Can you enjoy a short, whirlwind trip to Walt Disney World? Of course! Are you crazy to try? Maybe a little bit.
Recently, my family and I have been enjoying short trips to the parks so we’ve had to be very intentional with our planning. Our past two trips have been Thursday to Sunday trips. I’ve said before, we typically drive to Orlando, and therefore Thursday and Sunday is spent driving, and we don’t get any park time. So, yes, we did Disney World in two days.
What does this look like? We allocated one, whole day to Magic Kingdom and pick two other parks for the other day. Our first attempt at this we chose Disney Hollywood Studios for the morning and Epcot in the evening. We made Fastpass+ reservations for the evening (namely Test Track as it’s my daughter’s favorite) and hit the highlights in both parks. We started Day 1 at the Polynesian for breakfast at Ohana, then traveled to DHS. At DHS, we watched the Lights! Camera! Action! Stunt show and the Disney Jr. show before heading to Epcot. At Epcot, we walked around the World Showcase, ate at Via Napoli, rode Test Track, spent a good bit of time at The Seas and the Land – Turtle Talk with Crush is a new favorite – and wandered through the Food and Wine Festival. Day 2 was Magic Kingdom day. We arrived early (well as early as you can when the Monorail breaks down), went straight to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (no fastpass+), rode the Carousel, Barnstormer, Buzz Lightyear, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, Jungle Cruise, watched the Festival of Fantasy Parade, ate at Tony’s, met a couple of characters, then went back to our hotel and collapsed!
Our second whirlwind trip looked much like the first, only on the first day we went to Animal Kingdom, Disney Hollywood Studios AND Epcot. Yes, we did all three parks. It was exhausting, but so fun. Once again, we just hit the highlights. We were originally going to skip DHS, but my daughter begged for the Disney Jr. show and my husband really wanted to do Star Tours to see the new film footage. No big change on the Magic Kingdom day, only this time we had fastpass+ for Seven Dwarfs.
Tips for a 2 day Disney trip:
Know you aren’t going to do everything
And that’s ok. Pick a few things you really love or you’ve really wanted to try and just be content with those. Over-planning and packing it all in will only stress you out and make you regret going in the first place.
Hit two birds with one stone
Since you have less time, character meals are your friend. Meet characters and eat at the same time! That way you don’t waste valuable time waiting in line later.
You know you want to see Elsa? Stay up late and get the fastpass+. Be Our Guest breakfast is important to you? 180 days before your trip, book that at 6am. When time is limited, make the big things count.
Go in the off season
Best time saver? Not having to wait in long lines.
You will NOT see everything. You will NOT do everything. If you accept that at the beginning you can’t be disappointed.
These short trips have become something I really enjoy! I’m already looking forward to planning our next one!