How many days do you recommend going to the Disney theme park? Is one day enough?
Susan from Missouri
How many days you need to spend depends on the age, number of children, and your budget. If time/funds are limited, get a guide book to the park from your library, Read up on the features and areas that interest you, and let your children know what the choices are. I have done Disney with a group of 16-18 year olds on a class trip. We used 3 days, and that was about right for teens and adults
I have also done Disney with grandchildren. Under 5 or 6, 1 day in Fantasyland/Frontierland is enough
Older kids(7-8), we needed 2 days.
Check with the Disney store in a mall near you. That is where I found the best prices on park tickets. If this trip is basically for the kids, consider splitting up and each parent taking different age groups to different areas.
Whatever amount of time you decide to spend, bring your own refillable water bottles, and buy one meal and bring another. If you don't have stroller age children, bring a rolling backpack or suitcase. It can hold food,jackets, a change of clothes/bathing suit if you hit a water area. You will need some way to carry things
You will never get to all of the features under 5 days or so, so pick and choose based on the ages and interests of your family. Our family favorites turned out to be Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Enjoy your visit.
Are you talking about Disneyworld in Orlando or Disneyland in California?
If Disneyworld I would say it depends on who is going on the trip. There are four seperate theme parks, not to mention Downtown Disney which is a shopping area. If you plan to visit all four parks I don't think one day would be nearly enough. I would suggest at least 3 days and then you may not be able to see everything. If you have younger kids going you will need to account for taking breaks during the day, too.
I've talked to people who have done all 4 parks in two days but they skipped a lot because they weren't interested in everything.
I lived in Florida and my first year we bought annual passes and went a LOT and I still don't think I saw everything :)
I hope this helps some.
i went with my parents when i was 9 years old with my brother (whom was around 13 at the time) and it took us about a week to do all the things we wanted to do
Take the best quality walking shoes you have (already broken in), thick socks and snacks. The last thing you want are blisters.
Disney food wasn't very nutritious (where we could afford to eat - mainly burgers and not much in the way of fresh veggies) and it was also very $$$$$! And not very tasty. Just bad fast food.
You need at least 3 days, full time, and then two things will happen:
1) there still wasn't enough time to see everything
2) it's enough of the same thing already and you won't want to be there any more
Absolutely do not go on a national holiday. We went during Thanksgiving (because that's when DH could take a vacation) and a 45 min. to 1.5 hour or longer wait for rides was typical. Also rides that broke down from the heavy use and we had to be rescued twice (Mr. Toad's Wild ride).
If I had to do it all over again, I would absolutely not have gone at that time.
A friend and her family went during Oct. and said, "No waiting in line".
I HAVE BEEN TO DISNEY WORLD APPROX 5 TIMES . THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN SEE AND APPRECIATE THE ONE IN FLORIDA IN ONE DAY NOT EVEN JUST THE MAGIC KINGDOM. I HAVE BEEN TO THE ONE IN CALIFORNIA BUT THAT WAS LONG AGO AND I DON'T BELIEVE WE SAW ALL OF IT EITHER . IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT ALL I RECOMMEND THE 7 DAY WORLD HOPPER PASS .
We just got back last Friday! The Single Parents of 2nd Baptist Church of Houston took 10 commercial busses to Orlando. We had 3 days: 2 for parks and 1 for a waterpark. My son and I chose MGM for Monday because MagicKingdom's busiest weekday is Monday. We did enough that we were happy to come back to the hotel at 7 PM. We did Blizzard Beach on Tuesday--a wonderful, restful day before we did Magic Kingdom on Wednesday. I packed a small cooler (softsided) with frozen water and a washcloth to sponge off with when I got overheated; jerkey; protein bars; dried fruit for snacks and we ate at McD's about 4PM. By midnight we still hadn't done it all!! But what memories!!
The best book that I read was by Burnbaum on Disneyworld--Amazon for about $12.
The Singles Pastor gave us 4commands: Be flexible. Have fun. Make memories. Make new friends! It was wonderful!!
You didn't say which Disney but if you are going to Orlando, we were there 2 years ago and if you stay at one of the Disney Hotels, you can get a meal package that is superb. You will want to book SPECIAL restaurants or Theme breakfasts ahead of time but our son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons figured they saved at least $100.00 a day on meals for the four of them.
Don't know if Disneyland has the same thing but if you phone them, they can tell you if they do.
Have fun !
We spent 7 days and it Wasn't enough-LOL!
Read Birnbaums Unoffical guide-it gives great travel tips and plans for each park-this way you'll maximize your trip
Me, my parents and my three younger siblings went in 05'. We stayed 9 days and that was plenty because we had enough time to see all the parks and then go back to the rides we really liked (I rode Space Mountain like 11 times!). But we only ate 'in park' 3-4 times. We stayed in a disney hotel, VERY COOL, that was like a condo. Two bedrooms, two FULL bathrooms, a FULL kitchen and a living room with a porch were you could go outside and feed the geese that would walk RIGHT UP TO YOU! The only down side is that we had a 1 1/2 year old that couldn't ride hardly anything, but we had these passes so that one of my parents and three of us kids could go on the ride and then when the parent who rode came off the ride the kids stayed inside and the other parent could skip the line and go in (forgot what they were called).
But the reason we only ate 3-4 times is because they were SO $! So what we did was dropped our stuff off in the condo/hotel room, and went to Walmart and bought TONS of TV dinners and that is what we ate except for we had cereal for breakfast and went back to the condo for lunch then went back out again. But me and my mom would sneak out sometimes and go to DownTown Disney! Which is pretty cool, we took the whole family a few times. But there you have it, one of the most perfect vacations ever. DISNEYWORLD! -Mackenzie 11
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