Do You Really Think I’ll Need to Spend More Than 2 Days in Disney Parks?

In the 47 square miles that encompasses Disney property, Walt Disney World has 4 major theme parks and each park has its own theme – Magic Kingdom (Fantasy), Animal Kingdom (Wildlife), Epcot (Discovery) and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Show business). Then, there are two amazing water parks – Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach which are definitely worth a visit because there’s no where else you can swim with sharks, take surf lessons and tobaggan race in your bathing suit? Then there’s Downtown Disney to shop and be entertained and if you’re looking for an interactive twist - Disney Quest is a place to visit!

When you are going on a weeklong trip to Walt Disney World, I suggest a 7-day base Park ticket to start. Reason being is that you will definitely want to see all 4 of the major theme parks at least once because you won’t be able to see all of it in a day – especially Epcot or Magic Kingdom and there is something to be found for all guests ages 2-99. Where else can you fly with Peter Pan, go under the sea with Ariel and find Nemo or have your pictures taken with Captain Jack Sparrow, Jasmine and Mary Poppins? After that, the price increments are so small to opt for a longer ticket that it's simply worth it to purchase because the longer you play, the less you pay! Even if to go into a park on day 5 or 6 just to see fireworks like Wishes in Magic Kingdom or return to a favourite attraction like Pixie Hollow in Magic Kingdom or the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular in Disney’s Hollywood Studios or ride Expedition Everest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and leave. For the average family of four (2 adults, 2 children between the ages of 3 and 9) the 7-day base ticket over a 4-day for all members will cost an additional $38.34 USD. However, if you decide once you get down there that you will like to enter a theme park on an additional day, it will cost you over $81.00 USD per person in order to do so.

On my last trip to Walt Disney World Resort, I barely got through Animal Kingdom in a full day. It’s often thought that some can whip through this park in less than a day. I’m not sure what part of Maharajah Jungle Trek where you can observe the tigers, gibbons and bats or Flights of Wonder or the Kilimanjaro Safaris they enjoyed during this commando time. When I arrive, I have this over-whelmed feel to run and see it all – NOW. My tradition is normally to run at rope drop (gate open) to Dinosaur – one of my favourite attraction rides EVER – it is the thrill ride of the park. This time though, I stopped and observed a little more and after spending some extra time enjoying the Festival of the Lion King musical, getting lost in the conservation station of Rafiki’s Planet Watch and snapping pictures for a couple hours on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail of gorillas, meerkats and hippos, I realized the day was almost over and I still hadn’t made it through the rest of Africa, Asia nor to DinoLand U.S.A.! I’m glad I had budgeted an extra day of touring there because I definitely needed it. Imagine if it was my first time? I’d probably need at least two days in that park alone and I still would not have scratched the surface of the Walt Disney World Resort.

Kathryn Dickson is a Disney Vacation Planning Specialist with Fairytale Dreams and Destinations. Fairytale Dreams and Destinations which is the only TICO registered agency in Ontario that deals specifically with Disney destinations. You can contact Kathryn at 905-857-3611 or by email at



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