“Walt Sisney Trip”
I’m throwing it back to my sister & I’s “Walt Sisney Trip”. Yes, you read that correctly. We’re weird, we know. Before I get into it I’ll link my sister’s blog of our trip here.
My sister, Emily, and I took this trip in September of 2018 during the first week of fall semester. On our itinerary we planned to hit Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Food& Wine Festival, & Toy Story Land as it had just opened.
As a college student, I was obviously balling on a budget so I’ll break down the logistics of prices and where we cut costs. The biggest help for this trip was my sister & I did not pay for our villa at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. Our parents were about to sell their Disney Vacation Club membership and let us use the rest of their points (thanks mom & dad). Typically a night at the Boardwalk is more on the expensive side compared to other Disney resorts.
Flights: $200 (ORH-MCO, Jet Blue)
Transportation: Free when you stay at a Disney Resort- Disney’s Magical Express
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Ticket: $89
Park Hopper Ticket: 1 day pass $185
Rough Total: $700
My recommendation for saving on lodging while still having access to Disney pools and transportation is staying at a Disney All-Star Resort. My advice for students or someone on a budget is buying your flights first and then spacing out buying park tickets as the park fares do not fluctuate like flight prices. Lodging fare will also be lower in September as occupancy rates drop when most family’s with kids start school and lack vacation time.
Now, the fun stuff!
We arrived in Orlando, FL on Wednesday night and left to return home Sunday morning so we had 3 full days to enjoy all we could. Our first full day, Thursday, we grabbed breakfast at the bakery and walked the loop to the Yacht Club & the Beach Club. We then spent most of the day laying by the pool. At night we went to Disney Springs and of course got Earl of Sandwich for dinner. Every trip we stop at Earl of Sandwich it is literally to die for and the line is always out the door.
Friday was the second day of our trip and we headed over to Magic Kingdom around 2 for my first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. When you buy a ticket for MNSSHP you are able to get into the park for the later half of the day, that is of course if you didn’t purchase a whole day pass. Honestly this was my favorite day of the trip! The party started off collecting a goody bag (lol) and then treats are handed out throughout the park, basically trick-or-treating. We then watched the Not So Spooky Spectacular while enjoying Maleficent cones. The spectacular ended in perimeter fireworks and we finished the night with the Boo to You parade.
Our third and final day started off with walking over to Hollywood Studios and ended at Epcot. The Boardwalk is perfectly located in between Hollywood Studios and Epcot so we were able to walk to both parks. We got to Hollywood studios super early and the line was already extremely long because everyone was trying to get into the new Toy Story Land. We then waited in line for about 1 hour for the Slinky Dog Dash, walked around and then headed over to Epcot. Food and Wine Festival was going on but I sadly was not 21 yet so I enjoyed the food part. Of course we hit my favorite rides Soarin’ and Frozen Ever After. After our walk around the world showcase we headed back to the Boardwalk and sat on the lawn to enjoy ice cream.
For the time and money spent on the trip, Emily & I got the most out of it! We keep talking about more “Sisney Trips” in the future (we’re so lame). For anyone looking to have the most fun in a few quick days at Disney, I highly recommend going in September to attend these two celebrations. I also recommend going with your big sis ❤