First trip to Disney World? You might be feeling unsure about how long your trip should be. It can be hard to get a good feel for how much is actually there and how long it takes to do it. Let’s take a look at how much time you’ll ideally have for this vacation.
Let’s just start there. If you’ve been to Disneyland before and think you have a good sense of Disney World is like, you’re probably wrong. There are four main theme parks in Walt Disney World, as well as two fully themed water parks, over 25 onsite resort options, well over 100 restaurants, a full transportation system, a giant shopping and entertainment district and more. It stands to reason that a Disney World trip most often necessitates a longer stay than Disneyland.
With the four main theme parks, you will want at least four park days. And the Magic Kingdom, in particular, is difficult to complete in a day because it has more attractions than the other parks. I love to help my clients plan two days at this park to allow them a comfortable pace and a chance to experience more of what is offered.
From there, we need to consider your own preferences and favorites. For example, some families really love to explore more of Epcot and dine in more of the restaurants there, making 2 Epcot days a lot of fun. Others are very into the many shows offered at Hollywood Studios and find that two days there allows more room for those, plus a chance to see both nighttime shows there that are otherwise very difficult to see on the same night.
If you’re following along, right now we’ve added up to 6 park days assuming you’d like that extra day to repeat one of these other parks.
The next question will be whether you’d like a day or two off for relaxation. For my west coast clients, the time change can take its toll, especially on children. Having a day to adjust can make the rest of the trip a lot easier. Other families really enjoy a day or two off between park days. These days might just be pool and resort days, or they might be used for the water parks, visiting Disney Springs or any of the other fun activities that can be planned. Having this slower paced, laid back day here and there allows for a more relaxed vacation feel.
Best bet? Plan for at least one full week at Walt Disney World! If you’ve got more time available, adding in a couple more days makes everything feel even better. There’s never a worry that you’ll get bored! There is so much offered that you could easily spend two weeks here and not run out of things to do.
When you work with us, this is just the tip of the iceberg in our planning. Not only will we help you figure out the perfect amount of time for YOUR family, but we’ll make sure you’ve got the perfect match for resort, tickets, and dining, activities, customized plans to keep you out of the long lines, personalized advice, and we’ll take care of every reservation detail so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.
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