Planning a vacation to Walt Disney World is very subjective because each family will have their favorites. Family dynamics and ages are going to vary. As travel planners we all get asked by our clients, how to allocate the number of park days over your vacation. Granted having a Park Hopper ticket option will help you get to all the parks, but you have to factor in travel time from park to park and see if it is worth it to park hop. A Park Hopper ticket option allows you to visit more than one park a day. If you are short on time this might be a good options. It is also a great option for couples and solo travelers.
Here is a breakdown of how I would use my days at Walt Disney World.
1 day ticket: (I know the horror!) but you will have to choose ahead of time if it will be at Magic Kingdom or Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom because the pricing is slightly different. But this is a no-brainer for me: Magic Kingdom
2 day ticket: Magic Kingdom & Epcot. Unless you have a person who is into Star Wars than I would suggest Hollywood Studios. But with Magic Kingdom and Epcot having the most attractions these will give you the most bang for your buck.
3 day ticket: Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Sure you may prefer to hit up Animal Kingdom but I feel that Hollywood Studios still has more to experience on a short trip.
4 day ticket: Visit each park one time for first time visitors. If you have been before or aren’t interested in Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom I would suggest 2 days at Magic Kingdom, 1 at Epcot and then 1 and either Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom.
5 day tickets: With 5 days I would check out Magic Kingdom twice and all of the other parks once. I believe this a fairly common arrangement for many people taking a 5 day vacation and it gives you plenty of time in Magic Kingdom plus a visit to each other park.
6 day tickets: Magic Kingdom and Epcot twice with a single day spent at both Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
7 day tickets: Here is where it gets tricky. I would go with 3 days at Magic Kingdom (taking it easy), 2 at Epcot and again 1 at both Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom
8 day tickets: You could visit each park twice, or go to Magic Kingdom 3 times, Hollywood Studios and Epcot twice and Animal Kingdom once.
9 day tickets: Magic Kingdom and Epcot 3 times each, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom get the rest so I would probably go with 2 Hollywood Studios days and 1 Animal Kingdom day.
10 day tickets: So many days to use up here! Magic Kingdom, and Epcot 3 times each, then Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom twice. What a fun vacation that would be!
You may find having the Park Hopper is also a great advantage especially with longer trips. You may want to pop over to Animal Kingdom in the morning and then finish the evening with fireworks at Magic Kingdom. And of course if the weather isn’t cooperating a Park Hopper is really handy.
Do take into consideration when planning your park days special events like hard ticket parties, events like a runDisney race. Or if it is near a holiday or school break the parks can get very crowded so it is important to look ahead for what is going on at Walt Disney World before planning your park days. And of course a great travel agent can help you with this!
Do you have a favorite combination of parks to visit on a vacation? We would love to hear it!