Basic Itinerary Less Second Sunday

By Dave Shute


This itinerary, (click to open; when open, click again to enlarge) and its associated To-Do List are for the basic December weeks, but one day shorter, skipping the second Sunday.

If you must skip a day, this itinerary is much better than the alternative of skipping the first Saturday, as it preserves your day off on Thursday, which you will need!

The entries below provide daily guidance and your To-Do List.



BASIC ITINERARY: Summary To-Do List Sat Sun Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat Sun

BASIC ITINERARY LESS SECOND SUNDAY: Summary To-Do List Sat Sun Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat

BASIC ITINERARY LESS FIRST SATURDAY: Summary To-Do List Sun Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat Sun


BASIC ITINERARY 5 NIGHT VERSION: Summary To-Do List Sun Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri

BASIC ITINERARY RELAXED VERSION: Summary To-Do List Sat Sun Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat Sun Mon


  • For itinerary design goals and the basic December Itinerary, see this
  • For shorter and longer itineraries targeted at the same December week, see this
  • For itineraries covering all the other parts of the year, see this
  • To design your own itinerary, see this
  • For rides that might be skipped, see this
  • For a comprehensive guide to rides and attractions, see this


1 Jason Hahn { 03.14.13 at 6:07 pm }

We are going to Disney World , December 14-21, 2013, with two young kids (age 5.5 and 7). We are staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I am looking at your Basic December Itinerary Less Second Sunday. We are very concerned that the parks are going to get busier as the week goes on. Any suggested changes to your itinerary that would help us limit the late nights (10 pm back at AKL should be OK), do must see things at the start of the week and make our trip age appropriate for young kids. Also, we plan on returning when the kids are older.

2 Dave { 03.15.13 at 9:42 am }

Hi Jason–don’t worry about crowds that until Saturday night the 21st. Christmas breaks move around more than one would think until one starts tracking them closely for a site like this! Because New Year’s Day 2014 is mid-week, Xmas breaks won’t start til 12/23 in 2013… For the logic behind this, see this page about 2012 whihc had a similar mid-week New Years

The itineraries should be close to dead on for your older girl, but you can use this as a filter to pitch them more towards the younger one:

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3 Danny { 05.09.13 at 10:29 am }

I would move crystal palace to a dinner on tuesday night.

4 Nick { 05.14.13 at 9:58 pm }

Hi Dave,
Greatly appreciate the work you’ve put in on this site! We are planning on taking our 3 kids and my adult sister the Friday after Thanksgiving. We are considering going Friday-Friday (to allow the kids to recover before going back to school the next week). Can I adjust your 7 night itinerary accordingly or are there specific reasons for doing certain things on certain days?
Many thanks,

5 Dave { 05.15.13 at 6:58 am }

Nick, because of day to day variations in Disney’s operating calendar, days mean days–so “First Saturday” means “Saturday,” not “Day 1.” Lemme know how old the kids are and I’ll suggest revisions…

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6 Nick { 05.15.13 at 2:27 pm }

Thank you sir.
Kids are 13, 10, 8

7 Dave { 05.16.13 at 8:06 am }

OK Nick, here’s how to modify it: Do what it shows on Friday evening for your arrival night; do what it shows on Friday morning for your Saturday morning; do what it shows on Saturday night as your Saturday night; and move what it shows as Second Saturday morning on your second Friday morning…let me know if I’ve confused you!!

8 Nick { 05.20.13 at 6:06 pm }

Thanks Dave! Working it through in my head, I think I’ve got it. I’ll marry it to paper to make sure and ping you if I get lost in the translation. Again, VERY much appreciated!

9 Dave { 05.21.13 at 8:12 am }

You bet, Nick!

10 Steve M { 02.27.14 at 7:56 pm }

Is there a specific itinerary for following the basic itinerary less the second sunday and staying at the Wilderness Lodge.

11 Dave { 02.28.14 at 7:11 am }

Steve, I am revising the Basic Itinerary–which applies to only three weeks from Thanksgiving through early December–based on FastPass+. The revision to it, and to the related itineraries like this one, will likely come out in April. None is tied to a specific hotel…

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