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  • On Jan 14, 2023
    Lisa from NH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am visiting Disney World for the first time with my family for 5 days. How many days do people usually spend at each park?

    Hi Lisa,

    How exciting to be visiting Walt Disney World for the first time!  I still remember my first time visiting like it was yesterday, even though it was nearly 27 years ago.  I'm so excited for the Magical memories you are about to make with your family.

    Lisa, your question is an excellent one and I want to first let you know there is no simple answer and to be quite honest, it is impossible to do/see everything in each park in one day.  But that is actually a great thing!  That means you will have so many options and you can't go wrong with whatever you choose.

    Since you will be visiting for 5 days and there are 4 theme parks, I recommend starting by making a Park Pass Reservation for each of the 4 theme parks during the time in which you will be visiting.  The 5th day would be a great day to do a repeat visit in one of the parks that you think will most interest your family.  Do you have young children?  If so, then Magic Kingdom may be a great place to revisit a second time.  I am not a young person, but it's my favorite park and that one always gets my vote!  Do you have Star Wars or Toy Story fans?  If so then spending an extra day in Disney's Hollywood Studios to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge  or Toy Story Land may be your choice.  This theme park is the favorite of my two boys.   If you have nature lovers or fans of Avatar, you may want to spend your 5th day at Disney's Animal Kingdom.  This park is always on the top of the list for my youngest daughter and husband.  If you have world travelers and adventurers in your group, they may fall in love with EPCOT and want to experience it a second time.  EPCOT is my oldest daughter's favorite park and has been since she was 4 years old (she's now almost 24).  EPCOT is almost like two parks in one and is so large you could spend many days in this one theme park and still have lots more to experience!  Plus my new favorite attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is located there and that is something we all can agree upon.  

    Lisa, here are two planning guides that may help you decide which theme parks and activities will be of most interest for your family.  This first is Planning for Preschool Kids & Little Ones.  This guide highlights entertainment, attractions, dining, and even has frequently asked questions for parents of little ones.  The next guide is for Tweens & Teens and focuses on interests for older children in a similar fashion.

    Finally, even after you have made Disney Park Pass Reservations for your visit, you can still change your mind even while you are on vacation.  It is quite easy to do this within your My Disney Experience Mobile App.

    See Ya Real Soon!
    Brenda
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Meet the Panelist: Brenda, Missouri

I fell in love with Walt Disney World on my very first visit, which took place during my honeymoon. Since then we have added 4 "mouseketeers" to our family and have come to appreciate what a great value a Walt Disney World vacation can be on a budget. As a Physical Therapist and a mom of a large family, I would love to help you plan your next magical trip! Learn More About Brenda

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