My Walt Disney World Insider's Guide: the Perfect 3-Day Itinerary
Mickey and Minnie topiaries (Photo: Morgan Korn)
Walt Disney World — so much to see, so little time. I’m weeks away from my sixth WDW trip and I’ve finally mastered how to see as much of the theme park as possible in a limited number of days. Some visitors will surely prefer a leisurely Disney vacation — the ideal way to experience each of the six parks — yet many families and couples neither have the time, money, nor patience to spend an entire week with Mickey. More than 18 million people traveled to the Magic Kingdom in 2013 alone, and I have a plan for how to beat the crowds and get the biggest bang for the buck.
Warning: My itinerary may appear to some as fast-paced and intense as Disney’s Space Mountain. But I will never compromise three factors that are essential for every Disney stay: fun, shopping (one never leaves WDW without at least one souvenir), and fireworks (indisputably the best in the world and not to be missed!).
First, some helpful tips before you arrive at the park:
Our writer models her perfect Disney outfit, minus the flip-flops (Photo: Morgan Korn)
What to pack
I’ve unfortunately learned the hard way that cute sandals and flip-flops are not Disney material. I wore flip-flops for six straight days during my June 2010 vacation, and by day seven I was crawling to the park’s entrance. No matter how comfortable your summer shoes may be, your feet will come to hate them after 10 hours at a park. So my first tip is, sneakers, sneakers, sneakers! Don’t worry — fashion is the last thing anyone cares about when Mickey is in the house. Also, WDW is the only public place where children are encouraged to wear Mickey regalia. So, it’s time to model those Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse T-shirts you’ve purchased from previous Disney excursions. And don’t be afraid to dust off your Mickey ears and princess glow-in-the-dark crowns— you know you want to.
Disney is doable, if you get you plan (Photo: Morgan Korn)