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  • On Mar 21, 2023
    Janae from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How can I plan a low-cost 7 day trip for 4 college students, but make it fun and do as much as possible?

    Hi Janae,

    I'm so glad you stopped by planDisney with this question! I've taken a few adult-only trips in the past few months so I know just how fun a vacation at Walt Disney World Resort can be when you're traveling with your best pals. Let's see what we can do to make your visit as magical and economical as possible.

    First, I'd recommend staying on-site at one of the Disney Resorts Collection Hotels. Not only will you be able to take advantage of Early Entry into the parks each day, but you'll also be able to use complimentary bus, boat, Monorail, and Disney Skyliner transportation throughout the property. This will get you to and from the parks each day without the added cost of car rentals, taxis, or rideshare services. I recently stayed at Disney's Pop Century Resort, which is a Value Resort with Skyliner access to both Disney's Hollywood Studios and EPCOT.  Disney's All Star Music Resort would also be another budget-friendly option for your travel window.

    Next, I'd recommend booking a room and ticket vacation package which you can secure with a minimal deposit and make payments toward over the next few months. There is currently a promotion for savings on rooms through the early summer months, but definitely keep an eye on the special offers page to see if anything else might work for your travel dates. 

    Once you've narrowed down your preferred resort, decide on the number of days you'd like to visit the parks. You'll notice that ticket prices are reduced when additional days are added to the length of your visit but don't feel like you need to visit a park every day to make the most of your trip. I'd recommend adding at least 4 days' worth of admission to your package so you can experience each of the theme parks, but leave some downtime between to rest and take advantage of the other incredible amenities on property.

    One of my favorite activities on non-park days is simply lounging by the pool with a good book, and resort hopping when I'm ready for a change of scenery. If you are animal lovers take some time to check out the Savanna viewpoints at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, and be sure to pick up an order of the fan-favorite Zebra Domes for a snack. Next, head on over to Disney's Boardwalk where you can stroll the planks, rent a Surrey bike and even enjoy live entertainment in the evenings. No trip would be complete without a Monorail crawl around Seven Seas Lagoon. Stop in to hear the pianist at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, grab a DOLE Whip from Pineapple Lanai and soak up some sunshine along the shores of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, and maybe even make time for a Character Meal with Chef Mickey and friends at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

    You'll also want to visit Disney Springs to window shop at the variety of specialty stores, enjoy some live music and hopefully secure a delicious treat from Gideon's Bakehouse. 

    I'd love to help you personalize itineraries for your park days and answer any additional questions you have. Please feel free to follow up with me.

    Wishing you magic and memories!
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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