Discussion: How Long Should You Plan Your Disney Trip?

Number of days needed for Disney World vacation

As we get ready to begin 2023, another round of New Year’s Resolutions begins to take shape, and a return to the Walt Disney World Resort is most likely worked in there somewhere. But what exactly is the right amount of time one should spend visiting Disney World?

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Walt Disney World is home to Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney Springs. There is also World Showcase, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, several golf courses, a horse ranch, and several fishing-ready lakes, just to name a few activities. Not to mention the plethora of restaurants and bars scattered across the different Resort Hotels.

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There is arguably far too much to do in a single trip. But the number of days needed for a Disney World vacation is a recurring discussion among Disney fans and reemerged recently this week on Disney World Reddit. While the exact number was different, it seems clear that the consensus is at least one week, including travel days.

One fan suggested,

8 nights. Fly in on Saturday and out the next Sunday. We do 3 park days, a rest day, and then 3 park days. 

Another suggested,

If it’s an actual vacation, I think 6 days is best. One day each park, and then an extra MK and Epcot day. If I have extended family with me, the younger the kids the longer the trip just because of how many breaks and rest time they need at a younger age.

And another suggested,

We’ve done (with travel day on either side):

5 days – 2 park days, rest, 2 park days

4.5 days – 2 park days, rest, 2 park days (left afternoon of the 4th park day)

10 days – 2 park days, rest, 3 park days, rest, 3 park days

  • im loving 10 days so far. We’ve not felt rushed and have had plenty of time to get everything in. Not sure how often we will be able to do 10 days so my second favorite is the 5 days on site with travel day on either end (so 7 days total)

EPCOT Spaceship Earth

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It is no secret that the powers that be at Disney Parks have made it even more difficult to get more done in one day thanks, in part, to the Theme Park Reservation System, virtual queue systems, and the Park Hopper limitations before 2 pm, pushing the number of needed Park days up a little more than before. But, at the end of the day, a fulfilling Disney World vacation is up to the individual fan and family.

What is your perfect number of days?

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

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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