenses that they paid for and the app balances it for you. At the end of the trip, all you have to do is “settle-up” via Venmo and everything is accounted for.
Tip #6 Park Packing List
Provide everyone with a packing list. If the bride chose to go to Disney, most likely she is a Disney fan and has gone before. There may be someone who has never been and doesn’t know what they’ll need. Make it easier for them by sending out a packing list and itinerary including everything they will need for the parks, shoes, types of outfits, any matching items they already have, toiletries, etc.
Tip #7 Pool Day
If you stay in a Disney resort, spend a day by the pool and hot tubs and take advantage of the pool-side bars! Most resorts have multiple pools and resort-themed beverages.