How to Plan Your Senior Trip to Walt Disney World, Part 2, Travel

In my last post I began to show you why Walt Disney World is the perfect spot for your Senior Trip and how to choose the best time to visit. If you missed it you can find it here.

In this installment I’m going to show you……..

How to get to the most magical place on Earth: Flights to Orlando can actually be quite reasonable, you just have to know how to find them. It’s a good time to fly, and I recommend booking as soon as possible to get the best deal.

Some airlines will let you change a flight with a fare change if prices drop. My friend and I booked our flight before our hotels because flying out the dates we chose saved us a substantial amount of money.

Traditionally, flying out on a Tuesday or Wednesday tends to be the cheapest. Sites like Expedia are good for finding flights as it compares airlines. It also gives options to do multiple airports in the area.

Once I find the cheapest fare, I tend to book through the airline website to claim miles. It also tends to be easier to compare dates that way. If there is a “my dates are flexible,” or calendar view of the whole month, use that! My last trip in December I found the best deal flying to Orlando on American via DFW ($80) and flying home on Southwest into DAL ($75). So yes, sometimes you can save money flying two different airlines by booking a one way ticket.

My Senior trip I flew round trip via American for $220 round trip which is a pretty good deal for summer travel. Read into the airline before flying. Spirit Airlines has a $50 carry on fee. It still may be a better deal, but just read into the airline fees before booking.


Flights are traditionally cheaper on Tuesday and Wednesday. I found a roundtrip ticket on Southwest for a mere $88!


If flying and staying at a Disney resort, definitely take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express. The bus takes you straight from the Orlando airport (MCO) to your Disney Resort. If you have checked bags, they’ll deliver them to your hotel room. Best part is it’s free!

I highly recommend staying at a Disney Resort as they are pretty reasonable, safe, close to the parks, and provide free transportation to the parks. I’ll go into more details about the resorts in an upcoming post. You can link it with the Disney site to your reservation before or after you book.

If you did not book via Disney, US and Canadian citizens can call (407) 939-1936. You must be 21 in Florida to rent a car, so that doesn’t really apply to most recent high school graduates. But it is an option if you are of age or have someone older in your party. Expedia and the official car rental websites are a good place to book.

Hitch hiking ghosts

Driving may be best but, “Beware of hitchhiking ghosts!”

Depending on where you live, driving may be a good option. Orlando has an Amtrak station, so consider taking a train as well. I’ve found typically flights are cheaper than trains and are much quicker, but it depends on where you live so take a peek at the fares on Amtrak.com. You can also look for bus fares there are well. Greyhound.com also has good bus fares.

In my next post I’ll tell you about the on site Disney hotels and how you can choose the one best for your celebration!


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Olivia Reed

Olivia, 19,is currently pursuing a Hospitality Management degree in Texas. But over the summer you may find her making magic at Walt Disney World! Some of her Disney favorites include Dinosaur, Dole Whips, UP, and the Polynesian Resort. Follow her on Instagram @oliviarosalindreed and Twitter @orreed.
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