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BLOG MINI SERIES: How Many Days? Part 2, the 7 Day Trip

Domenic Pisano

BLOG MINI SERIES:

How Many Days? Part 2, the 7 Day Trip

This is the second in a short series of blog posts discussing how many days we comfortably book a Disney World Vacation and not feel like we are overly rushed, or have missed out on attractions.

The seven day trip is our most common vacation.  It certainly is a little more relaxing than the 5 day trip.

WARNING, some strange Disney math starts to occur.  With more time we can take our time and we can spend some time at resorts to enjoy the amenities.  Unfortunately more days also calculates into more expense.   So now we are in this catch 22 where on as shorter trip a resorts are more affordable, but we wouldn’t use them.  However on a longer trip we would use the resort more, but may be priced out due to the length if stay.

We have jumped resorts in the past where we did the lion’s share of our trip at a lower priced resort and moved to a higher priced resort for a couple of days of pampering.  For us it was worth the extra booking, the packing and unpacking, and the multiple check-ins for some special nights.

Food makes a return to prominence. On the 5 day vacation we may have one special sit down meal (usually with characters) planned.  However on the longer trip we may plan a sit down dinner or lunch everyday.

We also move outside of just the big 4 theme parks.  The water parks, the Boardwalk and Downtown Disney (Disney Springs?) also may be on our list.

Below is our typical seven day breakdown.

  • 2 1/2 Days Magic Kingdom
  • 1 1/2 Days Epcot
  • 1 Day Hollywood Studios
  • 1/2 Day Animal Kingdom
  • 1/2 Day Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon
  • 1 Day mop-up

We are more likely on trips like this to park hop.  We might start at one park for morning events and hop to another for evening.  Also if weather is an issue we have the ability to leave one place and go to another, knowing we could always come back on a different day.  We might even walk around the shopping areas midday and wait until the cranky children wear out their parents.

My wife is still a devoted park opener and closer, but we are not as rushed.  We move around slower to take in some of the many great Disney details, and we can also move beyond rides and attractions to enjoy more of what the resort has to offer.  I recommend a 7 day trip if you want your attractions to also be mixed with some relaxation.

Have a Great Trip,

-Doc