Itinerary – Walt Disney World

I’m going to announce this right from the start, I adore Disney World. It is one of my absolute favorite places to visit…there’s something about being there that makes it easy to get wrapped up in the fantasy and leave reality behind. And it’s all my parents fault. When I was growing up, they pulled me out of school every two or three years for a trip to Disney (don’t worry, I always had to ask my teachers for the lessons I’d miss and still had to do the homework). They’ve since become even bigger fans than me, moving up to Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members and Annual Passholders!

At this point, it’s been close to three years since my last visit, so needless to say I’m ridiculously excited about my upcoming trip in November!! It is officially only one month until I’ll be meeting my parents there for a long weekend. Here are our touring plans:


Day 1

  • Take an evening flight from Philadelphia to Orlando.
    • Jay is graciously picking me up at work, driving me down to Philly, and dropping me off so I don’t have to leave my car there.
    • The Disney Magical Express will pick me up at the Orlando airport and drive me to the Animal Kingdom Lodge where we’re staying.
  • Barring any flight delays, we might head to Downtown Disney for some late-night shopping and snacking
  • Stay: Animal Kingdom Lodge
    Located within the Walt Disney World Complex



Day 2

  • Epcot


  • Fast Passes
    • Spaceship Earth
    • Soarin
    • Mission Space
  • Late lunch at Via Napoli in Italy. This spot features authentic Italian pizzas and offers a 15% discount for DVC members.
  • Snack our way through the Food & Wine Festival!

Day 3

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Fast Passes
    • Splash Mountain
    • Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Dinner at Boma (in the Animal Kingdom Lodge). Boma is an African buffet that offers a 10% discount for DVC members.


Day 4

  • Hollywood Studios
  • Fast Passes
    • Toy Story Mania
    • Tower of Terror
    • Frozen Sing-a-long (My dad picked this, not even joking)
  • Lunch at Big River Grille located on the Boardwalk. This is a sports bar type restaurant within walking distance of Hollywood Studios and offers a 10% discount for DVC members.

Day 5

  • Magic Kingdom


  • Fast Passes
    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    • Enchanted Tales with Belle
    • Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train
  • Lunch – Whispering Canyon Cafe in the Wilderness Lodge. This home-style cafe serving southern favorites offers a 10% discount for DVC members.

Day 6

  • Animal Kingdom


  • Fast Passes
    • Dinosaur
    • Expedition Everest
    • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • Late evening flight home on Jet Blue 🙁

Estimated Trip Costs

Flight PHL to MCO (Southwest)                            $73
Flight MCO to PHL (Jet Blue)                                 $178
Disney 5 day ticket                                                   $298
Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge                             Free (parents used DVC points)
Airport Parking                                                         Free (Jay’s dropping me off)
Transportation: Airport to/from Hotel                Free (Disney Magical Express)
Meals (Est. $50 / day)                                               $250
Total                                                                    $799



  1. Wow, sounds like a great trip, so glad we are going along! I like how you blamed us for your love of Disney, we are awful parents, tee hee!

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