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  • On Nov 12, 2022
    Elaine from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Trying to figure out how many days we need at each park. Can we do everything in just one day at each park?

    Hiya Elaine, 

    It is s great to see you back at planDisney. I love that you are already looking ahead to your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation. It is never too early to start planning your next magical adventure. 

    What a great question! If I am being honest, even after all of our trips "home", we have yet to accomplish everything. There are so many amazing things to see and do that it is not possible to do it all in one day. Another factor you should consider is the crowd levels during your vacation. Peak travel times, like the week of Christmas, will impact how quickly you can move through the attractions and entertainment options. The good news is you can still have a fantastic time by focusing on the things most important to you and your family. Anything you do after completing that list is extra pixie dust!

    If your travel dates allow the time, at least one day at each theme park is a must. If you are able to extend your stay another day, I would recommend two full days at Magic Kingdom, as this theme park has the largest number of attractions and typically takes the most amount of time to move through the various lands. You could then spend one full day at each of the remaining theme parks.

    If you are able to stay for an entire 7 days, and have added the Park Hopper Option to your tickets, I would take one of the extra days and spend it at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the morning and hop over to EPCOT to end out the day. This will allow you extra time to enjoy some of Hollywood Studios' most popular attractions that tend to have longer waits, and then spend the evening strolling the shops and entertainment at EPCOT's World Showcase. We like to use the one remaining day as a "recharge our batteries" day in the middle of our trip. On that day we often hang out at our Disney Resort pool, perhaps play some miniature golf or visit other resorts and definitely spend some time enjoying Disney Springs.

    No matter how many days you are able to visit, the important part is to have a priority list before you arrive and visit those attractions first. I usually have each family member select the two most important things they want to do each day so we do not miss anyone's favorites. We then create a backup list in case we have extra time or one of our must-do's is not available. 

    One last bonus tip - do not worry so much about crossing everything off your list that you forget to stop and enjoy the unexpected magic that often happens. Some of our favorite memories have happened when we least expected it and were definitely not planning for it. If I can help with any additional planning questions, I hope you will stop back and see me

    Hope to see ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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