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

(Other Itineraries)

By Dave Shute


If you can’t do the recommended December weeks at Walt Disney World:

  • For Disney World itineraries covering all the other parts of the year, see lower on this page
  • For shorter and longer options targeted at the same December weeks, see this
  • For shorter options for the most of the rest of the year, click here
  • To design your own Disney World itinerary, see this


This page provides below links to Walt Disney World itineraries by arrival week. Each itinerary includes links to daily guidance and a to-do list.

Itineraries are revised as Disney releases its calendar—which it usually does monthly, providing it for the next 6 months.


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1 Teneall { 09.11.11 at 10:15 am }

Thank you so much for your help! And your site has been a huge help, I would have never thought to have an itinerary for a vacation, but realizing we only have a couple days, your site has helped me with planning to make sure we see and do as much as we can on our trip!! 🙂

2 February 2013 { 07.21.12 at 11:21 am }

I am going on a first trip in February 2013. I don’t see a suggested itinerary for February above. Which itinerary would be best to follow?

3 Dave { 07.21.12 at 2:43 pm }

Hi, the February itineraries will come out after Disney releases its Feb calendar, which should be very soon…

4 Beth { 08.11.12 at 1:52 pm }

I didn’t see an April itin. We are traveling with one daughter that will be 5 by April 13 and I am lost as to how to plan.

5 Dave { 08.12.12 at 7:54 am }

Hi Beth!

I won’t publish April itins until Disney posts its April operating hours, which will be 5 or 6 weeks from now.

However, based on past Disney practice, for the weeks beginning April 6, this one will be pretty close, if not dead on:

6 Janine { 08.18.12 at 10:32 am }

Hi Dave We’re doing our first trip to WDW from Australia at a similar time to Beth but arriving Sunday 7th April to 13th. How would we amend the itinerary you suggested above? Also do you think it is worth hiring a car or is it reasonably easy to hire a taxi for the times when it might be needed to get to dinner etc? Finally, would you think Cirque du soleil appropriate for a 3 year old? Thanks so much for your insights.

7 Dave { 08.19.12 at 8:36 am }

Janine, the itinerary (like all those on this site) is designed for kids 8 or older, so if the only kid you are bringing is three wouldn’t use it…If you are staying at a WDW hotel, hiring a car is convenient, but not necessary–see this:

8 Patricia { 08.30.12 at 2:35 pm }

Dear Dave;
My third note to you and my “300th” visit. Due to several circumstances the trip I started “planning” in January didn’t get booked until a week ago. Husband and I have been to WDW 4 times. My son has been there 3 times, his wife 2 times, and this will be their daughters first visit. She is 6 years old ( she turns 7 in early November) and is exactly 48″ in stocking feet. This is the first time any of us have stayed on Disney property. We are booked into the Caribbean Beach Resort for 7 days 6 nights; September 30, checking out early morning October 6. We purchased the Deluxe Dining Plan, but it seems we have waited too late to reserve any of the character dinners we were hoping to get. We arrive on a Sunday morning at 9:30 AM. I think we could make it to the parks by 12:00 or 1:00 PM, does that seem do”able”? Son’s family is booked for the “Not so Scary Halloween” for Thursday. I’ve looked at your itineraries, but I am a little confused about the “Extra Magic Hours” that week. Where can I check for updates on those… and would that be pretty reliable for planning purposes? I think you would not be recommending Epcot for the 6 year old and that week will be exceptionally crowded with “Foodies” (like me) it was the place I most wanted to go to for myself. Do you think she, ( 6 year-old ) might enjoy a tour through Epcot, just for the sights and sounds, if she is in her big kid stroller?
Would it be OK to do MK when we get there (say 12:30) Sunday afternoon. I know the Park closes at 7 for the “Not So Scary”, but 7 hours might be enough for the first day. We could catch some pool time, and get an early at the gate start for Monday, if I know who opens early.
We would plan on doing MK again on Thursday till 7 PM; they would stay for the Halloween Party, and my husband and I would probably go “crash” in the hotel. I value your opinion and would like to do the best I can at planning some good stuff, since most of the “dining” I was counting on is unavailable…

9 Dave { 08.31.12 at 7:08 am }

Hi Patricia and congratulations on your 300th visit 🙂

For the latest updates on EMH and such, you want to go straight to Disney World’s operating calendars, and recheck as your visit gets close:

For your arrival day…keep in mind that your hotel check-in time is 3p. If a room is available before then, they’ll give it to you, but you can’t assume one will be. So you need to plan your day on the possibility that you’ll check in and drop off your luggage but not have a room til 3p…

It’s possible that the 6yo might enjoy just the stroll through Epcot, but it’s more simple and reliable just to get a baby sitter for her while the adults go to Food and Wine…

10 Brad { 09.04.12 at 3:21 pm }


My wife and I are going at the end of April 2013, Friday evening to Wed evening. What parks would you recommend for each day. Thanks!

11 Dave { 09.04.12 at 5:01 pm }

Hey Brad, Disney’s April calendars won’t be out for another couple of weeks, and I won’t have an answer to your question until they are…so come back to your question after September 21?

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13 Amanda { 01.08.13 at 11:09 am }

HELP! I am SO overwhelmed looking at info for Disney! I feel like a moron reading through alllll the information I am finding. Do you have any quick dos and don’ts for first timers? My oldest is 9 and my youngest will be about 2.5 when we go, I am hoping there will stiff be fun stuff for her to do too! Is mid September a good time there generally? I am hoping for weather that isn’t stupid hot, but not chilly either thanks 🙂

14 Dave { 01.08.13 at 12:58 pm }

Amanda, honestly the best approach is to start on the home page of this site and work through the points in order! On your specific question, mid-September is hot and in the peak of the hurricane season, but prices and crowds are low.

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15 Nicole { 01.17.13 at 9:39 pm }

I tried to post earlier but I don’t think it went through so I’m sorry if this is a duplicate! We are an active duty military family traveling to WDW March 20-27 (Wed-Wed). My husband and I will be traveling with our 3 kids, 2 six-year olds and a 4 year old, and our nanny. We already have flight reservations and hotel reservations at WDW Dolphin. I am looking for help with an itinerary that meets our needs. I was planning on using the military 4-day Park Hopper tickets for the 1st half of our trip but they are blacked out for the 2nd half. I don’t think we can do the meal plan with the military tickets. I have reservations for the character breakfast at Ohana on Thursday and the princess breakfast at Akershus on Saturday. My girls have reservations at the Bippity Boppity Boutique at MK on Friday before lunch. My tallest child is just over 44″ and they are not into scary rides. We definitely want to do the safari at Animal Kingdom. Do you have any tips/ideas or can you point us in the direction of someone who might be able to help? Thank you!

16 Dave { 01.18.13 at 7:29 am }

Hi Nicole, all my itineraries are aimed at slightly older kids who like all ride types, but you can find help here:

Also take a look at this:

You can’t get the dining plan at the Dolphin, as it is not a Disney owned and operated hotel…

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17 Sam { 01.31.13 at 10:26 am }

Hi Dave.
I am trying to create a daily itinerary Trip planned for April 8-13th my boys are 9 and 12 so we will be park hopping. I read somewhere you recommend we avoid parks on the days they have EMH but are there any exceptions to that?
I feel like it would be smart to go during EMH and head to the popular rides and get fast passes and be done before lunch and leave to another park for the other half of the day. What are your suggestions on this any advice is appreciated?

18 Dave { 02.01.13 at 7:15 am }

Sam, yes, that’s a fine approach! I try to design my itineraries to avoid the need for the extra cost of hopper,s but if you have hoppers, your plan is dead on! See this:

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19 Peg { 02.03.13 at 5:43 pm }

Do you have any itineraries designed specifically for “jersey week” in November. We are only planning for 5 days/6 nights so the shorter itinerary was the only one I found so far. We have 3 kids, ages, 7, 10, and 12. So looking more for things geared towards the pre-teen set, no princess or disney junior stuff. Thanks for your help. I have been reviewing your site for years to try and plan a trip at the right time for our family.

20 Dave { 02.04.13 at 11:00 am }

Peg, I will be publishing one after Disney releases it own operating calendar for that week–which it will do in later April. When published, you’ll be able to find it here:

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21 Patti { 02.06.13 at 11:41 pm }

Hi Dave – We’re arriving Disney Oct 18 and leaving Oct 28 2013. We’ll be staying in a 2 bedroom villa at Old Key West (additional family will be in a 1 bedroom nearby). We’ll have a total of 5 adults and a 10 year old so most likely we’ll . Using 7-day hopper passes. We plan to have all breakfasts and most dinners in our rooms. We passed on purchasing a dining plan as a result. Any thoughts about that decision? We’d like to schedule 2 really nice dinners (maybe on arrival day and then the evening before we leave). We plan to spend one day at Universal and on another day some of our party will be on a fishing trip. Which itinerary do you recommend for us? What other advice would you offer? Thanks, in advance, for the tips!

22 Patti { 02.06.13 at 11:48 pm }

OOPS! Meant to say “most likely we’ll do a mix of rides (with the 10 year old skipping the more “scary” rides like Tower of Terror).

23 Dave { 02.07.13 at 7:40 am }

Hi Patti, I won’t have itineraries for those dates until Disney releases its calendar for then–which it typically does six months in advance. Meals in your villa is a real money saver, but you want to make sure to see all three evening fireworks shows, see You can combine a couple of these with your nice dinners. And breakfast needs to be done early so you can be at the turnstiles before the parks open…

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24 Patti { 02.08.13 at 11:44 pm }

Hi Dave – Thanks for the tip re: fireworks shows! Sorry to bother you, but I have one more question. We’ve locked in our plans and based on your recommendation I requested bldg 62 (63 and 64 as alternates) at Old Key West. My travel agent indicated that this was noted on the reservation BUT we wouldn’t know for sure if the request could be met until check-in 🙁 As you might imagine, this was disappointing news. Any thoughts on whether or not we’ll get what we’ve requested or anything we might do to ensure it? Thanks again for your advice!

25 Dave { 02.09.13 at 2:13 pm }

Hi Patti, all you can do is call a few days before to reinforce your request. Anyone who does any research targets those same 3 buildings, and Disney won’t guarantee anything…

26 Hillary { 02.25.13 at 1:48 pm }

Hi Dave,
My family is planning a trip to Disney for October 27 – November 2 of this year. I know that I need to have my reservations made for Cinderella’s Royal Table, etc. by April 14. Will you have an itinerary for October out by then? Or is there another itinerary I should look at for now to “roughly” plan out our vacation? Thanks for your help!

27 Dave { 02.25.13 at 1:58 pm }

Hi Hilary! I post itineraries after Disney releases the calendar for the month, which it does about 6.5 months in advance, give or take a week.

So since your period overlaps two months, I’ll have a strong suggestion out in later March (when October should be out) and confirmation in later April when November is out–still before your 180 day window which is around April 30…

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28 Hillary { 02.25.13 at 2:28 pm }

Thanks for the prompt response! I will check back at the end of March. (totally read the 180 Day chart wrong, so I have until April 30th to make reservations…) 🙂

29 Dave { 02.25.13 at 2:30 pm }


30 Sam { 03.13.13 at 4:47 pm }

Hey its me again.
Hope you can offer some direction on this.
Since I have park hopper pass I was going thinking of best ways to use them and was going plan day by doing all Morning EMH and rest mid day and for the 2nd half of the day visit another park later for dinner/ shows/events etc.
I am just not sure how I should schedule them considering park specific crowd levels.
Date of arrival Mon 4.8 – last full day Fri 4.13

Sorry for the length; hope it was clear. Thanks

31 Dave { 03.14.13 at 8:31 am }

Sam that approach should work just fine.

For how to think about picking which parks to go to based on crowds–and where to go on days that have no morning EMH–see this:

It’s not about your dates, but all you need is its principles and the Disney calendar to make your decisions!

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32 Sam { 03.14.13 at 8:56 am }

Great Thanks again. 🙂

33 Michael Boyer { 08.11.13 at 10:31 pm }

Dad taking 5 yr old girl during week of May 4-11 in 2014. Staying in Animation Resort. Anyone help with itenarary?

34 Dave { 08.12.13 at 8:41 am }

Hi Michael, I won’t have any specific thoughts on those dates until Disney releases its calendar for May, which it won’t do for a few months…so come back to me then!

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35 Kevin { 08.23.13 at 1:59 am }

Thanks for taking care of the firewall issue. ;D

Some background, We live in southern California and have been blessed to have had annual passes to Disneyland since 1988 so we have been to Disney and CA Adventure well over 200 times but have never been to Disney World. My son is now working for Disney Studios and with his discounts it would be stupid not to plan a family Disney World trip.
Here are the details and the question(s);
We will be arriving at the Disney on Friday, 1/3/14 at 8am and checking out on 1/9/14, staying in the Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani (my wife insisted).
The question, when I review your itineraries for 6 days they all assume the first day will be travel but we are flying a red eye and with the exception of a nap will be ready to hit a park between 11 and noon the first day.
Can you suggest how I might adjust the itinerary for the arrival day and eliminate the “travel time” noted on arrival day?
Regarding tickets, at Disneyland and CA Adventure it makes sense to have a park hopper as you can walk between parks in 5 minutes. If we are doing a park a day (per the should we add the hopper feature or not?

Sorry for the long winded post just want to make the most out of our visit to Mickey’s Florida house.
Thanks for the guidance and the website!

36 Dave { 08.23.13 at 7:58 am }

Hi Kevin! Glad you are back on!

Couple of points on the itineraries–

First, in them, days are days. So if the first day of an itinerary is “Saturday”–that means “Saturday,” not “Day 1.” In other words you can’t slide them around for different arrival days.

Second the shorter itineraries only work when their “parent” itinerary works, whihc you can tell from this page: Your dates, the parent itineraries needs changes, so the 6 night itineraries don’t work.

Third, Fastpass+ will probably be in place for your dates at AKL. See this: That makes your arrival day easier to deal with, as you’ll be able to reserve some big rides months ahead.

Given your DLR experience, becasue Epcot is the park at WDW most different from DLR (and the Animal Kingdom next), I;d aim for a full day in each park, extra time at Epcot your arrival day, and picking your last day of tix based on your favorites during the visit.

And yes, I agree you don’t need a hopper!

Hope this helps…

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37 Giuseppe Leopardi { 01.15.14 at 10:52 pm }

Hello Dave,
we, 2 adults and two teenage girls, 16 and 14, will be disembarking the Disney Fantasy cruise ship and going directly to Disney World arriving Saturday 13 Dec. 2014 and leaving Friday 19 Dec. 2014 in the morning.
Could you recommend a 7 day / 6 night December itinerary – leaving early on the 7th morning to fly to New York. We will be buying a Park Hopper Pass with the Water Parks included.
Ideally staying at the Polynesian or Contemporary Resorts otherwise the Wilderness Lodge.
Kind regards

38 Dave { 01.16.14 at 7:37 am }

He Giuseppe! My itineraries are based on Disney’s calendar, which comes out about 6 and a half months in advance. So check back in late May, and I’ll be able to help then…

39 Amanda { 01.27.14 at 12:33 pm }

Hi Dave!
I’m trying to plan a Disney trip in November 6 nights for 4 adults and 2 children 7 & 9. We are looking at arriving on a Saturday and leaving on a Friday evening (checking out Friday morning) Our date choices are 11/1 – 11/7 or 11/8 – 11/14. We are trying to keep expenses very low. Any help is appreciated on tickets, itineraries, accommodations, etc.

40 Dave { 01.28.14 at 9:16 am }

Amanda, I won’t have much on November itineraries until Disney releases its calendar for then, which will happen in late April… but the second option will be better than the first–see this

For your other questions, start here and work your way down!

41 Tia { 02.28.14 at 3:19 pm }

First ……your site is great! We (husband, 6 and 10 year olds, and I) are planning our first Disney World trip for Oct. 13 to Oct. 17, 2014 (these will be full/non travel days). We want to do a 1-day trip to Universal on one of these dates (mostly for Harry Potter). Do you have a recommendation on what park to visit on Columbus Day (Oct. 13)? I am assuming that will probably be the worst day for crowds that week. We are planning on getting the Hopper pass.

42 Dave { 03.01.14 at 8:32 am }

Hi Tia, and thanks!! Check back with me in a month, when Disney’s October calendar will be out, and I’ll be able to help!

43 Jeff { 04.14.14 at 10:32 am }

I just saw on easywdw that Disney moved the EMH for Hollywood Studios from Monday to Sunday for a lot of September and October. Just wondering what this will do to your FastPass+ for Lower Crowds itinerary.

We are going to be there Sept 13-21 and we already made ADRs with plans to be at HS on Sunday Sept 14, on which HS will likely now be the worst park. We got some good times on our ADRs (a 6:35 for Be Our Guest on Wednesday, for example) and I’m disinclined to mess with them at this point, but just wondered your thoughts.

We have ‘Ohana at 6:30 on Tuesday 9/16. Since we can get to Poly from anywhere we could move HS to that day (switching with AK). I’d lose my Sci-Fi ADR on Sunday and would have to figure out something for dinner that day, but I can live with that. That’s probably my only option without giving up an ADR I really want. Would you make that change or just deal with EMH crowds on Sunday at HS?

44 Dave { 04.15.14 at 8:38 am }

Jeff, yeah that’s a mess. EMH have not changed like that since Disney dropped evening EMH at AK. . I’ll be posting on this shortly, but for most weeks I’ll be recommending just what you are thinking–swapping Tuesday and Sunday.

45 Matthew { 05.03.14 at 9:44 pm }

Hi Dave, In one word your site is “amazing”. My wife and I along with our 1,4, and 7 year old will be staying in the Animal Kingdom Villas from 10/17/14-10/24/14. We have the 7 day park hopper and the dining plan with the snack, counter service, and table service. We arrive in the middle of the afternoon on the 17th so we figured we would stay at the resort for the rest of day and I reserved dinner at Boma. We want to do the Donald Duck Tusker House breakfast at Animal Kingdom and then Fast+ the most popular rides. We also want to do Fantasmic one night. We were planning on doing AK 1 day (or less),HS 1 day(or less), Epcot 1 day(or less), and MK 2 days and a visit to DTD. What days do you recommend we visit the parks. Thank You for any advice you can give me.

46 Dave { 05.04.14 at 11:39 am }

Hi Matthew and thanks! Here’s the scoop your week:
10/17 Avoid Epcot and AK, great at MK.
10/18 Avoid Epcot and HS, great at AK
10/19 Avoid Epcot and HS, fine everywhere else
10/20 Avoid AK and MK, great Epcot day
10/21 Avoid Epcot
10/22 Avoid MK and Epcot
10/23 avoid MK
10/23 avoid Epcot and AK

47 Mandy { 05.05.14 at 12:00 pm }

We just booked for April 11-18, 2015- Which itinerary should we use. I love your site! Thank you!

48 Dave { 05.05.14 at 5:20 pm }

Hi Mandy and thanks! I publish itineraries about six and a half months ahead–when Disney publishes it’s operating calendar for the relevant month. When April 2015 is out…which won’t be for a while!–recommended itineraries will be here:

49 Mandy { 05.05.14 at 9:10 pm }

Thank you!

50 Marisa { 05.08.14 at 1:10 pm }

Love your site!! I’ve been to Disney many times, this will be my husbands second visit, first time on Disney property. We arrive 10/27/2014 and leave 11/5, staying at the swan. We have a 1 year old and a 7 year old (will turn 8 while we are there). We want to do not so scary Halloween (thinking on Halloween), and food and wine As we aren’t doing a typical su-sa trip any pointers would be great. Also, is there anything special for it being my sons birthday?

51 Dave { 05.09.14 at 7:44 am }

Hi Marisa and thanks!

First on the birthday, see this:

Your dates crowds ebb and flow based on MK closures. If it closes at 7, crowds are low there and high elsewhere–especially parks with EMH. When MK is open late and has the full slate of evening shows, it’s just mobbed.

Food and Wine clots up World SHowcase in the evenings and weekends

The 27th avoid MK and AK
The 28th avoid Epcot
The 29th avoid MK and Epcot
The 30th should be fine everywhere.
The 31st avoid Epcot and AK–MK will be crowded 4p and on
The 1st avoid MK and HS and Epcot
The 2nd avoid Epcot and HS
The 3rd avoid AK
The 4th avoid Epcot
The 5th avoid Epcot

52 Linda { 05.18.14 at 5:49 am }

Hi Dave,
Our trip is booked for May 2015 for 2 weeks in Orlando. After a few days on I-Drive we arrive at Disney WL on Thurs 21 May for 9 nights with Dining Plan. During our stay it will be Memorial Day and I’m wondering if the Spring/Autumn/Winter itinerary is the one to use/adapt? Will it be a High Crowd itinerary we need (you currently have that week as crowd level 9)? We will need to adapt it as we want to do 2 days in HS so our boys can enjoy one of the Star Wars days and we will also need to research some alternative meals, don’t think they’ll want to do Cindy! Feel I need to make a start on itinerary soon as it’s obviously rather complex!!
Thanks, Linda

53 Dave { 05.18.14 at 10:33 am }

Linda, you can use my high crowd itinerary for that week as a starting point! Most people think I have overstated likely crowds that week…

54 Linda { 05.20.14 at 1:13 pm }


55 Shannon { 07.23.14 at 2:48 am }

Hi Dave!

This site is incredible and I have literally spent hours reading each and every page while writing down tips along the way. Thank you for the countless hours you’ve put into yourfirsttrip.:)

My hubby, myself, and our 8 year old daughter are staying at The Polynesian 11/14-11/19 for our first (hopefully not last) Disney World trip from California! Still working on flights and are considering:

1. taking an overnight flight leaving LA on Thursday night 11/13, landing Friday 5:20 am Orlando time so we can maximize our time on Friday. Other option is flying Friday morning 11/14 landing at 4:00 pm. Would you recommend the overnight flight?

2. The flight home leaves at 5:00pm on the 19th so that would free up the first half of the day until about 2pm. We’d really love to go to all four parks as well as see the Main Street Electrical Parade and the Hoop De Doo Review while there.

3. With that in mind, what parks should we do and on what days??? Help!!!!

Thanks again for all you do,

56 Dave { 07.23.14 at 6:51 am }

Shannon, on 1, I’ve done red-eyes a million times, including weekly for 6 months straight when I had a client in LA, so my answer is no, it’s not worth it. While your trip is already very short, the park time you save will be more than slapped down by the misery.

On 2–have you already seen Disneyland? If so, I like your “see a park every day” approach. If not, I’d suggest two days at MK, which may mean skipping a park–probably Epcot.

Consider on 11/14 seeing Mickey’s Xmas Party. It’s very expensive–details are here: but it puts you in MK for rides and fireworks and the Xmas parade on a night when waits are low. If you can’t then do Hollywood Studios including Fantasmic this evening.

Do Hoop on your Animal Kingdom day, as it has no evening events.

On 11/15, avoid MK and HS–so this is a good AK/Hoop day, although since it’s a Saturday Hoop may be already booked up. If you do HS evening stuff on the 14th, then you can leave HS early on a later HS day and do hoop then

On 11/16, avoid HS–this is a good MK day.

On 11/17, avoid HS.

On 11/18, avoid Epcot and MK

On 11/19 avoid AK.

Hope this helps!!

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57 Shannon { 07.24.14 at 1:24 am }

Wow Dave! You’ve convinced me that the overnight flight with a recently turned 8 year old is a bad idea. Thank you, as I will not have to learn the hard way!!;) So we will fly Friday 11/14 landing at 4pm. Disney estimated that I’d arrive at Poly around 5pm. With that in mind, here are new questions I’m left with…

1. If we were to buy Mickey’s Xmas Party tickets for that same night (Friday), can we get in the park with our MYW ticket around 6 and then stay for the Xmas party that starts at 7?? Or would we have to wait until 7 to gain entrance to MK?

2. Hoop is booked online for 3 people. Is it likely that I can get a reservation by cancelations? Will calling make a difference? I’ve noticed that there is room for a party of 2. Can I book a party of 2 and a different party of 1 and ask to be seated together when we check in for dinner?

3. We have been to Disneyland many times as we live within an hour of it. I’m sure we’ll love MK and soooo looking forward to it!!:) Not familiar with the other parks though. Is HS an all day park? Same for AK?

Thank you sooooo much Dave!!!

58 Dave { 07.24.14 at 7:07 am }

Shannon so glad you aren’t taking the red eye.

1 While Disney won’t say this publicly, it has always in the past let people holding party tickets in beginning at 4p, so you can just go straight to MK with your party tix.
2. A cancellation is possible but I wouldn’t count on it. And sadly no you can’t reserve 2 and 1 and combine into three. Hoop is one of the few settings at WDW that actually assigns you a specific table.
3 HS and AK are all day parks if you do everything including shows–which I recommend!! But there’s a fair amount of overlap between HS and DCA/DL…so if you skip the HS stuff that’s similar to California it will be less than a day.

59 Donna { 08.01.14 at 5:54 am }


We are booked and ready to go! I have one month to put together an itinerary before I can begin making dining reservations. I was wondering if you will post a February 28, 2015 itinerary? By the way I bought the Kindle version of your book, it’s a wealth of information! Thank you.

60 Dave { 08.01.14 at 7:43 am }

Hi Donna and thanks!!! I’ll be posting an itin for the week beginning 2/28 as soon as Disney publishes March, which it will do sometime around the 18th of August I’d guess…

61 Kati { 09.28.14 at 4:12 pm }

Hi Dave;
I am planning a trip to DW for 2 adults, 6 children (16, 14, 14, 14, 11, and 7) for June 6-19, 2015. Can you suggest an itinerary for us that would include all of the parks including each of the water parks? I am thinking about staying at Port Orleans-Riverside, what is your opinion of this resort? Also what is your ideas about the VIP tours? This is the first trip (probably only trip) for some of the children so I want it to be very memorable. Oh I forgot; two of the children will celebrate their 15th birthdays while we are there.
Thank you for all your help.

62 Dave { 09.29.14 at 7:16 am }

Hi Kati, I won’t release itineraries for June until Disney publishes its June calendar, which it will do in about 2 months.

My resort recommendations are here (in order by type):

VIP tours are not needed…there’s many better ways to spend your money…

63 Angie { 10.24.14 at 11:51 pm }


We are planning our first visit to Disney on Feb 25, 2015. It will be a late arrival on a Wed. We will stay until Wed, March 4th. 6:00 PM flight. 7 nights/ 6 days. Any ideas for itinerary? I have reviewed your Feb. itineraries but not sure if we need to switch days around because Thursday will be our first full day. Also wondering if we should purchase tickets for the final Wednesday of our trip with it only being a partial day. Thanks for your help!

64 Dave { 10.26.14 at 10:27 am }

Angie, my itins are tied to actual days–that is “Monday” means “Monday,” not “Day 3”–because of different operating and crowd patters by day of the week. You best bet is to pick how many days among each park (tell me the ages of your kids and I’ll help with that), then pick park days, then set up your dining and later your FP+

Your dates, avoid AK 2/25, MK 2/26, Epcot 2/27, HS and MK 2/28, AK 3/1, HS 3/2, Epcot 3/3, AK 3/4, and MK 3/5.

My itineraries are integrated and aimed at kids 8 or older. There’s a different set more usable for different arrival dates and for both older and younger kids at the end of Chapter 6 of my book The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit. Note the link is to the 2104 edition–the 2015 edition will be more accurate for you, and will be out soon.

65 Angie { 10.27.14 at 11:26 am }


The ages of our children are 7, 9, and 10. We were thinking about spending 2 days at both MK and Epcot. 1 day each at AK and HS. We arrive late, so our first day of activities at Disney will be Thursday, 2/26. We could spend 2/26 at any park other than MK? Let me know what your thoughts are on determining which one.

66 Dave { 10.29.14 at 7:52 am }

Hi Angie, on 2/26 either Epcot or AK would be a great choice, and HS will be OK.

67 Michelle { 02.02.15 at 9:12 am }

Hi. Thanks for the great site and valuable information.

Planning our first visit. We will arrive late morning Tues, April 14, 2015 and departing on Tues, April 21. Two adults and a 13 yo boy. Staying off site with rental car.

Due to tight budget, we plan spend one day each at AK and Typhoon Lagoon. Also plan one day at a nearby non Disney park.

What are the best days of the week for AK and TL? Do you recommend we include another Disney park as a must see for a 13yo boy?


68 Dave { 02.03.15 at 6:35 am }

Michelle, most consider MK as the quintessential Disney World park, so I’d pick that over AK in a heartbeat. Those dates, avoid AK the 15th and 19th. The best days at MK will be the 15th and 17th. Sorry, but I don’t track TL…

69 Crystal { 02.03.15 at 11:40 am }

Do you still do the itinerary with Sunday arrival? We are going on April 26th for 6 nights/7days. If I used the one with Sunday arrival would I just move everything forward a day or keep it the day it is?

70 Dave { 02.05.15 at 8:47 am }

Here’s the Sunday arrival itinerary for your dates, Crystal. And it is tied to Disney’s exact operating and crowd patterns, so in it “Monday” means Monday, not day 2.

For separate plans for each park that you can assemble into an overall custom itinerary, see the Cheat Sheets in Chapter Six of my book The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit 2015

71 Tiffany { 02.08.15 at 10:15 am }

Hi, We are traveling to Disney World Oct 22-20, 2015. Which itinerary should we use? Thank you.

72 Tiffany { 02.08.15 at 10:39 am }

One additional question. I looking at the estimated crowd calendars, I’m thinking of changing the trip to Tuesday, Oct 20 – 26, 2015 instead of Oct 22 – 28th. That way we can take an off day on Sat instead of Sunday to avoid the bigger crowds. I would love your thoughts?

73 Dave { 02.08.15 at 12:02 pm }

Tiffany, I’ll post an itinerary for then after Disney releases its operating calendar for Oct, which it will in about a month.

74 Dave { 02.08.15 at 12:03 pm }

Tiffany, the parks are busiest Sat-Mon, so the more of these days you can avoid, the better!

75 Andrea { 02.24.15 at 9:41 pm }

We are going 10/7 to 10/14. What day would be the best for the Halloween parade with it being Columbus day weekend. Thank you.

76 Dave { 02.25.15 at 1:29 pm }

Andrea, I’m assuming you mean the Halloween Party, as that’s the only way to see the Halloween parade. Don’t know for sure yet. Check with me after the October calendar comes out–it should in a couple weeks.

77 Rachael { 02.28.15 at 1:24 pm }

We arrive on Thursday 26th March 2015, we have 2 children aged 8& 10 we are booked in at discover cove on April 5th, we have Orlando f o flex passes so c z n do disney and universities would also like tom do Kennedy space center can you suggest an itinerary we are staying for 2 wks off site probably in Kissimmee.

78 Dave { 03.01.15 at 3:06 pm }

Rachael, the flex passes don’t cover Disney…See this.

That’s one of the busiest times of the year at Disney World. If you decide to get tickets for it too, see this.

79 Beth { 03.22.15 at 3:49 pm }

Thank you for your website and the information 🙂 I am starting to look into a trip in May of 2016 arriving late Thursday May 19 or on May 20th by lunch. We have avid Star Wars fans in the family and would like to incorporate a Star Wars weekend into out trip; rough idea 7 days ie leaving before Memorial day crowds. Do you have any suggestions re itineraries re this and any other suggestions re Star Wars weekends; boy 10, girl almost 8 and boy 3; first trip for kids. Thank you.

80 Dave { 03.23.15 at 11:41 am }

Beth, sorry to say that Disney changes so often that I won’t have a firm point of view until the May 2016 calendars come out–about 6.5 months before…

81 Nancy { 03.30.15 at 10:15 am }

Hi Dave – We’re arriving August 12th and leaving August 20th. We’ll essentially have 7 full days. I know the week we’re arriving is a busy week but the following week crowds will thin out significantly. We’ll either stay at a family property in Kissimmee or at the Sheraton Vistana Villas on International drive. My family consists of me, my husband, a 3 year old and a 7 year old. What itinerary would you recommend? And also would you recommend hotel stay or the Kissimmee stay? Thanks!

82 JJ { 04.28.15 at 11:56 am }

Hi Dave, we are staying on a Wed thru Monday this June due to work schedules. We are staying at Saratoga Springs and are arriving before lunch on Wed. and plan to hit the park right away. We have our dinners planned for late evenings so we can freshen up after the long summer days. I have attached our meal schedule below. Do you think it will be feasible to get to these dinners and breakfast based off of where we are staying in a timely manner? We will start at each of the 5 parks as early as possible starting with Epcot when we arrive.
17Jun2015 O’hana @ 9:30 pm Dinner
18Jun2015 Be Our Guest @ 8:10 am Breakfast
18Jun2015 50’s Prime Time Diner @ 8:00 pm Dinner
19Jun2015 SciFi Dinner Theater @ 9:00 pm Dinner
20Jun2015 Tony’s Town Square @ 8:30 pm Dinner
21Jun2015 Tusker House Character Breakfast @ 8:20 am Breakfast
21Jun2015 Garden Grill @ 7:45 pm Dinner

We will also try to plan our park visits around certain parades that we want to see. Any thoughts on that? We want to make sure we don’t miss the electric parade. Thanks in advance for your time and for having this great site!

83 Kelly Parker { 04.28.15 at 2:19 pm }

Hi! We are checking in to Pop Century on November 14th 2015 but won’t arrive until late in the day and are leaving the morning of November 20th 2015. My husband my daughter (age 4) and I will be going for the first time. We have the free dining plan (we upgraded from the quick service) and 6 day ticket with park hopper. I’m wondering what you think is the best itinerary for our family of 3. Any advice would be much appreciated…. Including what you think are best time slots for dining
Thank you!

84 Dave { 04.28.15 at 6:49 pm }

JJ, you’ll have to check, but several of these should still be available, others will have booked up months ago.

On “how to do a park visit,” suggest you look at my recommended itinerary.

Also, if you haven’t learned about FastPass+ yet, read this, as you are well into your 60 day window and need to book those ASAP.

85 Dave { 04.28.15 at 7:32 pm }

Kelly, with a child that young, if this is the first of several visits, you could focus entirely on the Magic Kingdom–e.g. 2 or 3 mornings, and afternoon, an evening. Epcot is typically dull for kids that age, and there’s a half day to do at that age at each of Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.

11/14 avoid all but AK
11/15 avoid Epcot and HS
11/16 avoid MK
11/17 avoid Epcot
11/18 avoid AK and MK
11/19 avoid Epcot

For special dining with youngsters that age I am a big fan of lunch (or a very late breakfast–e.g. after 10.30.) Early breakfast wastes the time right after the park is open–the least crowded times of the day–and dinner can make the day too long/over-scheduled, served to a cranky tired youth…

86 Olivia { 05.12.15 at 11:03 am }

Hi Dave,

I seem to have lost where I posted my first comment. We are a family of 7 travelling with princess obsessed 3 and 6 year old. We will be checking in at Caribbean Resort on October 27 and out on Nov. 3. Below is my itinerary based on your suggestions, could you let me know if I botched up the dates. We are also interested in purchasing tickets for Mickey’s Halloween party, could you recommend which day would be best? Thank you so much in advance!

10/27 – Animal Kingdom
10/28 – HS or offsite legoland
10/29 – HS or offsite legoland
10/30- MK
10/31 – Epcot
11/1 – MK
1/2 – Epcot

87 Dave { 05.14.15 at 7:49 am }

Olivia, this looks good! The Halloween party on 11/1 is your best choice!

88 Jane { 05.26.15 at 10:04 am }

Hi Dave, I was lucky enough to get Cindy lunch and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for my daughter for Black Friday. However, we have not gotten to the parks at opening before (so I don’t know what it is like), and I am somewhat worried we won’t make it to the appt on time. The boutique appt is at 9:10 (and they want us there at 8:55). It seems to me that we need to be there by 8 AM at the gate–however, I see lots of info about how many hoards of people try to enter then, and also that there is some delay for the opening show. What time do you think we need to be at the gate? We are driving so don’t need to rely on the bus schedule. It is also possible to make all this later, as I see that there are still Cindy lunches at later times that day. What do you recommend? I would personally love to try to be there at rope drop, although no one else in my entourage agreed last time, and we usually showed up everywhere around 9:30-10.

89 Jane { 05.27.15 at 8:27 am }

Update: I was able to change my boutique appt to 10:40, and move the Cindy to 1:30. But now I have another question: we want to see the Festival of Fantasty parade. If we emerge from Cindy shortly before it, will we still be able to see it (on Black Friday)? I understand that the floats are very tall so I’m hoping my kids would still be able to see. Otherwise maybe we could have another family member who’s eating an earlier lunch reserve a spot. How early? Thanks!

90 Dave { 05.27.15 at 8:44 am }

Jane, MK isn’t bad that Friday, as so many will have been there on Thursday. If you have time, make your way towards Frontierland after you finish Cindy and plan to see the parade from there. Personally I’m not keen on having one person reserve a spot unless there’s a disabilty issue or such…

91 Heather { 05.27.15 at 12:40 pm }

Nobembert 21 – November 28, 2015
Which parks will be the busy on which days
best day to see magic kingdom

92 Heather { 05.27.15 at 3:05 pm }

Hello Dave,
Nobembert 21 – November 28, 2015 I will be at Walt Disney- Orlando
Which parks will be the busiest on which days?
What day will be the best time to visit magic kingdom?

93 Dave { 05.28.15 at 4:46 pm }

Heather, the week that includes thanksgiving is quite crowded.

11/21 avoid HS and MK
11/22 avoid HS
11/23 avoid AK
11/24 avoid Epcot
11/25 avoid AK and MK
11/26 avoid MK and Epcot
11/27 avoid AK
11/28 avoid MK and HS

94 Chelsea { 06.11.15 at 12:31 pm }

Hi Dave,

First off, I love your site, I’ve been using to help plan my Disney vacations for the better part of three years. It’s the best! We are planning for a week and still debating between April 16 or April 23 as our arrival date. I’ve heard package prices will be released later on this month. Do you know how long after that the park calendars will be available? I’m curious to know what days in each park will be the best!


95 Dave { 06.13.15 at 7:42 am }

Hi Chelsea and I’m so glad the site is helping!!

2016 prices reportedly will be out in around ten days.

But the park calendars come out month by month, not in a pile for the year. So the January calendar will be out soon, February in mid-July, March in mid-August, and April in mid-September.

96 Mary { 06.21.15 at 3:43 pm }

love your website; thanks for all the great tips and info.
I know that you have likely addressed this somewhere but I am having trouble finding it.
What is the reason for recommending a Saturday-Sunday schedule? I will be traveling with 2 young children for a first (but not last) visit and would prefer to go Tuesday-Tuesday (slightly shorter and different arrival/exit dates). The flights are cheaper mid week and it works better with our work schedules. Any thoughts?

97 Dave { 06.22.15 at 9:15 am }

Hi Mary!! Only because it fits simply into a traditional “week off of work.” Tuesday to Tuesday is just fine too!!

98 kristin Jones { 08.26.15 at 8:43 am }

We are going to Disney October 28-Nov 1st 2015 and I am clueless as what to do. We purchased the 3 day park hopper pass. We will drive down Wednesday and arrive around 1-2pm so that evening we want to just go to downtown Disney and walk around and eat dinner. We also purchased the mickeys not so scary Halloween passes for Thurs evening. What do you recommend we do on Thurs/Fri/Sat? We have a 1 year old and 8.5 year old boys. We are not staying on a Disney resort, but we are staying 10 min from Disney.

99 Dave { 08.26.15 at 12:35 pm }

Kristin, there’s not much at DTD of interest to the kids. In your shoes, I’d go to MK on Weds afternoon and evening (booking FP+), and take Thursday off until 4p (you can enter with your party tix at 4P.) The 30th avoid AK and Epcot, so make it an MK or HS day; the 31st avoid HS and Epcot–so likely make in and AK day.

100 mike { 08.30.15 at 7:41 am }

Dave we will be in the MK on November 10 and 13 and possible the 14. Is there a afternoon parade?

101 Dave { 08.30.15 at 8:51 am }

Mike, the Magic Kingdom has its afternoon parade every day.

102 mike { 08.30.15 at 10:09 am }

I seen on the Dibb website for fast passes and everything is unavaible for that parade. We used it last year and there was plenty of FP for it and now all it shows is unavailble for all dates.. Thanks Dave

103 Dave { 08.30.15 at 4:07 pm }

Mike, for a while now FatsPass+ for the afternoon parade has booked up quickly

104 Diana { 09.02.15 at 9:08 pm }

Hi, Dave. Found your site recommended on Steve’s Military Disney Tips. Great sites, both. We are a large group ranging in age from 2 to grandpop. Arriving dinner time on Nov. 3rd, leaving on the 12th. Planning to go to MVMCP on the 10th, with military tix, so will take the early part of that day to rest. Would like to see one of the concerts at Epcot that is showing on the 7th, 8th and 9th. Can you recommend which parks to visit on which days? We have 4-day hoppers.

105 Dave { 09.03.15 at 12:24 pm }

Hi Diana and thanks!!

11/4 avoid AK and MK
11/5 avoid Epcot
11/6 avoid AK and Epcot
11/7 avoid all but AK
11/8 avoid HS and Epcot
11/9 avoid MK
11/11 avoid AK and MK

106 Helen { 09.09.15 at 9:54 pm }

When is the best time to book a trip for April 2016. Should we wait or book now
thank you


107 Dave { 09.10.15 at 7:54 am }

Helen, see this.

108 Russ { 09.22.15 at 1:21 pm }

Please count me among the chorus of voices singing praise for this incredibly useful website. Practicality aside, it has served as my inspiration for designing a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience for my daughter and me. The handy companion book you co-authored, The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit, has also proven to be an enormously valuable planning resource. Kelly with Destination in Florida, your recommended travel agent, booked my Disney World reservations and is assisting with itinerary planning. You could say I’m “all in” when it comes to following your guidance. My dilemma is that we’ll be arriving mid-afternoon on Friday, April 15–a day early–but we must depart Sunday, April 24 before Animal Kingdom opens, so we would miss the last half day. How would you move things around so we could get it all in? Will you please give me a nudge in the right direction? Thank you for all your help. I very much appreciate it.

109 Russ { 09.22.15 at 1:29 pm }

Hi Dave. I left the last post. I’m not trying to hide or be coy, I just hit the “Submit” button too quickly before entering my name. Thanks again for your help,

110 Russ { 09.22.15 at 1:53 pm }

Sorry, Dave. I wish I could have a mulligan. We’re departing on Sunday, April 24.

111 Dave { 09.22.15 at 4:19 pm }

Russ, I edited to capture both!!

112 Dave { 09.22.15 at 4:24 pm }

Russ, thanks a million!!

First make sure to swap First Sunday and Weds. Then on Friday do what’s written for First Saturday.

Then do what’s written for Tuesday on Saturday the 16th (hoping to maybe stay later than it suggests, just in case the new show Rivers of Light is open by then), and do what’s written for Second Sunday on Tuesday.

113 Russ { 09.22.15 at 4:58 pm }

Perfect! Thank you very much!

114 Kate { 10.02.15 at 4:51 pm }

We arrive late on a Thursday )24th March)and leave mid afternoon on the weds5th April) 13 days later. We are there over Easter so super peak time I believe. How do I adjust the plans for these dates? Also do Disney do anything for Easter that we should know about or take part in? We have 2 young children so my immediate thought was Magic kingdom on day one, but is it wiser to leave this for a few days to get the better day?

115 Dave { 10.03.15 at 7:44 am }

Kate, my itineraries are tied to days, so don’t really adapt well to major shifts. Your best bet is to pick your park days from this (March) and this (April), and then use the park touring plans in my book.

The Easter bunny likely will be at the Magic Kingdom, and some Disney resorts might have Easter egg hunts.

116 Kate { 10.07.15 at 3:56 pm }

Thank you! I will sit down this weekend and plan!

Do you know what number I phone to book the castle dining experience? is it just the general no. on the Disney website?

117 Dave { 10.08.15 at 7:46 am }

Kate, you book Cinderella’s Royal Table the same way as any other WDW restaurant–on their website or over the phone at 407-WDW DINE.

118 Shannon { 11.29.15 at 1:36 pm }

Any ideas why the June 2016 calendar hasn’t been released by Disney yet? I am getting nervous because we arrive the 1st and need to get an itenerary to book ADR’s.

119 Dave { 11.30.15 at 6:55 am }

Shannon, expecting it any day now–as I have been for two weeks lol…

120 Kate { 12.29.15 at 4:28 pm }

We have a 14 day pass that incorporates all 6 parks. There is no mention of water parks as far as I can see. How should we incorporate these into our plan? And how much down time should we plan on and how frequently?

121 Dave { 12.30.15 at 9:19 am }

Kate, I don’t know what you mean by “6 parks.”

122 Visiting Disney World with a Large Group { 01.21.16 at 2:32 pm }

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123 Berry { 02.11.16 at 11:06 am }

I’m planning a 7 night / 8 day trip – in the same vein as your itineraries. However I’m planning a Tue-Tue, not Sat-Sat / Sun-Sun. Should I still try to match my Wed with your Wed, and continue like that? Or should my Day 1 match your Day 1? Hope I’m being clear

124 Dave { 02.11.16 at 5:18 pm }

Berry, my itineraries are tied to the operating calendars and crowd patterns of the parks, and thus to specific days– so “Wednesday” means “Wednesday” and not “Day 5.” Let me know your dates, and the ages of the kids, and I can advise you more specifically.

125 kim v. { 03.01.16 at 10:47 am }

i am arriving in disney oct 2nd through 7th.. im not finding any itinerary for that yet.. im hoping to see one soon.. for now i am looking at the last week of sept one… i have 5 children and 3 adults going.. ages 11, 9, 6, 3, 1

126 Dave { 03.02.16 at 9:53 am }

Kim my October itineraries will be out after Disney releases its calendar for then, in a couple of weeks.

127 Erin { 03.08.16 at 10:32 pm }

Thank you, Dave, for your never ending wealth of knowledge! Couple questions I’m hoping you can help me to clear up….
I’m traveling with my parents and adult brother (they’re in one room) and my family of 4 (5 yr old girl & almost 4 yr old boy) in another room. Everyone is okay with me taking charge of the itinerary planning but I don’t see a link posted here for one when we are arriving. Do you have one for these dates: We land at 9am Mon 10/3 and depart at 8pm Sat 10/8. So far we are doing the mid grade Dining Plan and 3 day park pass with option to add 4th. Originally it was our priority to have hopper passes but I don’t want to feel like I’m dragging my kids from park to park when they’ve reached their limits plus now use that savings towards the Mickey’s Not So Scary party. I have been told to probably avoid park day on the day we will attend Mickey’s Not So Scary party as the kids will need to rest and take it easy so they’re set for the evening, plus we actually get to have some park (rides) access that evening anyway.
Back to the itinerary planning responsibilities…how easy is it to put all 7 of us on the same Fast Pass or Dining Reservation? I want to be as quick as I can when creating or switching up reservations. The last thing I want to deal with is having some of us on it and not the others!
And lastly, if I set a FP or Dining Reservation, how accurate are those times and what is the average expected wait time? I remember the days of FP where you walked up to ride, got the ticket with a timeframe and returned to still stand in some line. (Last WDW trip was in ’09) Is the modern day FP one with less wait times? Are those with dining reservations ultimately seeing a wait time as well?

Thanks for any and all suggestions!!

128 Dave { 03.09.16 at 4:59 pm }

Erin, I won;t be able to advise on October dates until Disney releases its calendar for then, which I expect it to do within a few weeks, so check back later OK?

Dinner for 7 can be tricky, but booking early will help a lot. There’s often a few minutes delay to the FastPass+ lines, and 5-15 minutes at the dining reservations.

Note that you can get into MK starting at 4p with your party tickets, so you can go onto lower-wait rides between then and the party.

129 Erin { 03.09.16 at 9:57 pm }

I’ll check back in a few weeks, thanks! And thanks so much for your quick response too!

130 Nicole { 03.17.16 at 8:48 pm }

Hi, the itinerary and checklist are great. We are planning to travel in November. The lists look like they were created in Excel. Would you be able to email me in Excel?

131 Nicole { 03.17.16 at 8:56 pm }

I also forgot to mention we are going Saturday to Friday and planning 2 days at universal parks so any suggested itinerary specific to that would be very much appreciated! Do you by chance have any lists of all the restaurant and show options? We are taking teenagers (12 & 13) so if I have a list my friend was going to have her teenage daughters look at it and rank based on their experiences. This is our first and potentially will be our only visit so trying to maximize but stick to things our girls will be interested in.

132 Dave { 03.18.16 at 1:44 pm }

Nicole there’s an excel version of a blank itinerary form on this page.

133 Dave { 03.18.16 at 1:46 pm }

Nicole, I won’t have specific suggestions for November until Disney releases its calendar for then, in about a month.

On dining, your best bet is Chapter 7 of my book, which has reviews of all the options

134 GeorgeyBoy { 04.14.16 at 1:34 pm }

This works for Oct 29th to Nov 6 correct?

Will Rivers of Light be only during EMH at AK? Will it be every day?

135 Dave { 04.15.16 at 9:47 am }

GeorgeyBoy I have not published an itinerary for then yet, as Disney has not yet released November hours. It should be any day now.

The expectation is that ROL will be on most evenings, but it’s possible that during slower times it will be only a few evenings a week. It will certainly be more than EMH days.

136 Dave { 05.02.16 at 8:44 am }

Hi Dave!,

We usually go to Disney every year but skipped last year to add a new member of the family =) This year we have your #1 ranked week booked. We are coming up on 200days out and dining reservations will be here before you know it. I was wondering which itinerary you would use for that week? I we have a little room to wiggle around since I believe we will be skipping Animal Kingdom this time to opt for more time in the other parks. We do want to do Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party though. Any insight for which days to be where would be awesome. =) I’ve used your site for every Disney trip and you never steer me wrong.

Thanks again!


137 Dave { 05.02.16 at 8:53 am }

Dave, so glad to have helped! I will have itineraries out about two weeks before the first 180 day mark, in about two weeks.

138 Sammy { 05.04.16 at 4:17 pm }

I just made a reservation for Pop Century 11/17-11/22 Thursday to tuesday. Family of 3, with 7yr daughter. We will arrive at 8am at airport and depart at 8pm to maximize use of arrival and departure days. The Mickey very merry christmas party is on friday, 11/18 as dated on the WDW website, which do you think would be our best course of action in regarding your itinerary as I see we fall between to separate itineraries. Any recommendation regrading specific dining, rides, will be greatly appreciated.

139 Dave { 05.05.16 at 9:45 am }

Sammy, my itineraries don’t adapt to different days well, and that’s especially the case your dates, as each of the relevant base itineraries itself needs changes.

What I would do is pick your dates and follow the itineraries based on the guidance for each in Chapter 6 of my book, but use my itineraries for your dining targets once you have your park days set.

140 Mark { 05.09.16 at 8:50 am }

Great site, Dave! Do you have any itineraries for adults only? My wife and I (52 and 57 yrs old) are tentatively looking at 7-9 days in Sep 2017. This would mean prob. not quite so many rides and more shows. Also I am a veteran. Don’t know if our ages put us in the senior bracket just yet, but I’ve heard WDW can be pretty grueling. Also, is it because of the weather that you don’t rate Sep higher in terms of best times to go? Thanks.

141 Kelly B - Destinations In Florida { 05.09.16 at 10:22 am }

Hi Mark – I\’m Kelly, Dave\’s dedicated Destinations in Florida travel agent. September can be a great time to go. There are usually discounts (like free dining). It\’s still warm, and crowd levels are low (kids just got back to school). My favorite week is around the 16th. But you do have to consider that it\’s hurricane season, and it may bring some bad weather.

One of the great things about Disney is that you can set up the \”pace\” for you days. Plan down times, quite rides. Schedule a meal or a show at just the right time to give you a break. Disney has not yet released it\’s 2017 packages, but should be doing so in the next month or so. I would love to help you plan your vacation (Remember, my services are always free when you book a Disney vacation package). Let me know if I can help

142 Dave { 05.10.16 at 7:47 am }

Mark, no I don’t. My itineraries work well for anyone over 8, but adults only will want to cut back on the character dining. Your best bet is to get the 2017 edition of my book (not out yet) and trim the itineraries in it or on my site based on the reviews there.

You may already know this, but Shades of Green is open to veterans January and September–see this.

My week rankings are for first timers who may never return, so I incorporate hurricane risks. The very low yet still real risk of such makes me knock the September weeks down.

143 Sammy { 05.10.16 at 3:32 pm }

Hello Dave, I purchased your book and have been reading it, as you said it is a little more complicated than I thought. I have noticed that in your recommended Itinerary for 2016 the days for which you recommend going to MK in the afternoon isn’t when MVMCP is going to be. On my days it will only be held on Friday nov 18 and how should I do this? I was thinking of doing as follow:
Thursday 17 Arrive at 8am and go straight to AK
Friday 18 Epcot AM (9-3 +/-) return to hotel – rest, MK 5pm (MVMCP)
Saturday 19 HS ( You recommend MK but it has PM EMH)
Sunday 20 MK ( Following Higher Crowd Itinerary for Nov)
Monday 21 HS ( Following Higher Crowd Itinerary for Nov)
Tuesday 22 don’t know yet.
Depart leave to airport at 3pm

Any of your expert advice would be very much appreciated, I can alter anything except the Friday MVMCP.

144 Dave { 05.11.16 at 12:29 pm }

Sammy, I’d ignore my itineraries, as they don’t adapt well to day shifts. But with the possible exception of the 17th, your plans look fine. On 11/17, the key is to avoid Epcot. MK has a very early close (4.30P), which will lower the crowds in the park during the day. AK and HS will see more than usual, because a. people being repelled by MK’s early close, and b. AK and HS tend to be visited later in the week.

145 Mark { 05.12.16 at 3:59 am }

Thanks, Dave (and Kelly!). Wow, didn’t expect to get TWO responses. I plan on our staying at an Armed Forces Vacation Club resort for a stunning $350 per WEEK (off-World of course). Also, the Military Salute tickets look to be only about $200 per person for a 4-day Park Hopper pass, so with such deals, we just might make our time at WDW eight days instead of just four.
Dave, my question is this: with such a good long stay, and lots of time to revisit rides, with an emphasis on shows and parades (and no kids), how badly will we need to use Fastpass+? We went to Disneyland for our 25th anniversary in late Nov/early Dec 2008, and it was DEAD empty. No Fastpasses used or needed, and our longest wait in line for anything was 10 minutes for Soarin’.
Thanks again for getting back (both of you!) and again, great site!

146 Dave { 05.12.16 at 8:10 am }

Mark, there’s no comparison as WDW allocates 70%+ of capacity to FastPass+, and hence wait times in standby lines can be quite high.

147 Sammy { 05.12.16 at 12:39 pm }

Dave, following your recommendation, when should I visit AK?

AK Friday and Monday
HS Friday and Sunday
MK Saturday
EP Tuesday and Thursday

Adjusted Plans:

Thursday 17 Arrive at 8am and go straight to MK (park closes at 4:30)
Friday 18 Epcot AM (9-3 +/-) return to hotel – rest, MK 5pm (MVMCP)
Saturday 19 HS ( You recommend MK but it has PM EMH)
Sunday 20 MK ( Following Higher Crowd Itinerary for Nov)
Monday 21 HS ( Following Higher Crowd Itinerary for Nov)
Tuesday 22 don’t know yet.
Depart leave to airport at 3pm

Thank you for your guidance, your site and book are awesome!!! 🙂

148 Sammy { 05.12.16 at 12:43 pm }

By the way I forgot to mention my package includes Hopper!

149 Dave { 05.13.16 at 8:47 am }

Sammy, the 22nd.

150 Mark { 05.13.16 at 1:16 pm }

OK, thanks, Dave! ?

151 Sammy { 05.13.16 at 9:17 pm }

Thanks alot Dave!

152 Dee { 05.14.16 at 12:23 am }

This will be our second trip to WDW our first was mid November Wednesday to Wednesday returning one week before Thanksgiving. This trip, in order to utilize the free dining plan, I originally booked the Saturday after Thanksgiving for one week but changed after research and my fear that the after Thanksgiving crowd will be too much plus I would be staying at an All Star and I read about them being over run with high school athletes so I changed to November 15 to the 23rd, but the more I read I’m not sure that was a good idea. I will just be traveling home on the 23rd so I am not concerned with the parks that day, though I am concerned with the crowded traveling. If I can change back, should I? I don’t want to change again but I don’t want to deal with overwhelming crowds. I guess what I am asking is will the Saturday through Tuesday before Thanksgiving be so much busier and more crowded than the Saturday through Tuesday after Thanksgiving to justify changing my plans, again?

153 Dave { 05.14.16 at 11:02 am }

Dee the period beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving will be much better. Whoever told you the All-Stars would be overrun by athletes was wrong by a week–in 2016, that starts the week of 12/3, not of 11/26

154 Dee { 05.15.16 at 11:32 pm }

Thank you Dave for the quick response. The only way I can change would be All Star music November 27 -December 6, I save a lot by booking a longer stay. How big a deal are the athletes arriving December 3? I will probably change based on your recommendation.

155 Dave { 05.17.16 at 7:12 am }

Dee, they will make the hotel area crowded and noisy.

156 Dee { 05.30.16 at 9:40 am }

I changed my dates as you recommended. I am excited I can see the processional now. Can you please post your itinerary recommendation for arrival on November 26, 2016? Thank you.

157 Dave { 06.02.16 at 9:32 am }

Dee, see this:

I’ll have a more usable version up in a day or two (recovering from pneumonia has slowed me down) but you can get the key stuff from the image.

158 Shunte { 06.09.16 at 12:35 pm }

Hi Dave! My family and I will be taking our first Disney Vacation January 17-23 2017. We are staying at a vacation home about 2 miles away. We are doing a 7 day 6 night trip. Do you have a link to this pass January Itinerary that I can look at? TIA

159 Dave { 06.11.16 at 9:17 am }

Shunte, my January 2016 itinerariess are out of date because Disney has changed operating patterns since then. If January 2017 looks like current operating patterns, then something like this will be what I’ll recommend.

160 Doreen Edwards { 06.18.16 at 8:24 am }

Hello Dave, I am hoping to visit Disney World April/May 2017 with my daughter, husband and nine year old granddaughter . I am worried that at 84 years old (reasonably fit) I shall find the visit too arduous and will spoil their enjoyment. Do many 80+ seniors manage to cope with visits.
Any advice would be most welcome. We are hoping to book within the next week. Many thanks.

161 Dave { 06.18.16 at 9:21 am }

Doreen, my dad, who is 86, still visits. He uses a scooter which he rents for the duration of the trip (so he has it at the hotel too) for mobility, and does not expect to do the same things everyone else does. If you stay at a WDW hotel, then the WDW transport system, including buses, is set up to load and unload scooters. An alternate is to rent a wheelchair or scooter at a park when you discover you need one, although sometimes they run out

162 alicia { 06.21.16 at 2:57 pm }

We only have 1 day to spend at Magic Kingdom, Thursday Jan 26th 2017. I know it wont be as busy as most times of the year. Any suggestions for an itinerary since we have to maximize what we can see in one day!! There will be 2 adults and a 5 year old who wont want to miss anything princess related!!

163 Dave { 06.23.16 at 9:24 am }

Hi Alicia, I don’t have one day itineraries, but see Josh’s version here.

164 Katy Chambers { 08.07.16 at 3:29 am }

Hi Dave

We are arriving next May (19th) for x2 whole weeks in Disney… Do you know whether the Disney calendar dates are released before the 180 days? Thank so much. You have an amazing site.

165 Dave { 08.09.16 at 9:41 am }

Hi Katy and thanks! The calendar comes out between 180 and 200 days before.

166 Srini K { 01.19.17 at 12:15 pm }

With the upcoming release of Avatar in AK, will these plans especially summer onwards undergo a lot of change? Since we don’t know the details of every ride, fast Pass etc, I am assuming we will need to keep checking for revisions?

167 Dave { 01.21.17 at 6:07 am }

Srini, unless their is a change in Extra Magic Hour patterns (which I don’t expect, but may happen), the changes will be to the daily plans on the itineraries’s AK days.

168 Srini K { 01.25.17 at 3:05 pm }


Thanks that’s what I meant is the change on how to cover AK effectively and since you had released plans into August and summer is when Avatar is launching, I was assuming we need to check back for updates

169 Dave { 01.26.17 at 12:43 pm }

Yup, Srini, that’s exactly it!

170 Adam { 03.13.17 at 5:44 pm }

Hi Dave,

Amazing site, super helpful! We are 8 adults arriving late afternoon May 7th and leaving late afternoon May 17th. We’ll also be visiting both Universal parks and Disney water parks. Any tips on which Disney parks to avoid on which days?

Many thanks in advance!

171 Saheed { 03.14.17 at 11:38 am }

Hi Dave,

We are planning our first family visit to Disney. We will be arriving on June 28 at 11:00 am, and leaving Sat, July 8th on a 4:30 pm flight. We’ll be staying at AoA, and have an 8 day Park Hopper.

We want as much 4th of July fireworks as we can get. When is each park doing their 4th fireworks shows? Our about to turn 6yo son is 50″ tall, so ride minimums aren’t a problem. What are some of the “can’t miss activities” for the 4th?

We’ve been looking at your Higher Crowd Itinerary for the dates we are down there, but how do we tweak it to fit our arrival days? Any ideas for an itinerary?

We just found your blog on Sunday afternoon. It’s so informative and well written…that night we bought your book! Combined it’s a lot of information to digest, but we’re trying.


172 Dave { 03.14.17 at 8:01 pm }

Hi Adam,

May 6 avoid MK and AK
May 7 avoid MK and HS
May 8 avoid AK
May 9 avoid Epcot
May 10 avoid MK
May 11 avoid Epcot
May 12 avoid MK
May 13 avoid AK and MK
May 14 HS and MK
May 15 avoid AK
May 16 avoid Epcot
May 17 avoid MK

Hope this helps!!

173 Dave { 03.14.17 at 8:11 pm }

Hi Saheed, so glad to be helping!!

For the 4th see this–while noting that the times are not yet firm. The key is that MK has fireworks the 3rd and the 4th, and EPcot the 4th, so you could see MK the 3rd and Epcot the 4th.

The itineraries on this site are deeply tied to the actual days of the week, so they don’t adapt well to different days. You’d be better off using/modifying the one and two day touring plans in Chapter 6 of your brand new book!

174 Sophie { 03.21.17 at 7:05 pm }

Hi there, wondering when you will post your October/November itineraries. Would love information on there hallooween attractions during that time as well…will be heading down October 28-Nov 4 2017. Thanks 🙂

175 Dave { 03.22.17 at 8:19 am }

Sophie, for the principal Halloween event, see this. I post itineraries after Disney posts its preliminary calendar. That should be out any day now for October, and in about a month for November.

176 Katie Chico { 05.03.17 at 5:44 pm }

The link to the “basic itinerary” for the week of November 25th, 2017 is to the 2016 basic itinerary. Is that intentional or is there a basic itinerary for 2017?

177 Dave { 05.04.17 at 8:31 am }

Oh, good point Katie. I am revising it right now, and will have an update –that is, a 2017 edition–out soon, but well before the 180 day mark. I’ll make a note on the page that I’m revising it…

178 Sean { 06.19.17 at 9:24 pm }

Hi Dave!

I’m bringing my fiancé for a 4 day/ 3 night stay at the animal kingdom lodge starting September 27th. We are arriving in the AM and she’s a first timer at WDW and I’ve been about a dozen time. Do you have a suggestion on which intinerary I should use or could you help me build one? Thanks!

179 Dave { 06.21.17 at 7:50 am }

Sean, none will work as all are designed for 7 or 8 night stays. Your bets best is to adapt the one and two day per-park touring plans in my book.

9/27 avoid MK
9/28 avoid Epcot
9/29 aviod Epcot
9/30 avoid all but HS
10/1 avoid HS

180 Penny { 07.07.17 at 3:41 pm }

Hi Dave: Our 180 day mark is Monday, 7/10. I don’t see the park schedule posted for the week of 1/6 yet and I’m trying nail down which days/which parks so I know when to book the hard-to-get dining reservations. Right now the plan is 1/6 MK, 1/7 Epcot, 1/8 HS, 1/9 MK, 1/11 AK – we are also spending two days at Universal. Thoughts? Thanks!!

181 Dave { 07.08.17 at 11:35 am }

Penny, I have no idea why the calendar is out only til 1/4 (as of today) but it is quite annoying!

Based on patterns I expect, 1/6 will be busy at MK, 1/7 fine at Epcot. 1/8 fine at HS, 1/9 fine at AK, and 1/11 fine at MK. If I were you, I’d swap 1/6 and 1/8…

182 Jason { 07.17.17 at 9:59 am }

Hi Dave, When are you expecting that you’ll have January ’17 calendars up? Am visiting from Australia from Sunday 1/14 through Sunday 1/21 and want optimise my restaurant bookings around the optimal days to visit each of the parks. Thanks!

183 Dave { 07.19.17 at 11:02 am }

Jason, Disney the last few months has taken about 6 weeks of notice out of its calendars. Right now they go thru 1/15 (as I’m sure you know) so I won’t be able to recommend with full confidence an itinerary for your dates for a few more days. However, based on how the week of January 6 unfolded, it looks like you’ll be pretty safe using this as your starting point.

184 Jane { 07.19.17 at 11:07 am }

I’m taking my 29-year old son and 5-year old grandson to Disney either 10-13 AUG or 24-27 AUG. Son and I have been once many years ago, but first time for 5-year old. Can you help me with an itinerary so we can get the most out of this short visit (Thur-Sun), even though I do hope to bring the grandson back again. And, which of the two dates above would be best? Yes, I’m late planning this – real late.

185 Dave { 07.20.17 at 5:58 pm }

Jane, the later dates will be less crowded, have more FastPass+ available, but are more firmly in the peak of the hurricane season. Since you’ll be able to return, I’d go with the later ones.

I don’t have any pre-made itineraries that suit (mine are both longer and for older kids), but as soon you pick your date ping me back and I’ll be able to help a bit…It’ll help if you know what parks you want to go to (read the FastPass+ link first) — a five year old can be perfectly happy in just Magic Kingdom…

186 Jane { 07.24.17 at 4:50 pm }

Dave, I have a park-hopper pass for 2 adults and 5-year old grandson for 10 and 11 AUG 2017. Can you help us with a plan to get the best bang for our buck. Definitely doing Magic Kindom and not sure where else yet. Recommendations? THANKS!!!

187 Dave { 07.25.17 at 6:56 am }

Jane, as you likely know you need to book your FastPass+ ASAP. A five year old can happily spend two days (with breaks) just at MK. I don’t have two day itineraries on this site, but you can find them in my book.

188 Chelsea { 08.02.17 at 6:29 pm }

Hi Dave,

We are planning a February 24, 2018 visit to Disney with my almost 3 and almost 5 year old daughters. My 181 day mark is quickly approaching (just about 2.5 weeks away), but I don’t see any itineraries out yet for February. Is there another one that we should go by?
Also, we’re following your recommended 9 day, 8 night itinerary, but had to cut a single night off due to work schedules. Any suggestions on which day we should “cut out” and how to adjust the remaining days to account for that? I have heard that Hollywood Studios is largely closed down and pretty disappointing at the moment, so I considered omitting the second HS day. Let me know what you think. Thanks so much!

189 Dave { 08.05.17 at 10:42 am }

Hi Chelsea, my itineraries are designed for kids much older than yours (for why, see this and this) and are not at all appropriate for your kids. You would be best served by adapting the “character centric” itineraries in my book, which are meant for younger kids.

Neither solves the question of which park which day, but kids that age can have a perfect trip with several partial days at MK and a half day at each of AK and HS. Epcot has little for that age. Take a look at this, and this, decide how much time you want to devote to each park, and let me know, and I’ll help you pick days.

On your exact question, Disney until a few months ago usually had material out 6.5-7 months ahead that I used to suggest itineraries. It is now publishing at around 180 days (today its calendar is out through 2/1, exactly 180 days), deeply annoying everyone…

190 Chelsea { 08.05.17 at 12:40 pm }

Thanks Dave!

I just ordered the kindle version of your book and will begin reading immediately 😉 I was holding out for the 2018 edition, but since Disney is making things so difficult for us, I went ahead with the current one. That said, I failed to mention in my original post that this is also MY first trip, and my husband’s, and we are bringing along my mom to help watch the girls. My husband agreed to this trip on the sole condition that he could thoroughly explore Epcot, as that’s the only park he’s interested in. As a first time Disney goer myself, I just want to see it all! I want a dole whip and a ride in the teacups and a Mickey-shaped balloon, etc. etc. – so more along the lines of what my children will be interested in. While it may be rough to do all of the parks with the little ones, we’d like to try (if they get bored or pooped out, back to the room with grandma they go). We’ll be staying at the Polynesian. The idea is that this is our first and longest trip to get the feel for Disney and see (almost) everything, but we do intend on returning within a year or two (and definitely again when Star Wars is completely open). Not sure if these details are helpful or change anything, but I thought I’d mention it. Thanks for all the work you’ve done on this site to make things easier for first-timers like myself.

191 Kelly B - Destinations In Florida { 08.05.17 at 6:10 pm }

Chelsea – When I have clients one of my strongest suggestions has more to do with the order of the parks than what parks. If you are planning to take them to Epcot, go there first (Especially with your husband wanting to spend time exploring). It’s a completely different feel. It can be fun and exciting to even the youngest park goer, when they have nothing to compare it to. But once they get a dose of Magic Kingdom (Mickey, Balloons, etc) they can be let down waiting for the same feel. So build up. And always end their visit with Magic Kingdom.

192 Dave { 08.07.17 at 7:35 am }

Hi Chelsea and thanks for the details. Your trip and earlier question now make perfect sense. See the stuff in Chapter 2 in particular for some thoughts on how to deal with the age issue–in the language of this chapter, your husband is the “older child” lol.

193 rita { 08.07.17 at 3:43 pm }


We are going to Disney 11/24/17-11/28/17 5 day park hopper. Then heading to Universal 11/29/17-12/1/17 3 day park hopper. Any ideas on an itinerary? My boys are 6 and 9.

194 Dave { 08.08.17 at 5:52 am }

Hi Rita, I don’t have much to offer on Universal. On Disney, start here to narrow your choices to the parks you want to see and how many days you want in each.

The get back to me with your thoughts about days per park, and I will help you pick them!

195 Chelsea { 08.09.17 at 5:03 pm }

Hi again! I’ve been very studious Disney-goer and perusing your book for a couple days now. I’m starting to come up with a plan to accommodate both my kids and my husband. But I’m still stumped on how to rearrange which parks we visit on which days. I definitely want to start with Epcot and end with Magic Kingdom, but I’m not sure how to adjust those middle days (specifically the Wednesday). I’ve looked at the sample 7 day itinerary, but it starts with Magic Kingdom on Day 1 (definitely not what I want to do first with little ones). I’ve heard there’s a lot of construction and not much to do at HS right now, so if I had to spend less time at any of the parks, it would be this one. Can you offer any suggestions for rearranging the days?

196 Dave { 08.10.17 at 11:24 am }

Chelsea, remind me of your arrival and departure dates–and also whether you could be in the parks on your arrival and departure days…(and also if you have a Hopper or not). You can do HS in a day, but that means you will miss either the Star Wars fireworks or Fantasmic, as you can’t do both in a day. Fantasmic is the better choice for most.

197 Seth W { 08.10.17 at 9:25 pm }

Hi Dave,

Really loving the book and all it has to offer. Our family of 2 pre-schoolers, 2 parents and 2 grandparents are arriving at Disney around noon on 1/19 and departing on 1/27. I’m trying to figure out how to adjust the Lower Crowd Itinerary to the Friday arrival/Saturday departure. I gather we definitely would not want to just shift everything forward a day as that’d mess with park hours/attendance optimization. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!

198 Chelsea { 08.11.17 at 10:11 am }

Flight arrives in Orlando on Sat. February 24th at 8:30am and departs Orlando on Saturday March 3rd at 6:30pm (so we definitely have time to spend in the parks on the days we arrive and leave). I wondered about Star Wars vs. Fantasmic and figured that we wouldn’t be able to do both – but it will be a tough decision. I’m a huge Star Wars fan so I selfishly want to do that one, but the rest of my family would prefer Fantasmic. We originally were not going to get the Park Hopper, but since my mom has offered to take the girls one evening for my husband and I to explore the parks on our own, we are considering going for it. It’s definitely still an option.

199 Dave { 08.12.17 at 8:11 am }

OK Chelsea, this may require changes once the actual hours are out, but here’s the starting point, based on the Lower Crowd itinerary:

Do First Saturday and First Sunday as written
Make Monday a full HS day—use the one day itineraries in the book
Shift Thursday to Weds
Shift Second Saturday to Thursday
Shift Second Sunday to Second

200 Dave { 08.12.17 at 8:25 am }

Seth it doesn’t adjust well, for the reasons you note, complicated by the fact that you don’t really have enough time (it looks like) on your departure morning for a park visit.

Try this:
Shift first Saturday to Friday (Epcot Day 1)
Move Monday to First Saturday (HS day 1)
Do Sunday as written (AK Day 1)
Do Friday on Monday (Epcot Day 2)
Do Day 1 of one of the two day MK plans in the book on Tuesday
Do Weds as written
Do Day 2 of one of the two day MK plans in the book on Thursday
Do Second Sunday (AK Day 2) on Friday

201 Seth W { 08.14.17 at 11:23 am }

Thanks Dave! That’s tremendously helpful. I had a type in my original message around departure time. We fly out at 8:30pm, not am. So we’ll have the better part of that last day to revisit a park. Right now we’re thinking MK, but we can probably be flexible based on how things go.

202 Tommy S. { 09.08.17 at 11:44 pm }

Hello Dave,

I’m back! I asked this, or so I thought, a few weeks ago, but can’t seem to find the proper page. I’ll ask again, if I may. So, I am wondering what to do for a Friday, November 24th midday through Friday, December 2nd midday. We are splitting time between Pop Century, then Wilderness Lodge, with 4 Adults and our 3 kids, ages 6, 9 and 9.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Kind Regards…

203 Tommy S. { 09.09.17 at 12:25 am }

Oh! I should mention as well that we did splurge on the Park Hopper thinking it would given us some more flexibility since we are only 6 nights. We also plan on returning to the Wilderness Lodge for lunch a few of the days via launch from MK or Epcot.

Thanks Dave!!

204 Dave { 09.10.17 at 7:14 am }

Tommy, start with this.

On Friday, do what it says for first Saturday. On Saturday, do what it says for Monday. on Monday, do what it says for Friday. On Friday, do what it say for second Saturday.

Ignore what it says about possibly buying a hopper, since you’ve already done that!

205 Tommy S. { 09.10.17 at 10:08 pm }

DAVE!!!! This is genius! Thanks so much for the quick response and simple guidance. Our girl and Moms are not so interested in Cindy, so we will skip that, and while the Candlelight Procession sounds incredible – I love Orchestra and large Choir collaborations – I suspect we will skip that as well. Any thoughts on something the two boys would be more interested in??

Thanks again for everything you have done to make putting a trip like this together a bit easier.


206 Dave { 09.11.17 at 8:55 am }

Tommy, how old are the boys? The princesses are pretty hot :). A great replacement for Cindy would be Crystal Palace, which is Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, etc

207 Kim L Lorn { 09.20.17 at 7:28 pm }

Hi Dave,

My family (consisting of parents, grand-parents and three kids ages 8,5,3) will be heading to Disney for the first time on 12/10-12/15 (early arrival and late departure). I see that you don’t have any itineraries made up for a trip this short, do you have any suggestions on how we should plan our itinerary? We did not choose the park hopper option.

Thanks so much in advance. I found this website by accident and cannot stop visiting!

208 Dave { 09.21.17 at 7:08 am }

Hi Kim, so glad the site is helping! You are right that I don’t have shorter itineraries on this site, but you can find one and two day itineraries for each park in my book.

209 Karen C { 10.10.17 at 11:59 am }

Hi Dave! This site is amazing – so glad I found it before I started planning our trip. We are planning to visit 4/15/18-4/21/18. I see itineraries posted through March 2018, but nothing yet for April. Our 180 day mark is next week so I’m trying to plan out our dining reservations. What would you recommend for us? Thank you!

210 Dave { 10.11.17 at 7:08 am }

Hi Karen, and thanks for the kind words!!

I post itineraries after Disney posts its calendar, which it has not yet done beyond early April. With any luck, we’ll get one of these for April around October 15, and I’ll be able to post itineraries then!

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