5 Must-Dos On A Girls Trip To Walt Disney World

5 Must-Dos On A Girls Trip To Walt Disney World

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If you are a mom of a girl(s), I’d highly recommend taking a Disney girls trip. We just recently returned from our trip and had such a blast!

My kids and I love everything Disney. I’ve created addicts, and I’m not one bit sorry about it.

During our April 2017 trip, we purchased Annual Passes, and since Brent is not a Disney addict, I decided it would be fun to take the kids on their own trips. I booked a trip for the girls and myself for December 2017, and I booked a trip for the boy and myself (and his friend and his friend’s mom) for March 2018.

We had a great time on the girls trip and can’t wait to go again!

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Here are 5 things I think are must-dos for a girls trip to Walt Disney World:

1. Let them plan

If you’re not quite on the Disney World bandwagon yet, you’ll quickly find out that it takes a lot of planning to get the most out of your trip. You have to plan fast passes, dining reservations, what rides you want to do, what shows you want to attend, and how you’re going to get from point A to point B. I mean you can go without planning, but you’ll be waiting in long lines for everything and feel like you’re running from one side of the park to the other numerous times, which makes for cranky kids, which makes for even crankier parents.

Disney girls trip Dole Whips

I plan our trips like the crazy woman many of you know me to be, but this time I wanted the girls to tell me exactly what THEY wanted to do. Allison wanted to eat at Sleepy Hollow and get her own Dole Whip Float. Abi wanted to ride Flight of Passage and Primeval Whirl. Both wanted a day that we could just snack the whole time instead of sitting down for meals. So…all of those things were the first things to make it into our plans.

2. Pick-A-Pearl

What says “girlie” more than pearls? We actually make this a must do on EVERY trip to Walt Disney World, so it had to be included on our girls trip too.

Disney girls trip Pick-A-Pearl

Pick-A-Pearl is located in the Japan Pavilion inside the Mitsukoshi store in Epcot’s World Showcase. For $17 each, you get to pick an oyster and have them do a fun little presentation to open it in front of everyone watching. It’s always fun to see the color and size of pearl you get. You can also buy jewelry for your pearl to be placed in, but we usually just take our pearl home in the little baggie they give us because the jewelry is quite expensive at Disney World. One day we’ll make our pearls into earrings or necklaces on our own. Or you can hop onto Amazon prior to your trip and grab one of these cute Cinderella carriage necklaces and take it along with you.

3. Do their favorite rides more than once

Well, this one is a no-brainer if you follow #1. As we were deciding on which rides they wanted to have on the schedule, the first question asked was if we could do rides more than once.

Allison loves slow and gentle rides like Journey Into Imagination With Figment, Soarin’, and the PeopleMover.

Disney girls trip PeopleMover

Abi is our adventure seeker and loves to ride things like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Primeval Whirl, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Disney girls trip Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

When you let them do the ones they like best over and over again, they won’t complain when you make them wait while you do Tower of Terror 5 times or drag them to It’s Tough To Be A Bug.

4. Get them a sweet treat or two

Who doesn’t love all the amazing sweet treats at Disney World? I think this is what probably makes it the Happiest Place on Earth, especially for kids like mine that aren’t given sweets very often at home. From Mickey ice cream bars to Pineapple Dole Whips, funnel cakes to giant donuts, huge cinnamon rolls to Mickey pants sundaes and the Kitchen Sink…there’s something for everyone. This trip they requested their own Dole Whip floats, a funnel cake and Nutella fruit waffle to share, a warm giant cinnamon roll to share, a chocolate dipped pineapple for Allison, and a Mickey rice crispy bar for Abi. I got a Red Velvet Whoopie Pie. Ah, yes, the Happiest Place on Earth for sure!

Disney girls trip Sleepy Hollow food
Disney girls trip sweets
Disney girls trip sweets
Disney girls trip sweets

5. Take lots of photos

So if you’ve been following our blog for any length of time, you know that we have a child who hates taking pictures. Mad props to Disney World for getting this child to smile!

Disney girls trip character photos

Memory Maker is a great way to get professional looking pictures and is well worth the money. But don’t forget to take as many pictures as you can with your own camera because catching these moments are what make it all worthwhile.

Have you taken a girls trip to Disney World? Leave a reply in the comments at the bottom of the page and let us know what you’d include on the list!

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  • So many fun tips here! Love the idea to buy a necklace ahead of time for the pearl. It’s great to find tips that save money while still having a full experience!

    • I agree! We love to splurge by taking the trip to Disney World, but I’m always finding ways to save on our vacation too.

  • LOVE this list! I’m going to Disney in February, so this is great! I forgot all about pick-a-pearl but I LOVED doing that as a kid!

  • I completely agree with you – when the kids are involved in travel planning, they enjoy the experience so much more. The pick-a-pearl is definitely something I’d love to take my daughter to as well. Lovely post – inspires me to take a mom-daughter trip to Disneyworld for sure.

  • I had no idea there was a Pick Your Pearl located within Japan at Epcot. That is what I get for having a son!


  • I have never been to Disney. Since I’m not a ride person I’m afraid that I’d spend most of my time in all those sweet shops lol. Seriously though I would love to watch the shows.

  • I love the idea of taking a girls trip to Disney and the suggestions you listed to do while you’re there! I especially like your tip to take lots of pictures while you’re there- my favorite souvenir from our trips are always our pictures! 😊

    • Absolutely! I enjoy taking my own photos as well as using the photopass photographers for photos. You never know what kind of magic you’ll get.

  • Love those smiles! I don’t have girls but maybe I can take my daughters in law and granddaughter one of these days.

  • Great ideas! I can’t wait to go again with my kids when they are older. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

  • What an awesome time! I love it! We took a family trip to Disneyland in May, but my girls were newly 3-years and 13-months at the time. They had a blast so I can only imagine how much more fun it’ll be when they’re older!

    • It’ll definitely be fun! I hope you guys get to take that trip when they are older. It’s just a whole different experience as they get older.

  • what a fun girls trip! I love that there is something for everyone in Disney. All the pictures of the yummy treats you had make me want to go back and just eat the foods there haha.

  • Pick the pearl thing is such a neat way to remember your trips. It would be neat to make a necklace out of the one day and to think they can wear it to feature milestones!

  • We haven’t gone yet but a trip with my girls sounds great! You guys made it look so fun!

  • I can’t wait till my girl gets older to do a mommy daughter trip like my mom did for me! All these ideas are wonderful!

  • Looks like so much fun! What a great way to spend some extra time with the girls!

  • evelyn hernandez June 30, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Great idea for an all girls trip!

  • A girls trip is a wonderful idea. We would do the Pick-A-Pearl. I did not know about picking peals. Very fun.

    • The Pick-A-Pearl is so fun! We do it every trip. They have one at Epcot (which is the one we usually do) and one at Disney Springs as well. Perfect for a girls trip.

  • I love Disney World – it’s definitely my happy place. I haven’t done a girls trip yet (I have one girl and one boy) but I love the idea. We did split up for an afternoon a few years ago and my son and husband did DisneyQuest while my daughter and I shopped (and had cupcakes). It was so much fun!

    • Cupcakes and shopping…Yes!!! Another perfect girls trip activity. I took the boy on a mommy-son trip as well.

      I think it’s time you take that girls trip with your daughter. There’s just something different about individual trips to Disney World.

  • It looks like you and your girls had such a great time. I’m hoping I can convinced my Disney-obsessed husband and two little sons to let me and my daughter go to Disney without them. We go as a family often, but I’m really waiting for that special trip with just her and me (any tips on how to convince everyone else to stay home!?!?!?!?!).

    • Hey Jen!

      That’s amazing that your hubby is obsessed with Disney. Mine enjoys it when we’re there, but has no desire to go back more than once every few years. Complete bummer for me, the Disney addict.

      It’s gonna be tough to convince the rest of them to stay home if they love it too. Maybe suggest he do a daddy-son trip sometime? I didn’t have too much trouble convincing my hubby to let us go. He was perfectly fine with it.

      Let me know if you get to take the trip!

  • What wonderful memories for you and your girls! Looks like such a fun trip!

    • We had a blast! Well, except the really cold day. It was kind of miserable by the end of the night, but we were still happy to be at Disney World.

  • I love the Mickey ice cream bars! There’s a large picture on our photo wall of me very much enjoying eating one!

    • You are absolutely right Janine! The Mickey bars are amazing! I always try to make sure I eat one while I’m there, and I get to the last day and realize I haven’t eaten one. There are so many good desserts to choose from that it’s hard to get them all in. =)

  • Great ideas! Going in February and will use all these ideas!

    • SO JEALOUS!!! My annual pass just expired, and with our new RVing adventure we won’t be getting to Disney World anytime soon so I didn’t renew. Have a BLAST!!!

  • We may have to do a girls trip someday, sounds like y’all had a lot of fun!

  • We love Disney too! Although, we are from Canada so only visit every few years. I love the idea of going on favourite rides more than once, but we found it hard to get on them in the first place, it was so busy! However, that can always be made up for by the sweet treat suggestion 🙂

  • Looks like you had a fun girls trip! I’ve never been to Disney, but I can’t wait to take my kids one day.

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