The Ul­ti­mate WDW Bach­e­lorette Party

SEND HER OFF IN DIS­NEY STYLE!

WDW Magazine - - Content - BY COURT­NEY VIC­TOR RUSS

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.

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