View Full Version : Does Everyone Go to Park Every Day???

04-13-2004, 10:23 PM
Me and my family have a yearly ritual. We will go for 4 or 5 days and go to 1 park and maybe 1 water park. Any more then that would wipe me out - I need a few days of relaxation near the pool! And, our kids (10 and 13) would rather veg at the pool for a few days rather then tromp through the park.

Last year we bought 4 7-day PH+ tickets. I think it will take us 4 to 5 years to use them.

Based on our family's nature, I am surprised that WDW can sell the UPH's: How in the world can you go to a different park or water park every day for 5 days or a week? Then, do that year in an year out. Regardless, lots of people buy them!

I am curious. What do most folks do. Imagine a 5 day trip to your DVC Home. What would be the standard plan?

Disney Doll
04-13-2004, 10:40 PM
We do spend at least part of every day in a park. Sometimes it's just for an evening show or dinner, but we tend to go to a park daily.

04-13-2004, 10:43 PM
We go to at least one park every day.

We go to the early entry park in the morning - leave for lunch, swim and a nap.

In mid to late afternoon we go to another park for some more attractions, dinner, a nice walk and then back to the room for some playtime and bedtime.

Our late afternoon/evening touring is fairly low key - dinner at Epcot WS, maybe a ride on TT, a ride on SSE, El Rio De Tiempo and Maelstorm, walk through one of the pavillions would be a sample park visit to Epcot from BCV or BWV

A sample morning visit would be to AK for KS, PFT, Train Ride to Conservation Station, Boneyard, KRR, FOTLK and if time permits a tour of the Oasis/Discovery Island

So we do visit the parks everyday in a somewhat low key kind of way


04-13-2004, 10:47 PM
Interesting - here is the deal: ME AND MY WIFE ARE JUST CHEAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

04-13-2004, 11:02 PM
We have APs so we generally go to a park everyday. We will also often just go to eat lunch or dinner or see the fireworks etc. or for a few hours in the AM before coming back to relax by the pool.

04-13-2004, 11:08 PM
Well....my husband I am must be in the minority, but hey, we don't care.

This is the second year we have had APs. We check in at 3PM on day one, unpack and head over to the park that evening.
From that point on until we check out we are at MK, MGM or EPCOT from the time they open to the time it closes. Every day.
We drive down from Indiana three different times a year for a total of four weeks.
And we still have not seen it all.

04-13-2004, 11:14 PM
Actually, based on posts you are in the majority! We are in the minority. I need to log off and find a second job to reward my family wiht UPH's or AP's every year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In reality, I just get bored with the crouds and the park. But, based off what you folks are saying, you take a relaxed approach to that days attack on the park.

04-13-2004, 11:27 PM
It depends on the length of the trip. If we'll only be there 4-5 days, then yes we visit a park every day. Not ALL day but every day we'll go and do at least a couple rids/attractions and maybe have dinner.

If we'll be there a week or more then we usually take a day or two to relax at our resort.

04-14-2004, 12:24 AM
Same as Disney Doll, we have annual passes and we go to one park for each part of every day if only to have dinner and see a few favorites. We stay for 2 weeks in the summer and shorter trips throughout the year.

04-14-2004, 12:36 AM
Ah bom noite, you are in good company, I assure you, and not a minority cheapskate!<a href='*******************************************ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/13/13_4_1.gif' alt='Boys Night Out' border=0></a>

On a 5 day trip we would take at least 2 dyas off, at the very least, from the parks. We too buy the big park hopper passes and milk them for a few trips. And like you, I can't really fathom the purpose of a UPH pass. After all, a 7 day PHP pass has 4 plusses (that's makes for 11 possible days-o-fun) yet it is cheaper than a 7 day UPH pass (which is just that -- 7 days). Now granted, the UPH has DQ thrown in there too, and you can come and go from say, TL to MK and BB to MGM or wherever (unlike a PHP wherein if you use a plus, and park-hop at one of the "big 4", you use up a plus AND a day). But with kids in tow (we have 3 of the lil' nippers) <a href='*******************************************ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/15/15_1_69v.gif' alt='Family 3' border=0></a>I'm always concerned about illness (at least with a PHP, if you're stuck in the room, your pass isn't expiring with you!)

I suppose if we were more frequent visitors to WDW an AP might be nice, and perhaps we could learn to casually stroll in and out of the parks. But it would be hard... dh just has this compulsion to get his "dollar's worth" from things, such as tickets! That's why the park day / non-park day strategy works for us -- we are guaranteeing that we won't allow ourselves to go commando! Perhaps it's not that we're cheap... maybe we just lack self-restraint?<a href='*******************************************ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_6_2v.gif' alt='Hmm' border=0></a>

For our upcoming trip, we are going to be at WDW for about 2 weeks. During that time, I think we have 2 water parks and 4 park days scheduled. The rest of the time we will just lounge around, soak in the resorts, DTD, etc. I offered Paramount's 10 day World pass to dh last week as an option for this trip, and his response was, "Nah. It would make me feel like I needed to be in the park all day, for 10 days. I'd lose all my REAL vacation days!" So there ya have it for us!

04-14-2004, 06:20 AM
Since we've been to WDW 26 times, this governs how much time we now spend in the parks.
Most trips (which are 7 days) we'll do MK twice--but only for 3-4 hours or so each day. We'll do MGM, EPCOT and AK once each--again, for about 3 hours each. Rest of our trip is spent relaxing at the pools, having breakfasts and dinners, shopping, playing miniature golf. We used to do the water parks , but they just got too crowded for us to enjoy ourselves. River Country became pretty relaxing when TL and BB opened, but TL and BB are just mob scenes these days.
Most trips to the parks are first thing in the morning. If we want to see Illuminations, etc (or have dinner at an Epcot restaurant or the Brown Derby), we'll go later.

04-14-2004, 06:23 AM
We never spend more than 2 hours at any of the WDW parks and we usually have AP's that I find more and more difficult to justify buying because our interest in the parks has really fallen off especially with the change over to thrill rides from the family type park that Walt Disney wanted. I really miss the old EPCOT.

04-14-2004, 06:50 AM
We buy AP's because it makes the most $$$ sense for us. We usually try to get at least 2 trips out of them and yes we do go to the parks every day. Not from dawn until closing.

Like others we'll do one park in the morning, then a mid-day break, then maybe another park in the evening. I'm not one to spend lots of time by the pools. I may go in the evening when the pools aren't crowded for a quick dip but that is about it.

Everyone should do what is best for them and their family. Glad you found a plan that works for you.

04-14-2004, 07:10 AM
Normally we visit WDW for (on average) 10 nights a year (some years we visit 12-14 nights). We used to get AP's but when the renewal policy changed, we switched to PH's (with PLUS options). I usually try and get the 6 or 7 day PH's "PLUS", but sometimes I like to take advantage of the 5 day PH's with the 4 plus options that you can find on Ticketmania from time to time.
Of those 10/11 days, I'd say about 7 are spent in the parks/waterparks. Usually the majority of these days are spent in the park, though we may break up the day with a midday break. We usually factor in a day just spent at the pool or playing mini-golf etc. We also set aside a day or two to visit with nearby relatives in Sebastian and Flagler Beach.
This year will be an exception for us as we only have 4 days to do the parks----and I can bet every day will be spent in the four main parks (might squeeze in a water park too). After about 20 trips to WDW, this is the shortest time we've had to play in the parks. We only have 4 days because we tacked a 7 night Magic cruise on to our vacation. So, even though we'll miss the extra days in the park this year, we sure do get a nice consolation prize ;)

04-14-2004, 07:17 AM
We're in the group that goes to a park every morning, then naps, pool, etc in the afternoon, then a park (usually Epcot) in the evening. We also have AP's, so I like to get my money's worth out of them - even if we just pop in a park for an hour:p

I did just do a no park trip (3 nights at AKL) and that was lots of fun. I didn't mind because I knew we would be back in September.

04-14-2004, 07:32 AM
There is something I wish that WDW made available - that is a length of stay pass (or a multi-day pass) just for Epcot World Showcase in the evenings. We love going to WS and just strolling country to country and then seeing Illuminations. If they had that kind of multi-day single park pass, it's probably all we would get for some trips. We've been to the other parks so many times, I cold see us going down for a DVC stay and not visiting them, but I would really hate to miss out on Epcot. Hey I have an idea DVC - what not work that out as a special "perk" for DVC members.

04-14-2004, 07:53 AM
Not only do we go to a park everyday, but we go to MK everyday of our trip too. We normally park hop, but include MK every day of our trip. Our trips usually average about 8-9 nights and we go once a yr. Our kids are young dd (7.5) and ds (3), I figure that our touring plan will change as they get older, but until then it is MK everyday :p .

04-14-2004, 08:00 AM
Sign us up next to Lexxiefern: Park in the AM, PM break, then a park at night - particularly in the hotter summer months.

We do anticipate that changing a little bit, now that we're SSR owners. With two trips a year, we don't think we'll feel the urge to hit a park everyday; sometimes you just need to _rest_ on your vacation! ;)

04-14-2004, 08:07 AM
We travel all the way from the UK a couple of times a year and often do not set foot in the parks!

Depends on who I'm with - if it's DH, he's really not bothered so we quite often give them a miss (but have APs to PI and go there most nights), but if I'm with my friend, we always visit each of the parks at least once for a couple of hours each (using only 2 days admissions total).

My friend and I currently have APs (because we were making 2 visits in the year) but even then, when I was there last month with DH, I still didn't go into the parks - and I was staying at BWV, and I have a stockpile of tickets for said DH to use.

For me, the 'magic' is at OKW rather than at the parks these days, but next year I'll be back with 2 young nephews so I guess the parks will be the focus once again.

04-14-2004, 08:34 AM
On our previous visits, we have gone to a park every day. But, now that we own at BWV we don't seem to 'sense the urgency' anymore. We know we'll be back really soon. This year I bought AP's for all of us since we'll be there 3 times...8/04, 11/04 and then again 7/05. So we will be there a total of 20 days. Will we do a park every day? Probably not. But maybe just Epcot and World SHowcase, especially at dinnertime!! But after the July 2005 trip, we will most likely buy PHP passes.

04-14-2004, 08:43 AM
If the OP chooses to spend only a day or two in the parks because that's all they want to do, then that's not cheap. It's just exercising personal choice.

On our typical trip, we will spend at least 4 or 5 days out of the parks. We go offsite to Sea World and Busch Gardens, and some days just don't make it to a park.

What does make a difference is where we stay. At VWL, it's easy to hang out and avoid the parks completely. At BWV, we find ourselves heading to EPCOT or MGM even if it's just to eat or browse a little for an hour.

04-14-2004, 08:56 AM
We buy APs and visit the parks at least some part of every day of every trip. Sometimes it is just to go to a restaurant, but usually we are in the parks far more than we are anywhere else. We find it very relaxing to just sit on a bench and wait for a parade or people watch or enjoy the streetmosphere characters etc. AK is a great place to relax for a day! Most trips we have guests, and they always want to see it all, so we try to reserve a few days at the end for us to relax. We still go to the parks on those days though too. I am not sure I could do a 4-5 day trip. I want to be there at least a week!

04-14-2004, 09:14 AM
We go to parks almost every day "sort of". For our family spring/early summer trip we probably won't go in the first night - we're getting situated. The rest of the trip we will go to a park for a few hours most days. Sometimes it's just to see evening fireworks or (if we are staying at BWV) a stroll into Epcot to buy French bread and wine at the France pavilion. In the fall for the Food & Wine Fest we go to Epcot and only Epcot every day. If we sneak in a winetr trip (December or early January) we probably will go over to AK because there are more animals out in cooler weather.

04-14-2004, 09:17 AM
Actually I was joking about the cheap part of it. And, our personal choice is only to spend a day or two touring the parks / water parks.

But, we are frugal. Up untill last year we just bought the one day pass to every park. Once we bought in to DVC, then, I figured it made more sense to buy the PH+.

But, it is very interesting to see how others use their time and money. Actually, some of the posts have gotten me to think we just may get a UPH one year and tour as some of you suggested.

It would be different - and - enjoyable.

04-14-2004, 10:04 AM
We actually priced the PHP with advance purchase and the UPH with the 10% dvc discount and the UPH turned out to be something like 26.00 cheaper (total not per ticket) for my family of four..all adult tickets.

Therefore that is what we are getting. We will be there for 7 nights and we will be in the parks every day because it is what we like to do. THEN we are heading to Vero for 4 nights. We will rest and relax there. ;)

04-14-2004, 12:13 PM
Last year we went to the parks two days (two each day) and to a water park on a third day. The most relaxing of our visits to WDW. We try to space them apart so we can have an off day in between.

04-14-2004, 12:42 PM
We love the parks, but find that if we go everyday we get over-tired and don't appreciate them as we would like to.....so, we usually do two days at a park, then a day off for hanging out or DD or water park. Out of a 8-9 day vacation, this works well for us.
We tried the Ultimates once, but we were all exhausted when we got home! We think vacation is also for relaxing! :cool: PLUS we LOVE the WL, so we enjoy just hanging there.

04-14-2004, 03:27 PM
I must be in the minority in that I choose to purchase a DVC interest because of all of the things to do outside of the "Big 4". I'm not much of a Disney fan (don't hurt me!), but there is so much to do outside of the parks that I became a huge WDW fan.

I know there are less expensive timeshares around, but given all there is to do on the WDW Campus, how can you go wrong? Everything my family wants to do on a vacation (swim, water slides, horseback riding, scuba, golf, fishing, lounging, warm weather, planned activities, boat rides, water skiing, excellent dining, etc.) are all in one convienant place with the added benifit of not needing a rental car - a huge cost savings if you ask me. And believe me, in the past, we have taken advantage of all of these things with very little interaction inside the parks.

Basically, WDW is nothing more than a warm, wonderfully maintained, clean, relaxing place to spend a week-or-so a year to us... If WDW didn't offer all of the non-park activities, then I'm sure we wouldn't have purchased.

Also, economically speaking, it is less expensive for me to fly to Orlando (from Chicago) than to most warm-weather destinations.

I think if I went to the park 75-80% of every visit downthere, we would "burn out" quickly.... I think for people who only get down to WDW every 5-6 years, there is that "pressure" to squeeze in as much of the parks as they can. We don't feel it because we know we will be back in a matter of months.

04-14-2004, 03:43 PM
We do a park a day! Lifes too short not to!!!! :teeth:
It's usually just my DH and I that go, but now that we have our DD who will be 19 mths old, we will be taking it easy and napping in the afternoon and visiting the pool, but I'm sure we will at least do the parks for a few hours each day!

04-14-2004, 04:03 PM
We have been averaging 16 days total at BWV each of the last three years (along with another 4 days at VB after both our January and June visits). We purchase APs and enjoy the freedom of visiting multiple parks on the same day and also visiting a park just to eat lunch or dinner if that's our fancy. From BWV, I usually walk either to MGM to play the Millionaire game (I've been in the hot seat three times, winning the grand prize once) or to Epcot to ride Test Track once every day. We seldom spend more than 3 hours in a park at one time, but frequently end up visiting two different parks in the same day, particularly if we're eating dinner at one of the Epcot World Showcase restaurants. For us, the flexibility of not having to plan park visit days makes the vacation more relaxing than when we used to purchase multi-day park hoppers. We never visit the water parks or PI, so the standard AP works well for us.


04-14-2004, 04:08 PM
pap here, 3 trips this year planned, may, oct, dec, adding a 4th if rofr at bwv passes, so we get pap and usually hit 2-3 parks a day, sometimes just for a couple of hours each, we almost never do any ps, rarely start the day knowing anymore than what park we are starting at, have been known to jump a bus to tl or bb on the spur of the moment just to float around a couple of circuits to cool off, especially on may trips when it's usually pretty warm,
we never miss a day without some park, almost always epcot to eat, we like to refer to it as jumping into the disney river to see where it takes us

04-14-2004, 05:47 PM
This thread is so interesting!
I am going to WDW more and more often. Just 2 weeks ago bought my first AP (just for me, not for DD) and it paid for itself in lodging savings ($230) and park entrance (5days of park hopping)... I plan to go at least twice more before my AP expires.
Because we've been so much, I am beginning to embrace the idea of a day off from the parks. We stay at deluxe resorts and they are, increasingly, half the fun of our trips. After this last trip I'm pretty wiped out and think a trip this summer would include LOTS of down time - probably staying at AKL where there is SO much to do while still relaxing. I can't wait to go back to Boma and Jiko, sit by the pool, have some wine in the Lounge, gaze at the animals and talk with the wonderful animal guides. AKL is tops! And the activities for children - at least some of them - are so educational. I was really PROUD to have taken my daughter! And I watched many other children who'd learned a great deal and had so much fun in the process.
My Disney travels are evolving and I'm loving every minute of it!princess:

04-14-2004, 06:23 PM
We also visit at least one park each day. Early morning to the park. We may eat lunch at the park we are at or resort hop and try out some different options at other resorts. Then back to the room for a rest.

We usually go back to Epcot in the evening and have dinner. We then stroll around and do what ever takes our fancy, then watch Illuminations. It's fun strolling back through WS to BW as the place empties out. Very relaxing. We also go to MK one evening for the parade and fireworks.

We are going to Seaworld one day this May and will stay the day. But when we get back we will probably go over to Epcot for a little bit.:)

04-14-2004, 06:54 PM
We just spent a total of 15 days over the winter in WDW and only went to the parks one day! We find it more relaxing just hanging around OKW or the MP people watching. We have spent many days over the years in the parks and when just the 2 of us come here we find it less hectic if we skip the parks, besides there are so many other things to do and see.

04-14-2004, 07:00 PM
To be honest, when I posted this I felt pretty convinced that our family had the whole WDW gig figured out:

No reason to go the parks every day, it is expensive, we have been there / done that, it is crowded and it is draining, etc.. In addition, we love to swim and make pool hopping a whole day ordeal! And, as many point out, you do not have to go to a park at WDW to enjoy yourself.

I guess I just had in my mind that the only people who bought the UPH were those who were new to WDW and felt the only thing to do at WDW was to go the parks.

This post has been an eye-opener. And, while I think we will continue our pattern for the next year or so, I am now very intrigued by the whole casual approach to attacking the parks. And, one year I will invest in AP's for the family.

04-14-2004, 07:01 PM
Originally posted by Granny
What does make a difference is where we stay. At VWL, it's easy to hang out and avoid the parks completely. At BWV, we find ourselves heading to EPCOT or MGM even if it's just to eat or browse a little for an hour.
I agree. When staying at BWV or any of the Epcot resorts, it is like staying in a neighborhood and WS is the shopping/entertainment area of your neighborhood. We often times will just walk over to WS to get pasteries from France, or pick up a bottle of wine, go over just to catch the Britsh Invasion or Off Kilter shows, browse the shops, watch Illuminations, go to Rose n Crown for a drink, etc. We love it!

04-14-2004, 10:42 PM
I need to log off and find a second job to reward my family wiht UPH's or AP's every year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The beauty of it is, you don't have to buy the passes every year. Buy them and use them for 2 trips within 12 mos. That way you only have to buy them alternating years. We've started a pattern we will probably stick with for a while...

Early October (buy APs and stay about 11 days)
Late September (use same AP's and stay about 11 days)

We go to a park almost every day. We've only ever done a water park once and we've never ventured off-property to "other" attractions. :eek:

04-14-2004, 11:43 PM
This is an interesting thread. I still haven't decided what we are going to do this trip or which tickets to buy. We tend to go to a park every day except maybe 1 for 5 or 6 day trips. This time it might be different thought because we're new members. We'll be there for 9 full days and I am still thinking about it.

04-15-2004, 12:11 AM
The cool thing is that WDW is such a wonderful place there is not just one way to do it.

Everyone who has posted has got their own pattern that works for them.