Step 4 Make a Daily Plan

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Creating a daily plan will help maximize your fun time and reduce the amount of time spent in line. Now it is time to putting everything down on paper. Start off by printing a blank calendar and only adding the dates of  your vacation. This will allow you to see what days your vacation falls on. Next, plan what which parks you will visit on each day. Make a list of your first 3 choices for FastPass+ reservations. This will come in handy when it is time to make the FastPass+ reservations. Next, list the possible dining options for each day: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.



My Daily Calendar Plan Example:

I did a quick document with a calendar and I put what days I would go to what parks. Then I added where we will be dining that day. I am a very visual person and I like to see what I am doing every day. I created a blank calendar for you to make your daily plan. Here is a PDF for Daily Plan Blank Calendar Four Weeks.

I usually only print out 2-3 week calendar just so I have enough room to put my Disney travel days. This gives me more room to write. Here is the Disney – Daily Plan Calendar Three Weeks.

If you want the images that I put on my days on the calendar, then click here for Disney – Daily Plan Calendar Icons.



Print it, cut it out and glue it on the calendar. I think it makes it look prettier. I am a very visual person, so it makes me very happy when things are colorful and pretty.

FastPass+ Wish List

Next you need to make a wish list of ride for that park. This wish list will help you when you have to book your FastPass+ reservations. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, then you will book your FastPass+ reservations 60 days before your arrival. If you are staying off property, then you will book your FastPass+ reservations 30 days before your arrival. To read more about FastPass+, check the post on A Guide to FastPass+.

Here is what I use to plan out my FastPass+ wishlist. This is very useful when it is time to book my FastPass+ reservations. Daily Plan – FastPass Wish List

After you have all that figured out, log into My Disney Experience. You can make a wish list. You can add shows and attractions that you would like to do in the app. There are not reservations, these are just things that you want to do. It is just a reminder. When you are at the parks, it is handy to see everything that you want to do and at what times your FastPass+ reservations are at. Read more about it here.


If you book a Pirate League Makeover or if you book the Wonderland Tea Party it will not show up on the My Disney Experience app. You will need to jot down the reservation number when you book it. You can later on add it to your itinerary on My Disney Experience app.

How many days should you visit each park?

A lot of first timers don’t know how many days they will need for a Walt Disney World vacation. In order to see all of Walt Disney World, go to at least 1 water park and have some down time, I suggest that you spend at least 6-8 days at Walt Disney World. Eight days might seem like a lot but there is a lot to see and do at Walt Disney World. If you are on a tight budget, I recommend that you stay at least 3-4 days. I made a graph below to make it easier to plan how many days to visit each park. This is just a suggestion and you should visit the parks that you and your family enjoy the most.

If you plan on not going to the water park:

If you plan on going to the water park:




There is a lot of options on how many days to visit each park according to the length of your stay. Let’s break it down:

1 Day

If you are only staying one day, you could get a park hopper ticket and visit 2 parks in one day. But realistically it will be overwhelming and you probably will not get to enjoy the parks. Therefore, I suggest that you go to one park only. It would be a good idea to visit the Magic Kingdom since it has the most attractions that appeal to all age groups.

2 Days

If you are staying at Walt Disney World for 2 days, I recommend that you go to the Magic Kingdom and to Epcot. However, there is another option. Go to Magic Kingdom with a base ticket and for day two, get the park hopper ticket and visit Epcot in the morning and either Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom at in the afternoon. I think that the Animal Kingdom would be the best choice since Avatar Land is said to open this summer.

Day 3 & 4

If you are staying at Disney for 3 days then definitely keep Magic Kingdom 1 day, Epcot 1 day and go ½ day to Hollywood Studios and ½ day to Animal Kingdom. However, you should consider going to Animal Kingdom for the whole day because of the new attractions Avatar Land and Rivers of Light. There will be a lot more to do at Animal Kingdom. It will be a whole different story in 2019 when Star Wars Land opens at Hollywood Studios. If you are staying at Disney for 4 days, then do Magic Kingdom for day 1, Epcot day 1, Hollywood studios 1 day and Animal Kingdom 1 day.

Day 5

Now here is where you can get a little bit of everything.
Visit 1 day each: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, 1 day at Disney Springs or Time by the pool. Or you can spend time at the resort and enjoy the pool in the morning and head to Disney Springs in the evening for dinner and shopping.

Day 6

Options 1: Visit 1 day each: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, 1 day at Disney Springs, 1 day at the resort by the pool.

Option 2: Visit 1 day each: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and 1 day at the Disney water park. The water parks open at 10:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM sometimes 6:00 PM. So you can go to Disney Springs after your Water Park day, visit some shops, eat and relax.

Options 3: Visit 2 days at the Magic Kingdom, 1 day each: Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, 1 day at Disney Springs or time by the pool.

Day 7

Options 1: You can visit all 4 parks, 2 water park and 1/2 day at your resort and ½ day at  Disney Springs.

Option 2: You can visit all 4 parks, plus one more day at Magic Kingdom, 1 water parks and have 1 rest/ Disney Spring day.

Option 3: You can visit all 4 parks, plus one more day at Magic Kingdom, have 1 day of rest/time by the pool and 1 day at Disney Spring day.

Option 4: You can visit all 4 parks, plus one more day at Magic Kingdom, and  2 days of rest/time by the pool.

Day 8

Option 1: You can visit all 4 parks, 2 water parks and have 1 resort day and 1 Disney Spring day.

Option 2: You can visit all 4 parks, plus 1 extra day at the Magic Kingdom, 1 water parks and have 1 resort day and 1 Disney Spring day.

Option 3: You can visit all 4 parks, plus 1 extra day at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, 1 water parks and 1 day of rest/time by the pool or 1 day at Disney Spring day.

Option 4: You can visit all 4 parks, plus 1 extra day at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, 1 water parks and 1/2 day of rest/time by the pool and 1/2 day at Disney Spring day.

Option 5: You can visit all 4 parks, plus 1 extra day at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, 1 day of rest/time at the pool and 1 day at Disney Spring day.

Day 9

Option 1: You can visit all 4 parks, plus 1 extra day at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, 2 water parks and 1 day of rest/time at the pool or 1 day at Disney Spring day.

Option 2: You can visit all 4 parks, plus one extra day at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, 1 water parks, 1 Disney Spring and 1 day of rest/time at the pool.

Option 3: If you purchase park hopper tickets, you can visit all 4 parks, plus one extra day at the Magic Kingdom and ½ day Epcot, ½ day at Animal Kingdom, 1 water parks, 1 Disney Spring and 1 day of rest/time at the pool.

Option 4: If you purchase park hopper tickets, you can visit all 4 parks, plus one extra day at the Magic Kingdom and 1 day Epcot, ½ day at Animal Kingdom, ½ day at Hollywood Studios and 2 days of rest/time at the pool.

Option 5: You can visit all 4 parks, plus one extra day at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, 1 Disney Spring and 2 days of rest/time at the pool.

Day 10

Option 1: You can visit all 4 parks, plus one extra day at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, 2 water parks, 1 day Disney Spring day and 1 day of rest/time at the pool.

Option 2: If you purchase park hopper tickets, you can visit all 4 parks, plus one extra day at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, 1 water parks, ½ day Hollywood Studios, ½ day at Animal Kingdom 1 Disney Spring and 1 day of rest/time at the pool.

Option 3: If you purchase park hopper tickets, you can visit all 4 parks, plus one extra day at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, ½ day Hollywood Studios, ½ day at Animal Kingdom 1 Disney Spring and 2 days of rest/time at the pool.

Option 4: If you purchase park hopper tickets, you can visit all 4 parks twice, 1 day at Disney Spring and 1 day of rest/time at the pool.

Now to Step 5, What Tickets to Purchase

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