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5 Reasons Why We Love Weekend Trips to Walt Disney World

 

By Paula K

Most Walt Disney World vacations take time. Since there are four theme parks, two water parks, and plenty of other activities to keep people busy, many guests choose to spend a week or longer. Have you ever thought about a shorter trip to Walt Disney World? How about just two nights? Walt Disney World is a great weekend destination. Here are five reasons why.

5. A Chance to Try New Experiences

If you have been to Walt Disney World several times you probably have some things that you experience each time that you visit. It could be that you hit Big Thunder Mountain Railroad first thing each trip, you always make a reservation at Hollywood Brown Derby, and you have a favorite spot from which to watch IllumiNations. Since you won’t be able to get everything done in a shorter trip, change up your normal routine. Make a reservation for Flying Fish for Friday evening, then walk over to the bridge near the International Gateway Entrance to Epcot to watch IllumiNations from there. You won’t need a theme park ticket for that, and you’ll have enjoyed both a signature meal and parts of the nightly show. The next day ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the evening, there is a different feel after dark. Ride the rides and watch the shows that you normally skip over. You just might find a new favorite.

4. Skip the Parks

There is much more to Walt Disney World than the theme parks, but in a typical vacation most of that is ignored. You have park tickets and you don’t want to waste a moment. For a weekend getaway, don’t even buy theme park tickets. Spend your time at the resort pool, no matter what time of year you are there. Resort hop, ride a horse, explore Disney Springs, or go water skiing. Don’t forget your meals, the resort restaurants offer some of the finest dining that you will find in Central Florida. If you think you’ll miss the characters, make a reservation for a character meal or two outside of the parks. You will be surprised by how much fun you can have at Walt Disney World without stepping foot in one of the parks.

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3. No Pressure

A typical Walt Disney World vacation is filled with pressure. You want to cram in as much as possible, and you return home exhausted. You want to see and do it all. If you plan a weekend trip, a lot of that pressure is removed, because you will know before you leave home that you won’t be able to do it all. You can instead concentrate on your must-dos and on your favorites, or on experiencing new things. You will be surprised by how much more relaxing Walt Disney World can be when the feeling that you have to do everything is gone.

2. Magic Kingdom Day!

A typical American weekend is Friday evening through Sunday night. Given that you will have to spend part of that time traveling, you might only end up with one full day in the theme parks. Make it a Magic Kingdom day! Plan to max out the park, be there from open to close. Take advantage of FastPass+ so that you will be able to hit as many rides and attractions as possible. Make the reservations for early in the day, and after you’ve used all three you can add more one by one. You still won’t be able to do everything, but it could end up being the best day of your life. You can hit the other parks on your next full vacation, or plan three more weekend getaways so that you can do the same thing for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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1. Because It’s Walt Disney World!

What better reason is there to plan a weekend getaway to Walt Disney World than because it’s Disney? Once you pass under the welcome sign, the child in you will be allowed to come out. It doesn’t matter if you skip the theme parks, hit all four, explore the resorts, shop at Disney Springs, or do something else, you will be at Walt Disney World. That is all that matters.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.