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View Poll Results: How many nights do you stay?
Less than 4 nights 1 0.86%
4 nights 1 0.86%
5 nights 8 6.90%
6 nights 12 10.34%
7 nights 28 24.14%
8 nights 20 17.24%
9 or more nights 46 39.66%
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #1
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How many days/nights do you stay at Disney World?

I have only been to Disney World once - in 1995, so obviously, that was a million years ago when I was in college. Now, many years later, there are more resorts than were there in 1995. We are planning a family vacation the first part of June. Would 5 days be enough time or do we really need to do a full week? We are trying to save some money, but at the same time not cut too much. Our kids are small (6 and 3 when we would go), so we would need to take some breaks. How long do you stay?
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As we have gone more, we now thoroughly enjoy having some resort days and down time. We have found 9 -10 nights is perfect! We actually come home feeling refreshed.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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May 2012 was our first visit since 1997 when we were in college so we are no experts. We took our 6 year old child. We flew down on an early Sunday morning non stop flight and arrived at our resort on Magical Express around noon. We went to the Magic Kingdom to see the parade but we were SO TIRED from traveling. We then had a full 5 days (m,T,W,TH and F) and travelled home on Saturday. We could have used one more day BUT we did take all of Weds to go the space center. I thought 6 nights was a good amount of time. We had Park Hoppers and we did get to the parks at opening and then by 1 or 2 we headed back for a rest and swim. We did not do Hollywood Studios or any of the countries in Epcot and we didn't make it to Downtown Disney or any water parks. We loved it so much we are heading back but we are not doing hopper tickets and we are doing less park days this time around. We just wished we had more time to enjoy the resort last time.
Not sure this is helpful but that was our experience.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:02 AM   #4
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On our first trip with the kids, they were 5 and 3. We went for 4 nights and that was WAY too short. We were way too rushed and the kids were exhausted. The more we go back to WDW, the longer we want to make our trips! Basically DH and I have resolved to never go for a family trip if its less than a week.

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:08 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by BensWife View Post
I have only been to Disney World once - in 1995, so obviously, that was a million years ago when I was in college. Now, many years later, there are more resorts than were there in 1995. We are planning a family vacation the first part of June. Would 5 days be enough time or do we really need to do a full week? We are trying to save some money, but at the same time not cut too much. Our kids are small (6 and 3 when we would go), so we would need to take some breaks. How long do you stay?
We have been doing five nights on most of our recent trips and it works out fine. But we also go during a low crowd period, so most rides are a walk on. Five nights means six park days. We hit the highlights of AK and DH and then spend the rest of the time at MK and Epcot. It saves money, too.

The only reason we are doing six nights on our February trip is because the airfare is about $240 cheaper if we stay until Monday. That is worth the cost of one night.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:22 AM   #6
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When our children were younger, we'd go for 9 nights so we could have plenty of down time and still get to do a lot. Now that DH & I go alone, we only need 5 nights.

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:26 AM   #7
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We used to do just a day trip (before kids) when we lived an hour away. Not enjoyable at all. I didn't think I even liked WDW, although it was a beautiful place. When our kids were little, we'd go for a day or two of our vacation and stay offsite. Still didn't think I liked Disney so much and didn't go for several years. A few years ago, the kids really wanted to go and stay on-site. We went down, used ME (no rental car at all), and stayed for 4 nights. We really liked it! Part of that was staying on-site and part of that was that my kids were pre-teens at the time and could really handle the busyness of it/help plan etc. It was so much more fun to stay there and just do Disney for several days!
Since then, we've had a trip where we drove and stayed 3 nights on-site along with 3 nights on the Gulf coast. This spring, we'll stay 2 nights on the Gulf coast and then go for 4 nights at Disney.

I would love to go for a whole week, but I don't think DH wants to be immersed in Disney for a whole week. He still thinks it's about the parks... I'm trying to incorporate more afternoons around the pool, etc.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:30 AM   #8
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On our first trip we went for 6 nights and visited the parks for 5 days. We ran ourselves into the ground that trip trying to do it all. On our second trip we went for 7 nights and went to the parks on 8 days, but we had a lot of mid afternoon breaks. We liked it much better. This time around I scheduled 8 nights with 9 days in the parks. It seems to keep going up...I didn't even realize it until my DH pointed it out.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:54 AM   #9
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Since we come from the Netherlands the trip itself is a big part of the cost. So in May we will be back for another 12 nights, 13 days.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:56 AM   #10
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Originally we took 7 night vacations the first few years. We usually stayed in two different resorts (3/4 nights).
Now they are generally 4-5 nights (in one resort).
The most we've stayed is 9 nights (three different resorts) and the least we've stayed is 3 nights.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:28 PM   #11
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We stay either 8 nights or 9 nights now. Excluding travel days that gives us 7-8 full days which we definitely need. We like resort and pool time a lot and we don't want to feel like we're having to cram things in at the parks to get everything done. It took us about three trips in order to figure out just the right number of days for us. Have a great trip!
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:12 PM   #12
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Last trip my boys were 5 and 2. We stayed for 7 nights and had 6 days in the parks. We go at our own pace, come back in the afternoons for nap and swim time.

We are going at the end of may and my boys will be 7 and 4. Same plan.. 7 nights 6 park days.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:45 PM   #13
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5 nights is enough if time and/or cost is an issue. If you don't know if/when you'll ever return, 7 is wonderful.

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Old 01-04-2013, 04:19 PM   #14
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we're in the UK,so it would not be worth our while to pay the small fortune on flights for a quick trip- shortest 12 nights,longest 15- next trip 17 nights in August can't wait!

op- I think it depends what you want to do during your vacation.
do you want to go to all the parks?
do you want to spend time at the resort?
are you going to be out for rd?

I do think anytime spent at wdw,is better than no time there at all.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:29 PM   #15
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I would suggest 7-nights especially if you could go during a non-peak season. We don't go the parks on travel days (I save that for Downtown Disney, mini-golf and resort sight-seeing). That allows you 6 full days (1 day each for the theme parks and 2 days of water parks or 1 day for water parks and one ull day to relax and enjoy the non-park areas of WDW).
AoA suites seem to have the amenities that would allow you to stay at a value and bring your own items to re-heat and snack on from home or a store in order to save money.
Typically I tour as follows: MK- 1 full day with a midday break; Epcot- FW morning, DHS afternoon; AK- morning and water park afternoon; MK/ Epcot WS with a midday break. That allows for most (if not all) of the park attractions, some rest and that is doable on a tight budget: 5 nights at a value (or deluxe with a nice discount if available) and 4 day park hoppers, pay for the water park out of pocket if your only going one day. I only add the water park and more option if I am staying longer and know I will be using the water parks at least twice and Disney Quest. Hope that helps and gives you some ideas on different options
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