By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.
By Dave Shute
I have retired this itinerary for 2016, as I’ve not been able to design a five night version for 2016 that meets my standards. For a six night option, see this.
Hi Dave, I have valued all the information on this site and we are making our first visit to WDW on your top recommended week with an arrival on 11/29/2014. However we can only stay 5 nights and depart om 12/4. I’ve found your 5 night itinerary for the first three weeks in December, but it starts on a Monday. How do I adapt it for a Saturday arrival? We do have MVMCP tickets on Tuesday 12/2.
thank you for all the great info, Lisa
Hi Lisa and thanks!
Assuming you are staying at a WDW hotel (if you aren’t let me know), do what it shows for Monday on Saturday. Do what it shows for Wednesday on Sunday. Do what it shows for Thursday on Monday. Keep Tuesday as is. Move what it shows as Friday to Wednesday, but start your day an hour earlier, and do what it shows as Saturday on Thursday
How would you change this 5 day itinerary for the week after thanksgiving arriving on Sunday? Also, how could we incorporate more character meals? Thanks!
Amber, this itinerary is tied to these exact days, so it doesn’t shift too well. Let me know the ages of your kids and I’ll give you some thoughts on an itinerary for those dates.
Hi Dave, my family (mom, dad, almost 3 and 7 year old at time of travel) will be arriving late afternoon Dec. 12 and departing on 4:25 flight Dec. 16. We have Park hopper 4 day tix and MVMCP tix for the 15th. Please help me plan a good itinerary for my girls. Which park to do evening of 12th or maybe no park that day but rather one the last morning before we depart since we only have 4 day tickets? Best parks each day? Best rides? Ones to skip. You are an amazing dude for all you do!
BH, at those ages I’d skip Epcot and do two days at MK and one each at AK and HS. So, (including Epcot),
The 13th avoid HS The 14th avoid MK The 15th avoid Epcot The 16th avoid MK and AK.
Note that this shows just two good days at MK–the 13th and 15th. Since the 16th is avoid AK, do HS then, leaving the 14th for AK.
I don’t really have tight itineraries for kids that young on this site, but you can find them in Chapter 6 of my book.
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