Calling all brides and bridesmaids: If a bachelorette party at the Most Magical Place on Earth is in your future, you've come to the right place. Yes, we're talking about getting down with Mickey and Minnie Mouse to plan a Disney World bachelorette party fit for a fairytale.
Disneyland in California may be the OG, but Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is much more expansive. Spread out across four theme parks and other attractions, this Disney vacation can feel a little overwhelming. But with our guidance, you'll be well on your way to an amazing bachelorette bash.
One thing we can't stress enough: Plan well in advance. Hotels and resorts fill up early, and in the COVID era, restaurant reservations have become a must in many instances too. Once you confirm that you and your girls are going to be rockin' those mouse ears, get to booking!
What to See and Do at Walt Disney World Resort
The first step to organizing a Disney World bachelorette party is to get the lay of the land and map out what your bridal party wants to hit up.
The core attractions at Disney World center around four parks. Each has its own vibe and offers up something unique for all types of BACH babes.
Here are some of the most popular attractions that are sure to entertain both newbies and avid Disney fans. We’ll help you focus on the best rides at each land and also discover other parts of the resort that will round out the Disney World bachelorette party experience for your bridal party.
When you think of Disney, Magic Kingdom is probably what comes to mind — especially Cinderella Castle in all its glory. This park is further divided into the following lands: Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Main Street, U.S.A., and Liberty Square. You and the besties should head here if you want a classic experience that really leans into the Disney princess aesthetic.
Don't miss: Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Mad Tea Party
Like Magic Kingdom, Epcot is also divided into subsections: Future World and the World Showcase. Though it doesn't have some of the bells and whistles of other parks, it makes up for it in culture — read: food and bev, particularly of the alcoholic variety.
Don't miss: The World Showcase features recreations of 11 countries and plenty of outlets to sample their booze to boot. A self-guided bar crawl to drinking around the world is a must-do; think of it as a bachelorette party passport. As a bonus, if your visit coincides with the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (typically mid-summer to late fall), then you'll have even more options to get your fill.
Add a little movie magic to your Disney World bachelorette party with a stop at this blockbuster-heavy park. It's home to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, one of the newest Disney World features. In addition to thrill rides, check the schedule for some fun shows and entertainment.
Don't miss: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Take a walk on the wild side in this park that provides a great look at a variety of exotic animals, from lions and tigers to gorillas and giraffes. There's also an area dedicated to Pandora of "Avatar" fame, as well as one for dino-centric fun.
Don't miss: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Avatar Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, Kali River Rapids
Make a Splash
Central Florida isn't exactly known for cool weather, so if you need to beat the heat with the gals for an afternoon, add one of the two Disney water theme parks to your itinerary: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. If you don't want to deal with the logistics of getting to another park, most of the on-property resorts have pretty fabulous pools, some even with cabana rentals.
Formerly known as Downtown Disney, this is where to head for the nightlife aspect of a Disney World bachelorette party. There are literally dozens of restaurants, bars, live music venues, shops, and other attractions that make up this hub of activity, so it's the perfect place to play in the evening.
A little more low-key than Disney Springs, the BoardWalk is a quarter-mile promenade that will make you feel like you're strolling Coney Island or Atlantic City. It's close to Epcot and also has plenty of dining and entertainment options to choose from.
Light Up the Night
An unforgettable way to cap off a bachelorette party at Disney World is by catching one of the brilliant fireworks shows. These tend to change throughout the year, but the Disney Enchantment and Harmonious extravaganzas commemorate Walt Disney World Resort's 50th anniversary. Or, book a fireworks cruise to get a view from the water — there's even one that includes dessert and fireworks-themed adult beverages!
Disney World Bachelorette Party Accommodations
There are a lot of options out there when it comes to places to stay in Orlando. Airbnb might be tempting, but you have to factor in the hassle of transportation to and from the parks and the time it will take.
We recommend staying on the property at one of the Disney hotels or resorts to maximize your time and take advantage of free transportation. Plus, lots of them offer villas that are ideal if you're rolling with a big crew for this girls trip. Here are a few picks in different areas:
Stay close to the heart of Disney World to give the bride-to-be a quintessential send-off before her happily ever after.
- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: You'll be one monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom and can even get a view of evening fireworks from this Victorian-style property.
- Polynesian Village Resort: Transport your BACH group to the South Pacific at this lush oasis that boasts overwater bungalows — well worth the splurge.
- Contemporary Resort/Bay Lake Tower: This pair of modern sister properties is walking distance to the Magic Kingdom's main gate.
If you base yourself around the BoardWalk and Epcot, you also won't be too far from Hollywood Studios and can hop on the Skyliner aerial gondola to get there.
- Yacht Club Resort: Walking distance from Epcot, this lakeside hotel has New England vibes and shares a huge outdoor water recreation area with the next-door Beach Club Resort.
- BoardWalk Inn: A carnival-themed pool with a waterslide, state-of-the-art fitness center, and close proximity to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios are the draw here.
- Swan Hotel/Dolphin Hotel: Another set of hotels, you'll find a luxurious spa at the Dolphin and delicious dining at the Swan.
If you want to be near the nightlife action, picking a hotel near Disney Springs makes sense and will mean a shorter ride home after a night on the town.
- Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: With rooms ranging from deluxe studios sleeping four up to three-bedroom villas that can accommodate 12 adults, there's an option for any size group.
- Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter: If you have a smaller party or want to get a couple regular rooms instead of a large suite or villa, this is a great choice for a bachelorette trip that won't break the bank.
Where to Dine and Drink During a Disney Bachelorette Bash
Figuring out where to go for food and bevvies is a huge part of bachelorette party planning. In typical Disney fashion there is truly something for everyone, from counter-service spots that are great for lunch on the go, to fine dining and cocktail lounges.
Sit down with the squad for a memorable dining experience and to fuel up before a fun night of bachelorette shenanigans. Just remember: Reservations should be high up on your to-do list before the trip.
- La Hacienda de San Angel (Epcot): Nosh on the fresh chips and salsa, sip handcrafted margaritas, and savor dishes like shrimp tacos and carne asada.
- California Grill (Contemporary Resort): Take in the amazing panoramic views of Seven Seas Lagoon from this 15th-floor restaurant, which is a great pick for a fancier dinner.
- Be Our Guest (Magic Kingdom): Channel your inner Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" for a French-inspired meal in an enchanting setting.
- The BOATHOUSE (Disney Springs): Enjoy a seafood lunch or dinner on the water and watch vintage land-sea vessels drive straight into the water.
- Teppan Edo (Epcot): Gather the girls for a Japanese dining experience that doubles as a show as chefs prepare your food right at the table.
Raise a Glass
Get the party started as you celebrate the bride-to-be at one of the many hotspots around Walt Disney World.
- AbracadaBar (BoardWalk): Magic is on the menu at this sophisticated lounge that has an air of mystery about it.
- The Edison (Disney Springs): Check out the lineup of live acts and hit the dance floor in this sprawling steampunk-inspired restaurant and bar.
- La Cava del Tequila (Epcot): Head south of the border to Mexico in the World Showcase for their famous tequila flights.
- Trader Sam's Grog Grotto (Polynesian Resort): Set sail with tiki specialties like the HippopotoMai-Tai or the Polynesian Pearl.
- Wine Bar George (Disney Springs): Enjoy your vino by the glass, bottle, or ounce paired with a charcuterie board.
Tips and Tricks to Save Time
Nobody likes wasting time, especially during a bachelorette party. If you want to maximize your weekend and get the most out of your park ticket, it'll take the use of the following strategic tips.
You can purchase a standard ticket for each day, but you'll only be allowed to go to one park. By upgrading to a Park Hopper pass, you can visit additional parks after 2 p.m. on the same day. Just be aware that you have to make reservations for the park of your choice each day (only the first park of the day for Park Hopper passes).
Lighten your load and streamline things like park entry, paying for food, unlocking your hotel room, and more using different tools available. MagicBands are bracelets that are popular with Disney fans and in the past they've been given to those staying at Disney resorts for free. You can still purchase one in advance of your trip or use one from a prior visit, but hotel guests can also get the same functionality with a free Key to the World card.
Another option is the Disney MagicMobile pass via the My Disney Experience app. This operates similarly and allows you to link your park tickets and payment methods through a smartphone, even if you're not staying on the property.
Staying at a Disney resort property may come with the perk of getting a little extra time in the theme parks. Check the calendar to see if you're eligible for Early Theme Park Entry or Extended Evening Theme Park Hours, depending on where you're staying and if it's being offered at that time.
FastPasses — which allowed you to reserve times on certain rides — are a familiar part of Disney-goers' vocab, but they've been phased out and replaced with a new digital service called Disney Genie.
Accessed through the My Disney Experience app, a free version will assist you with a personalized itinerary based on your interests, while Disney Genie+ is available for purchase at a flat price per day. You can use this service to select next-available times to arrive at different attractions and speed up your wait using the Lightning Lane.
Disney World Bachelorette Party Photo Ops
After you've spent so much time carefully planning the best bachelorette weekend, you want to make sure that you capture all the best moments and have cute pics to share. Pick out some matching mouse ears, custom shirts on Etsy, and other Mickey-approved swag, and you'll be ready for a close-up.
There are photographers stationed across the resort, ready and waiting to snap some pro pics for you. This is especially helpful for large groups that don't want to flag someone down to take their picture each time.
You'll be able to preview all the photos taken with PhotoPass and then choose which ones you want to purchase for download. If you want to get them all, pay for Memory Maker's one-day or full-trip option for access to everything. Either way, the pictures can be linked to your MagicBand, a PhotoPass card, park ticket, and the Disney MagicMobile pass.
Can't-Miss Photo Spots
Here are some of the best places to take your Disney World bachelorette party pics:
- Cinderella Castle: No Disney bride should pass up this iconic shot in Magic Kingdom.
- Walls of Disney: These colorful, Instagram-approved walls make for great backdrops.
- Morocco Pavilion: Soak up the vibes of Marrakech in Epcot, from tiled archways to fountains.
- Tree of Life: Strike a pose in front of this 145-foot giant in the Animal Kingdom.
- Spaceship Earth: The geodesic sphere at Epcot is a futuristic photo subject.
- Sunset Boulevard: Snap away among the palm trees and stars of Hollywood Studios.
- Disney Magic Shots: PhotoPass photographers can add special effects and favorite characters to the shots they take of you.
Disney: Part of Your Bachelorette World
If there's one takeaway here, it's that there's so much to see and do during a Disney World bachelorette party, but it definitely takes some advance planning. The payoff from that hard work is a celebration worthy of a Disney princess that the bride-to-be and her besties will never forget.
If you're the maid of honor taking charge of the bachelorette plans, get an assist from the BACH app to stay organized and in communication with the group. Plus, you can split expenses and take polls about which Disney World attractions to prioritize during the weekend.