How Long to Stay?

Planning a Trip ⇒ How Long to Stay?

The length of your Disney vacation is going to depend on a few different factors, such as:

  • How much vacation time you have
  • How much time you want to spend on non-Disney activities
  • How much “relaxing” you want to do by your pool or at your hotel
  • And of course… your budget
Cinderella Castle Golden Hour

We recommend a vacation of between 7 and 9 days (a full week) for first-time visitors or anyone that hasn’t been to Walt Disney World in a long time.  A trip of this length should give enough time to experience everything while also getting to relax at your hotel.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, you could squeeze a Walt Disney World vacation into as few as 4 days if you sacrifice some relaxation and only focus on Disney’s theme parks.  Ultimately, you’ll have to weigh the above factors to come up with the right number of days for your trip.

 We recommend allocating your days in the following manner based on a seven-day vacation:

  • 2 days at the Magic Kingdom
  • 1 day at Epcot
  • 1 day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • 1 day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • 1 day relaxing by the hotel pool or at a Water Park, followed by a night at Disney Springs
  • 1 day going back to your favorite park or outside of Disney
Universe of Energy

There are many other attractions in the Orlando area if you feel inclined to spend a day outside of Walt Disney World.  There’s, of course, Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure as well as Seaworld and Discovery Cove if you’re interested in theme parks.  There is also Busch Gardens, but that’s going to be a much further drive since it’s closer to Tampa.  There are also outlet malls in the Orlando area which are very popular with tourists.  Finally, a day at the beach is not out of the question.  Because Orlando is in the middle of the state both the Gulf Coast and Atlantic ocean are about a 90 minutes drive away. 

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