48 Hours in Orlando’s Walt Disney World®
One day is never enough in the Magic Kingdom, but you’re bound to get your fill. Put on your walking shoes with this ultimate hour-by-hour itinerary to exploring Orlando’s Walt Disney World® and its neighboring attractions.
3 p.m. | Get the Fun Started (and Get Pampered)
Whether you’re traveling near or far, start your vacation off in the most calming way possible: at the spa. While you’re staying at the official Walt Disney World® Swan and Dolphin Resort, send the kids to the pool (with your significant other to chaperone) and head to Mandara Spa. Enjoy a customized massage, Elemis Visible Brilliance Facial, Mandara Coffee Body Polish & Coconut Milk Wrap or another soothing treatment during your stay.
6 p.m. | Lobster Rolls and Captain’s Tours
Arguably the most popular destination at nearby Disney Springs, The Boathouse casts surf and turf overlooking Lake Buena Vista. Treat yourself to some oysters, then take the kids out on the lake in a vintage amphicar.
9 p.m. | La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil
Disney Springs’ theater is almost as dazzling as its current Cirque du Soleil® show: La Nouba. Filled with flips, clowns and acrobatics, this Florida-only show is fit for you and the kids. When you get out, make sure to look out for Disney World’s fireworks, visible from Disney Springs!
8 a.m. | Enjoy a Zesty Breakfast
On your way out the door, stop in at Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort’s Zest for some park-hopper fuel. Enjoy sunny breakfast favorites with views of the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista’s massive pool.
10 a.m. | Pick Your Park(s)
You’ve got choices at Disney World Orlando: Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can certainly do more than one in a day, but park strategy is a must! Leave your car at Sheraton’s secured parking, then take its complimentary scheduled transportation to any of the four parks.
2 p.m. | Have a Dole Whip
It’s tropical. It’s creamy. It’s Dole Whip … and it’s only at Disney World (and Disneyland). The frozen treat has a cult following, and for good reason. Skip the copycat recipes and get the real (surprisingly vegan) thing in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.
3 p.m. | Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
Then, take a trip through Fantasyland in this daily winding parade, featuring every character in the book and silly stilted and swinging performers. Be on the lookout for Minnie and Mickey — though it’ll be hard to miss them swaying about in their hot air balloon!
5 p.m. | Rest Up!
Doesn’t a nap sound nice right now? Head back to comfortable accommodations at one of the many luxurious hotels in Orlando for some much-needed time off your feet.
8:45 p.m. | Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
Nighttime at the park is a special treat, when lines shorten (The Twilight Zone® Tower of Terror, yes please!) and temperatures dip. Swing over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for its new show — Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular — your day’s grand finale. The park’s Chinese Theatre turns into Tatooine, complete with striking fireworks and the film’s unforgettable score.
9 a.m. | Go Poolside
Wrapped in sky-high palm trees and lush Florida foliage, the outdoor pool and landscaped courtyard at The Westin Lake Mary is the perfect morning escape for weary parents after a Disney day. Send kids off to the 79-foot waterslide, then grab a tropical morning beverage to complement the sunshine.
11:30 a.m. | A Shop to Remember
You’ve got choices at Disney Springs — more than 100, actually. The shopping destination has all the heavy hitters, like the Coca-Cola Store, Alex and Ani, and Kate Spade New York. But don’t miss Marketplace Co-Op, a Disney lover’s wonderland with shops like Cherry Tree Lane, based on the upscale shop from Disney’s Mary Poppins. Hungry? (Or thirsty!) Fly into Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, a 1940s Indiana Jones throwback, for ahi tuna tacos and an Air Pirate’s Mule.