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The Budget Diva is heading to Disney World in just a few weeks. This article provides a good example of trip planning for your Disney vacation.
Here is her Disney countdown that she made:
Pre Trip Report:
Day 1-drive 6 hours to our halfway point and stop and check in to our hotel (we learned after driving straight last year that it is best for our family to have a break from the 12 hour drive)
Day 2-check out of hotel by 9 am and head to Orlando, Florida! Check in to hotel around 3 o’clock. Unpack and head to Downtown Disney for dinner at Wolfgang Puck Express. We just love Wolfgang Puck Express and look forward to eating there again.
Day 3-Hollywood Studio’s! No ADR’s this day as we want to just enjoy the day with no schedule. We will pack lunches in a cooler. Our kids love Hollywood Studio’s, specifically Disney Jr. Live and the Muppet show. A cupcake from Starring Rolls is on my ‘must eat’ list 🙂
Day 4-Breakfast at Kona Café at the Polynesian Resort. Can not wait to try some Tonga toast! Head to Epcot after breakfast. Lunch will consist of the many delicious samplings from the Flower & Garden booths! Cannot wait to try to a spiced Dole Whip or two or three. Haha. While my children head back to the hotel for nap time  I plan to stay at Epcot and enjoy the Flower & Garden special presentations, topiaries and shops. I am getting excited just thinking about it!
Day 5-Magic Kingdom! We will be heading directly to Fantasyland. My oldest absolutely loves Ariel and can not wait to meet her in person. We are hoping to eat lunch at Be Our Guest (might have the husband wait in line while we ride some rides). After spending the day riding as many rides as possible we have dinner reservations at Tony’s Town Square.
Day 6-Pool Day! Spending the day relaxing, sleeping in and renting a cabana by the pool. While the kids nap I am going to the Grand Floridian’s newly renovated spa, Senses, for a massage. We are going to cook dinner in our room this night (we have a full kitchen). Might head to Downtown Disney for dessert at Ghirardelli and some shopping.
Day 7-Magic Kingdom! We are going to enjoy the day and have lunch at Casey’s Corner. After the kids nap we will cook dinner in our hotel room and then head back to the park for a late night. We plan to stay for our very first Electrical Parade and Wishes fireworks.
Day 8-Magic Kingdom! Planning to dress the kids with their swimsuits underneath their clothes so that they can play in the water area’s and get wet. We will have a break and return to our hotel in the afternoon. Then we will drive to the Polynesian for dinner at O’hana! This is our first time to eat here, can’t wait to try it out after hearing so many wonderful reviews! Returning to hotel after dinner to pack 🙁
Day 9-Check out of our hotel and head back home to Virginia. Goodbye Disney World 🙁