One of my favorite things about being a Florida Resident Passholder is being able to escape to WDW for quick weekend trips. I usually try to take advantage of holiday weekends so I can get away without using a vacation day. Luckily we have one soon and I was able to convince Molly to join me even though she was just there (note: it wasn’t hard). I live on the East Coast of Florida, about 2 1/2 hours from WDW, and Molly lives on the West Coast less than 2 hours from WDW. It’s the perfect spot to meet in the middle!
The most important consideration for us was the resort we were going to stay at. We typically like to stay at a Moderate Resort (Port Orleans Riverside is our current favorite) or Pop Century, but we’ve been known to splurge on a Deluxe Resort when we can get a good pass holder rate. For this trip we were spending 2 nights – a Saturday and a Sunday. We wanted to experience a Deluxe Resort because we knew we would have the time to explore and relax at the resort. After seeing which hotel offered the best passholder rate, we decided on the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We had stayed there once before and knew it would be the perfect spot. Of course, if Animal Kingdom Lodge is not in your budget, you can still visit and explore the resort.