By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2018, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

Shorter Walt Disney World Itineraries

By Dave Shute


The standard itineraries of this site cover eight nights. (Why?–See How Long to Stay.)

Below is offered help for slightly shorter itineraries.



Those taking even shorter trips, or with very different arrival days, will be best served by looking at the closest itinerary I have for the essential matters, and then adapting to it the one and tw0 day touring plans you will find in my book. Ask me for help using the comment form below.

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1 Charlie { 08.11.12 at 10:15 am }

Going to WDW 2/7-2/14/2013 (Th-Th); itinerary suggestions pls sir?


2 Dave { 08.11.12 at 11:23 am }

Charlie, you can adapt this: Start your Thursday with it’s Thursday, and then just match days. However, on Saturday do the MK stuff it lists for Weds, and skip the Epcot stuff it has on Sat night…

3 Charlie { 08.11.12 at 10:18 am }

btw, traveling with my wife, 7yo son, 5yo daughter…

4 Kelly O'COnnor { 04.07.14 at 8:28 am }

We will be staying at AoA from May 17-24, 2014 and using 4 day military passes. We have three girls, ages 7, 5 and 3. I’m trying to use your itineraries as a basis for my own, but with only 4 day park passes, we are going to have to utilize one day at each park. I notice most of your itineraries have multiple visits to MK and EPCOT, which I think would be ideal but with only four days, how do you recommend planning with only one day at each park? Should we base it off your 5 or 6 night itinerary even though we will be there for 7? We are thinking of skipping the “hopper” option in order to add 2 days at the waterparks to our military pass for the same price. Just wondering what your recommendation would be.

5 Dave { 04.08.14 at 8:20 am }

Hi Kelly! At those ages, I’d skip Epcot, and do two days at MK. I don’t have itineraries that will fit, but see Josh’s cheat sheets:

Those dates, avoid MK the 18th, 19th and 22; avoid HS the 17th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 23rd and 24th, and avoid AK the 17th, 19th, and 24th. You don’t need a hopper–the water park option will be a better use of money!

6 Susanne { 08.08.14 at 10:00 pm }

We will be arriving Aug 16, 2014 and staying for 6 nights, leaving Friday afternoon. Do you recommend your 6 night itinerary arriving Monday and just switching the days or should I use your 7 day and not do the second Saturday. We have 2 adults and 3 teens.

7 Dave { 08.10.14 at 9:50 am }

Susanne the itineraries are integrated and tied to actual park schedules so they aren’t too flexible. You are best off using the per-park itineraries in Chapter 6 of the book: The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit

8 Bao { 09.02.14 at 3:59 am }

We are planning a trip arriving 1 am on Nov. 8, leaving 6pm on Nov. 11 so we only have 3 and a half day at the park. Two boys 8 & 12, one girl 5. We probably will split some time for the boys and the girl as they will have different interest. Do you have any suggestions re what to do together? What are the must during this short trip?

Thanks very much.

9 Dave { 09.03.14 at 8:25 am }

Bao, for the must-dos, see this: At those ages you want a Magic Kingdom-focused trip–at least two days there. AK works well for your departure day as it has no evening program anyway. If the kids like thrill rides HS is the next best park choice.

And for some ideas on managing a trip with wildly different ages see Chapter 2 of our book The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit

10 Kate { 02.17.15 at 11:11 am }

Hi Dave. I’m taking my 12 year old daughter to WDW for 6 nights arriving 3/28/15. I see an 8 day itinerary for that week and shorter itineraries for lower crowd times. Is there one appropriate for higher crowds? We’re staying off-site. Thanks!

11 Dave { 02.18.15 at 10:11 am }

Kate, on this site I don’t have anything shorter than 7 nights that suits the wild crowds of that week. Your best bet is to assemble an itinerary from the one and two day plans in Chapter 6 of my book The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit 2015

As an off-siter you have two disadvantages: not being able to make your FP+ til 30 days out, and facing a number of mornings at MK when WDW resort guests get in an hour before you do…

12 Amy { 08.28.15 at 6:49 pm }

Hi Dave,
Your site is awesome! As a first-time visitor, I am learning a lot. What can you suggest for a variation of your high-crowd itinerary….I am looking for a high-crowd, 7 night, arriving on Sunday for the week of March 20, 2016.

13 Dave { 08.30.15 at 8:45 am }

Amy, how old are your kids?

14 Amy { 09.05.15 at 6:36 pm }

Our daughter will be 9 by March and our son 16.

15 Dave { 09.06.15 at 8:22 am }

OK Amy start with this

Do what it shows as Saturday on Sunday
Leave Monday as it is
Do what it shows as Weds on Tuesday
Do what it shows as Sunday on Weds
Swap Thursday and Fri
Do what it shows as Tuesday on Sat am
Do what it shows as Sat am on Sun am

16 Eric { 08.10.16 at 3:10 pm }


I absolutly love this site!! I am planning a trip for August of 2017 (arriving on either Sunday the 20th, or the next week, 27th) and I looked for a short itinerary for the summer days, but cannot find one. We plan to stay at the RV park in Fort Wilderness and check out the following Saturday (6 night stay). Am i just not finding it?? Please help me out!!

17 Dave { 08.10.16 at 4:25 pm }

Eric, I don’t have one on this site, but you can build one from the one and two day plans for each park in our book.

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