Doing Disney In A Day

So you want to do Disney World in a day? ARE YOU CRAZY?! Only kidding! This may seem like a monumental task, but with the right amount of planning and my go to guide; doing Disney in a day is an adventure you can accomplish!

At first glance trying to do Disney in a day can seem overwhelming. After all there are 5 parks (including Disney Springs), over 100 attractions, and a handful of parades. So how do you decide what to include and what to leave out? Here is my guide to getting the most out of your Disney day trip:

  • You won’t do everything!- This is the most important thing to understand. You will not be able to do everything and that is okay, once you realize and are satisfied with this fact the pressure goes away and you can begin to enjoy your trip and the planning process.
  • Prioritize- Call a family meeting before the big day and ask everyone to pick one or two things they want to do while at the parks and make sure those get done first. “Happy children, happy Disney trip??”
  • Plan your park route- Once everyone has picked their favorites decide on your course of action for the day. I recommend starting out at Hollywood Studios to  knock out Toy Story, Tower of Terror and Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster (or whatever attractions your family has deemed favorites). Most guests will head to Magic Kingdom first, by the time you are ready to head there they will be about to break for lunch and wait times should be shorter (emphasis on should).
  • Arrive early and leave late- Get to the parks before they open so that you are first in the gates and stay late enough to help them close down the parks. Staying late also provides for amazing photo opportunities. Make sure to grab a snapshot in front of Cinderella’s castle at night all lit up when no one else is around. It’s beautiful!
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff- After all it’s Disney and if you’re there with small children they will change their minds and that’s okay. If you hyper focus on sticking to your plan you will forget to enjoy your trip.
  • Skip the parades- I recommend skipping the parades. While everyone else is watching you can get valuable ride time in, wait times are down and streets (where the parade isn’t) are easy to navigate. Be sure to check the parade route to make sure the attractions you want to ride don’t conflict with the streets they are using. It’s a good time to take advantage of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
  • Eat quick service meals- Grab a quick service meal, rest up and get back to it.
  • Gauge crowds- If you have the flexibility to go whenever be sure to go when crows are at a minimum. Avoid the holidays and summer months as parks are most crowded then. September is a great time to go.
  • Take lots of pictures- You will thank me later when you can look back on all the great memories you made.
  • Get dessert to go- Grab a Mickey ice cream or a bag of Goofy’s Candy Co. licorice for the ride home. It keeps the magic alive just a little bit longer.
  • ENJOY THE DAY! After all you’re at “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Enjoy your family time and creating memories that will last forever.


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