Our Walt Disney World and Disneyland park itineraries help with our recommended touring plans for 1-day visits to avoid waiting in line. These plans cover everything from attractions to restaurants to quiet places to stop and enjoy the ambiance. We also have some multi-day plans for parks that require more time, like Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. (Last updated January 4, 2018.)
Our patented (not really) park strategy guides are unlike most theme park touring plans that you’ll find. These are not focused solely on efficiency. We believe there’s more to theme parks, and Disney’s parks should also be enjoyed for the wonderful atmosphere and sense of place that separates them from other theme and amusement parks. Of course, efficiency is important, too, so we make sure to order experiences in a way that minimizes waiting in lines. (“I love waiting in lines!” ~said no one, ever.)
We think our approach that balances stopping to smell the roses along with efficiency results in Disney touring plans that allow you to get a lot done, while also enjoying the scenery and what the theme parks have to offer beyond the rides. We do not view the parks simply as collections of attractions that should be completed checklist style, so the plans balance “getting stuff done” with “having a nice, leisurely day.”
If that approach sounds appealing to you, check out our plans…
Walt Disney World
With 4 theme parks, plus 2 water parks, a couple dozen resort hotels, and lots of “other stuff” our 1-day plans for Walt Disney World barely scratch the surface.
In an ideal world, we’d allocate 5 days to the WDW theme parks, with probably two days spent in the Magic Kingdom. Here are our current touring plans for Walt Disney World:
Magic Kingdom 1-Day Plan
Magic Kingdom 2-Day Plan
Epcot 1-Day Plan
Disney’s Hollywood Studios 1-Day Plan
Disney’s Animal Kingdom 1-Day Plan
No Parks 1-Day Plan
In an ideal world, we recommend two FULL days at Disneyland and one full day at Disney California Adventure to fully see and explore the parks without feeling rushed.
This is especially true now, as crowds have increased at Disneyland dramatically in the last 3 years, meaning longer wait times and fewer attractions per day. There’s also so much entertainment in addition to attractions that it’s difficult to see and do it all in a single day. We plan to have a 2-Day Disneyland Plan soon, but for now, here are our 1-day plans:
Disneyland Park 1-Day Plan
Disney California Adventure 1-Day Plan
International Disney Parks
In this case, “International Parks” means the two parks at Tokyo Disney Resort, and Disneyland Paris. Much like Disneyland, neither Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea can be fully experienced in a single day. However, we recognize that’s how much time most people will allocate to these parks during a trip to Japan, so here are our plans for those parks:
Tokyo Disneyland 1-Day Plan
Tokyo DisneySea 1-Day Plan
Disneyland Paris 1-Day Plan
Hong Kong Disneyland and 2-day plans for both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom. If there are any other plans you’d like to see, or if you have questions about the current Disney Parks plans, please let us know in the comments!
Planning a visit to one of the Disney theme parks? Check out our Disney Parks Trip Planning Guides for everything you need to start planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Aulani in Hawaii.
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What would you include in your ideal day at the Disney Parks? If you haven’t visited yet, what do you plan on doing? Anything you’d add to any of our plans? Share your questions and thoughts in the comments!