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48 Hours in Disney World

Since I work full-time, I have to make the most of the vacation time that I have. I enjoy taking weekend trips to fit in more travel without having to take time off from work. My most recent weekend trip was to Walt Disney World! I went with a group of 6 other ladies who are also Disney fanatics and were up for a whirlwind weekend in Disney. Obviously, a trip to Disney can be a week or longer since there is so much to see and do there. I will tell you what we did to fit in all 4 parks in 2 days so you can have an idea for your trip if you’re up for the challenge!

We arrived late Thursday night and checked-in to the condo we were staying in. We rented the condo through Airbnb which was pretty cheap since we split it between 7 people.

Day 1

We woke up very early and headed to the Magic Kingdom for a Winnie the Pooh character breakfast. If you make a reservation for an early character breakfast, you get to enter the park before the general public. This makes taking pictures on Main Street and in front of the castle much easier since there aren’t many people there yet!

The character breakfast was delicious and gave us much needed energy for our long day. The characters each make their way around to every table so you can sit, eat, relax and not worry about missing any photo-ops.

After breakfast, we had reserved fast passes and went to ride those rides. Right after breakfast is the best time to ride the more popular rides that you weren’t able to get fast passes for as well. The rides towards the back of the park are less crowded earlier in the day since the crowds haven’t made it to those rides yet. It was a bit of a cooler day when we went so it was great to have ponchos for Splash Mountain. Even with the poncho, if you sit towards the front you will still get wet.

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After riding several more rides in Magic Kingdom, we headed over to Animal Kingdom at 2:00PM. We ate a late lunch in the car on the way there to save on time and money and had snacks with us in the parks.

We rode several rides here and used our fast passes on the Dinosaur ride (a definite crowd-pleaser). The Lion King show was also one of my favorites, it is definitely a must-see! Make sure to leave some time to walk around Animal Kingdom, it is such a beautiful park with many unique parts.

At 7:00PM, we headed back to Magic Kingdom for the Wishes fireworks show. We got dinner to go at the Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland and ate it on the sidewalk while watching the show. After the fireworks, there is a huge rush towards the exit, this is a great time to go back into the park and ride anything you might have missed. We rode Pirates of the Caribbean and only had to wait for about 10 minutes to get on.

Day 2

We got a little bit of a later start today since everyone was pretty exhausted from the day before. We got to Epcot around 9:30AM and headed over to Soarin’ to use our fast passes. I would definitely recommend getting fast passes for Soarin’ since the wait can reach 2 hours pretty quickly. We rode several rides in Epcot and spent some time at the World Showcase. We all had lunch in Paris, grapefruit beer from Germany and wine from Norway.

After the World Showcase, we rode TestTrack then headed over to Hollywood Studios. As soon as we got there, we waited in the single-rider line for the Rockin’ Rollercoaster. Waiting in single-rider lines can significantly cut down your wait time. It is also a fun way to meet new people. I sat with a family from Brazil and got to hear about their trip and get some tips from them! After that, we waited in line for Tower of Terror. I would suggest getting fast passes for these two rides if they are available. We definitely waited the longest for these. We rode a few more rides there and explored a bit.

After dinner, we got seats for Fantasmic. This was probably my favorite part of the trip. Fantasmic was an incredible show with so many characters and special effects. Getting fast passes for Fantasmic is not necessary since the arena is so large and can fit many guests. If you sit further on the right side when you walk in, you can sit closer to the stage. The left side and middle fill up quickly. We also caught the end of the Star Wars light and firework show after Fantasmic. It was a wonderful end to a whirlwind weekend in Disney!

We walked a total of 26 miles over the two days!

Tips for doing Disney in 2 days:
-Make an itinerary before you go. Planning out your rides and times for meals just makes it much easier to ensure you see and do everything you want to in the short amount of time
-Bring 2 pairs of sneakers! After walking all day in the same shoes, you won’t want to wear the same pair the next day, believe me
-Bring your own snacks and water to save on time and money
-Reserve your fast passes as soon as you can, they fill up quickly
-If you want to get the most out of your trip, wake up early and stay up late, you can sleep when you get home!

Have more tips for a great Disney vacation? Let me know here!