@skinnypinkmartini: Absolutely assuming no budget — this is how I do Disney in 3 days.
Stay at: Either the Polynesian or the Grand Floridian. Both places are on the monorail so you’ll be able to get around. The Grand Floridian is certainly more adult oriented but I love the Polynesian AND you get to watch the fireworks from the beach there.
Day 1: Make a 8:00 AM Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) at the Tusker House in Animal Kingdom. Confirm before you do that there are not Early Magic Hours (EMH) at that park on that day. You get into the park early and it’s one of the best breakfasts in all of the parks. Once you’re done, you exit right by the Safari ride — argueably the best ride in the park, and you’ll be first in line while the animals are still out and active because it’s cool out. Once you’re done, hit up Expedition Everest (even if you don’t like coasters), and Dinosaur for sure. Don’t get on the river rapids ride unless you want to get wet, and you can take or leave Primeval Whirl. Festival of the Lion King is also good, but not necessary to see.
Head to Hollywood Studios next. Send a ‘runner’ (running is against the rules, but speed walking is key) to get a ‘fast pass’ for the Toy Story ride. It’s important to get these first as they will be out halfway through the day. Get a quick bite to eat at Starring Rolls cafe. Ride Rockin’ Roller Coaster (again, even if you hate coasters) and Tower of Terror (skip if you do). The Great Movie Ride, Star Tours are also good, particularly to get out of the sun. Other good sun/feet resters are Indiana Jones, the Studio Backlot Tour, and Muppetvision 3D. They also have a drawing class you can take at the Animation Academy. It’s free, gives you a souvenier — and if you ask the instructor for THEIR drawing, they’ll give it to you (if no one explicitly asks, it usually goes to a kid, but there’s no harm in asking!). Make an ADR for the Hollywood Brown Derby Fantasmic Package. The food at the Brown Derby is excellent, and it gets you a ‘reserved’ seat at the Fantasmic show — so you literally just get to walk in and sit down while everyone else has to line up hours in advance. SO WORTH IT.
Day 2: Make an ADR for Breakfast at Cinderella’s Castle. Again, it gets you into the park early — and gives you a prime photoshoot with almost NO people in front of the Castle. Assuming no budget, get the ‘Memory Maker’ –– a little card that gets the professional photographers to take your picture for free in all the parks. It also gives you your ride photos for free. After breakfast with the princesses, go to Peter Pan’s flight and get a Fastpass. It inexplicably has the longest lines, so if it’s something that’s important to you — do that. Make sure to hit all the Mountains (Space, Splash, Thunder), Pirates of the Carribbean, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. The new Seven Dwarves ride might be done by then too. Get Lunch at Be Our Guest. Dinner reservations are notoriously hard to get, but they don’t take resrevations for lunch.
Head over to Epcot and send a ‘runner’ to get a Fastpass for Soarin’. Neither of those require reservations. Ride Test Track, Mission Space (Green is barely a ride, Orange is a little much even for people who love coasters), and go to the Soda from around the world place for fun. Maelstrom, Nemo and Friends, and Spaceship Earth (inside the big ball) are great to get off your feet and out of the sun but are not worth it if there’s a wait. Make sure to hit up the Patisserie in France. Feel Free to attempt to ‘Drink Around the World’ in you free time 🙂 Make an ADR at either Bistro de Paris or Le Cellier.
Head back to Disney for the Fireworks.
Day 3: Universal Studios and Harry Potter World
Take Mears shuttle service (assuming you haven’t rented a car) to Universal. Get there early and get in line. You’ll see other people being able to enter before you, because they stayed at a hotel on property. Once the gates open — BOOK IT for Hogwarts Castle. If you’re at all confused about where to go, that’s where everyone else will be going. Ride the Castle ride first, and if you enjoy it at all, ride it again immediately. If you like coasters, ride Dragon Challenge as it never has a wait. Unless you REALLY want to, you can skip Olivanders and go nextdoor to Owl Post to get a wand. The Three Broomsticks has good food, but chances are (this is without the expansion) that you’ll be done long before you’re hungry. So exit HP world and head back to regular universal. You can get most of the rides done before like 3 in the afternoon, particularly if you get their version of the Fast Pass (note: you have to pay for their version.)
Head back to Disney property. Here you can either get dinner at Epcot again, OR dine at Victoria and Albert’s. It is hands down the fanciest restaurant at Disney so it depends if you want to get dressed up for a night or if the theme parks are more your speed. Then see the fireworks at Epcot or watch them from your Beach.
I THINK that’s it. Never go to a park the same day there is an extra magic hour. Always have lots of fun. And head to guest services on your first day and they’ll give you a ‘Happily Ever After Button’ for being on your honeymoon 🙂