The Ultimate WDW Bachelorette Party
SEND HER OFF IN DISNEY STYLE!
When my sister, Sloane got engaged a few months back and asked me to be her Matron of Honor, I was particularly excited for the bachelorette party being that I didn’t have one myself and have actually never even been to one.
I was thinking that she’d want somewhere crazy like Vegas or South Beach, but after learning of all the Hidden Mickeys she intends to incorporate into her wedding, it should’ve come as no surprise that there was only one place Sloane saw as the perfect spot for the celebration: Walt Disney World.
Being quite the social butterfly, she couldn’t narrow down the choices for her wedding party—ultimately ending up with twelve bridesmaids and groomsmen. Thus this wouldn’t be the planning for any old bachelorette party; this would be one huge party including the twelve bridesmaids, plus a few additional friends to makeup a party of around fifteen people.
Over the past few years I have assumed the role of Official WDW Trip Planner among my family and friends. Thus being the resident WDW “expert,” I knew that this bachelorette celebration would have to be nothing short of spectacular. They are expecting me to DELIVER.
So I started to brainstorm…
THE ULTIMATE WDW BACHELORETTE SCAVENGER HUNT
If you’ve ever visited WDW with three or more people, you understand that it is next to impossible to get everyone on the same page. This person wants to do the thrill rides, that person hates roller coasters, this person doesn’t want to get wet, and so on and so forth. I knew that trying to corral fifteen girls for four days would be a challenge, to say the least. So I came up with a solution:
What is the one thing that almost every bachelorette party has in common regardless of location? Scavenger hunts!
A Little Friendly Competition To Start the Day…
I decided to divide everyone up into five teams of three. Being there for four days gave us the option of doing one park per day. Each morning we will all head to the park together but once we get there, separate into our teams to complete as much of the scavenger hunt as possible and then meet up again for lunch.
This way, if people didn’t want to get up in the morning, they would only be missing out on the scavenger hunt and still be able to do to the rides with everyone in the afternoon. Flexibility is key.
All of our Fastpass+ reservations will be made for the afternoon and evening, so after we finish the group lunch we will head to each of our Fastpass+ attractions and to experience together. (Everyone is welcome—and encouraged—to continue the scavenger hunt throughout the entirety of our trip.)
Once I decided that the scavenger hunt would be the main focus of the trip, I worked the rest of the planning around it.
TICKET OPTIONS: THE PARK HOPPER IS THE DRAMA STOPPER
Whenever I visit WDW, I always go with the Park Hopper option. I have found (especially with larger groups) that visiting more than one park a day keeps everyone happier, more engaged, and all-around excited throughout the trip. It also helps to ensure that there is a break in the day, which is an absolute necessity with large parties, giving everyone some alone time and a chance to regroup.
LODGING: CUT OUT THE DELUXE RESORTS
With all of the awesome perks that guests get when staying on-property, there was no doubt that that’s what we’d be staying. But with a group this large I was looking for a more budget friendly choice (and we all know how pricey WDW Resorts can get!), so I cut down my search to just Disney’s Moderate (starting at $166/night) and Value Resorts (starting at $89/night).
After visiting the website, I realized that max number of guests you could input was 9 adults and decided to give Disney Resort Reservations a call at (407) 939-5277. I explained the situation and the Cast Member on the other line worked with me to find the best date/hotel options for Sloane’s magical bachelorette celebration!
Together we narrowed it down to three options:
-3 Standard View Rooms (5 adults/room) at Disney’s Caribbean Beach (Moderate Resort) -3 Standard View Rooms (5 adults/room) at Disney’s Port Orleans — Riverside (Moderate Resort) -3 Family Suites (6 adults/suite) at Disney’s Art of Animation (Value Resort)
I had the Cast Member look up the prices for each of the above hotel options for three different weekends at the end of January and beginning of February. I knew that we definitely needed 4 days in the parks to ensure that a group our size would get the full Disney experience! All of the weekends we looked up consisted of us checking-in early Thursday morning and out Monday morning (4 Days and 4 Nights).
The prices had little variation between the different dates, so I looked up the Projected Crowds for each on Dad’s Guide to WDW to help with the decision.