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“How Many Rides is Too Many?” Disney Fans Debate

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It seems that the new status quo of every Disney Vacation requires reservations and scheduling every aspect of every day. Theme Park Reservations, Disney Dining Reservations, and now even ride reservations seem required whether one purchases Lightning Lane access via Disney Genie+ or the Individual Lightning Lane options or one sets a specific time to join the standby line. Because of this new mentality, many Guests are putting an even stronger focus on deciding which attractions they are going to experience before they even set foot in the Theme Park.


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But even if everything goes your way with Disney Genie+ and the flow of crowds, there is a limit to how many rides you and your family can check off the list in a day. So how many is too many?

One question asked fellow Disney fans that very question, explaining, “How many rides should my party of 4 plan on riding? At first I was planning 6-8 rides per park. Is it a better idea for each party member to pick 1 must ride and see where the rest of the day takes us?”

When making an itinerary, how many rides is too many?
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Several other fans commented in agreement that this original poster’s position was best, especially on acquiring and prioritizing everyone in the party’s must-do attractions. The general consensus is that 6-8 rides per day is still doable, especially with the help of Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane, but stress should not be put on the number of rides outside of everybody’s must-dos.

Your number of Disney rides per day will also depend on how much time a party wants to spend on meals and non-ride attractions like Charater Meet and Greets and stageshows.

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Personally, this Disney Fanatic suggest that, yes, everybody should get to have at least one Disney Park dream come true in terms of ride or attraction, and everything else should come second for the day. Whether it is Space Mountain and Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom Park, Frozen Ever After and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT, Slinky Dog Dash and Toy Story Mania at Disneys Hollywood Studios, or Avatar Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest at Disneys Animal Kingdom. This may include waking up early to secure a virtual queue spot. Even though it is only a half-hour, Early Park Access for Disney World Resort Hotel Guests is incredibly helpful in providing lower wait times for the most popular attractions, allowing Lightning Lane Reservations to be utilized for other matters later in the day.

There is magic in spontaneity, so leave some flexible time for game-time decisions, you never know what you are going to add to your Disney experience.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.

Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed in this piece are the writer’s and may not reflect the sentiments of Disney Fanatic as a whole. 

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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