When it comes to planning your final fling before the ring, an Orlando bachelorette party should be high on your list for one major reason: Disney World. While the happiest place on earth is often thought of as a family destination, you might be surprised to discover a different side of Disney that’s anything but childish—can you say, Monorail bar crawl?! Plus, whether you stick to the theme parks or spend your time exploring greater Orlando, your Florida getaway is guaranteed to deliver sun, fun, and endless memories with the ladies you love.
Armed with a few simple tips and tricks, planning your Disney bachelorette party can be a surprisingly enjoyable experience without a hint of stress in sight. Grab your group’s matching Minnie Mouse swagger and let’s get started.
What to Do
No Orlando bachelorette party is complete without a group trip to Disney, and with the property’s four main theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom) you’ll have plenty of options to keep your crew busy. Of course, when you aren’t taking in all the theme park thrills, stroll through Disney Springs which offers awesome outdoor shopping, restaurants, bars, and live entertainment.
Aim to book off-season, which typically falls from mid-November to mid-February (minus over the holidays) and early May or September. Not only will you encounter fewer crowds at the parks, but your resort is less likely to be packed with kiddos splashing in the pool.
Also, make sure to designate a go-to planner in your group who makes sure reservations are set well in advance, books those Fast Past tickets or MagicBands, and organizes an itinerary for your time in the parks.
Don’t forget that Orlando isn’t limited to Disney World, and is also home to amazing hot-spots like Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Discovery Cove. Whether you choose to spend your day swimming with dolphins or geeking out over The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you’ll find endless entertainment options for every single day of your Orlando bachelorette party.
If shopping is a must on your agenda, check out The Florida Mall which houses every big name store under the sun—from Zara to Macy’s, and so many more. Take your time trying clothes with the support of your closest friends, and be sure to break for a bite at their endless dining options. And when in doubt, always include some time post-shopping to relax and hang by the pool with your girls.
Where to Eat
If you’re sticking on the Disney property, don’t fret over the dining situation. Theme park food often gets a bad rap, but Disney World offers some top-notch restaurants to please any foodie in your bridal squad. Picks like Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming and The Boathouse deliver top-rated eats and, believe it or not, Disney serves up alcohol in almost every park so you can get your drink on any time of day.
For a little international flavor, make your way to Epcot where you’ll find eats and drinks from around the world. You’ll love the German beer garden, Biergarten Restaurant, the famous tequila flights at La Cava del Tequila, and the charming little wine cellar, Tutto Gusto, with over 200 different varieties of vino to sip.
Feeling a little rambunctious during your Disney bachelorette party? Hop a ride on the unofficial “Monorail Bar Crawl,” which will take your group to the various Disney resorts, each featuring must-try drinks at their on-site bars and restaurants. During your booze-laden adventures, you’ll hit the Contemporary Resort, the Polynesian Village Resort, and the Grand Floridian, which each have their own unique vibe. The best part? The Monorail will ensure you have safe transportation between your destinations without the cost of cabs across the city all night long.
When you’re ready to escape the parks and experience Orlando’s dining scene, snag a reservation at some of the cities top establishments like The Stubborn Mule, which serves up amazing food alongside a killer cocktail bar. Pop over during their daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. and enjoy a fun take the restaurant’s namesake with their “signature mules,” including fig and berry or strawberry mint. Or, if you’re looking for some nightlife fun during your Orlando bachelorette party, ICEBAR ORLANDO and AERO Rooftop Bar & Lounge are two spots not to miss. Either of these hot spots will ensure you’ll have tales to tell from your girl night on the town.
Where to Stay
Hotel rooms can feel cramped, but the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort offers 3-bedroom villas so all your ladies can stay together with plenty of room to relax. Elevated 10-feet off the ground and surrounded by a lush forest, their treehouses will be all your childhood dreams come to life.
There’s no doubt the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney is a bit of a splurge, but you can count on being treated like Disney royalty with the accommodations to match. When you’re not hanging at the pool, you and your girls will also love spending an afternoon at their on-site spa, with skin, hair, and nail professionals ready to pamper. Just take one look at the resort photos, and you’ll be convinced to treat yo’ self to this luxury experience during your Disney bachelorette party.
If SeaWorld is a major part of your itinerary, the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando is an excellent option. Not only will you be a set a stone throw away from the park, but you’ll have access to two outdoor pools, including a poolside bar and lounge to take your leisurely girl time up a notch. As a bonus, guests of the hotel can use the complimentary shuttle with service to Universal Studios, Aquatica, and of course, SeaWorld.
Featuring two pools, on-site dining, and a tranquil spa, you can’t go wrong with a stay at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Set right in the city yet outside the theme park busyness, you’ll get the best of both worlds for your Orlando bachelorette party on a totally doable budget.