I was sitting in my high school government class talking with my friend last March and we were chatting:
“Hey girl we should totally go to Disney World sometime.”
“Yeah we should. Hey, let’s go this summer as a senior trip!”
A week later we booked a room at All-Star Music and two months later were on a flight to Orlando! A super spontaneous idea became a reality, and it was a blast.
It may seem overwhelming as a teenager to plan a vacation without adults, but it was actually a breeze and Disney is the perfect destination for a senior trip.
I’m here to help guide you through the process, and please comment with any questions you have.
First Step, How to Choose travel Dates: For most senior trips, people typically travel after graduation. I highly recommend going as soon as you can after the graduation ceremony, as the parks get significantly busier in late June and July.
My travel dates were Wednesday June 10th to Tuesday the 16th. The main factor for us was when we could find the cheapest airfare. We stayed six nights, spending four and a half days at Disney and one at Universal.
It was a good length, but I wish we spent one of the Disney days at Universal as you really need two days to see all of Universal. If you aren’t interested in Universal, I’d personally stay five nights. Lay out how much time you want to spend in each park and other offerings at the resort.
My trip was laid out like this:
Wednesday June 10th- Arrival and EPCOT
Thursday June 11th- Universal Orlando Resort
Friday June 12th- Pool Afternoon & Magic Kingdom Night
Saturday June 13th- Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios
Sunday June 14th- Animal Kingdom & EPCOT
Monday June 15th- Magic Kingdom
Tuesday June 16th- Departure
Our schedule worked out fairly well. If I were to change anything, I’d allot a full day to EPCOT, two at Universal, and two evenings at Magic Kingdom.
We made sure we had time to relax by chilling at the hotel or chatting with friends at a quick service spot for a long lunch. It really helped us not got burnt out with the long, hot, Florida summer days.
By booking FastPass+ 60 days in advance we obtained the ride times we desired. This allowed us to save time by not waiting in line unnecessarily. We usually chose morning ride times.
Tip: Personally, I find Magic Kingdom a lot more enjoyable at night during the summer. It’s a lot less hot and less crowded. Plus the castle and Main Street truly dazzle with lights illuminating.
Many summer nights it’s opened until 1am so you can play at another park in the morning/afternoon, take a refresher with a nap, and then finish off the day at Magic Kingdom.
On my trip, the park was so quiet at 2am my party had our own boat on Jungle Cruise!
If you don’t want to travel right after graduation, there are better times to go. But, the summer wasn’t awful and we had a blast.
Keep cool, plan ahead, and pace yourself well. For summer, try to travel early June or late August if possible. If you are planning to travel later in the year, crowds tend to be lower as long as it’s not near a holiday, weekend, or school break.
Typically resort rates are cheaper too compared to the summer. There are many helpful Walt Disney World crowd calendars online to help give an estimate of crowds. I personally recommend yourfirstvisit’s crowd calendar. http://yourfirstvisit.net/disney-crowd-calendar/
In my next post I’ll show you how to get to the most magical place on Earth!
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