Many people ask – How long should my Disney trip be? I would say 5-7 days is ideal. If you are familiar with Disney, have a decent budget, and your kids are seasoned travelers then it could be longer. With a 6 day Disney itinerary you may not get to see and do everything during this time but you will enjoy everything you do and that’s what counts! Here is a sample 6 day Disney Itinerary with the highlights for a family with children.
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Day 1 – Magical Express
Arrive in Disney via plane and Disney’s Magical Express or car by mid morning. Check in, get settled, have lunch, naps, or a dip in the pool. Head over to the Contemporary Resort to Chef Mickey’s or the Grand Floridian’s 1900 Park Fare for a fun character dinner and then over to the Magic Kingdom for the fireworks or head back to resort to get to bed.
Day 2 – Magic Kingdom
After eating breakfast go over to Magic Kingdom. Work your way around the park starting with Aladdin’s Magic Carpets, Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean (for kids not scared of the dark). Head around toward Adventureland for Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain (40″ height limit) and then the Haunted Mansion. It might be a good time to grab a bite to eat at Columbia Harbour House (lots of seating upstairs). Then head into Fantasyland. Don’t miss it’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella’s Carousel, Enchanted Tales with Belle, 7 Dwarfs Mine Train. On your way into Tomorrowland hit the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway, Space Mountain (44″ height limit), Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. The Monsters Incorporated Laughing Floor is pretty funny if you get the chance. Be sure to see the parades and fireworks too! We love to be on the left side of Main Street when looking at the castle. You will also enjoy Happily Ever After. This fireworks show includes projections on the castle so make sure you have a good view of the castle to have a full experience. My favorite dinner is at the Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and Friends. Be sure to check out the Magic Kingdom FastPass rides. Make sure you have your autograph mat with you for lots of character autograph opportunities. You can finish the day with a fireworks dessert party for a little extra magic.
Day 3 – Epcot
After breakfast head over to Epcot. Enjoy the pavilions in Future World first. We like to spend a lot of time in the Land, Living Seas, and Journey Into Imagination. Keep your eyes open for Kidcot Fun Spots. After 11am you can head over to the World Showcase. You will find the Kidcot Fun Spots in every country. They may enjoy using the Passports throughout the countries too. There are fun rides for the kids in both Mexico and Norway. There are tons of great places to eat but these are my favorite Epcot restaurants. Don’t miss Epcot Forever at the end of the night. If you are at Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation, Pop Century, or Riviera you can get to Epcot via the new Skyliners!
Day 4 – Animal Kingdom
After breakfast its time to head to Animal Kingdom. Make sure you know the attractions for the Extra Magic Hours. I would make sure you see Pandora – Flight of Passage or Navi River Journey (depending on kids ages) Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Festival of the Lion King. Animal Kingdom is not to miss at night with the way Pandora lights up, the Safari at Night and of course Rivers of Light. You may be ready to make it an early night so you can go back to your resort and have the kids take a swim.
Day 5 – Hollywood Studios
Lights, Camera, Action – Time for Hollywood Studios. Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are both open and you won’t want to miss them. Make sure you have fastpasses for one of the new Toy Story Rides. Depending on kids ages you may want to spend more time with Toy Story and Disney Junior or head to Tower of Terror and Rock n Roller Coaster. Don’t miss Jedi Training for kids 3-12 and for Star Wars fans you will want to go to Star Tours, Galaxy’s Edge, and Launch Bay to meet your favorite Star Wars characters. Make sure to read Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – The Inside Scoop to get the latest information. There are many experiences that require reservations and you may need a boarding pass to ride one of the rides. You can plan a meal at Mama Melrose or character dining at Hollywood and Vine with priority seating for Fantasmic. If not then Sci-Fi dine in is a lot of fun with great food. End the night with Fantasmic and head back to pack up.
Day 6 – Travel Home
Time to go home. Magical Express will pick you up 3 hours before your departure time but bell services will hold your luggage until its time to board so pack up, send your luggage with bell services, and head to the pool for one more swim or the playground to get out the rest of your energy before you leave. Have a safe trip home and start thinking about your next magical Disney vacation!
This is just one example of a 6 day Disney itinerary, but Magical Memory Planners can create an itinerary just for your family, at no additional cost, when you book your vacation with us. We can take into account your kids ages, heights, and interests so that your plan is complete customized to your families needs. Ready to plan a stress free vacation?