Every little girl dreams of being a princess, and what better place to show your Disney Princess side than in the Disney World Parks? When you begin planning your Disney Vacation with your princess fan, there are some things you’ll need to consider. These tips will help you plan efficiently without missing any of the important parts that will make your little girl feel like a princess throughout her Disney Vacation.
1. Choose when to go
Disney Princesses can visit Disney World anytime. There are always princess events going on including shows, meet and greets, and rides, so timing isn’t essential.
However, you should be aware that guests over 10 years of age are not permitted to dress up in Disney costumes. The only exception to this rule is during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party when anyone can dress up. If you have a Disney Princess over 10 years of age, consider visiting during early September through late October so she can don her favorite Princess outfit.
2. Choose your accommodations
There are great options for accommodations in Disney World Resort, but some resorts may be more princess friendly.
Art of Animation, which is a Value Resort, has Little Mermaid-themed rooms. These rooms are nice for small families because they are standard rooms where as most rooms at Art of Animation are suites. However, since these rooms are very popular, Disney does not discount them at anytime, and they’re not eligible for special promotions like free dining. Another downside to these rooms is that they aren’t very close to anything in the resort including essentials like dining and bus stops. Be prepared to walk, and consider that little princess legs can get very tired.
In the Moderate category, Princess Tiana fans might want to stay in Port Orleans Riverside Royal Rooms. These rooms have very cool theming including fiber optic fireworks on the headboard. Royal Rooms are also a distance away from dining, but Port Orleans has multiple bus stops.
The Grand Floridian is ideal for your more mature princess fan. The elaborate décor feels formal and grown-up. This resort, which is one monorail stop from the Magic Kingdom has amazing views of Cinderella Castle, especially at night, prime Wishes viewing, and several princess-themed events, which we’ll discuss later.
3. Plan your days
When planning your days for a princess-themed vacation, you can include all of the parks.
Although Animal Kingdom doesn’t have any princesses, you might be able to point out Disney Princess’ friends since many of them have best friends who are animals.
Magic Kingdom has the most princess-themed activities including Journey of the Little Mermaid ride and Fairytale Hall where little princesses can meet the real princesses. Epcot has princesses in almost all of the pavilions of World Showcase. In fact, Anna and Elsa, two of the most popular Disney Princesses currently, will make their home in Norway once the pavilion’s makeover is complete. Hollywood Studios has an amazing show called Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and the Beauty and the Beast show is excellent, too.
Finally, Disney Springs is home to a few shops that might be of interest to your little princess. World of Disney, the largest Disney Store in the world has a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique where girls under 12 years of age can get a princess makeover. There is also a Little Miss Matched store and a Design-A-Tee store, both of which are popular among princesses.
When making your plans, don’t forget to check the times guide for character meet and greet and show times. Search for your favorite princesses, and work them into your schedule. Remember to prioritize; some princesses may appear in multiple places while others are only in one location.
4. Schedule Advanced Dining Reservations
There are several princess-themed dining locations as well, most of which will require Advanced Dining Reservations.
Cinderella’s Royal table is a long-standing, popular dining option for princess fans; it is also the most expensive (two dining credits on the Disney Dining Plan) but for good reason. Guests will dine in Cinderella Castle and get to meet many of the most popular princesses. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner reservations are all available, but I suggest that you schedule an 8AM breakfast. This gets you into the park before it opens and allows for photos in front of the castle with hardly anyone else around.
Be Our Guest in Fantasyland has been popular ever since it opened. The restaurant serves lunch on a quick-service basis and dinner as table-service. Because lunch doesn’t require a reservation, there are no characters at this time. However, dinner guests can meet Beast (but not Belle) in a separate room of the castle. Don’t forget to try the gray stuff – it’s delicious!
The Grand Floridian is home to 1900 Park Fare, which is a character meet and greet with Cinderella and her Step Sisters. This buffet is amazing because you can get sushi and gummi bears in the same service! If afternoon tea is more your style, plan to visit the Perfectly Princess Tea Party, which occurs between 10:30 and noon every day. It is geared towards ages 3 to 11 years, and guests will receive a souvenir doll.
Princess Storybook is rated as the best value when it comes to princess dining. Enjoy dinner at Akershus in the Norway Pavilion for only one dining credit! Once Anna and Elsa make their way to Norway, this will be a great place to eat before attending their meet and greet.
5. Add some Extra Magic
In order to make your princess’s vacation extra special, consider adding some extra magical touches.
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, mentioned above, has two locations: World of Disney in Disney Springs and in Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. Either location is great, but if you want to pair this with a visit to Cinderella’s Royal Table, consider using the Magic Kingdom Location. There are different packages available, but options include hair, makeup, nails, and an outfit. Consider bringing your own costume if you have one since they can get pretty expensive in the Boutique. Also, don’t forget to stop by the PhotoPass area afterward to get your pictures taken. You’ll want to have this memory if your little princess forever.
Some princesses might appreciate being whisked away to Disney World on a white horse, but since this isn’t possible, consider renting a limo. The car service will get you from the airport to the resort quickly and can even stop by a grocery store on the way to pick up some princess-worthy snacks.
If you want to go the extra mile in your room, plan to have the Disney Florist decorate your room in a princess-theme. There are packages appropriate for any age of princess from little girls to adults. This special surprise would be a great way to start a vacation.
What treats do you give to your princess during her Disney Vacation?