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1st WDW trip- How many days for each park?

by Briton
(Norman, OK)

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“I’m about to make dining reservations and was curious how many days you need in each Disney World park? This will determine how many days we stay as well.

We can either go 8 days, 7 nights (2 being check in check out, and one being rest day and MNSSH at night). In this case we’d get 5 base park tickets and probably do each park each day and EPCOT twice and we’d get the extra half day in MK thanks to MNSSH.

Or 10 days and 9 nights (2 being check in check out, and one being rest day and MNSSH at night). In this case we’d get 7 base park tickets but didn’t know if that would be too many days. And if we got this many which parks are worth going to again? And which can we do in one day?

Here are our details-

  • Wife and I are traveling with a 4 and 6 year old.
  • We are staying off property at a condo.
  • We don’t want to waste time going back to the condo so would stay in the park all day and let kids nap in strollers.
  • We have MNSSH tickets so we’ll be in MK at 4pm on one day.
  • We are traveling at the end of September/and beginning of October.
  • Wife and I want to enjoy a little of the food and wine festival but don’t want to attend classes or go to the concert.
  • Kids are fine with seeing characters at character dining so we don’t need to wait in line for characters.
  • We mainly just want to ride rides and see the shows and fireworks and get lots of fun pictures and soak up the memories as a family.

I just got your book as well and am eager to begin reading it. Thank you for any advice you may have.”

Six Days is about right…

Cruella De Vil in the Boo To You Parade at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The Boo to You Parade is pretty amazing – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Brighton… YOU’RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD, it’s going to be good.

I’d probably stick with the six day in the park with the plan that you have.

Typically, I recommend two days for the Magic Kingdom, two days for EPCOT, right now one day for Disney Hollywood Studios, one day for Animal Kingdom. And that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket that you have will count for the second day in the Magic Kingdom.

So the six days, I think is a good number. I think if you expand it and add two more days it could get into a little bit of overkill, especially with your kids that young. You don’t want to overdo it.

Dad’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party page

So I think staying at six days, your eight day with travel, I think that’s kind of the perfect, ideal time. You get much more and it can be a little much, it’s time to get back home, especially with the young ones.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

So the bottom line is, I think stick with your plan, I think it’s a good plan. More is not always better, eight days might be just a little bit of overkill.


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