Top Tips for Spending a Week or More at Disney World!

Welcome back, Mousekefriends!  Last week we gave you our top 5 tips for a quick 3-day trip to Disney World. This week, we are sharing ALL the ways to turn your long Disney trip into a fun and relaxing vacation.  Sometimes you need to stretch the magic out as long as you can!  Our Kingdom and Cruise Travel Agents can handle the details and recommend the perfect stay for your long Disney vaca.  Get in touch today!

No time to read our Mousekemoms Blog today?  No problem!  Here is the Podcast with the tips for you:

Bigger is Better

This is normally true.  It’s especially true when talking about a resort room for your long Disney vacation.

Grand Floridian’s Villas are updated and beautiful! Roll out of bed and into the Magic Kingdom when you stay at a monorail resort!

Nobody wants to be cramped in a standard hotel room for more than a few days. Opting for a 1 or 2 bedroom villa for a week-long stay allows your family to spread out with:  full kitchen, 2-3 bathrooms, washer and dryer!  Washer and Dryer! Yes, we meant to say that twice.  These huge, luxurious spaces are your home away from home.  It’s way more fun to cook in a kitchen that isn’t yours, which brings us to our next point…

Don’t Opt for the Dining Plan.  But Also, Maybe Get the Dining Plan.

The snacks, meals and beverages at Disney just can’t be recreated. Although you have a kitchen in your villa, it could be just for show.

We are being intentionally ambiguous here.  The decision here rests on budget.  Did you spring for the 2 bedroom villa and now you need to save a bit?  Skip the dining plan! Shopping with Instacart is convenient and your delivery will come to the front desk!  You can put that beautiful kitchen to use and make a few meals during the week.

Saratoga Springs is inspired by the NY retreat famous for spas and horse racing. Their stately villas are among the most affordable in Disney World!

OR, maybe you opted for a Saratoga Springs 2 bedroom villa, which is one of the more budget-friendly villas on Disney property.  NOW we think you should spring for the dining plan so your vacation is that much more relaxing.  The kitchen is still great for breakfast and late night snacks!

Spring for the 7-Day Tickets!  With or without park hopper

Once you cross the threshold of a 5-day ticket, the value of the 6 and 7-day ticket increases! It’s only slightly more for those week-long tickets so you might as well spring for them if you’re staying a week.  Maybe you only feel like going to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Maybe you want to ride Guardians and then head back to the pool.  You have that flexibility with a 7-day ticket, and you won’t feel like you need to spend the whole day in the park!

Hop into Animal Kingdom for a quick pose on Expedition Everest and then go back to your resort.

Whether you get park hoppers or not goes back to budget and where you opted to stay.  Another plug for Saratoga Springs and their affordable villas!

Mini Golf, Water Parks, Pony Rides, Oh MY!

Miniature Golf:

Disney World’s full menu of activities outside the main theme parks is HUGE!  Most families don’t take advantage of the unique experiences Disney World has to offer because they don’t stay long enough.  But if you’re staying a week or more, we recommend some Disney branching out…

Disney World has two mini-golf areas with a total of four courses: Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf and Winter Summerland.  They all offer 18 holes of Disney themed mini-golf fun ranging from easier courses for kids to more technical courses for adults!

Winter Summerland mini-golf course is near Blizzard Beach and has two distinct themed courses: a winter and a summer!
Disney Water Parks:

Walt Disney World has two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.  Taking a day OR two to do a water park is a great option to mix things up during your week-long Disney trip!  The park-hopper PLUS option gets you admission to the water parks, golf course AND mini-golf courses!  Or, if your booking a trip for 2025, you get FREE admission to one of Disney’s water parks on your check-in day, a major perk for booking a stay next year!

A ticket to one of Disney’s water parks, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, is included with your 2025 Disney vacation on your check-in day!
Fort Wilderness Resort:

If you haven’t stayed at the campsites or the cabins at Fort Wilderness, you are missing out!  This 750 acre wooded resort area is close to Magic Kingdom and has an extensive list of activities to fill up non-park days: kayaking, canoeing, archery, pony rides, campfires, fishing, wagon rides and more!  The BRAND NEW cabins offer a glamping experience and are available starting September 7.  Get in touch with a Kingdom and Cruise Travel Agent today to book one for the fall! Some resort activities may be available to resort guests only during peak seasons.

The rustic but modern one bedroom Fort Wilderness Cabins sleep 6 and have a kitchen, living area and deck!

Mouseketip: Relax and Enjoy Your Resort Amenities!

Spending a week or more in the magic means you should slow your pace and enjoy the little moments – even quiet moments to yourself! Book a spa appointment at Grand Floridian.  Try a resort restaurant you haven’t visited yet, like California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary where you can have a great view of the fireworks.  Check out the daily schedule at your resort for kids’ activities.  Spend a lazy day by the pool.  It’s ALL magical!

Bench swings along the shore outside of Beach Club and Yacht Club provide a perfect spot to recharge and take in the views around the lake.

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