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How many days should I plan

by Angie
(Albany, NY)

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I am at the beginning stages of putting together our first family trip to Disney:) Your site is extremely helpful, thank you! I have a question for you- My girls will be (just turning) 6 & (almost) 4 when we plan on going (week before Thanksgiving) and I Honestly believe we will spend most our time only at two parks- Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom.

Realistically how many days should I plan? Initially I wanted to do full 7 days but I think that will be too much for what we would be looking to do- would 5 days be long enough in your opinion for two parks? Also would you mind sharing what the cost (ball park) of using the travel agent you suggest on your site would be?

Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to going through more of your site!!!


You’re going to Disney World

The model for Toy Story Land

You would miss the new Toy Story Land – Photo by Rich Ramos

Angie, congratulations on your first trip to Walt Disney World. Come on, shout with me, WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!

If you only want to go to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, 4 days in the parks will be sufficient to see everything. The week before Thanksgiving will be light to moderate crowds and you should be able to experience all you want in 4 days.

Dad’s Magic Kingdom page
Dad’s Animal Kingdom page

Are You Sure?

That being said, skipping EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in my opinion is a mistake. Some of the best attractions at Walt Disney World are in those parks. You don’t have to spend a whole day in each park (but you could), but you should at least experience them.

Dad’s EPCOT page
Dad’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios page

I would suggest you do a 5 day trip, add the park hopper option to your tickets. Spend a day and a half in each, the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. The other half of the day go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT. Then on the last 2 days you can figure out what you’ve missed or what park you want to return to and explore more.

Destinations to Travel is free

As to a ballpark of what the service costs at Destinations to Travel, it’s absolutely nothing. There is no cost for using their service if you book your trip with them. For a ballpark of what your trip will cost, go to the Disney website and they have a calculator right at the top of the page, or just get in touch with Destinations to Travel and have them do it for you.

Dad’s Destinations to Travel Page

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

Don’t dismiss EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are outstanding attractions in both parks. Get a flavor of everything so you’ll know what you want to do more of the next time you come.

What do you think? Should Angie skip 2 parks? Tell us below in the comments.


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