One of the most common questions we receive at The Park Prodigy is, how many days do you need at Disney World? This answer isn’t as easy as it sounds as every family has different goals and plans while in Orlando. In this post we are going to break the most common vacation planning options we see.
We will cover families only looking to visit the Magic Kingdom, the four Walt Disney world theme parks, or all theme parks including the water parks. We hope you find this post helpful, and if you are planning a trip to Disney World be sure to check out our other FREE vacation planning tools. Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help families save time and money. That includes finding the best time to buy Walt Disney World tickets and book amazing Disney World Vacation packages!
So if you’re unsure of how many days to spend in Disney World read on!
Regardless of if you plan on staying in Walt Disney World for one day or an entire week there are a few tips and tricks we recommend to have the most magical time possible.
As many of us know, or are quickly finding out there is so much planning that goes into a Walt Disney World vacation! With four main theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) plus two water parks at Disney World there is really so much to do. So it’s a tough question when figuring out how many days should you stay at Disney World?
The main reason is it’s not as easy as saying you’ll simply spend one day at each park. This has always been the case but even more so now with the recent additions of Star War’s Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Storyland at Hollywood Studios as well as Pandora World of Avatar and many more new attractions around WDW.
Things have also become a bit more complicated with the new Disney World reservation system. Like we said there is a ton of planning that goes into a Disney vacation and everyone will have something different that works for them. So let’s take a look at how many days to spend in each Disney World park.
Short Answer: Two Days
The Magic Kingdom is by far the most popular theme park at Walt Disney World and has the most to see and do. In our opinion you need to plan two days to see everything at the Magic Kingdom. This is especially true if you would like to see all of the character meet and greets and streetmosphere.
Short Answer: Two Days
How many days should you spend in Disney World if you’re only visiting EPCOT? The simple answer is two days. It’s important to note that until recently we had EPCOT as a one day park, however it seems like Disney almost always has a festival going on these days. For that reason we feel EPCOT is a two day park specifically for adults visiting Disney, older teens and foodies. The reason being is you will almost certainly need two days to taste your way around World Showcase and sample all of the food booths.
It is important to note that EPCOT is by far the easiest Disney World theme park to enjoy in one day if you are visiting with small children and rides are your main priority. We have easily finished all of the main EPCOT attractions by 2:00 PM with plenty of time to relax back at the pool.
As discussed above If you’re visiting EPCOT and looking to take advantage of all of the unique food and drink options we recommend two full days. This is especially true if you plan to visit during EPCOTs Food and Wine Festival, EPCOTs Flower and Garden Festival, EPCOTs Festival of the Arts or EPCOTs Festival of the Holidays.
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Short Answer: One Day
How many days should I go to Disney Worlds Hollywood Studios? One days but make sure you plan accordingly. To be honest this used to be a simple one day answer but with the recent addition of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and also Toy Story Land it’s up for debate. However we still think Hollywood Studios is a one day park as long as you plan in advance and grab a Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge boarding group. It’s also important to note that Hollywood Studios has some amazing shops such as the Droid Depot and Savi’s Workshopwhich can make tackling this park in one day a challenge.
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is the only reason why we would suggest planning two days at Hollywood Studios. To start, you will want to make sure you have as many try’s as possible to grab a boarding group spot. And even if you are lucky enough to grab one the new system makes it difficult to plan your day at Hollywood Studios. The reason being is you will need to go wait on line for Rise of the Resistance once your boarding group is called. You won’t know when this will happen so it makes it difficult to plan your day accurately. If you only have one day for Hollywood Studios and want to make sure you ride everything we recommend planning your vacation during the slow season at Disney.
If you need additional help planning the best time to visit Disney World be sure to check out our Disney Crowd Calendar!
Short Answer: One Day
How many days to spend at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom? Very simply one day. This is especially true now that many of the nighttime entertainment has been postponed. Animal Kingdom used to have a nightly closing time of 6:00 PM making this an easy answer ever since it’s opening in 1998. It’s important to note that Animal Kingdom does have some of the longest wait times at Disney World with the addition of Pandora World of Avatar.
Quick answer: 7 Days
As you can see above we just outlined 5-6 jammed packed days and we haven’t even touched on the two Disney water parks or Disney Springs. So how many days do you need to enjoy Walt Disney World? We feel 7 days should be your minimum stay, especially if you plan on visiting the Disney World water parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach) and Disney Springs. The extra day or two in between parks will make your trip that much more relaxing.
Quick Answer: 5 Days
Sure you can do it in four with one theme park per day but why not take the extra day. As discussed you can break the Magic Kingdom into a relaxing two days or even spend a day by the hotel pool.
Short Answer: One Day
We love both Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, however we do feel like you can get a great amount done while visiting one park per day. It is important to note that if relaxation is your main goal you can easily spend more than one day at these water parks. (Specifically typhoon lagoon)
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So how long should you plan your trip to Disney World? The simple answer is stay as long as you can afford and plan around that! No matter how long you stay at Walt Disney World if you plan your trip the right way you will have a great time.
Ideal Length – 6-7 days is the best length if you are looking to visit all four Walt Disney World theme parks, two water parks and Disney Springs.
Short Trips – The most important thing to remember with quick trips is to plan your days and pick exactly which rides you want to see. You won’t be able to do it all and that’s okay!
A: Although you might have seen videos on YouTube of guests visiting all four Disney world theme parks in one day it’s simply not enough. Guests might be able to visit one of the four main Disney World theme parks in one day. But for parks like The Magic Kingdom it might be stretch and an extremely long day.
A: The short answer is no. The Magic Kingdom theme park alone is one of the most popular theme parks and our suggestion would be to plan two full days to really see it all! Hollywood Studios is also a full day event, especially if you are trying to see all of the main attractions.
Our Disney World Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We break down park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices, and average temperature. We also break down the best time to visit Disney World based on specific times of the year and special events.
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