Welcome to another Disney blog! If you haven’t noticed, I love visiting Disney. And lucky for me, I have a friend that loves it just as much. Caitlin is also great at putting together itineraries, so I thought I’d share our 7-day itinerary along with some tips to help you plan your next trip to Disney World. If you haven’t checked out our previous Disney posts, make sure you do so. We tried to do many different things to make this blog different from the last ones.
When it comes to planning out your Disney trip, doing things in advance is the key. The whole “last-minute planning” thing won’t fly when putting together the ultimate Disney itinerary. Our trip was planned and paid for five months in advance. This will give you time to snag the fast passes, and reasonable rates on flights, hotels, and reservations at almost any restaurant. You’ll want all the stress of planning and trying to book reservations to be taken care of before heading on your trip. We always use My Disney Experience on the app to organize fast passes and reservations.
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⭕️ Flight: CLT-MCO (6:30 am – 8:23 am (because we booked our flights so early, they were only $100 roundtrip. We decided to pay extra to check in a bag, but if you’re going for a short period of time, I would just bring a carryon.)
MAGICAL EXPRESS DISNEY WORLD
⭕️ Magical Express to Caribbean Beach Resort (30-45minutes) If you’re staying in a Disney Resort, use the Magical Express to get to your resort. It’s a free shuttle, but you’ll still have to make a reservation.
⭕️11:30 AM – Check into Caribbean Beach Resort (this is an excellent resort if you want to spend some downtime by the pool)
CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORT WALT DISNEY WORLD
-When you’re checking into the hotel, make sure you pick up your magic band and connect your card to it if you haven’t already done so. The magic bands are the best thing ever because you can use them to pay for everything at Disney. I didn’t carry my credit card with me at all. The bands will have your fast passes and park passes attached to them. The magic bands are the things you see us scanning in the vlogs.
⭕️ Leave bags with guest relations, grab a snack, and head to ESPN to pick up race packets.
-Transportation at Disney is never stressful. You’ll be able to hop on a shuttle from your resort to any of the parks. If you don’t have time to wait on a shuttle, you can snag an Uber or Lyft anytime. Google maps will help you select the fastest busses around the parks. So if we wanted to take a shuttle to the breakfast spots. Google would have told us which “park” bus to take and from the park, and we would take the resort’s bus to the resort. This would have taken close to an hour, but it would have saved us $10.
**if you’re there for a race**
-We headed straight to the ESPN Wide World of Sports to pick up Caitlin’s race packets and walk around the expo. It’s good to get this done before it gets too busy and it’s the perfect way to pass a little time while you’re waiting for your room to be ready.
⭕️ 3:30 PM – Head to the hotel room, change into cooler clothes and grab a quick bite to eat at the resort.
Caribbean Resort Walt Disney World
The Caribbean resort had an outdoor bar by the pool. We ate here multiple times because the food was good and it was convenient. Before heading to the Magic Kingdom for the evening, we had their kale salad with Mahi and grilled jerk wings. The frozen drink is their pink guava.
⭕️ 4:00 PM Head to the Magic Kingdom on the bus.
⭕️ Try the Dolewhip at Aloha Isle!
DOLEWHIP AT DISNEYWORLD
I had so many people telling me that I needed to try the Dolewhip because it was dairy free. That was one of the first things I wanted to do at the Magic Kingdom. Verdict? AMAZING! I am a huge pineapple lover, so this treat was perfect for me. It was creamy and had a little sour zap to it. Thank you to all who suggested trying it out because I’m now a Dolewhip fan!
⭕️ Tackle the fast passes
⭕️ Space Mountain 4:10-5:10
No matter how often we ride this ride, it never gets old! Space Mountain takes you through this dark path with lights that make you feel like you’re time traveling through space.
FAST PASSES AT DISNEY WORLD
⭕️ Haunted Mansion 5:25-6:25
This is a pretty cool ride! The detail and work they put into it are impressive. If you don’t like fast/spinny/or rollercoaster-type rides, this one is ideal for you. It’s also nice and cool, so it’s a great way to escape the sun.
⭕️ 7 Dwarfs Mine Train 6:25-7:25
We missed this fast pass, so it’s on the list for next time.
I had the Dolewhip as my treat, but Caitlin had her mind set on the churro all afternoon. This is a great Disney staple as well!
⭕️ Watch the Happily Ever After firework show (disclosure: you will ball like a baby)
⭕️ Take the bus back to the resort for a quick dinner.
We wanted something quick, so we had dinner at the Banana Cabana again. We tried to get a good night’s sleep because we had a long day planned for Friday!
Our resort played movies outside and even had a bonfire with a marshmallow station, but we were way too tired to stay awake for it. They were watching Up when we walked by.
⭕️ 8:00 AM – Breakfast at Boma (Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort)
BREAKFAST AT BOMA ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE RESORT
-We decided to take a Lyft to breakfast because it was at the resort, a mile from the Animal Kingdom (where the bus would have dropped us off at.)
Breakfast at Boma was incredible! The coffee was to die for, and who doesn’t love a giant buffet? The buffet was filled with everything you could ever want. Whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo, or just love breakfast carbs, they have exactly what you’re looking for. Trying the Jungle Juice is a must! That orange juice is a mixture of orange juice, mango juice, and passion fruit juice. The plantains were my favorite part of the breakfast. I put a little peanut butter on them, and now I want to make plantain peanut butter truffles for an upcoming blog.
Breakfast at BOMA
Planning a breakfast at Boma is a must if you’re spending a day at the Animal Kingdom!
⭕️ 9:30 am: take the bus to The Animal Kingdom
⭕️ Fast Pass for Kilimanjaro Safaris at 9:15-10:15 am
-I’m not one to visit zoos, I’ll never ever go to a circus, I hate the companies that attach horses to carriages and make them pull around lazy people, and I hate seeing animals in distress. Before going to the Animal Kingdom, I did a lot of research on how they treat their animals, and I was surprised. I did my research and read many articles that convinced me that these animals are treated incredibly. You won’t see bars or chains at the Animal Kingdom, and you could fit the entire Magic Kingdom park inside their Savannah.
KILIMANJARO SAFARIS ANIMAL KINGDOM
Here are some of the articles I read:
& I read about ten Reddit forums from the vegan community, which surprised me.
I think it’s up to you to do your research and make a decision on how you feel about the animals. I felt good about their living environments, but I’m always open to learning more or hearing your thoughts.
⭕️ Na’vi River Journey 11:45-12:45
-Next, we road the Na’vi River Journey in Pandora! If you’re an Avatar fan (which I am), you’re going to love this! We were burning up, so we decided to treat ourselves to some refreshing drinks from Satu’li Canteen. It’s a quick service in Pandora. I had a delicious Dreamwalker Sangria, and Caitlin had their Hawkes’ Grog Ale.
WHAT TO DRINK AT THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
⭕️ Expedition Everest 10:45- 11:45am
Before heading to Expedition Everest (MY FAVORITE RIDE), I stopped at the Harambe Fruit Market for fresh watermelon. It was the best watermelon I’ve ever had! This is where I got the roasted corn and pineapple slices during our last trip.
If you like rollercoasters that are fast, scary, big drops, go backward, and bring the thrill, you’ll LOVE this one. We got so lucky because it was raining on our last night there, and no one was in line. We rode it four times in a row!
⭕️ 2:00 pm – Grab lunch and head to the pool for the afternoon.
POOL DAY DISNEY WORLD
We returned to our resort to take advantage of the weather and the pool for the afternoon. Caitlin had her first race in the morning, so we didn’t want to walk around too much. I picked up a kale salad from our quick service at the resort and brought it down to the pool with us. Our resort had private pools in each “country,” so we relaxed at the one in Jamaica. It was quiet compared to the main pool, and I fell asleep for an hour.
⭕️ 5:30 take the bus to Epcot to walk around the Festival of the Arts.
EPCOT FESTIVAL OF ARTS
⭕️ 7:00 PM Dinner at La Cellier Steakhouse
**I want to say this about Disney restaurants. They have a separate menu for any food allergies and take it very seriously. If you can’t have gluten or dairy or vegan, let your server know. They’ll bring you out a separate menu, and the chef will work with you to make sure it’s 100% dairy or gluten-free. You’ll never feel like you’re an inconvenience while dining. I hate going out to dinner simply because of this. If I eat gluten, my stomach expands, and it feels like my insides are being ripped apart. Dairy causes me to break out and also causes bloating. Since cutting it out of my diet, I have felt so much better, and it helps with my endometriosis pain. Being able to dine out and not have to worry about feeling the pain on vacation was very comforting.
For dinner, they brought out gluten & dairy-free rolls with vegan butter. They were soooo good. We decided to split the filet and ordered whiskey maple Brussels sprouts that were to die for!
⭕️ 8:00 PM World Showcase Light Show -The firework show at Epcot was pretty cool!
⭕️ 9:15 PM Bed.
⭕️ 3:15 AM: Caitlin catches the bus for her Disney Princess 10k
⭕️ 6:13 AM: Spectator bus to Epcot to Meet Caitlin at the finish line.
⭕️ 8:30 AM – Breakfast – Miracle Maker’s Breakfast with Children’s Miracle Network.
Caitlin runs for the Children’s Miracle Network, so we had breakfast with them after her race in Epcot. All of the Disney princesses are there to take photos, and it’s nice to hear the real-life stories of the families that Miracle Makers have helped.
⭕️ 11:00 AM – Pool day starts!
We grabbed a Margarita and a pink guava drink to take with us to the pool for an afternoon of relaxation! If you’re going to spend a lot of time walking the parks, or running the races in Caitlin’s case, you’ll want to schedule some pool time. You could also rent bikes or play volleyball at the resort if you wanted.
⭕️ 2 PM Lunch at Banana Cabana – These kale salads were our favorites!
After lunch, we headed back to the room, took our showers, napped, and then got ready for the evening.
⭕️ 5:25 PM – Take the bus to Disney Springs for Dinner
⭕️ 6:00 PM – Dinner reservation at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin Kitchen
We had the best seats in the house! We sat outside in the gorgeous weather right night to the amazing musicians playing. They were covering some of our favorite songs and putting twists on classic Disney songs.
The food was incredible! They also had their own gluten/dairy-free menu! I had their grilled grouper served over collard greens and kale with a side of roasted butternut squash. I loved how fresh and light the food was!
Oh, and let’s not forget the drinks! I had a Royal Sangria: red wine, fresh seasonal fruit, lime juice, and blackberry brandy. Whenever I’m ordering a mixed drink, I’ll always have them leave out the agave or any syrups because I don’t like things too sweet. Caitlin had the figs and berries drink which had fresh muddled strawberries with 1800 silver tequila, fig jam, agave, and lime juice. YUM!
⭕️ 3:15 AM Caitlin heads to the half marathon start.
⭕️ 7:30 AM Spectator bus to meet Caitlin at the finish.
⭕️ 10:00 AM Grab breakfast at the resort and get ready for Hollywood Studios
⭕️ 11:30 Take the bus to Hollywood Studios
⭕️ 12:30 PM Margaritas & Beer and head to the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular Show (this show was awesome!) -if you get there early, you can get selected to be an “extra” in the scenes.
⭕️ Fast passes start: Slinky dog dash 2:15-3:15 pm.
⭕️ 2:30 PM- Lunch at Fairfax Fare! (they have a gluten/dairy/vegan-friendly menu) -I had their chicken fajita bowl with guacamole! It was like chipotle and delicious!
GLUTEN-FREE LUNCH AT HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
⭕️ 3:05 PM- Ice Coffees at Starbucks
⭕️ 3:55 PM- Rock N Roll Roller Coaster – I can confirm that it goes upside down, it’s fast and SO FUN!!!
⭕️ 4:45 PM- Tower of Terror – I was most excited about this one. Because Caitlin made me swim in the ocean (one of my fears) in Hawaii, she wasn’t allowed to back out of this one! If you love the feeling of free falling, this is your ride!
⭕️ 6:15 PM- dinner reservations at The Hollywood Brown Derby Dinner
I had their salmon and sweet potatoes! The gluten-free dinner rolls were to die for! They reminded me of the ones we had at Shula’s during our last trip.
⭕️ 8:30 PM – Fantasmic! Firework Show. Our waiter gave us free VIP tickets to the show, which was cool! We had great seats that were center stage. I think this show is definitely worth seeing and is second to the Magic Kingdom’s firework show.
⭕️ 9:15 PM – take the bus home and go straight to bed!
⭕️ 8:15 AM- Breakfast – Olivia’s Café
-When we had breakfasts planned at other resorts, we took the Lyfts there.
The coffee at Olivia’s was to die for. I had three cups, which was acceptable since I needed all the caffeine to keep me afloat.
I had oats, fruit, and eggs for breakfast.
⭕️11:30 Off to the Animal Kingdom!
This was a fun day because we met up with some of Caitlin’s family!
LUNCH ANIMAL KINGDOM
We grabbed drinks at the Nomad Lounge, and Caitlin grabbed a bite to eat. She had their Impossible Sliders (vegan options at Disney!) and Yucca fries on the side.
Are you wondering what the pretty looking drinks are? Well, they are Hightower Rocks! They were so delicious. We’re going to recreate this drink on our summer trip to Tahoe. They had Casa Dragones Blancos tequila, watermelon, sweet-and-sour, and lime juice!
⭕️ 1:00 PM – We had another fast pass for Expedition Everest.
⭕️ 2:00 PM – Starbucks tea and a Khumbu Icefall from Thirsty River. The Khumbu Icefall is a frosty mixed drink made with smooth raspberry puree mixed with Cruzan Guava Rum and blended with coconut.
⭕️ 3:45 PM – head to Epcot & explore more of the art festival.
⭕️ 4:00 PM – Iced Coffee at Starbucks
EPCOT FOOD FESTIVAL
⭕️ 5:00 PM- Fast pass for Soarin. – YOU MUST have this on your Epcot itinerary! It was unbelievable!!!!!!
⭕️ 6:00 PM Fast pass for Spaceship Earth
-We took a lap around Epcot before heading to the Magic Kingdom for the firework show. We grabbed Sushi in Japan, Caitlin grabbed some scallops in New England, and coconut shrimp and spinach noodles in Morocco!
⭕️ 7:00 PM – took the monorail to the Magic Kingdom for the firework show. We stopped into the bakery for bottled waters, a pack of nuts, and Caitlin grabbed a cake pop.
⭕️ 9:00 PM – Take the bus back to the resort, pick up dinner at the quick service, and head back to the room for bed!
⭕️ 9:00 AM – Head to the Magic Kingdom for breakfast.
BREAKFAST AT BE OUR GUEST MAGIC KINGDOM
⭕️ Breakfast at Be Our Guest in Belle’s Castle – to be honest, I wasn’t too impressed with this place. I wouldn’t say “it’s a must”, but it’s not a “bust” either.
If you plan on going here, you must have a reservation. Even though we had one, we had to wait in multiple lines. It was kind of like a cafeteria. You order your food at a kiosk and then find a seat wherever possible.
Now, please don’t feel like just because my experience here wasn’t that great that yours won’t be. There are places people have told us not to go or do, and we ended up loving them. So if this is on your list, try it out! I will say that the food was really good. And if you’ve been here and loved it, let me know in the comments!
I ordered the egg whites with chicken sausage and fresh fruit. They brought out these tasty gluten-free, vegan cakes for us that I wanted to somehow find the recipe for!
We did a “You Control Our Day at Disney” video that’ll be live soon! Most of the things we did on this day were chosen by Instagram followers! We didn’t have too much of a planned day because we weren’t sure what you guys would choose for us!
⭕️ 11:15 AM – Space Mountain 🚀
⭕️ 12:45 PM – Splash Mountain 💦 – I was hoping you guys wouldn’t vote for this one because I got soaked! I had a change of clothes in my backpack, thank goodness. The poncho didn’t help at all.
⭕️ 1:00 PM – Lunch at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe! I had their gluten/dairy-free chicken taco bowl! 🌮
⭕️ 2:00 PM – You guys voted for us to get Dolewhip, and I wasn’t mad! 🍦
⭕️ 3:00 PM – Take the bus to the Animal Kingdom
⭕️ 3:30 PM- Festival of the Lion King
⭕️ 4:45 PM – Drinks at Pongu Pongu Lounge at Pandora – I tried the Rum Blossom (your vote), and it was out of this world. I could only have a few sips because that much sugar would have put me in the hospital, but dang, it was good!
⭕️ 5:00 PM Flight of Passage – this is one of the most amazing experiences you’ll ever have! It reminded me of Soarin, but cooler! I can’t believe how real it felt. I want to go back just to do this over and over and over again!
⭕️ 6:30 PM: Expedition Everest – we rode it about six times that day because no one was in line. Thank you, rain 😂
⭕️ 7:00 PM Rivers of Light Firework Show
⭕️ 7:40 PM- Dinner at Tusker House – you’ll get to have dinner with the characters, and it was a giant buffet. The food was overwhelmingly delicious! This was such a fun night because Caitlin’s family joined us. We were all soaking wet and stuffing our bellies with the most delicious food!
-If you’re looking for more of a sit-down restaurant that isn’t a buffet or with characters, I highly recommend Tiffans! We ate their last time, and the food blew us away.
⭕️ 8:45 PM – Bus back to the resort.
⭕️ 8:00 AM – Breakfast at the resort
⭕️ 10:30 AM – Pack bags & check out of the resort
⭕️ 11:00 AM – Leave bags with guest services and head to Disney Springs for lunch and hanging out.
⭕️ 12:00 PM – Lunch at The Polite Pig! – We both ordered the southern garden salad with smoked salmon. The salad had baby kale, radishes,
blue cheese, pecan granola, and avocado-chipotle dressing on the side. It comes with the bacon-sorghum vinaigrette, but I recommend their avocado-chipotle dressing instead. We also ordered a side of whiskey maple brussels sprouts, and seasoned waffle fries. The food was fantastic. You don’t need a reservation at all. You can order your food and the counter and sit wherever you want.
⭕️ 1:30 PM – I walked around all the shops & I picked up some chocolates for my family.
⭕️ 2: 00 PM – Headed to Splitsville to bowl! This was so fun.
⭕️ 3:45 PM- Stopped into Enzo’s Hideaway for some cocktails. This spot was on Caitlin’s list, so I’m glad we had the chance to knock it out. The food looked good, so we may hit it up next time we’re at Disney. I don’t ever order cocktails, so I thought I’d give one a shot (no pun intended.) I had the Limoncello Gimlet, gin, Caravella limoncello, and roasted thyme. The lemon was delicious, but I don’t think I’ll ever be a gin fan. I would have rather had a tall glass of lemonade, but luckily Caitlin liked it, so it didn’t go to waste. Caitlin had their Peacekeeper, which had monkey shoulder scotch, pineapple, Maraschino liqueur, lemon, angostura, and Prosecco. I tried hers and liked it a lot because it was fizzy and refreshing. This was a great spot to escape from the heat.
⭕️ 4:20 PM – take the bus back to the resort to pick up our luggage and hop on the Magical Express to the Airport.
⭕️ 5:45 PM – Arrive at the airport (try to be at the airport 2 1/2 hours before your flight at the latest!) Orlando is always crazy because of the Disney goers! Like us 😊
⭕️ 7:00 PM – Dinner at the airport.
⭕️ 8:30 PM – Flight leaves for home!
Things you don’t want to forget to pack: good walking shoes, a poncho, Tylenol, a water bottle to refill, a jacket, and some of your favorite on-the-go snacks!
Questions for you!
- Do you want to see more itinerary-type posts like this one from my travels?
- What is one place you think I need to visit next time I’m there? (make sure to read the other blogs to see if we’ve done it!)
- Have you ever been to Disney World?
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