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Old 04-29-2013, 10:42 PM   #16
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We usually try to take a week, including the 2 weekends... 8 nights, 9 days (while only using 5 days of vacation time).

I think I'd rather take two one-week trips in a year than one two-week trip. But we have not yet done two Disney trips... too many other things to see and do!
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:43 PM   #17
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We go twice a year, and winter (jan) trips are 7 - 10 days, August trips are 10 - 14 days. This Aug is 15 days. We come from the west coast and its a long flight, short trips just aren't worth it for us.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:54 PM   #18
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Six nights was just about perfect for us when we were going every year ... now that we go less often, I like to stay 7-8 nights.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:12 PM   #19
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I am doing a 7 to 10 night stay this Oct. I am going to be going solo for the first time, what do the solo travelers usually go for?
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:51 AM   #20
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In just ten days, we'll be there for ten nights (May 10th-20th) We usually stay eight nights though (Sat-Sun).
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:44 AM   #21
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We typically do 10 days 9 nights. We started going again as a complete family when kids were 10, 7 and 8 mos. it was just easier to try and see a lot and not have them on the go the whole time we were there. We had down time for naps for the littlest one (I had her sleeping at the pool BC/ she was used to noise when she napped) and swim time for the big kids. We actually came back refreshed instead of exhausted (earlier trips before youngest was born were shorter by 1/2).

I think they will be fine and you won't feel like you need to be at the parks constantly.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:13 AM   #22
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we love disney, but there is no way I could stay that long. Five to seven is the most. I like to stay 4 and then head to melbourne beach for the rest. My husband would love to stay longer,but no way. I take the ocean any day over the resort pools.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:31 AM   #23
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We are going for 14 days/13 nights. This will be our longest trip.

We have went as few days as 5 days/4nights over Fall Break.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:09 AM   #24
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We usually only stay 5 or 6 nights each time. After that long the 16-year-old gets grumpy and we all start to bicker
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:18 AM   #25
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We usually stay 5 - 6 nights. We get tired of restaurant food and staying in a hotel. Six nights is perfect and we like to get home in plenty of time to unpack, pick up some groceries and do some laundry before work the next day.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:46 AM   #26
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We typically do 10 nights, but now that the kids are older, we are thinking that next year we will do only 7 or 8 nights so they don't have to miss any school.

Because we usually go during a school vacation, on a 10 night trip they usually end up losing about 2 days of school before vacation and I am starting to feel guilty about that...so next year 7 or 8 nights it is.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:22 AM   #27
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We usually stay 8 nights 9 days. I just read somewhere on the Dis site that some lucky person is making reservations for 32 days!!!! WOW!
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:52 AM   #28
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Airfare is crazy expensive so we take a longer trip instead of going more frequently, usually 13-14 nights.

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Old 04-30-2013, 11:56 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by mom18 View Post
I only wonder since I have small children if 12 days is too long for them, especially since this will be their first vacation (aside from camping 4 hours away!) that was half the reason I brought up the question,
IMHO it depends on how you spend the days. We do eleven days, but even with my teenagers, we don't all hit the parks every day, and we don't always do full days when we hit the parks. Little ones often feel even more strongly about spending time at the resort rather than going to the parks all the time; when people say they're going to Orlando with little ones on one of my TS boards, longtimers recommend either getting tickets for only a few days or not getting tickets at all, because it's so common for the kids to want to stay at the resort rather than go to the parks/after having been at the parks just an hour or two.

Onsite resorts don't have canoeing or nature trails (for the most part) or some of the other stuff many offsite resorts have, but OTOH they're brilliantly themed and there are lots of activities for kids there. Depends on the child, I suppose, but I know a lot of people who stay onsite who plan quiet vacations with little ones, because much as they enjoy the child's wonder at the parks, everyone's happier long term if the little ones get lots of down time. Some of them then go back and hit the parks hard when it's an all adults vacation; others just figure they'll go harder when the kids are older. Anyhow, as long as you're open to some down time, I'm sure a longer vacation with little ones will be fine.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:09 PM   #30

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We usually do 6n/7d, although this December we're only doing 5n/6d because this time I'm paying for both of us and I couldn't afford more than that.
Aww...no ticker for me.
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