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  • On Mar 7, 2008
    Deanne from HI Asked

    I want to do everything. Theme parks, water parks, eat, resort guest,cirque, etc. How long should I make my first vacation to WDW for if I want to do it all at a leisurely pace?

    DeAnne,

    I saw in another of your questions that this is your first trip to WDW.  For a first trip to WDW, I would highly discourage you from trying to "do everything."  It really isn't possible, especially if you want to "do it at a leisurely pace."  I have been going for years, and there are still many things I haven't done that I'd love to do.  Currently I'm planning a nine-day trip to WDW in December, and there are many things that I wanted to fit in, that I just can't.  You will have to make some tough choices, but the good part is that you will have leftover fun things to do on your second (third, fourth...) trip back.  I know you are coming from Hawaii, but I still think you will have a better vacation experience if you plan for breaks and don't try to do it all.

    Overall I'd recommend planning twice the days you think you'll need, and plan to do half as much as you think you can do.  ;-)  I say that somewhat sarcastically, but hopefully you get the point. 

    My recommendation for a first-timer family who has the time and money,  would be to go for at least ten days, and possibly even two weeks.   For a ten-day trip I would include (approximately) six days in the parks, two rest days (Pool, Downtown Disney, Spa, boating, etc.), and two days for the water parks.

    Fortunately Disney's pricing policies for many items also work out more economically (at least on a "cost-per-day" basis) for longer trips, including PhotoPass, theme park tickets, park hopper plus more option, and the re-fillable mugs at the resorts.  Hopefully that'll help make things a little more manageable for your pocket book, so you can have money left over for future trips to catch some of the things you missed on the first trip.

    Hope you have a fantastic first (but not last!) trip!
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