Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jun 13, 2009
    Brittany from UT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are taking our first trip with the family to Disney World September 16-26. We will have a rather large group 7 adults and 5 children ages 1-9. I've heard you need at least 2 days for Epcot. Which parks take the longest? Could you do HS all in 1 1/2 day?

    There are a lot of factors which influence how long it will take you to go through each park.  You are visiting at a time that should not be terribly crowded, so you will probably not encounter lines that are too long. 

    Another thing that can affect how long it takes you to go through the parks is whether or not you have planned for sit down meals or counter service meals.  It will take a bigger chunk out of your day if you are going to take longer breaks for sit down meals.

    My family can get through Disney's Hollywood Studios in just over a day.  I try to do the busiest things in the morning, and fast pass what I can.  The thing that takes longer at this theme park is the fact that there are so many shows that the kids want to sit down for!  You have to plan on things like Indiana Jones and Beauty and the Beast to take at least 45 minutes out of your day, between waiting to get in and the show itself.

    For us, EPCOT and the Magic Kingdom take the longest.  The Magic Kingdom has the most attractions that our family likes to do, and if we don't allow two days there, we miss some of the things for sure.  Because my kids range in age from four to 17, I have to plan to do pretty much every ride there.  EPCOT is another park that can take a day and a half or longer to do.  In addition to the rides, my kids really enjoy the performances in the World Showcase, so we try to squeeze in as many of them as we can.  And you can't forget allowing time to browse the shops in the World Showcase!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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