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You’re not just looking for any Walt Disney World day.

For one brilliant, beautiful day, you plan to feel like the world is your oyster, and it’s raining pearls. When you do Disney, you go for broke. You’ve called in your favors to the Fairy Godmother, and it’s time to put on your glass shoes and dance.

It’s time for a “Treat Yo Self” day.

Relaxing at Senses Spa

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No clue what we’re talking about? “Treat Yo Self” began as a joke on the popular comedy show, Parks and Recreation—one day a year when you and/or a friend pamper yourselves silly. The goal is to treat yourself to an experience you normally wouldn’t partake in, saying yes to some self-care and luxury where you would normally say no.

Want to enjoy a mouth-watering steak instead of Mickey Mouse waffles? TREAT YO SELF! Want to have a shopping spree while Disneybounding as steampunk Mary Poppins? TREAT YO SELF! Want to ride Expedition: Everest eighteen times in a row? TREAT YO SELF! While the version from the show is a good way to end up in crippling debt (proceed with caution, impulse spenders!), with enough time and preparation, Disneyholics can plan a Treat Yo’ Self day for the record books. Here’s a few ideas how.

1. Enjoy a lavish resort room

Bathroom at Bungalows at Polynesian Resort

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While a trip to Walt Disney World is already an opportunity to treat yourself, if you’ve the means or a substantial savings pot, the first thing you’re going to want is a luxurious space to lay your head before and after your big day. Even if you only book one night at one of these swanky resorts, it will be a visit to remember.

Want to wake up to the call of the African wild? Animal Kingdom Lodge’s gorgeous Asante Suite is one of the finest rooms on property with a wrap-around balcony looking out over the resort’s active animal habitat, complete with an enormous bathroom.

Maybe Hawaii is more your speed. In that case, the state of the art Bora Bora Bungalows on the Seven Seas Lagoon might be your dream home away from home. Need a peaceful trip to the woods? Wilderness Lodge’s Copper Creek Cabins include private hot tubs, cozy finishings, and a kingly indoor-outdoor fireplace. You can also save on a luxurious room by renting Disney Vacation Club points to stay in the stunning suites and villas at the Contemporary Resort’s Bay Lake Tower. Our single night at this resort was one of our favorites anywhere in Walt Disney World!

Copper Creek Cabins at Wilderness Lodge

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Want the crème of Victorian Luxury? You cannot beat the Grand Floridian Resort’s Grande Suite, a lavish apartment worthy of Her Majesty herself. Alternatively, if you don’t mind sacrificing a few Disney-specific perks, The Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World comes with the brand’s world-renowned dedication to VIP service. While you could splurge for the jaw-dropping Royal Suite, any room at the Four Seasons is going to come with all the benefits of this respected resort.

Treat Yo Budget:

Not all of us can burn our bank accounts for even one night in a Disney suite! If you are looking to have a Treat Yo Self day on a budget, you have two options. You can either save for a longer period before your trip or you can find creative ways to recreate the Treat Yo Self experience. Want an upgrade for at least one night of your stay? The Swan and Dolphin, owned by Starwood Hotels, offer luxury accommodations at a price on par with Disney moderate resorts. While you will need to take into account a resort fee and parking, you still can come out with an excellent deal for a sleek room in a fabulous location near Epcot. You can even earn Starwood Points to go towards a stay by using their rewards credit card. Another favorite of our team is Port Orleans French Quarter or Riverside, particularly if you’ve a soft spot for Old World comforts.


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